Director of Advancement

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The Opportunity

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is seeking a high-performing advancement professional to fill the role of Director of Advancement. The Director of Advancement will lead and manage the Factor- Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s advancement programs with the goal of increasing fundraising revenues and alumni engagement in support of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s highest academic and institutional priorities.

The Director of Advancement reports jointly to the Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and to the Vice President, Advancement (or his/her designate). The Director of Advancement is a member of the Dean’s senior executive committee, and is also a member of the Vice-President, Advancement’s University-wide Senior Advancement Leadership Team.

This is a terrific opportunity for an experienced fundraising professional who has a strong commitment to social justice and inclusive excellence. Bringing a significant track record of success in increasingly senior advancement positions, candidates should also possess experience in large, complex institutions.


About The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto is distinguished by its emphasis on the integration of research and practice in both the classroom and its practicum education. As the oldest school of social work in Canada, the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work has been on the cutting edge of education, policy, research and practice for more than 100 years. Teaching in the Faculty is enriched by the internationally recognized research of faculty members which is designed to help governments, agencies and communities effectively address real world challenges.


Key Responsibilities of the Director of Advancement

The Director of Advancement is responsible for the development and execution of advancement plans and strategies to accomplish campus fundraising and alumni engagement goals, as well as the related personal and team results. The Director is accountable for the development and fulfillment of the Faculty’s advancement plans and strategies that support the Faculty’s academic mission.

In this role, the Director of Advancement will:

  • Develop, lead, and implement annual and multi-year plans and strategies to achieve transformational growth in lifting the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s overall fundraising and alumni engagement results and to advance the Faculty’s highest academic, strategic and institutional priorities.
  • Provide exemplary leadership, direction, and mentorship to a team of advancement professionals, in order to increase the impact and effectiveness of staff in advancing the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s goals and to build the Faculty’s capacity in major gifts, stewardship, annual leadership giving, and alumni engagement. By example and direction, the incumbent will help create an organization and culture that values excellence, initiative, effectiveness, and community, and offers opportunities for professional development and growth.
  • Work closely with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s academic leadership to translate academic priorities into compelling funding propositions and alumni engagement propositions that create opportunities to advance the Faculty’s academic, institutional, and strategic priorities, both within the immediate community of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s alumni, friends, and partners, and among broader national and international constituencies.
  • Represent the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s priorities and mission to external constituents as an effective, credible institutional leader, persuasively projecting opportunities for engagement and maximizing opportunities for giving. This will include contributing to the Faculty’s fundraising performance by assuming personal responsibility for cultivating and soliciting a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects.
  • Work closely with the leadership of University Advancement to ensure alignment with the University’s best practices for fundraising and alumni relations programs, compliance with relevant University and Provostial guidelines and policies, collegial and collaborative engagement with other University advancement programs.
  • Take full advantage of the broad range of Division of University Advancement’s services and supports for the benefit of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s advancement programs.
  • Initiate or participate in other projects to cultivate liaison or promote community outreach and generate goodwill toward the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and the University as a whole.
  • Represent the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work on various University committees and boards involved in advancement activities.

Strategic leadership and management

  • Lead the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s advancement functions, ensuring the alignment of the Faculty’s development and alumni activities with its academic and institutional priorities and with University-wide advancement initiatives and with Provostial and Governing Council guidelines, policies and best practices.
  • In close collaboration with the Dean, senior academic leadership of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and senior advancement leadership within the DUA, develop and implement strategies, initiatives, campaigns, and annual business plans that integrate development and alumni engagement activities and that advance the Faculty’s overall academic mission.
  • Develop multi-year campaign strategies that frame the Faculty’s unique strengths and opportunities, align with University-wide campaign structures and practices, integrate alumni and development strategies, maximize support, and rally the Faculty community around a compelling vision for the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s longer-term aspirations and goals.
  • Direct the Faculty’s advancement staff, implementing measures to develop and maintain a strong team environment and a goal-oriented and evaluative approach to all advancement activities. Oversee the development, implementation and management of the departmental budget and ensure that all HR and appointment practices comply with University policies and guidelines.
  • Provide input and advice to the Dean and to the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s senior team with respect to advancement implications of campus projects, initiatives and priorities. Advance community building and outreach activity as an executive committee representative of the campus by attending events, speaking engagements, and advancing the Dean’s community building objectives.
  • Participate on the University-wide Senior Advancement Leadership Team, and work closely with the AVP Divisional Relations and other members of the DUA leadership team as a member of the University’s senior advancement community. Represent the Faculty on important forums and works to ensure that University-wide initiatives appropriately recognize the distinctive nature of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s campus identity and requirements.


