Term: 1 Year
Reporting jointly to the Associate Vice-President, Development (or Advancement designate) and the Dean of Applied Health Science, the Director of Advancement is responsible for development and alumni relations activities within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. The Director works within the framework of Office of Advancement to ensure that Waterloo has a coordinated overall strategic advancement plan.
Using professional expertise in fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications, proactive leadership skills and outstanding communications and interpersonal skills, the Director of Advancement has accountability for all advancement activities in the Faculty. S/he advises and consults with the Dean, Associate Deans, Chairs and Directors within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. The Director of Advancement works with the Vice-President, Advancement and the Associate Vice-Presidents (to include but not limited to, Development, Alumni Relations, Principal Gifts and Advancement Services), on matters related to University development procedures, guidelines and strategy.
The Director is accountable for the annual fundraising plan, for overseeing major gifts fundraising activity, managing a personal portfolio of major and principal gift prospects and donors, and for Applied Health Sciences’ overall donor and alumni relations strategy development. The Director is also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with faculty, staff and students relevant to advancement objectives.
The Director oversees and provides team leadership to a professional staff of Development and Alumni Officers and additional team members. S/he liaises and consults on University-wide development and alumni procedures and guidelines as appropriate with the University’s Office of Advancement. Other management responsibilities include overseeing the planning and development of communications materials in support of the Faculty’s advancement objectives, directing alumni relations, stewarding endowment funds, and managing special events to support the cultivation of major prospects and donors.
The Director participates in strategic planning and administration of Office of Advancement as a member of the Advancement Directors Group. Working in a collaborative team environment, s/he works closely with other staff in the Office of Advancement, with Development/Alumni Officers from the Faculties, and with the campus community (Senior Administrators, Deans, College Heads, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers).The Director may interact with the President, Provost, Sr. Director, Government Relations to advise and support government relations as required. The Director has accountability for ensuring Advancement statistics, reports, plans, agreements, approvals and other development obligations are in keeping with University policies and provided to the Office of Advancement and other University departments as required.
Political acumen is critical; the incumbent must be sensitive to the needs and interests of schools, departments, and units in the Faculty and elsewhere in the University and have the ability to successfully manage competing development objectives.
Creates and implements an effective, ongoing Advancement program for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, aligned with the strategic goals of the Faculty.
Team Leadership & Management:
Oversees and provides team leadership to a professional staff that consists of an Alumni Officer, a Development Officer and administrative support.
The Director of Advancement has particular responsibility for identifying cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major donors at the highest possible level ($100,000 to $1M+). Working with the Associate Vice-President, Development (or designate).
Complexity, Judgment and Planning: