Senior Director, Faculty Development

Aug 11, 2016
Nov 11, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
This position is located at 3-501 Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5J 4P6.

Reporting to the Associate Vice-President, Faculty Development and Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Senior Director is an experienced advancement professional who acts as senior level fundraising resource to faculty-based advancement teams and faculties/units without advancement staff. He/she manages a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects while working with faculty-based fundraisers (FDOs) and Deans in a consultative and collaborative manner on faculty-based priorities. The Senior Director coaches and mentors Assistant Deans and their teams to articulate priorities, identify and qualify prospects and to develop cultivation and solicitation strategies with a focus on gifts of $50,000 and greater. The Senior Director will advise on strategic use of resources and provide input to Deans and the Office of Advancement on faculty advancement program development. The Senior Director will focus on 6-8 faculties and units at one time, while collaborating with the leadership team in the Office of Advancement.

The Senior Director will also manage a team of 4-6 faculty-based advancement leaders with a focus on the health sciences, and will be responsible for the evaluation, planning and ongoing supervision of the leaders as well as reporting to the deans on a regular basis. He or she will also lead/manage the advancement aspects of collaborative health sciences programs led by the Health Sciences Council.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provides strategic advice and assistance to Deans, Assistant Deans and faculty members on prospective donors, projects and fundraising campaigns
  • Works with the individual fundraisers and multi-unit teams on management and execution of solicitation and stewardship strategies
  • Personally executes fundraising strategies for faculty-based projects
  • Acts as a development leader in faculties as needed during staff transition periods, etc.
  • Acts as a senior-level prospect manager according to the Prospect Management Policy
  • Acts as a link between the Office of Advancement and Faculty-based advancement programs to improve performance
  • Represents the Office of Advancement in the recruitment, orientation and retention of faculty-based and project-based fundraising professionals
  • Develops performance measures and maintains reports to track and evaluate the progress of faculty-based advancement leaders


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

  • Undergraduate degree required, advanced degree strongly preferred
  • 10 or more years in a leadership position in post-secondary advancement or other large development organization would be considered an asset
  • Experienced fundraising professional with an outstanding ability to work with prospective donors and proven ability to close gifts of $1 million and more
  • A strategic thinker with a proven ability to work with faculty, fundraising colleagues, and deans and an advanced knowledge of fundraising strategies, principles and techniques
  • Superior ability to communicate with prospective donors, internal constituents and other stakeholders about the importance of private philanthropic support
  • Ability to coach and mentor professional staff, and to align their efforts toward reaching a common goal
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal skills, high energy, and a high level of commitment toward the continued and increased success of the University of Alberta
  • Experience in organizing and managing interdisciplinary activities is highly desired
  • Ability to propose and advocate for creative solutions to further the engagement of prospective donors
  • Ability to meet deadlines and juggle competing priorities in a high-paced environment
  • Ability to write persuasively and to create tools to organize staff and responsibilities
  • Staff management experience and familiarity with performance measures are highly desired


This regular continuing position is in accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer agreement and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at and an annual salary range commensurate with experience and qualifications.

For further information and details on how to apply, please download the Appointment Details via the Perrett Laver website by visiting and quoting reference 2317. This position will remain open until filled.