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Associate Director of Development, Faculty of Science, Development and Alumni Engagement

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Job ID: 15160

Updated: August 7, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Development and Alumni Engagement team within the Faculty of Science is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Associate Director of Development .

The University of Calgary is Canada's leading next-generation university, a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. The university has a clear strategic direction: Eyes High. We aspire to be Canada's most entrepreneurial university in the country's most enterprising city. To this end, we've launched Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High, a $1.3 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, which promises to positively charge our campus community, our city and beyond through philanthropic support for student experiences that unleash potential; research outcomes that benefit society and community connections that strengthen our ties.

The Faculty of Science's vision is to catalyze Canada's transformation to a vibrant and sustainable future. We are home to over 5,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students, 260 faculty members and 34 prestigious research chairholders. The faculty spans over six departments - Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geoscience, Mathematics and Statistics and Physics and Astronomy. As the second largest faculty on the University of Calgary main campus, the Faculty of Science strives to develop and support champions of science, advance solutions to our grand challenges and promote and support an engaged and impactful team.

The Associate Director of Development reports directly to the Director of Development, Faculty of Science, and also works closely with the Dean of Science, other members of the Development and Alumni Engagement Team, Central Development Office, Strategic Events and Communications Team and key Faculty of Science staff and faculty members.
This position is responsible for developing and cultivating donor relationships to secure donations to help achieve philanthropic goals and objectives. This position interacts with different stakeholder groups including donors, alumni/ae and volunteers, and has access to highly sensitive and confidential information. High volume of work, with hours outside of a regular work day occasionally required. The ability to prioritize multiple competing demands is required. This position has access to highly sensitive and confidential information, and interacts with key external stakeholders including donors, alumni and community leaders. The impact of decisions made by this position will be Faculty and University- wide. Diplomacy, tact, discretion, conflict resolution and ability to manage fluid expectations, projects and deadlines are key skills required by this role.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • In collaboration with the Director, the incumbent is responsible for the short and long term planning, development and implementation of a proactive development program
  • In collaboration with the Director, the incumbent will develop and maintain a systematic and integrated donor relations program that ensures donors are recognized and stewarded appropriately including gift acceptance and acknowledgement letters, proposals and stewardship reports
  • Oversee the sponsorship strategy and execution of the strategy for events hosted by The School working closely with the communications and outreach teams
  • This position exercises considerable independent managerial discretion in the development of business and engaging sponsors into a donor program. This individual has independent discretion and operates across all aspects of typical managerial decisions
  • Provide expert listening and negotiation skills as well as sound judgement and decision making capabilities
  • Secure major donations in support of institutional strategic initiatives
  • Responsible for managing special gifts, including class gifts and student awards
  • Develop prospect lists and qualify new donors in compliance with Prospect Management and University policies
  • Assist faculty members, unit leaders and volunteers in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors to the school
  • Build strong relationships with donors; develop stewardship and cultivation plans
  • Work effectively in a large, complex, dynamic and sophisticated organization
  • Prepare written fund development materials including proposals, stewardship reports and other materials as required
  • Ensure confidentiality and strong professional ethics, demonstrating honesty, integrity, high standards, and understanding and commitment to an academic environment
  • Plan to achieve fundraising targets, while recognizing that achievement of financial targets is not the only measurement of success for a fundraiser. Define and achieve other measurables with the Director of Development
  • Consult with Director of Development on all matters pertaining to fund development
  • Collaborate with the Development Office to ensure coordination of Faculty of Science fundraising priorities with institutional strategies for donors
  • Practice ethical fundraising in keeping with the University's mission and values and in accordance with charitable giving standards
  • Ensure ongoing personal development in fundraising and the post-secondary learning environment
  • Ability to work effectively in a large, complex, dynamic and sophisticated organization

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • University degree and minimum of 3 years directly related experience, preferably in a fundraising or post-secondary educational setting
  • Demonstrated experience in major gift ($25,000+) solicitation is required
  • Proven leadership ability and experience recruiting, training and motivating volunteers
  • Ability to produce compelling communication tools for use in development, including cases for support, gift proposals, presentations and collateral materials
  • Self-motivated, proactive, energetic and goal oriented
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess good listening as well as sound judgment and decision making capabilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and interact with staff at all levels
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office applications
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects or priorities simultaneously
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge fundraising software an asset

Application Deadline: June 24, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level III of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. 

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about Development and Alumni Engagement, please visit:

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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