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Director of Advancement, Environment

Date: January 2015
Reports to (Job Title):

Associate Vice-President, Development (or designate)

Dean, Faculty of Environment

Jobs Reporting (Job Titles):

Alumni Advancement Officer

Advancement Assistant

Department: Facuty of Environment


Main Campus


USG 14/15
35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

Reporting jointly to the Associate Vice-President, Development (or Advancement designate) and the Dean of Environment, the Director of Advancement is responsible for development and alumni relations activities within the Faculty of Environment. 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 Environment. 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 the Faculty of Environment’s 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 small but dedicated team of professional staff. 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 for the Office of Advancement as a member of the Advancement Directors Group, or its equivalent as may exist from time to time. 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.

Key Accountabilities:

1. General:

Creates and implements an effective, ongoing Advancement program for the Faculty of Environment, aligned with the strategic goals of the Faculty;


2. Team Leadership & Management

Oversees and provides team leadership to a professional staff that currently consists of an Alumni Advancement Officer and an Advancement Assistant;


3. Major Gifts:

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);


4. Annual Fund:


5. Alumni Relations:


6. Communications:


7. Departmental/School:


8. Complexity, Judgment and Planning:


9. Contacts:

Position Requirements


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree. CFRE certification and an advanced degree would be an asset.


8 plus years of progressive fundraising experience with a proven track record of achievement and success with raising funds at the $100,000 - $1M level from individuals, corporations and foundations. Fundraising competencies will include strategic thinking, people management, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills as well as excellent judgment and an ability to develop and nurture key relationships. The position requires an ability to work under pressure, juggle multiple timelines, negotiate with donors, mediate amongst staff and faculty, interact with a diverse client base including other members of the uWaterloo advancement team, the Vice-President, faculty members, deans and senior administration and staff of other university business units. A working knowledge of the university environment is a definite asset.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate Adept at learning and using a CRM database in support of advancement activities (i.e. Raiser’s Edge)

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Significant internal relationships:


Significant external relationships:


Level of Responsibility:

The Director is responsible for developing, securing support for and implementing the Faculty Advancement Plan, overseeing multiple staff members and ensuring the faculties fundraising goals are met.

Decision-Making Authority:

The Director works with confidential and sensitive issues relating to the donor's philanthropy and personal information. The impact of decisions of the incumbent will have significant effect on the fundraising program, the Faculty of Environment and the University.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal demands typical of a senior executive position operating within an office environment.

Working Environment:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of a Director position exposed to stress and pressure associated with senior level responsibilities. The Director requires an ability to work under pressure, juggle multiple timelines, negotiate with donors, mediate among staff and faculty, interact with a diverse client base including other members of the Waterloo fundraising team, university vice-presidents, faculty members, deans and senior administration and staff of other university business units.