The ideal candidate will be a data-driven, seasoned fundraising professional with significant expertise and proven experience in capital campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, corporate partnerships, and in delivering outstanding alumni relations programs. Working with Georgian’s academic and senior leadership the Executive Director, Advancement and Alumni Relations will shape and develop our future advancement strategies and encourage best practice fundraising, discipline and accountability. With strong analytical and planning skills, and a focus on efficiencies and outcomes, the new incumbent will assess our current programs, then formulate and articulate our path forward. The successful candidate will ensure processes and systems are established to confirm that quality data informs decisions.
The new incumbent will enhance our fundraising achievement by nurturing sustainable relationships with our donors, our alumni, and with our stakeholders. The successful candidate will bring a personal track record of asking and closing, an appreciation of our alumni potential and an understanding of post-secondary education advancement.
The Executive Director will be an advocate for advancement and alumni relations within the College. An accomplished leader with an executive-level presence, the successful candidate will strive to elevate advancement and alumni relations at Georgian. The ideal candidate will collaborate with our academic leaders to define funding priorities fully-aligned with the College’s goals. Creative, innovative, and comfortable pushing the envelope, the new incumbent will leverage multi-faceted partnership opportunities within the nuances and interconnections of our programs.
Warm, engaging, and empathetic, the Executive Director will encourage meaningful team engagement, ensuring that team members feel valued and recognized. Providing consistent and clear communication, the ideal candidate will promote rigour around information sharing among the advancement and alumni relations team. The new incumbent will be a mentor and coach who will ignite, excite, and motivate our team to reach their full potential. Knowing when to step in and when to step away, the ideal candidate will lead the team in strategy, planning and implementation.
The Executive Director will be a consummate professional, visible, comfortable and present in our communities to encourage opportunities for ongoing engagement with our donors, alumni, volunteers, and our campus communities.Astute, nimble, and able to pivot when needed, the ideal candidate will be confident and decisive, with the ability to drive concepts to timely completion. The new incumbent will effectively work through decision chains, and will know when to push forward or pull back. Collaborative, calm, and flexible when dealing with organizational complexities, the successful candidate will navigate and influence using persuasion, rather than authority.
Passionate about our mission to inspire innovation, transform lives, and connect communities through the power of education, the Executive Director will share our values focused on excellence, community engagement, integrity, inclusion, and sustainability.
Reporting to the Vice President, External Relations, the Executive Director, Advancement and Alumni Relations will be responsible for:
Fundraising and Resource Development (35%)
•Develops and delivers an annual revenue generation, donor stewardship, and staff development plan, with explicit, measurable goals towards the overall advancement of our students/college.
•Identifies college-wide fundraising requirements; recommends and documents 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 (10%)
•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 (10%)
•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 (10%)
• 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 (10%)
•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 (5%)
•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 (20%)
•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.