Closing On: June 30, 2023

Salary Range: up to $190,000


Position Description

The Associate Vice-President, Development (AVP Development) provides leadership and vision to campus-wide development and fundraising initiatives and people to maximize long term resource generation in support of the university’s vision.

Nature of Work

Reporting to the Vice-President University Relations, the AVP Development is a member of the senior leadership team in University Relations which includes the Chief Communications Officer and AVP Strategic Communications, Executive Director, Operations and Services, and the Chief Athletics Officer. The AVP Development works closely with other senior university administrators, including deans, executive directors, vice-presidents, and associate vice-presidents, to develop and oversee institutional development plans. The AVP Development will ensure coordination and execution of development activities with a donor-centred approach to maximize long-term relationships that result in maximizing resource generation while establishing and advancing a culture of philanthropy. The AVP Development will play an important role in the actualization of the Be What the World Needs Campaign in collaboration with the Vice-President, University Relations, the Senior Director, Campaign and Principle Gifts, and the entire University Relations team.

The AVP Development will create and operationalize the optimal structures necessary to achieve an effective centralized/decentralized model in support of multiple priorities in a complex university environment.


The Associate Vice-President, Development is accountable for the following outcomes:

  • As a key member of the Vice-President University Relations senior leadership team, the AVP Development is critical to the development and implementation of the mission, strategic initiatives and fiscal framework for the integrated University Relations portfolio.
  • Provides leadership and direction to a centralized staff complement of approximately 12, in the areas of annual giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations and institutional research and a decentralized staff complement of approximately 30 related to college based development. The annual budget under management is approximately $3 million.
  • Critical member of the Be What the World Needs Campaign team.
  • Develops medium to long-term strategic development and campaign plans which align with key university goals and priorities and articulate objectives, outcomes, and resource implications.
  • Guides and supports senior leaders across campus in effective development strategies and tools.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with peers in other portfolios and fosters a team environment for development professionals across the university.
  • Establishes performance metrics and regular measurement to ensure development activities produce maximum long-term results.
  • Serves as a key liaison and point of contact between the university and select donors.
  • Handles difficult and/or sensitive donor-related issues and opportunities.
  • Provides strategic oversight for fundraising plans and transformational gifts.
  • Works with both internal groups and external consultants to ensure that fundraising priorities/campaigns are coordinated and executed in a professional and results-oriented manner.


The AVP Development will have a level of education commensurate with this senior administrative role, ideally a degree in a related field along with:

  • A minimum of ten years of experience in a large, preferably public, institution with an ability to build relationships and make difficult decisions
  • Extensive development and leadership experience with a demonstrated ability to work with staff, faculty and senior administrators to establish a culture of philanthropy
  • Demonstrated and thorough knowledge of fundraising methodologies and practices with a proven record of personal success as a fundraiser who can secure large gifts in support of institutional priorities
  • Familiarity with the post-secondary environment and/or public sector organizations at a decision-making level and experience in policy development and implementation would be considered an asset
  • Proven ability to develop and sustain relationships with senior leaders (deans, vice presidents, associate vice-presidents) and an ability to work with many levels within an organization in order to complete desired objectives
  • Demonstrated team-building skills with a proven ability to develop proactive partnerships, lead and participate effectively in teams, and leverage diverse skills of team members
  • Business acumen and financial management skills are essential
  • Highly articulate with excellent communication skills (oral, written and listening)
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