  • Prepare an annual development plan, and campaign framework, outlining the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s advancement goals, priorities and objectives. Establish fundraising priorities and goals in conjunction with various stakeholders both within the campus and within the DUA and ensure that goals are achieved.
  • Working in close collaboration with the University’s Prospect Management Office, oversee the management of major gift prospects on the campus, ensuring gift officers have strong prospect portfolios and supports that enable them to meet University-wide major gift performance standards, and ensuring major gift prospects enjoy tailored cultivation and stewardship strategies that are designed to enhance their interest and involvement in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and the wider University and to maximize their satisfaction and giving over time.
  • Define goals and desired outcomes for the incumbent’s own major gift prospect portfolio; identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors, and effectively steward all donors.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of an overall donor relations program that complements other University initiatives while focusing on stewardship of all donors to the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. Ensure the coordination of the recognition of donors at all levels pursuant to University guidelines for stewardship.
  • Recruit strategic volunteer leadership and manage volunteer committees established to support the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s advancement activities, to help broaden the base of meaningfully engaged prospects and donors and to help create and project an environment of warmth and appreciation for the Faculty’s donor community.
  • Ensure that the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s fundraising priorities, funding proposals, gift agreements, and gift announcement strategies are developed to the University’s standards in close collaboration with senior DUA leaders and in compliance with all relevant Provostial and Governing Council policies for approval, so that they protect academic integrity, embody/exemplify best practice, manage reputational issues, support equity across the University, and achieve optimal results.
  • Establish the infrastructure to support the needs and aspirations of the Faculty’s academic units within the Faculty’s overall advancement strategy and annual plan. Advise academic leaders on strategic plans and policies relating to advancement to ensure the development and implementation of appropriate, effective and coordinated programs at the departmental level.
  • Work with senior academic leaders and their faculty to advance prospects and steward donors.
  • Oversee the gift planning activity for the campus, ensuring that the program is fully functional.
  • Maintain communications with key stakeholders (departments, alumni, students) on development strategies, activities and achievements.

Alumni Relations

  • Oversee the development and implementation of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s alumni relations activities, ensuring consistency with the Faculty’s advancement strategic goals and objectives and with University-wide standards and best practices for alumni engagement and programming and ensuring integration with desired development outcomes.
  • Working in close collaboration with the AVP Alumni Relations and the DUA Directors of Business Analytics and Alumni Engagement Metrics, oversee the development of plans and strategies in support of both acquisition and deepening alumni engagement. Actively collaborates with DUA Alumni Relations Program and Services team on the evolution and continuous improvement of alumni engagement strategies and aligns these efforts to support philanthropic goals.
  • Selectively build relationships with high profile or highly motivated alumni. Ensure the development of effective volunteer identification and recruitment programs to develop resources for various Faculty needs.
  • Work with the AVP Alumni Relations and AVP Divisional Relations in the development of annual business plans and strategies that include clear, measurable goals for alumni engagement, and ensure that the Faculty’s engagement data is recorded in University-wide systems.

Advancement Communications

  • Liaise with the Faculty’s senior communications strategist on the development and implementation of the Faculty’s advancement-related communications strategies and alignment of all messaging with the Faculty’s overall communications priorities.
  • Work closely with the DUA’s advancement communications and marketing unit to develop persuasive advancement communications materials that project a compelling vision for the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s unique strengths and opportunities.

Operations and Finance

  • Develop, implement and manage the overall Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s advancement budget. Develop plans for use of budgetary resources in collaboration with the Dean of the Faculty and the Vice President, Advancement.
  • Track financial performance including revenue/experience and budget controls.

Human Resources Management

  • Provide guidance and direction to staff on an ongoing basis to ensure fair and equitable treatment. Oversee staff and provide direction to managers responsible for advancement communications and media programs, annual giving, major gifts, stewardship, alumni relations and special events.
  • Has full managerial authority over the staff in the work unit/department.
  • Discuss performance with employees to provide feedback and address performance related issues as part of the employee development process.
  • Discipline employees where necessary and appropriate.
  • Strategically manage labour relations implications of business disruptions; participate as representative of department in broader strategic management initiatives related to planning for business disruptions in the University.


