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Director, Development - Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Application Deadline : 2022-01-19
Institution : Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Description :

NAIT is proud to be named one of Alberta’s Top Employers for 10 consecutive years. We are also a proud partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and Pride at Work Canada. Learn more about NAIT’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion at

NAIT’s Department of Advancement and Alumni Relations strives to secure donations in support of NAIT students and key institutional priorities. Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Relations, the Director, Development is accountable to ensure success in advancing NAIT’s polytechnic mission through strategic fundraising and partnership development.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, motivation, mentorship, and support to a team of fundraising and prospect management professionals, ensuring that annual fundraising objectives are being achieved and exceeded.
  • Play an integral role in future campaign planning and execution, including pipeline development, building cases for support and conducting feasibility studies.
  • Develop deep and long-lasting partnerships with industry, alumni, and individual donors, in support of NAIT’s students and institutional funding priorities.
  • Manage a portfolio of key accounts, delivering compelling fundraising proposals and presentations on a regular basis.
  • Ensure the coordination of major gift fundraising across NAIT, including collaboration with institutional leadership teams to identify compelling fundraising priorities and initiatives.  
  • Lead the development, monitoring, and on-going management of the prospect pipeline.
  • Ensure the accurate and ethical reporting of fundraising achievement, including regular review and management of fundraising activities in the CRM.
  • Lead the development team in building comprehensive cultivation and solicitation strategies in support of major gift fundraising, including regular account review and forecasting.
  • Collaborate with other department leaders, with the purpose of increasing donor, alumni and prospect engagement.
  • Manage and deliver administrative activities, including budgetary management, staff planning and recruitment.


Skills and Abilities:

  • Deep understanding and demonstrated success of fundraising achievement and portfolio management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the proven ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with a wide range of individuals, including the ability to lead, motivate and a team of professionals.
  • Ability to make decisions and recommendations on fundraising priority development, investment proposals and strategy development is critical.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with demonstrated success in proposal development and in conducting face to face meetings in support of major solicitations.
  • Ability to remain composed and focused under pressure, and to be viewed as a source of confidence in high-stress situations.
  • Pursues everything with passion, dedication, and the need to succeed and persists in the face of challenges and setbacks. 
  • Empathetic, business-savvy and a results-driven, with a keen ability to spot future trends and utilize data to develop strong, compelling strategies.
  • Strong time management, project management, financial planning, and budgetary skills.
  • Required to adopt and apply the Association of Fundraising Professional code of ethics in daily practices.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Communications, Public Relations, or a related field.
  • Extensive experience in major gift ($20,000+) and leadership ($1,000,000+) level fundraising in a complex organization.
  • A minimum of 5 years progressively responsible senior-level leadership experience, with the ability to motivate a team and drive results.
  • A combination of experience in private, public and non-profit organizations is considered an asset.


Remuneration: $99,936.46 to $132,401.88 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package

When you decide to bring your career to NAIT, you are joining a flexible work environment with abundant opportunities for balance and professional growth.  We offer a total compensation package that promotes work life balance and overall wellness in complement with your competitive salary and competitive annualized vacation entitlement.  NAIT’s partnership with the defined benefit pension plan LAPP (Local Authorities Pension Plan) ensures your future self is rewarded for your hard work with us in the present! As part of our commitment to support the professional growth of our staff, NAIT invests in a variety of training and development opportunities to advance the skills, knowledge and careers of employees.

Thank you for your application however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from World Education Services or the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) -


PLEASE NOTE: Alberta’s post-secondary institutions are working together and taking a coordinated approach to ensure safety on our campuses for students, staff, contractors and visitors this fall, and beyond. The safety of our large, diverse communities has been our top consideration when making both short-term and long-term plans throughout the pandemic. NAIT has joined other post-secondary institutions in the province to introduce a vaccine mandate and require proof of vaccination.  We are introducing the following enhancements to our campus safety measures:

  • All employees, regardless of their work location will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved accommodation.
  • Everyone coming to NAIT campuses, including students, staff, contractors and visitors, will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Everyone coming to NAIT campuses will be required to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Rapid testing will not be accepted as an alternative to vaccination, except for campus community members who cannot be vaccinated based on medical or other protected grounds outlined in the Alberta Human Rights Act.

You can find the latest information on NAIT’s response to COVID-19 at