Executive Director, Advancement and Alumni Relations
Posted Date: 
Monday, July 24, 2017
Closing Date: 
Monday, August 14, 2017



Executive Director, Advancement and Alumni Relations

Faculty/Department: Office of the President

Employee Group: Administrative

Campus:  Trafalgar (May be assigned activities at any Sheridan campus)


Reference #: 17/A/31


Application Deadline: August 14, 2017

Salary: Commensurate with experience


Reporting to the President and Vice Chancellor, the Executive Director, Advancement and Alumni Relations is a senior administrator and strategic advisor who participates in the overall leadership of Sheridan, as a member of President’s Executive Council. The Executive Director is responsible for leading Sheridan’s advancement and alumni relations team and strategy to enhance the fundraising capacity of the institution, establish programs of ongoing endowment and outright gifts, and nurture relationships with all levels of potential donors and alumni.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Developing and executing the Advancement strategy and operational plans for the portfolio. Overseesperformance measures, analysis and process improvement initiative
  • Developing Sheridan’s annual and long term fundraising and partnership goals;
  • Leading the Advancement team and inspiring growth in fundraising with ambitious financial targets, based on needs of institution and gross revenue requirements;
  • Actively participating with the President and the other corporate leaders in the provision of leadership, planning, and operational decision making of Sheridan. Including decisions affecting the current and future effectiveness and fiscal viability of Sheridan;
  • Creating strategic advancement and alumni relations objectives that drive awareness, engagement and fundraising - to support the mission and vision of the institution; Maintaining a sound understanding of Sheridan’s strategic objectives and management processes;
  • Serving as a key advancement advisor to the President, Executive Committee and Board, as necessary;  Ensuring senior leaders are informed: Providing advice and direction on advancement issues and strategies; Providing professional, confidential, expert advice relating to a comprehensive development plan including campaign strategy, prospect identification, donor acquisition and stewardship;
  • Providing leadership, at the request of the President and members of Executive Council for special projects and initiatives;
  • Providing leadership and coordinating efforts of the portfolio resources (including budgets to deliver on programs and projects);
  • Setting and monitoring professional performance standards of the portfolio and team; Optimizing performance; Ensuring efficient, effective use of resources that are aligned with corporate priorities;
  • Overseeing evaluation and reporting of the portfolio’s performance;
  • Ensuring the coordination and integration of activities between the Advancement and External Relations departments through coordinated leadership of the team;
  • Other duties as required.



The successful candidate will possess nine years of broad and deep management experience as well as a master’s degree in Fundraising Management, Business Development, Marketing, Communications, Public/Government Relations, Public Administration, or other related field (A PhD is preferred) (or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience). Demonstrated progressive leadership experience in Advancement or other related area (marketing, sales, volunteer management and fundraising), preferably in a post-secondary or broader public sector setting is required. The completion of the Certified Fundraising Executive Certificate (CFRE) is desired. Demonstrated ability to build philanthropic relations with individuals, foundations and corporations as well as sound knowledge and experience in annual giving programs in addition to a strong background in capital and sustainable fundraising campaigns is required. Experience with financial management and stewardship of endowment funds is required. Capability in working with a wide range of stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, donors, community groups, and corporate and government leaders is required. The incumbent must have knowledge of, and experience with, fundraising/planned giving techniques and methodologies, be able to analyze research as it pertains to corporate and foundation giving, and have the ability to negotiate at a senior level with corporate leaders and contributors.