Join a bold, world-leading and highly accomplished development and alumni engagement team — and help UBC shape a better world.

UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the world. As one of the largest universities in Canada, UBC attracts and nurtures more than 66,000 students and over 350,000 alumni from 166 countries on two major campuses. With over 6,000 faculty and 11,000 staff, UBC has an operating budget of $3 billion and provides over $670 million in research funds for nearly 10,000 projects.

The Development and Alumni Engagement (DAE) portfolio at UBC joins development (fundraising) and alumni UBC functions under one umbrella. DAE is a one of the leading advancement teams in Canada.  With over 300 employees, DAE currently raises over $200 million and engages over 86,000 alumni annually.

DAE is seeking an experienced Senior Director of Annual Giving to join our high-performing fundraising team. We’re looking for a highly motivated, independent, proactive and energetic team player to join one of Canada’s leading development programs. The successful candidate will be a strategic, innovative, collaborative and driven to achieve high standards. As the leader of the UBC Annual Giving team, this role is responsible for being the conduit between Annual Giving and the senior members of the DAE team. Success in this role is dependent on being able to build relationships and develop new approaches, while still working within the confines of a university structure.

Annual Giving team works in a collaborative culture – creative, project, call centre, operations, data and production teams together as one group. Previous success in this department has been achieved through a combination of hard work, commitment to the team, and an overall sense of humour/levity. If you want to advance your career, and make a difference, we would love to talk with you.

Responsibilities include:

To develop and operationalize Development strategies for a complex DAE program and to ensure the department as well as UBC meets strategic objectives:

  • Formulates and executes strategies for a program raising $5-$12 million annually;
  • Ensures strategies are concretely linked to the department and UBC’s long-term strategy;
  • Manages program growth leading to the successful fulfillment of strategic objectives;
  • Ensures broad-based solicitation program supports faculties and units on both campuses;
  • Provides fundraising advice and strategy to senior University administration and faculty;
  • Assesses donor characteristics and creates an appropriately segmented plan;
  • Manages the human, financial and operational objectives of the program;
  • Formulates the annual operating budgets;
  • Implements practices that maximize operational efficiencies and competitive advantage; and
  • Oversees a complex set of mediums/channels that deliver on broad-based fundraising strategies.
  • To lead and manage a team responsible for executing the Development strategy within the program.
  • Identifies strategies and key performance goals;
  • Sets performance targets and measures, monitors and manages overall performance of the program;
  • Ensures there is a comprehensive and effective succession management strategy in place;
  • Builds the capabilities of the team to enhance ability to achieve financial and operating strategy;

Strengths include:

  • Relationship builder
  • Inquisitive learner who enjoys digging into data and trends
  • Naturally empathetic
  • Amazing relationship skills
  • Strong strategic thinking
  • Strong verbal and written communications
  • Ability to juggle priorities in a fast paced environment

Deadline for application is July 4 2022

Apply to the position here. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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