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Associate Director of Development, School of Public Policy, Development & Alumni Engagement

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Job ID: 14278

Updated: May 11, 2018

Location: Downtown Campus

Position Overview

The School of Public Policy in conjunction with Development & Alumni Engagement is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Associate Director of Development.

This position reports to the Director of Development at the School of Public Policy and works closely with The School of Public Policy, Executive office, the University’s Central Development Office, University Relations, Financial Services, senior faculty leadership, and other relevant areas of the university. The Associate Director of Development is involved in strategic planning and implementation for the School’s Fund Development program, and has access to highly sensitive and confidential information.

This position is responsible for planning and implementing donor relationship programs for the School, including direct interaction with donors, sponsors and volunteers to secure high-level donations. In collaboration with the Director, the incumbent is responsible for the short and long term planning, development and implementation of a proactive development program.

The position demands a high volume of work with early morning, evening and weekend hours often required.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • In collaboration with the Director, is responsible for the development and implementation of a proactive development program, as well as short and long term planning
  • Actively develop relationships with assigned major gift prospects and donors with a focus on face to face interactions
  • Ensure that stakeholders are appropriately involved and consulted in establishing annual fundraising targets, developing and implementing plans and advancing donor prospects
  • Develops build and maintain key relationships with the Faculty, staff and various University departments
  • Write for development including: presentations, solicitation and acknowledgement letters, proposals and stewardship reports
  • Oversee the SPP student awards program, liaise with the Student Awards and the Central Development Office to ensure proper establishment of student awards by SPP team, and liaise with donors to fund awards
  • Oversee the sponsorship strategy and execution of the strategy for events hosted by The School, working closely with the communications and outreach teams
  • Exercise considerable independent managerial discretion in the development of business and engaging sponsors into a donor program; this individual has independent discretion and operates across all aspects of typical managerial decisions
  • Maintain professional relationships with donors and stewards to ensure success in this role and the success of the School
  • Ensure confidentiality related to the donations and development programs which is critical to the ongoing success for this position
  • Secure major donations in support of institutional strategic initiatives
  • Provide expert listening and negotiation skills as well as sound judgment and decision making capabilities
  • Work effectively in a large, complex, dynamic and sophisticated organization
  • Respect for confidentiality and strong sense of professional ethics
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with volunteers in the community, and with Faculty/University staff and administrators to ensure appropriate involvement and consultation in securing gifts
  • Responsible for managing special gifts, including class gifts and student awards
  • Regular meetings and updates to the Directors and staff to ensure the fund development team can achieve success
  • Knowledge and ability to use the Raiser's Edge fundraising software

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • University degree, and minimum of 3 to 5 years of directly related fundraising experience, preferably in a post-secondary educational setting, or equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Demonstrated experience in annual and major gift solicitations required
  • Ability to combine people and resources in a manner that will achieve objectives within established limits
  • Management of a prospect pipeline working with donors in identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship phases
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities
  • Sound judgment and decision-making capabilities and the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to secure major donations
  • Ability to work effectively in a large, complex, dynamic and sophisticated organization
  • Respect for confidentiality and strong sense of professional ethics
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge fundraising software an asset

Application Deadline:  April 8, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level P3 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. 

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about Development & Alumni Engagement visit

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The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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