Director of Development University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, Development and Alumni Engagement Canada

Director of Development, Faculty of Law, Development and Alumni Engagement


Job ID: 15287

Updated: April 11, 2018

Location: Main Campus


Position Overview


Development and Alumni Engagement is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Director of Development for the Faculty of Law.


The University of Calgary is Canada's leading next-generation university, a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. The university has a clear strategic direction: Eyes High. We aspire to be Canada's most entrepreneurial university in the country's most enterprising city. To this end, we've launched Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High, a $1.3 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, which promises to positively charge our campus community, our city and beyond through philanthropic support for student experiences that unleash potential; research outcomes that benefit society and community connections that strengthen our ties.


The City of Calgary is the hub of Canada's energy economy and the Faculty of Law is home to some of the best legal minds in the area of natural resources, energy and environmental law.  We provide students with outstanding educational and skills development opportunities.  As a result, our graduates are leaders in their fields and are highly sought after locally, nationally and around the world.

Our research and teaching in natural resources, energy and environmental law is internationally recognized, and will help the University of Calgary become one of the top research institutions in Canada by 2022.  Our faculty are among the finest law teachers and legal scholars in the nation, and their work is cited by academics, judges and governments around the world.

Our students are well positioned for success given our proximity to top legal experts in the field and the enviable position Calgary has being a leading city in Canada known for its business leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.


The Faculty of Law Director of Development  is a senior position reporting to the Dean of Law and the University's Senior Director, (Development). The Faculty of Law Director of Development is involved in strategic planning and has access to highly sensitive and confidential information, requiring the ability to make discretionary decisions which impact fund raising programs and services. The impact of decisions made by this position will be Faculty- and possibly, University-wide. High volume of work, with morning, evening and weekend hours occasionally required. Expect constant interruptions and the necessity to juggle multiple and sometimes competing demands.


Position Description


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

  • Set and achieve annual and campaign fundraising targets and other fundraising metrics for activity with the Dean and Senior Director, Development

  • Work with the central DAE Office to integrate and coordinate the Faculty's fundraising planning and execution with that of the University as a whole

  • Provide leadership in the development of short and long-term strategic fundraising plans for the Faculty

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan that incorporates annual giving (from alumni/ae and others), sponsorships, major gifts, specialized campaigns and planned/legacy giving

  • Develop prospect lists and assist the Dean, others in the faculty and volunteers in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors to the Faculty

  • Work with the Dean and the academy to determine strategic priorities for philanthropic support

  • Identify and develop compelling gift opportunities that will assist the faculty in advancing these strategic priorities

  • Write briefs, proposals and other persuasive fundraising collateral

  • Work with the Dean to develop and manage any fundraising volunteer groups that will actively engage Law alumni/ae and members of the legal community

  • Consult with the Dean and the Senior Director, Development on all matters pertaining to fund development

  • Ensure effective alumni engagement strategies are undertaken at the faculty level and that they leverage and align with university-wide alumni initiatives to maximize efficiency

  • Collaborate with other members of the Faculty of Law administration team who have responsibilities for alumni relations, external relations and communications to ensure effective positioning of the Faculty of Law with its various stakeholders

  • Successfully manage fund raising resources (budget, senior University officials, staff, volunteers) in alignment with the Faculty's fund raising initiatives

  • Practice ethical fund raising in keeping with the University's mission and values and in accordance with charitable giving standards

  • Ensure ongoing familiarity with current trends in fund development and personal development as a professional fundraiser


Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A university degree in a related field

  • 3 to 5 years plus fund raising experience in a post-secondary education setting is preferred

  • Extensive fundraising experience, including demonstrated experience in major gift ($25,000+) solicitations is required

  • Exposure to a moves management fundraising culture, and experience with Raiser's Edge or similar fundraising database system

  • A basic understanding of the legal profession and how it is evolving is an asset

  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities

  • Sound judgment and decision-making capabilities and the ability to work independently

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Able to coach and train people in the area of fundraising


Application Deadline:  May 11, 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 4 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.


About the University of Calgary


The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit


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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