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1 Aug 2018

Executive Management Executive Director Advancement and Alumni Relations

Georgian CollegeBarrie, Ontario, Canada

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Job Description

Reporting to the VP, External Relations, the Executive Director Advancement and Alumni Relations is strategic, articulate, energetic, thoughtful, confident, experienced and accountable for leading the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive advancement and alumni relations portfolio, which includes all fundraising, alumni relations, scholarships and awards management, community engagement, conference and event services in support of Georgian’s strategic priorities. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

Fundraising and Resource Development

  • Develops and delivers an annual revenue generation, donor stewardship and staff development plan, with explicit, measurable goals, towards the overall advancement of our students and the college
  • Identifies college-wide fundraising requirements; documents and recommends the priorities and appropriate funding allocation for approved needs; develops and oversees all fundraising goals, activities and campaigns while ensuring alignment with the strategic plan
  • Directs campaign initiatives including volunteer recruitment and support, managing the prospect pipeline, prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts
  • In consultation with the President and the Advancement Committee Chair, sets the meeting agenda and supports committee members
  • Takes a leadership role in securing government revenue, industry partnerships, in-kind support, and other forms of revenue
  • Builds, sustains and stewards philanthropic relationships and long term strategic partnerships to support funding opportunities
  • Leads the development of programs / initiatives for the effective recognition and stewardship of donors and engages, motivates and supports senior college leaders / volunteers in donor cultivation and stewardship

Alumni Relations and Engagement

  • Ensures the effective recruitment and sustained engagement of Georgian alumni through targeted communication, events, awards and recognition, alumni appeals, perks and partnerships and the Alumni Executive Council
  • Directs and evaluates strategies to effectively market meaningful affinity partnerships, alumni benefits / services and ensures offerings are integrated and promoted at key college events
  • Identifies alumni lead gift opportunities and sets goals for the annual giving program
  • Accountable for the performance and maintenance of CRM systems used and the overall privacy, integrity and use of alumni / donor data and records

Community Development

  • Directs the development of an annual community engagement plan, including responsibility for sponsorship and activation in consultation with deans and campus location leaders and prepares an annual report for the Board of Governors
  • Assesses and makes key recommendations to the Senior Leadership team for participation at community events across the region
  • Recommends how best to shape our community engagement approach towards identifying stakeholder’s interests and new opportunities for Georgian over the longer term
  • Identifies strategic integration and alliances with community organizations towards the overall advancement of the college

Advancement Communications

  • In collaboration with Marketing and Communications, initiates and stewards to completion all advancement and community development communication and campaign materials, which includes an annual magazine, speeches, web content, advertising, donor collateral, news releases and event planning and execution

Awards and Scholarships

  • Prepares an annual scholarships and awards strategic plan with specific fundraising targets. Oversees annual fundraising for student awards and scholarships and the effective and efficient administration of the awards and scholarship program including promotion, evaluation, notification, awards ceremonies / distribution, and donor recognition

Conference and Event Services

  • Ensures a superior customer service experience and annual targets are met or exceeded by providing leadership and support to the Conference and Event Services unit

Human and Financial Management

  • Provides strategic direction and leadership to the department in conjunction with unit Managers, oversees all aspects of staffing including recruitment, training, orientation and performance management
  • Plans, prepares and administers the department budget. Works closely with the finance department in preparation of reports related to flow-through of donor contributions


    • Successfully completed a bachelor’s degree
    • Certified as or pursuing Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation
    • Eleven years’ experience in a similar role leading capital campaigns, fundraising programs, marketing, public relations, community development and alumni relations
    • Advanced oral and written communications skills with the ability to influence, inspire and engage key stakeholders
    • Ability to build and maintain productive and successful relationships with individuals representing a large, diverse group of stakeholders
    • Extensive knowledge of advancement and fundraising systems and processes, including data collection, management and renewal
    • Experience soliciting major gifts / donations
    • Experience working with alumni / scholarship and awards programs is an asset
    • Demonstrated ability to manage human and fiscal resources including the development / evaluation of business plans, budgets and reporting
    • Ability to direct and manage numerous projects simultaneously and can assess relative priorities both short and long term
    • Innovative with an entrepreneurial mind-set

Georgian College supports diversity, equity and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. Georgian College is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process and workplace. If you are contacted to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please advise the interview coordinator of any accommodations needed with respect to any materials or processes used to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. Alternate formats will be provided upon request throughout the recruitment and selection process.

APPLY NOW:To be considered for this position, please visit our website at and apply by navigating to About Georgian and then to Career opportunities. Applications for this position must be received by 5:00 p.m. on August 10, 2018. While we thank all applicants, only those contacted for an interview will be acknowledged.

Job Categories: Full-time. Job Types: Executive Management. Salary: 100,000 and above.

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