University of Alberta

Director, Advancement (Calgary)

Office ofAdvancement

Competition No.  -    A113133795
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Director, Advancement (Calgary) is responsible for managing the University of Alberta’s Calgary location and leading the planning, implementation and reporting on strategic activities and initiatives in support of university funding priorities.  With a view to enhancing the profile and reputation of the University of Alberta within the Calgary region, the Director works collaboratively to expand and support corporate and foundation development activities, as well as relationships with individual donors and prospects.    The Director identifies and communicates opportunities for leveraging relationships that will augment and support faculty-based fundraising and grow the University of Alberta’s presence and impact within the Calgary market. 

The Director is a senior advisor on strategic issues from a Calgary perspective, including advising on specific relationships requiring attention from the University of Alberta.  This position reports to the Senior Director, Faculty Development (Social Sciences); works closely with senior administration, deans, and directors; and actively cooperates with university volunteers in Calgary.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Leads the development and implementation of an overall plan for integrated Advancement activities in Calgary
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of strategies to increase internal awareness of the university’s opportunities for advancement activities in Calgary
  • Maintains strong relationships and communication with Faculties, Advancement Directors, AVPs and other units to streamline activities in Calgary
  • Develops and maintains a keen understanding of the dynamics and economy of the Calgary-region, the university-wide prospect pool in Calgary and solicitation priorities
  • Provides strategic insight and assistance to deans, directors and senior administration on donors and prospects including briefings before donor engagement activities
  • Builds and manages a portfolio of Calgary-based prospects and donors with capacity to make commitments of $50K-$5M
  • Proactively seeks opportunities to generate new proposals based on corporate and foundation guidelines and interests
  • Ensures the timely capture and recording of data relating to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activity for the assigned prospect pool
  • Designs stewardship plans for assigned donors to ensure appropriate recognition, acknowledgement and reporting in consultation with the Stewardship and Communications departments
  • Guides, coaches and mentors Calgary-based Advancement staff (including Alumni Relations positions); and supervises direct reports (including administrative support) in the achievement of Advancement’s goals
  • Recruits staff, establishes clear accountabilities and ensures effective performance evaluation, management and training as needed

To be successful in this position, the incumbent will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • A Bachelor's degree in a related field is required
  • Five or more years of successful major gift solicitation experience, or proven accomplishments and related experience
  • An outstanding record of leadership in a complex administrative environment with multiple stakeholder groups
  • Broad knowledge of fundraising strategies, frameworks, principles and techniques
  • A strategic thinker with demonstrated significant accomplishments and background in internal and external communications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Calgary business, social and philanthropic communities is preferred
  • Superior ability to communicate with donors, alumni, volunteers, corporate partners and other stakeholders on behalf of the University
  • Credibility and self-assurance working with all levels of the staff at the University and with external stakeholders
  • Must have proven record of accomplishment in a position requiring independent planning and efficient utilization of time and other resources
  • Ability to meet deadlines and juggle competing priorities in a high-paced complex environment
  • Effective project-management, resource and human management skills

In accordance with the Administrative Professional Officer Agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: and an annual salary range commensurate with skills and experience. 

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Interested parties are requested to submit a personal resume to Samantha Chiu or Ardyce Kouri, Davies Park, Executive Search Consultants. Electronic resumes to are preferred; however, faxes may be forwarded to (780) 426-2936. For further information, please call Davies Park at 780-420-9900.

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.