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Director, Donor Relations - University of Alberta

Application Deadline : Open until filled
Institution : University of Alberta
Description :

Director, Donor Relations

Office of Advancement - Donor Engagement

Competition No.  -    A113140490
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic, creative and well organized individual to lead, reshape and reimagine Donor Relations programs and initiatives. Built upon the foundation of the four pillars of donor relations – acknowledgment, stewardship, recognition and engagement – Donor Relations at the University of Alberta is donor-centered, focused on gratitude, celebration and impact for donors.

Reporting to the Senior Director, Donor Engagement, the Director, Donor Relations is an experienced advancement professional who is proactive, strategic, and detail-oriented, with a strong commitment to quality, timeliness, efficiency and effectiveness. The Director, Donor Relations will provide leadership, strategic management, expertise, counsel, and coordination for donor relations initiatives that are vital to the overall success of the Office of Advancement as it supports the University of Alberta’s priorities.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develops and manages programs, policies and strategies, ensuring they are customized and relevant to donors and prospective donors, and align with the Advancement goals of the University
  • Developing metrics and systems to monitor outcomes across all areas of donor relations programming with a core goal of donor retention, satisfaction and engagement
  • Providing senior expertise and guidance on the planning and implementation of donor relations programs, including the strategic oversight for donor events such as gift announcements and presidential events
  • Provides leadership and direction to the Donor Relations team, inspiring them to perform to the best of their ability
  • Identifying challenges, barriers and opportunities to improve performance and efficiency within the institutional advancement portfolio
  • Actively participates in annual strategic succession and organizational plans

The Director, Donor Relations must have exemplary interpersonal skills to interact with donors; the Director must also be a poised professional, able to function well and make decisions in a fast-paced, demanding environment.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • University degree is required; CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Professional) designation is considered an asset
  • Minimum seven years of relevant project and staff management experience, preferably in a post-secondary education or complex non-profit environment
  • Minimum seven years of experience managing donor relations, events and communication programs, including the evaluation of program effectiveness and ability to implement change
  • Strong demonstrated ability to build, lead, manage and motivate a high functioning team in a post-secondary environment
  • Demonstrated ability to act as a strategic thought partner to leadership and effectively manage projects and strategic initiatives
  • Proven success in implementing and streamlining processes and technology to positively affect operational outcome
  • Possess a comprehensive and metrics driven approach to events management
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively build relationships and alliances with internal and external stake holders
  • Strong strategic, project management, organization and administrative skills to lead a wide variety of projects and programs
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communication skills and problem-solving skills as well as excellent leadership/supervisory skills
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with a diverse body of colleagues in a large, complex environment
  • Must be very detail-oriented and have a strong understanding of the University’s mission, strategic priorities and needs
  • A high level of energy and self-confidence, a positive attitude, and the ability to function at peak in a fast-paced, high expectation environment
  • Proven ability to work creatively and independently, as well as part of a team; must be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to analyze data, identify trends, summarize results, and make recommendations on findings
  • Ability to be flexible and work well under pressure
  • Exceptional diplomacy and the ability to work with confidential information is required
  • Knowledge of university policies, procedures, programs and structures is considered an asset
  • Willingness to travel

In accordance with the Handbook of Employment for Management and Professional Staff (Excluded), this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package that can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range based on experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight MST of the closing date.