Associate Director of Development, VP Advancement

University of Calgary

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Position Overview

The Faculty of Arts Development team in VP Advancement is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Associate Director of Development.

Reporting to the Director of Development (Faculty of Arts), the Associate Director of Development works closely with other members of the Development Team, Central Development Office, Faculty of Arts Communications Teams, and key Faculty of Arts staff and faculty members. 

The position is an integral member of the Faculty of Arts Development team and is involved in the planning, development, and implementation of a proactive development program, in support of achieving the Faculty of Arts fundraising targets. In collaboration with the Director of Development, the Associate Director will assist in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors to the Faculty of Arts while developing compelling materials and collateral to support these efforts. This position contributes to the goal of building and growing a robust donor base, cultivating relationships on behalf of the Faculty of Arts and the University of Calgary. The Associate Director must demonstrate personal accountability, self-motivation, and the highest standards of ethical conduct. Maintaining professional relationships with donors, alumni, community partners, faculty, and staff while maintaining donor confidentiality is vital to the success of this role and to the Faculty.

Position Description

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

  • Planning, development, and implementation of a proactive development program.
  • Securing major donations in support of institutional and faculty priorities.
  • Building strong relationships with donors; developing stewardship and cultivation plans.
  • Developing and maintaining a systematic and integrated donor relations program that ensures donors are recognized and stewarded appropriately.
  • Assisting faculty members, unit leaders, and volunteers in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors.
  • Planning to achieve fundraising targets, while recognizing that achievement of financial targets is not the only measurement of success for a fundraiser. Defining and achieving other measurables with the Director of Development.
  • Leading identified Faculty of Arts fundraising initiatives/priorities including working with faculty leads.
  • Producing written fund development materials including proposals, cases for support, stewardship reports, presentations, and other materials as required.
  • Entering action reports, fundraising plans, data, and relevant donor information in Blackbaud CRM (BBCRM).Ensuring confidentiality and strong professional ethics, demonstrating honesty, integrity, high standards, and understanding and commitment to an academic environment.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • University degree or related education preferred, and a minimum of 3 years directly related experience, preferably in a fundraising or post-secondary educational setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in annual and major gift solicitations required.
  • Experience managing a prospect pipeline working with donors in identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship phases.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities.
  • Ability to produce compelling communication tools for use in development, including cases for support, gift proposals, presentations, and collateral materials.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making capabilities and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects or priorities simultaneously.
  • Self-motivated, proactive, energetic and goal oriented.
  • Ability to work effectively in a large, complex, dynamic, and sophisticated organization.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office applications.
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud CRM fundraising software an asset.

Application Deadline:  December 04, 2023

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 3 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 .

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups . Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit .

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, 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 academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected] ) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected] ).

Do you have most but not all the qualifications? Research show that women, racialized and visible minorities , and persons with disabilities are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At UCalgary we are committed to achieving equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible employment practices and workplaces and encourage you to apply if you believe you are right for this role. 

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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