As a senior contact for Queen’s most generous and engaged philanthropic partners, the Principal Partnerships Liaison facilitates personalized, productive, mutually beneficial relationships between Queen’s University and its top principal donors, each of whom has made transformational gifts to Queen’s totaling $50 million or more.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Principal Gifts, the incumbent works in close collaboration with the Principal Gifts team, the Vice-Principal (Advancement) and the Associate Vice-Principal (Development) to create, implement and evaluate short and long term engagement and fundraising plans for this portfolio of principal donors to maximize long-term financial support for the institution. The Principal Partnerships Liaison leads the highly personalized and meaningful engagement of a small portfolio of very high net worth principal donors by managing their communications, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities. A seasoned relationship builder, the incumbent nurtures and develops sustainable long-term relationships directly with the donor as well as between the donor, University leaders, and Advancement colleagues. The Principal Partnerships Liaison also functions as the key connector to all areas of university Advancement, university administration, and faculties/schools/departments in support of the donors’ engagement with the institution.

This position is eligible for a fully remote work arrangement within Canada. This position requires some travel to Kingston as well as within and outside Canada and requires the incumbent to travel and work some evenings and weekends.

The Office of Advancement at Queen’s is committed to embodying the principles of Indigenization, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Anti-Racism (I-EDIAA). As an employer, we value equitable opportunities and are working to nurture a culture of inclusion and belonging for all. Additionally, we encourage candidates from equity-deserving groups and those with lived experience of marginalization and oppression (including Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, Women, 2SLGBTQIA+ and Persons with disabilities) to apply. For more information, visit our Human Rights and Equity Office Website:
The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We seek to provide an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, beginning with the recruitment process and provide accommodations as needed for applicants with disabilities. If you require an accommodation throughout any stage of the recruitment process, please email

Please review full job description for duties and responsibilities.


  • University degree.
  • Minimum five years of relevant, successful experience in a development or advancement office with a focus on major and/or principal giving, stewardship and/or donor relations, preferably in a university setting.
  • Experience in the identification, evaluation, cultivation, stewardship, and direct personal solicitation of major gifts, preferably at the $100,000+ level.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of diverse giving vehicles, as well as a demonstrated understanding of very high net worth family wealth management and integrated gift strategies.
  • Proven track record in developing strategic fundraising plans and meeting the objectives of these plans.
  • Proven successful experience in analysis, tracking and reporting results, using dashboards and data visualization tools.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian philanthropic environment and, understanding of philanthropic trends in the higher education sector.
  • Valid G-Class driver’s license (or equivalent) and passport with no travel restrictions is required.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check required.
  • Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Closing On: March 10, 2024

Location: Kingston, ON Employment Type: fulltime Level: management

Salary Range: $85,690.00 – $112,210.00/Yea


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