University of Alberta

Associate Director, Advancement

Faculty of Arts

Competition No.  -    A107333428
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Outstanding Career Opportunity for a committed and energetic development professional

With 15 academic departments, many research centres and institutes, and an Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Faculty of Arts is internationally recognized for excellence in teaching and research in the fine arts, humanities and social sciences. Our students graduate with degrees respected by employers around the world, and we now have more than 50,000 alumni contributing to every sector of the economy, including oil & gas, business, non-profit, government, education and arts & culture.

In order to support the Faculty of Arts in the pursuit of its goals, the Faculty is seeking an Associate Director to join our major gifts focused advancement team.


  • Participation in strategy development and execution for faculty fundraising; works with the Dean of Arts, the Assistant Dean, Advancement (AD-A), and faculty-based leaders to develop appropriate fundraising priorities for the faculty
  • Maintaining a major donor/prospect portfolio of 150 relationships; personally visits major gift prospects/donors annually
  • Scheduling and planning travel as necessary to facilitate personal visits with top prospects
  • Works with AD-A to match donor interest with institutional and faculty priorities, develops funding proposals, and negotiates and structures complex gifts to the university
  • Prepares effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for current and prospective donors, sometimes involving other colleagues within the Office of Advancement
  • Contribution to the engagement between donors and faculty academic leaders
  • Participation in coaching and leadership as necessary to engage faculty members' in strategic fundraising activities, including appropriate preparation and follow-up
  • Collaboration with other faculty-based fundraisers, faculty-based academic leaders and senior university representatives for skills development, information sharing and the implementation of joint opportunities and common challenges.


  • Possess an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Five years' experience in major or planned gift fundraising with a track record of closing gifts of $50,000 and greater, preferably in higher education
  • Possession of a CFRE certification is considered an asset
  • Have a proven ability to work autonomously and to handle multiple accounts simultaneously
  • Have demonstrated ability to be a contributing member of a multi-disciplinary team(s)
  • Have strong skills in identifying new prospects and a proven ability to develop strategies for major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Embrace accountability for performance within an assigned portfolio
  • Possess strong communication and organizational skills
  • Have a passion for students, research, teaching, the Arts, and post-secondary education
  • Have the ability to meet deadlines and juggle competing priorities in a high-paced environment
  • Have the ability to travel

In accordance with the Sessional and Other Temporary Staff agreement, this position is an initial appointment of three years, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package and annual salary range of $74,723 to $124,718. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter addressed to Ms. Jane Potentier, Assistant Dean, Advancement, outlining your qualifications and demonstrating your passion for excellence. This competition will remain open until filled; however, applications will start to be reviewed on August 21, 2017. 

Thank you for your interest in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.