Director of Advancement University of Toronto Department of Central Library System Canada

Director of Advancement


Job Number: 1901699

Faculty / Division: Central Library System

Department: Central Library System

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)  


The University of Toronto is seeking a Director of Advancement to lead and manage University of Toronto Libraries’ (UTL) advancement programs with the goals of increasing fundraising revenues in support of (UTL) highest academic and institutional priorities.


The Director of Advancement reports jointly to the Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries, and to the Vice President, Advancement (or their designate). The Director is a member of the Chief Librarian’s senior executive committee and a member of the Vice-President, Advancement’s University-wide Senior Advancement Leadership Team.


The Director of Advancement is responsible for the development and execution of advancement plans and strategies to accomplish divisional fundraising, as well as the related personal and team results, in close consultation with the Chief Librarian and the Vice President, Advancement. The Director is accountable to the Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries on the development and fulfillment of advancement plans and strategies that support UTL’s academic and research missions. The Director has a functional reporting relationship to the Vice-President, Advancement or delegate (typically the AVP Divisional Relations) that ensures alignment with and accountability to University-wide standards, guidelines, and procedures that protect academic integrity and promote best practice, excellence, and equity in advancement. Further details on the definition of joint reporting are included in the attached Provost’s Guideline on Joint Reporting in University Advancement.


The Director of Advancement, University of Toronto Libraries will possess superior solicitation experience and a demonstrated track record of securing significant philanthropic support; a strong commitment to recruiting, developing, and empowering a team of high-performance advancement professionals; and a strong commitment to establishing and supporting efforts to engage meaningfully with alumni, friends, and volunteers in support of UTL academic mission. The incumbent will demonstrate proactive leadership and team building skills, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, creativity, an ability to work collaboratively with other teams to build awareness and capacity for advancement, and a commitment to set and achieve ambitious advancement goals. As such, the Director will also embody a strong commitment to define the leading edge of advancement practice in Canada and to enhance the University’s overall reputation for advancement excellence.




University degree(s), preferably including a professional degree such as an MBA, JD/LLB or similar



8+ years with direct fundraising experience and a proven track record of executive advancement responsibility and leadership in annual, major and planned giving programs in a large complex organization, preferably in an educational or medical institution. Experience in organizing complex programs and events. Experience in a management capacity and directing the work of others. Demonstrated volunteer management experience. Highly knowledgeable and experienced in both new and traditional channels of revenue generation.




    Vision, the ability to think and plan strategically, and a creative, entrepreneurial spirit

    Demonstrated experience and success managing, motivating, and mentoring volunteers and advancement professionals, bringing out the best in teams and individuals.

    The ability to mentor, coach, motivate and inspire colleagues and volunteers

    High level of initiative, maturity, tact and diplomacy; excellent judgement and discretion

    A deep understanding of and sympathy for the mission of a academic and research intensive university

    The ability to serve as an articulate, credible representative of the University with diverse constituencies and particularly with the sophisticated individuals who support the institution

    The ability to understand the research and teaching dimensions of a proposed project, to conceptualize them in an integrated proposal, and to make a compelling case to a donor for philanthropic support

    An engaging personal style, a sincere interest in people, patience, a willingness to listen, and the capacity to engender trust and to establish lasting relationships

    Reputation for integrity, openness, decisiveness and sound judgement

    A high level of comfort interacting with academic leaders as well as donors and volunteers

    The ability to navigate and be effective within a complex matrix organization that values collaboration and teamwork as well as individual initiative and creativity

    Excellent attention to detail and superb organizational skills, including the ability to set principal gift fundraising goals and to establish an internal system for meeting deadlines, tracking, follow-up, monitoring, and reporting of progress

    Ability to work in a hectic and results-oriented environment with a strong focus on results; ability to meet deadlines and budgets.

    A high energy level, an appropriate degree of sophistication and self-confidence, optimism (and the ability to engender optimism in others) and a sense of humour

    Exceptional oral and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.

    Strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills.

    Cultural sensitivity and capacity to work with international students and donors.

    Valid driver’s license and access to personal vehicle required.

    Valid passport for international travel is required.



Travel: Limited

Notes: A detailed job description is available upon request.

Employee Group: Senior Advancement Professionals

Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing

Schedule: Full-time

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: 1AP -- Broadband Salary Range: $73,635 - $169,929  

Job Field: Advancement & Alumni

Job Posting: May 10, 2019

Job Closing: May 31, 2019, 8:59:00 PM

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