University of Alberta

Assistant Dean, Advancement

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Competition No.  -    A107733413
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Located in Edmonton, the University of Alberta (U of A) is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence. Home to more than 39,000 students from 147 countries, the University attracts nearly $480 million in external research funding.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) plays a crucial role in the life of the University. With responsibility for the administration of U of A’s graduate programs, the Faculty oversees student programs and supervisory committees for over 7,200 graduate students in every discipline. FGSR administers a number of prestigious graduate scholarship programs, and champions academic innovation. Key priorities include entrepreneurship, graduate student leadership, the development of a mentorship academy, interdisciplinary programs, internship placements, and graduate student mental health.

 The inaugural Assistant Dean, Advancement will report jointly to the Dean of FGSR and the Senior Director, Faculty Development. The Assistant Dean will design and implement the fund-raising strategies of the Faculty, and work closely with key stakeholders, alumni and the wider professional community. The Assistant Dean will be a key member of the Faculty’s senior leadership team, and will work closely with both central advancement and the other Assistant Deans across the campus.

This is an opportunity for the Assistant Dean, Advancement to build excitement, capacity, and support for the graduate mission of one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. The successful candidate brings a bias to action, with the demonstrated ability to envision, build, and execute a strategic and successful fundraising program. The candidate will work to develop a prospect pipeline, and will manage all cultivation and stewardship activities for the Faculty.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Serves as manager for an active portfolio building to approximately 150 individual, corporate, association, and foundation major gift prospects, for the purpose of managing the moves process for research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Develops creative strategies intended to attract major gift commitments ($50,000-$5 million+) and long-term relationships with the institution; ensures that established donors and friends are cultivated and "moved" regularly, to be ultimately matched with appropriate gift opportunities
  • Advises regarding, or designs appropriate events and engagement activities for major gift prospects
  • Responsible for meeting or exceeding the faculty's fund raising achievement goals on an annual basis (set in consultation with the Dean and senior development team)
  • Establishes effective systems of gift processing including gift receipting, account establishment, thank you letters, gift agreements and stewardship plans
  • Liaises with key areas and units across the University to ensure gifts to the Faculty are utilized appropriately and stewarded in a timely manner
  • Responsible for the strategic planning and development of the Faculty's donor and alumni event strategy, and associated communication material and online presence
  • Sets overall goals for each functional area within the Faculty advancement portfolio
  • Collaborates and contributes to the creation and dissemination of information and promotional materials from the Faculty to its constituencies, in both print and electronic forms


  • Undergraduate degree
  • Minimum 7 years of full-time fundraising experience in not-for-profit organizations and/or educational institutions
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute a fund drive and to develop strategies for and implement major gift solicitations
  • Experience across all philanthropic channels, including planned giving and major gifts
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), organizational and time management skills
  • Experience working directly with academic leaders, senior university personnel and with volunteers
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and collaboratively with colleagues, co-workers and constituents
  • Experience working at large-scale post secondary or other campaigns strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of or background in the mission of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is an asset

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: and annual salary range commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Consideration of candidates will begin in September 2017, with the new Assistant Dean, Advancement to take office as soon as possible. Applications should be submitted to

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.