Associate Director, Development (Faculty of Music)

Wilfrid Laurier University is poised to meet its future with vision, energy, and optimism. With 19,000 students and over 2,000 faculty and staff across locations in Waterloo, Brantford, Kitchener, and Toronto, Laurier is a mid-sized university with small-school strengths. At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here. As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community

Under the guidance of the Assistant Vice President, Development & Campaign Director, the Associate Director, Development – Faculty of Music is accountable for all aspects of major gift fundraising and donor relations within the Faculty of Music. The incumbent will work collaboratively and strategically with the Dean of Music, and other colleagues to pursue a highly targeted approach toward identifying, cultivating, soliciting and providing stewardship to prospects and donors intended to secure financial support at the major gift level. The Associate Director will develop annual performance goals with measureable outputs, including financial targets for new gifts and pledges, and will play a prominent role in the pan-University major fundraising campaign. The Associate Director understands the important role played by the Faculty of Music within the University and community and is an eloquent advocate of the benefits of music and of music education.

The ideal applicant will be a proven leader with an undergraduate degree, as well as five to seven years of experience, and proven track record of success in major gift fundraising, preferably in a post secondary or arts fundraising environment. The incumbent will require an understanding of the university culture, ethical fundraising practices and the various regulations and guidelines pertaining to fundraising as well as demonstrated success working collaboratively with senior leaders, volunteers, and colleagues. Strong planning and project management skills combined with excellent relationship-building and communication skills are also essential. Previous Capital Campaign experience would be an asset.

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. The University welcomes applications from qualified women and men, including persons of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and persons of a visible minority. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Should you be interested in learning more about this opportunity please visit for additional information and the online application system. All applications must be submitted online by October 21, 2015. Please note, a CV and letter of introduction will be required in electronic form.

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