Vice-President (Development and Alumni Affairs)
University of Lethbridge
The University of Lethbridge (uLethbridge), Alberta’s Destination University, is a comprehensive and
research-intensive university founded on the principles of liberal education where inspired scholars
integrate research and creativity with teaching. Founded in 1967 on traditional Blackfoot land, it is
a place where student engagement in learning, creative activities, and research takes place every day.
With campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary, uLethbridge offers more than 150 undergraduate and 60
graduate programs in the faculties of Arts & Science, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, the School
of Liberal Education, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Dhillon School of Business, to more than
The University of Lethbridge is committed to creating and supporting environments dedicated to
equity, diversity and inclusion. uLethbridge takes pride in enhancing community engagement, and
is committed to collaborating with Indigenous peoples and communities to ensure that their
partnerships, and ensuing programs, meet the needs of these communities. uLethbridge is proud to
achieve its highest ever position in the recent Maclean’s University Ranking Report (2021) placing
2nd overall in the primarily undergraduate classification.
The University of Lethbridge is seeking a visionary and collaborative leader to join the President’s
Executive Team as Vice-President (Development and Alumni Affairs) to undertake this impactful
opportunity by providing strategic fundraising leadership to elevate one of Canada’s top-ranked
universities and leading research institutions. Working with the university community, this pivotal
position will be responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive institutional fund
development, alumni and community programs to increase constituent engagement.
Reporting to President and Vice-Chancellor, the Vice-President (Development and Alumni Affairs)
will lead, strengthen, and enhance all fundraising activities (major and individual gifts, in-kind, annual,
capital, corporate, legacy and planned gift or giving programs and campaigns), and alumni and
community engagement. Through strategic planning and prioritization, this Vice-President will drive
an integrated approach in collaborating efforts with the marketing and communications teams. This
leader will serve as an advocate and champion of the University in mobilizing an engaged Board of
Governors, President and other senior leadership to achieve uLethbridge’s fundraising goals of
$100M and 20,000 engaged alumni through the SHINE Campaign.
The ideal candidate will have substantial and progressive strategic leadership and management
experience of a significant development portfolio, preferably from a large and complex multistakeholder organization such as a postsecondary institution, healthcare, a substantial foundation, or the broader not-for-profit sector. The successful individual will demonstrate experience
effectively engaging alumni, donor, community, and stakeholder groups, identifying and
implementing new and innovative revenue generation streams, and integrating engagement and
stewardship initiatives with fundraising strategies and goals. This strong communicator and
community leader will take a prominent role supporting the University’s cultural identity while
maintaining a strong and positive image for uLethbridge. A Bachelor’s degree is required and
master’s degree is preferred, and additional accreditation or credentials in the fundraising field will
be considered an asset.
A growing city of over 100,000 people, Lethbridge is located in southern Alberta, Canada. With an
average of 320 days of sunshine each year and one of the warmest winters in the western provinces,
there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy all that this city and region has to offer. The city’s economy
has historically been agriculture-based, but has expanded into a thriving industrial, commercial,
research and technology hub. Lethbridge’s major employers are in the education, health care and
government sectors. Year round, Lethbridge is home to a vibrant arts community that enriches the
citizens of Lethbridge as well as visitors to the city with the opportunity to explore southern Alberta’s
Indigenous culture, unique wildlife, nature, and adventure experiences. The geographic location also
ensures close proximity to world class ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies, majestic national parks,
and the US border.
Janet Soles and Associates has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of the University of
Lethbridge. For more information about this opportunity or to apply, please send your curriculum
vitae and letter of interest in confidence to UofLVPD@jssearch.ca.
The University of Lethbridge hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and
diversity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. In accordance with Canadian Immigration
requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.