Assistant Dean - Advancement

Jul 22, 2016
Oct 24, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The Faculty of Nursing and the Office of Advancement are seeking an Assistant Dean, Advancement who will focus on the development, communication, public relations, and alumni relations priorities identified by the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing.  The Assistant Dean, Advancement reports jointly to the Dean, Faculty of Nursing and the Director, Faculty Development (Health Sciences) and is responsible for designing and implementing communications and fund-raising strategies of the Faculty as they relate to various constituencies, including alumni, friends, the University community and the wider professional community.  Such strategies include the planning and execution of special events and regularly occurring meetings; publication of news and promotional materials; and explanation of the Faculty’s priorities in face-to-face visits with stakeholder individuals and constituencies.  In both design and implementation, the Assistant Dean, Advancement works closely with the Dean as a valued and integral member of the senior administration.

The Assistant Dean, Advancement manages a portfolio of major gift prospects including individuals, corporations, associations and foundations that have the potential interest and financial resources to make major gifts to the University.  The Assistant Dean, Advancement is also responsible for all alumni engagement strategies and overall communication portfolio for the Faculty.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develops creative strategies intended to attract major gift commitments ($50,000-$5 million+) and long-term relationships with the institution
  • Ensures adherence to all University fund raising protocols and participates in the University's Relationship Management process
  • Liaises with key areas and units across the University to ensure gifts to the Faculty are utilized appropriately and stewarded in a timely manner
  • Sets overall goals for each area within the Faculty advancement portfolio
  • Creates a comprehensive Faculty alumni engagement strategy that includes but is not limited to key alumni events and other meaningful volunteer activities; works with alumni class leaders to help plan milestone reunions
  • Ensures an overall communication strategy is in place to strengthen the Faculty's reputation, mitigate risk, and to share our story of the impact the Faculty has on society
  • Oversees the Public Relations strategy for the Faculty

The successful candidate will have proven ability to develop strategies for and implement major gift solicitations (in excess of $1 million) and an appreciation of the mission of a major research university in order to creatively match the Faculty’s and the University’s highest priority needs with the interests of qualified major gift prospective donors.  The position requires the ability to be a contributing member of multi-disciplinary teams and to work with senior university administration in a variety of business and social settings.

In order to achieve the desired outcomes of the position, the ideal candidate will possess the following experience, skills and abilities:

  • Undergraduate degree, Master’s preferred
  • Possession of a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification is considered an asset
  • 7 or more years of full-time fundraising experience in not-for-profit organizations and/or educational institutions, and demonstrated ability to plan and execute a fund drive and demonstrated success at face-to-face solicitation of gifts and/or comparable experience
  • Familiarity with alumni/donor database applications and knowledge of a variety of fundraising tools and strategies and demonstrated experience with activities throughout the giving cycle
  • Self-motivated, proactive, energetic, creative, goal-oriented
  • Experience working at a large-scale ($100 million) post-secondary or other campaigns strongly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to work towards goals within deadlines
  • Proven ability to develop strategies for and implement major gift solicitations
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and to handle multiple accounts simultaneously
  • Experience working directly with academic leaders, senior university personnel and volunteers
  • Experience managing and motivating a team/staff
  • Demonstrated ability to be a contributing member of multi-disciplinary team

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 of $74,742 to $124,566. 

Interested applicants should submit a covering letter, resume and a list of 3 professional references.