Senior Director, Advancement Services

Aug 31, 2016
Nov 30, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The Office of Advancement plays a critical role in helping the University of Alberta secure its place in the top tier of the world’s public research universities. Support from alumni and friends empowers the University of Alberta to take on its highest ambitions – to inspire the human spirit and build one of the world's great public universities for the public good. 

Reporting to the Associate Vice-President (Advancement), the Senior Director of Advancement Services is responsible for providing strategic leadership and senior management of the infrastructure and central services necessary to promote and sustain university-wide and faculty-based fundraising and alumni activities.  This includes ensuring operational efficiency and supporting a service culture within Advancement Services. 

The Senior Director is responsible for overall strategic direction, integration, and management of the key components of Advancement Services including:  Information Services, Donation Services, Advancement Records, and Finance and Administration. The Senior Director has overall responsibility for leading and sustaining important infrastructure for future fund-raising growth, front-line activities for centrally- and faculty-based staff, and the Office of Alumni Relations’ activities.



  • Undergraduate degree in business, management, or related area; advanced degree strongly preferred
  • Extensive and progressively responsible leadership experience, with knowledge and experience in financial management, organizational design, human resource administration, infrastructure development, information technology and project management
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to effectively lead and integrate operational functions
  • Demonstrated progressively responsible business, strategic, and operational planning experience
  • Broad knowledge of organizational performance measurement and monitoring
  • Proven record of success in positive leadership; specifically, in successfully inspiring, mentoring, and coaching direct reports and large teams
  • Demonstrated project management skills to oversee complex projects, improve business processes, and lead change


  • Understanding of fundraising methods and principles including annual fund, principal gifts, major gifts, and planned giving programs
  • Familiarity with best practices in fundraising operations
  • An understanding of charitable giving regulations and information management regulations in Canada
  • Demonstrated success within a comprehensive advancement program in an academic or major non-profit setting


In accordance with the Administrative Professional Officer agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package, which can be viewed at, and an annual salary range commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested parties are requested to submit a personal resume to Elizabeth Hurley or Sonny Kapoor, 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.