Assistant Dean in Advancement
University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies & Office of Advancement

Ideas. Talent. Purpose.

At the University of Alberta, we begin with people - people with ideas, talent, and purpose. We seek knowledge. We educate citizens. We ask the big questions. We push the limits of human understanding and knowledge. We engage with partners and communities close to home and around the world to lead positive change. We empower creative people to take risks and make imaginative leaps towards as yet undetermined futures.

A career in Advancement at the University of Alberta positions you as a key player in creating this future. Bring your passion for relationship building and your belief in the power of philanthropy to the University of Alberta, and help deepen our dedication to excellence and extend our record of public leadership by playing a lead role in building a better province, a better Canada, and a better world.

The Faculty of Native Studies and the Office of Advancement are seeking an Assistant Dean, Advancement who will focus on the development priorities identified by the Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies and in alignment with the Strategic Plan of the Faculty. The Assistant Dean, Advancement reports jointly to the Dean, Faculty of Native Studies and the Senior Director, Faculty Development (Social Sciences) and is responsible for designing and implementing the 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 collaborative strategic planning for donor engagement; contribution to the editorial plan and content for news/web publications 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 in the Faculty of Native Studies. 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. 

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 fundraising 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
  • With the Dean and the Senior Director, develops Faculty-specific priorities and leads the case development process for the Faculty
  • Explores potential annual giving and planned giving opportunities for the Faculty
  • Coordinates post-gift stewardship of each donor and provides personalized attention
  • Contributes to the creation and dissemination of information and promotional materials from the Faculty to its constituencies
  • Upholds the highest ethical standards to ensure that donors' rights are maintained and in alignment with faculty of Native Studies mission, vision and values

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 multidisciplinary 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 successful candidate will possess the following experience, skills and abilities:

  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree and certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) will be given hiring preference. A combination of related experience and education may also be considered
  • 7-10 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
  • Evidence of being self-motivated, proactive, energetic, creative, goal-oriented with excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Experience working at a large-scale post-secondary or other campaigns strongly preferred
  • Evidence of excellent organizational and time management skills, as well as the ability to work towards goals within deadlines
  • Proven ability to develop strategies for relationship building and securing major gifts
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and to handle multiple accounts simultaneously
  • Experience working directly with academic leaders, senior university personnel and volunteers
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, co-workers and constituents
  • Demonstrated ability to be a contributing member of multidisciplinary teams
  • Knowledge and experience working with Canadian Indigenous People, communities and/or organizations will be considered an asset

In accordance with the Temporary Administrative and Professional Staff (TAPS) agreement, this position is for a term length of three years and offers a comprehensive benefits package that can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

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