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Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2 days ago


What will you create here? 

Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU) we solve problems, cultivate creativity and are driven by the desire to design a better world. In keeping with this passion, we have an exciting and ambitious vision for the future which provides a valuable opportunity to expand our philanthropic and community partnerships. ECU is situated on unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the xmθkym (Musqueam), Swxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and slilwta (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples and are seeking to develop an inclusive approach to our outreach and donor relations. This is an exciting time to join our University Advancement team as we build a fundraising plan to support the philanthropic and strategic priorities of ECU and the ECU Foundation. We are recruiting for a Director of Advancement who will bring a passion for philanthropy, a spirit of creativity and a commitment to the mission and vision of the University. The ideal candidate for this role will be innovative, analytical and energized by the creative and dynamic culture at ECU. 

The Director, Advancement provides leadership and direction to the fund development strategy, including evaluation of the University’s giving programs. The Director leads activities to raise gifts over $10,000, including gifts from individuals, corporations, and family foundations in support of on-going annual fundraising activities. The Director also seeks planned giving opportunities, expands the prospects database, secures additional contributions to the University’s award, bursary, and scholarship programs, and participates in alumni engagement activities. In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Director provides leadership and direction to staff, enabling the achievement of the departmental vision and goals. 

Under the direction of the Executive Director, University Advancement + Events, develops a comprehensive fundraising plan that encompasses and addresses short- and long-term philanthropic goals, prospect identification and research, donor cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and recognition. Develops and implements campaigns strategies, priorities, and objectives for various University stakeholders. 

2. Provides strategic leadership to the development, execution, and evaluation of a comprehensive annual plan for individual major gifts, planned giving and annual fundraising activities for the University. 

3. Leads annual award program financial reporting and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders as needed. 

4. Directs the research, identification, cultivation, and tracking of individual major gift prospects as well as planned giving activities. Engages with major gift contributors to secure long-term bequests and estate gifts and seeks to expand the prospects database. 

5. Ensures efficient policies, procedures, and tracking mechanisms are in place to accurately track the status of requests and related activities arising from fundraising initiatives. In collaboration with Privacy staff and the Executive Director, responds to Freedom of Information requests, including leading privacy impact assessments as required. 

6. Leads the Alumni Association Board as a Trustee and supports Alumni engagement activities while seeking to increase overall alumni engagement. 

7. Initiates, cultivates, solicits, and closes major gifts over $10,000. 

8. Leads the preparation and tracking of pledges of financial information, proposals and/or gift agreements, and reports for review by prospects and their professional advisors and other associated boards and stakeholders. 

9. Supports the ECU Foundation board and actively participates in board member recruitment and engagement. Initiates and assists with volunteer-led solicitations of donations. 

10. Leads and supervises donor-funded awards and related activities including ceremonies and award allocation processes. Identifies underfunded areas and secures additional contributions for award, bursary, and scholarship programs. In collaboration with Academic Affairs, ensures that the Graduation Awards program is fully funded, and new academic programs are endowed with appropriate donor-funded graduation awards. Performs a yearly program inventory. 

11. Works in collaboration with the Communications team, the Executive Director, University Advancement + Events and the Advancement + Events Assistant to develop communication plans, including oversight of social media planning for the ECU Foundation channels, systems, and processes that support the Annual Fund and Major Gifts initiatives. 

12. Manages and maximizes the utilization of the University Advancement Information System (e.g., Raisers Edge), to ensure fundraising and alumni records are accurate and supporting planned activities and initiatives. Reviews analytical reports to measure and respond to activity success. 

13. Supervises administrative-related activities, including Raiser’s Edge database administration, stewardship activities and reporting, including the management of the Advancement office newsletter, ECU Foundation website and social media publications. 

14. Participates in relevant professional organizations and keeps current on state-of-the-art initiatives in fundraising practices in planned giving, endowments, and major gifts. 

15. Creates synergistic partnerships and collaborations between donors, potential clients, and University stakeholders, which maximize utilization of the Advancement + Alumni office experience, services, and resources, and enhance the university’s profile. 

16. Leads the annual gala-type fundraising event, including solicitation for art donations, sponsorships, and ticket sales. 

17. Manages Advancement staff including overseeing and participating in selection, mentoring, development, and performance management. 

18. Acts on behalf of the Executive Director for Foundation 


  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field, including specific training in fundraising, prospects research, cultivation and planned giving. 
  • Minimum five years’ relevant experience, in progressively more responsible roles, in the fundraising (development, planned giving, and major gifts) field at a management level. CFRE preferred. 
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Experience developing and implementing a successful major gifts plan and annual giving campaign. 
  • Experience with endowments and community foundations. 
  • Experience in leading, supervising, and motivating staff and volunteers. 
  • Understanding of basic accounting principles and knowledge of the Canadian Revenue Agency(CRA)regulations. 
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and Microsoft Office Suite. 
  • Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples cultures, material practice and protocols. 
  • Post-secondary experience is an asset. 
  • Experience working with internal and external stakeholders including Boards, volunteers, and donors is an asset. 
  • Excellent negotiation, problem-solving, decision-making, and interpersonal skills as well as excellent stewardship knowledge and practice. 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including major gift proposals, presentations, newsletters, website stories and appeal letters. 
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and time management skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to establish strong relationships with potential donors, to secure major gift donations, and to achieve fundraising goals. 
  • Ability to exercise tact, diplomacy, and cultural sensitivity when interacting with people who hold a diverse range of perspectives, worldviews, and experiences. 
  • Demonstrated ability in initiating and handling a variety of projects or assignments efficiently. 
  • Familiarity with leading practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion. 
  • Familiarity with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. 
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to use sound judgment and discretion in dealing with a wide variety of sensitive issues. 
  • Demonstrated resilience and ability to work under stress. 
  • Ability to work flexible hours. 

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64980117
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Position Title: Director, Advancement
  • Company Name For Job: Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Institution Type: 4-Year College or University/Higher Education Institution,Graduate/Professional School,Institutionally Related Foundation,Nonprofit Organization
  • Job Function/Discipline: Advancement Management,
    Major Gifts,
    Planned Giving,
    Prospect Research & Management
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Experience Level: Management
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: 86,619.00 - 115,492.00 Canadian Dollars (Yearly Salary)

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