Director of Philanthropy (Fund Development)

Alberta College of Art + Design

Location: Alberta
Date posted: 2013-03-19

The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) is committed to an academic studio-based education for students in fine art, design, craft and digital media. The result is a rigorous studio program, which produces critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and artists with well-defined practices. ACAD is a leading centre for education and research; a catalyst for creative inquiry and cultural development. We engage the world and create possibilities.

Calgary, the cultural capital of Canada for 2012, is situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. ACAD, an integral part of Canada, Alberta and Calgary's cultural community, offers four year bachelor's programs and is developing our first graduate program. The College is developing an exciting long term vision that reaffirms its educational mission within an arts and cultural context where design and creativity are keys to the cultural prosperity agenda.

The college welcomes applications for the following regular full-time Management/Exempt position:

Director of Philanthropy

The newly established External Relations Office now seeks a dynamic, results-oriented Director of Philanthropy to manage a small but integrated fund development team and to lead the execution of comprehensive fundraising campaigns.

The Director of Philanthropy reports to the Vice-President, External Relations and work closely with colleagues within the External Relations Office, Board of Governors, the President and Executive Officers, faculty, students, granting agencies and the private sector in fundraising initiatives integral to ACAD's future. The Director plays a key role in identifying new funding opportunities, and ensuring that current and potential donors continue to be attracted to and strategically engaged with ACAD in support of the goals outlined in its Strategic Plan. This position provides an opportunity for the incumbent to shape the Fund Development Office, drafting a strategic plan for the development area, refining policies and procedures, and enhancing the Raiser's Edge database.


The successful candidate will have a post-secondary degree in business administration, communications or a related discipline. The candidate will have a minimum of 5 years' experience in a senior fundraising capacity, leading and developing others, and be able to function effectively within an academic environment. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated success in running a fundraising campaign and who are familiar with the Raiser's Edge database. The candidate must have superior organizational skills, the ability to prioritize multiple deadlines, excellent communications and interpersonal skills, and proven team building and leadership skills

Please submit applications including a cover letter, resume and the names of three professional references via our careers page at

This competition is open until March 13, 2013 or until a suitable candidate is found.

Please note: only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Further information about the College is available on our web site at

Further information about the College and this position is available on our website at ACAD is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of the College. We encourage expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for consideration for this or other suitable vacancies although applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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