Experience & Competencies of the Ideal Candidate

The Director of Advancement, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work will possess superior solicitation experience and a demonstrated track record of securing significant philanthropic support; a strong commitment to recruiting, developing, and empowering a team of high- performance advancement professionals; and a strong commitment to establishing and supporting efforts to meaningfully engage alumni and volunteers in support of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s academic mission.

The new incumbent will demonstrate proactive leadership and team building skills, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, an ability to work collaboratively with other teams, and a commitment to set and achieve ambitious advancement goals. As such, the Director will also embody a strong commitment to define the leading edge of advancement practice in Canada and to enhance the University’s overall reputation for advancement excellence.


Required Experience & Education

  • University degree(s) is required, ideally a professional or graduate degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5+ years of significant relevant fundraising experience and a proven track record of executive advancement responsibility and leadership in annual, major and planned giving programs in a large, complex organization, preferably in an educational or medical institution.
  • Experience in organizing complex programs and events.
  • Experience in a management capacity and directing the work of others.
  • Demonstrated volunteer management experience.
  • Highly knowledgeable and experienced in both new and traditional channels of revenue generation.
  • Proficient with and demonstrated experience working with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Experience working with ARBOR, Blackbaud CRM, or similar donor database management system.
  • Demonstrated strategic conceptualization, analytical, and planning skills.
  • Knowledge of current trends as they relate to the duties and responsibilities of the role.

Abilities, Qualities, and Attributes

  • Vision, the ability to think and plan strategically, and a creative, entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Demonstrated experience and success managing, motivating, and mentoring volunteers and advancement professionals, bringing out the best in teams and individuals.
  • The ability to mentor, coach, motivate, and inspire colleagues and volunteers.
  • High level of initiative, maturity, tact and diplomacy; excellent judgement and discretion.
  • A deep understanding of and sympathy for the mission of an academic and research intensive university.
  • The ability to serve as an articulate, credible representative of the University with diverse constituencies and particularly with the sophisticated individuals who support the institution.
  • The ability to understand the research and teaching dimensions of a proposed project, to conceptualize them in an integrated proposal, and to make a compelling case to a donor for philanthropic support.
  • An engaging personal style, a sincere interest in people, patience, a willingness to listen, and the capacity to engender trust and to establish lasting relationships.
  • Reputation for integrity, openness, decisiveness and sound judgement.
  • A high level of comfort interacting with academic leaders as well as donors and volunteers.
  • The ability to navigate and be effective within a complex matrix organization that values collaboration and teamwork as well as individual initiative and creativity.
  • Excellent attention to detail and superb organizational skills, including the ability to set principal gift fundraising goals and to establish an internal system for meeting deadlines, tracking, follow-up, monitoring, and reporting of progress.
  • Ability to work in a hectic and results-oriented environment with a strong capacity to meet targets, deadlines, and budgets.
  • A high energy level, an appropriate degree of sophistication and self-confidence, optimism (and the ability to engender optimism in others) and a sense of humour.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills.

Other Considerations

  • Cultural sensitivity and capacity to work with international students and donors.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to personal vehicle required.
  • Valid passport for international travel is required.


Application Process

For more information, interested individuals are invited to contact Tara George or Samantha David, at KCI Search + Talent via email at by March 18, 2021.

Candidates who are interested in applying for this position should please send a resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above. All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. If you require accommodation during the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. We will work with you to provide a seamless recruitment experience. 

The position is classified as a 1AP, with a salary range of $76,286 to $176,046. The target hiring zone is approximately $115,000 to $130,000 per annum. Information about U of T benefits can be found at .

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The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) at the University of Toronto welcomes applications from highly qualified individuals who are interested in joining our Faculty for a dynamic and challenging learning experience.

U of T is strongly committed to diversity within its community, and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous People of North America and the world, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Canada’s leading teaching and research University, the University of Toronto is ranked one of the Greater Toronto’s Top 100 Employers 2021 and one of Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers for 2020. Committed to enhancing the diversity and experience of both staff and students, U of T offers employees challenging work, flexible family-friendly programs and opportunities for professional and personal development.