Assistant Dean, Advancement University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension & Office of Advancement Canada

Assistant Dean, Advancement

Faculty of Extension & Office of Advancement

Competition No. - A113135750

Closing Date - Jun 01, 2018

The Faculty of Extension, which is located in downtown Edmonton at Enterprise Square, is an important link between the community and the university and is dedicated to life-wide learning activities that encourage and promote leadership, discovery, reflection, communication and service. The Faculty of Extension annually delivers over 700 courses to 7500 students, more than 25% of whom hail from outside Canada. Our students benefit from the expertise of more than 300 contractual instructors, whose real-world experience dovetails with the research performed by our 18 professoriate members. This research, principally in the areas of communication, social sciences, linguistics, community development, and non-traditional learning, has established Extension as a world leader in the Scholarship of Engagement. The Faculty of Extension has recently completed a new five-year Strategic Plan based on the 5 principles of Engage, Build, Experience, Excel, and Sustain designed to support the university’s institutional plan For the Public Good. 


Reporting jointly to the Dean for the Faculty of Extension and the Senior Director of Faculty Development (Social Sciences), the Assistant Dean, Advancement (ADA) is responsible for the management of a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors, including individuals, corporations, associations and foundations that have the potential interest and financial resources to make gifts to the University of Alberta.


The Assistant Dean, Advancement works collaboratively with the Dean, faculty academic leaders and the Senior Director, Faculty Development to build and advance strong personal and professional relationships that result in philanthropic contributions from alumni, friends and the wider professional community; participates in the creation and implementation of fundraising strategies, policies and procedures and is responsible for establishing accountability and stewardship strategies for all major gift donors. Such strategies include the collaborative strategic planning for special events and explanation of the Faculty’s priorities in face-to-face visits with stakeholder individuals and constituencies. The Assistant Dean, Advancement works closely with the Dean as a valued and integral member of the senior administration and with the Senior Director, Faculty Development to draw on the expertise and support from the Office of Advancement.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Manages an active portfolio of 150 individual, corporate, association, and foundation relationships; personally visits major gift prospects/donors annually

  • Develops creative strategies to attract major gift commitments and long-term relationships with the with Community Partners, Alumni, and Private individuals.

  • Advises on and designs appropriate engagement activities for major gift prospects

  • Ensures that case statements and communications materials are prepared for fund development priorities

  • Contributes to and supports the ongoing connection between advancement and academic colleagues

  • The strategic planning and development of the Faculty’s community donor and alumni strategy, communication materials and online presence

  • Creating an integrated Faculty community donor engagement strategy, including meaningful volunteer activities

  • Participation in coaching and leadership as necessary to engage faculty members in strategic fundraising activities, including appropriate preparation and follow-up

  • Collaboration with other faculty-based fundraisers, faculty-based academic leaders and senior university representatives for skills development, information sharing and the implementation of joint opportunities and common challenges.


Ideal candidates will:

  • Possess an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution; advanced degree is preferred

  • Have 7-10  years' experience in major or planned gift fundraising with a track record of closing gifts of $50,000 and greater, preferably in higher education; related experience in sales, marketing and public relations will be considered

  • Have experience working with volunteers, academic leaders and senior university administration

  • Have a proven ability to work autonomously and to handle multiple accounts simultaneously

  • Have demonstrated ability to be a contributing member of an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment, engaging with both internal and external stakeholders

  • Have demonstrated experience with fundraising activities, including major gift identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship

  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity, including the ability to grasp diversity with the understanding of differences among many cultural groups with which we work

  • Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Have the ability to match the University’s highest priority needs with the interests of prospective donors

  • Have an interest in all aspects of education and an appreciation of the mission of a major research university

  • Have the ability to meet goals within deadlines and juggle competing priorities in a high-paced environment

  • Possession of a CFRE certification is considered an asset


In accordance with the Temporary Administrative and Professional Staff agreement, this position is for an initial appointment of 3 years and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range of $74,723 - $124,718. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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