Executive Director, Development, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science – QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY – FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE

Reporting to the Associate Vice-Principal (Development), with joint accountability to the Dean, the Executive Director, Development, will provide leadership to Advancement activities for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. This will include providing strategic, tactical, and high-level expertise, direction, and facilitation in the development, implementation, and oversight of fundraising strategies designed to maximize long-term financial support for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s fundraising objectives and priorities, alongside the strategic and tactical execution of an alumni-relations program that supports increased alumni engagement.

In partnership with the university-wide Advancement team, senior university administrators, senior volunteers, and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science staff, the Executive Director will lead advancement activities by facilitating strategies, monitoring, and coordinating initiatives, and ensuring that next steps are completed in a timely manner with the goal of maximizing lifetime engagement and philanthropic support for the university.  Salary Range:  $113,5200 to $155,440

Posted On:  May 17, 2023

Closing On:  June 18, 2023

Location:  Kingston, Ontario

Employment Type:  Full Time

Level:  Senior

Salary Range:  $113,5200 to $155,440

Website:  https://engineering.queensu.ca/

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The Executive Director will manage a diverse and sophisticated portfolio of major and principal-gift level donors, estates, corporations, and foundations. The incumbent will be a recognized leader in the field of fundraising and will serve as a key adviser to the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, the Associate Vice- Principal (AVP) (Development), Vice-Principal (Advancement), senior university administrators, the Development Leadership Team, volunteers, and the university more broadly.

Location: This role is primarily based in Kingston, Ontario, with the option for flexible remote work when feasible within Canada. As well, to meet with donors, alumni, and volunteers, this position requires travel within and outside of Canada. Work on evenings and weekends is occasionally required.

Compensation: This is a full-time, permanent position. Queen’s offers a progressive compensation and benefits package including extended health, pension, and paid vacation. Queen’s and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science both strive to provide career enrichment, as well as staff learning and development opportunities. Contingent on demonstrated experience, qualifications, and competencies, the salary range for this role is $113,520 to a maximum of $155,440.



Widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading universities, Queen’s University has an international reputation for scholarship, research, social purpose, and spirit. Founded in 1841 and located in Kingston, Ontario, Queen’s is committed to using its talents and resources to rise to the challenges facing our local, national, and global communities.

Queen’s student body consists of approximately 24,000 undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional students, drawn from more than 100 countries and every Canadian province and territory. International students make up 10 per cent of the full-time student population, and 95 per cent of the student population comes from outside of Kingston. Our alumni body of 150,000+ stretches around the globe.

Queen’s attracts extraordinary students. The average entrance grade of incoming undergraduate students was 89.5 per cent in 2019, ranking first in the annual Maclean’s University Rankings. When compared with 500 other institutions as part of the Collegiate Learning Assessment, first-year Queen’s students rank in the 90th percentile for critical thinking, problem solving, written communication, and lifelong learning skills. By fourth-year, our students are in the 98th percentile, underscoring Queen’s transformative learning experience. Queen’s ranked fifth among medical- doctoral universities according to Maclean’s, and third for student satisfaction.

Queen’s offers a full spectrum of undergraduate and graduate research-based programs, with a concentration of expertise in physics, chemistry, cancer research, geosciences, environment and biodiversity, social determinants of health, surveillance studies, and art history and art conservation.

Queen’s is a member of the U15, Canadian research-intensive universities. Research plays a critical role in the University’s ability to contribute knowledge and ideas to Canada and to the world.

In 2017, Queen’s launched a five-year faculty renewal plan to further research and academic excellence. The university is currently in the process of hiring 200 new faculty members to bolster the vibrancy of our teaching and learning. Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre is actively building a global hub for innovation and an innovation eco-system for Eastern Ontario.

The campus also has a fully integrated network of six libraries and is home to several outstanding museums and arts facilities, including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, which recently received a $54-million donation to help fund a major expansion, and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Queen’s is home to a STEM-field Nobel Prize winner, 46 Canada Research Chair holders, a Canada Excellence Research Chair, a Canada 150 Research Chair, a Canada First Research Excellence Fund award, and is second in Canada in faculty awards. Queen’s is also the recent recipient of three Canada Foundation for Innovation grants under the Major Science Initiatives fund and two Networks of Centres of Excellence grants, all of which recognize the awarded research centres and scholars as national and international leaders in their respective research fields.



Queen’s Engineering is transforming engineering education, preparing students to take on the world’s greatest challenges. Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers top-quality, technically rigorous engineering programs to a diverse and vibrant community of 5000 high-calibre undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. It leads Canada in graduation rates, producing engineers who become part of an outstanding alumni network.

Queen’s Engineering students are globally minded problem-solvers: curious; entrepreneurial, ambitious, and dedicated to their community and the promise of change. They are supported by world-leading researchers; faculty who are as brilliant and committed in the classroom as they are in the laboratory.

The Faculty is comprised of five departments – Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining – and with partner departments in the Faculty of Arts & Science offering 10 programs, as well as specialized joint programs and graduate diplomas.

It is unique in offering undergraduate students a guaranteed choice of program after successfully completing their first year – the only Canadian engineering faculty to do so.

It is guided by the Engineering Strategic Plan and its three pillars:

Its Indigenous Futures in Engineering (InEng) program is recognized as a nationally leading approach to support STEM education in Indigenous communities and welcome and support Indigenous students at Queen’s. This model has instigated two other important initiatives at Queen’s: STEMInA, a campus-wide program to support Indigenous students in all areas of STEM education, and Black Youth in STEM, an outreach and support program for Black youth.

It is also at the forefront of education innovation with the recent introduction of its Mechatronics & Robotics Program; a novel college-to-university bridging pathway; and the creation of research centres including the Beaty Water Research Centre and Ingenuity Labs, a globally recognized AI and robotics research hub.

From a storied past as one of Canada’s original engineering schools, the Faculty has its eyes set firmly on the future.



Philanthropy, in the form of volunteerism and donations, has been an essential ingredient in Queen’s success over its 182-year history.

Led by the Vice-Principal (Advancement) and in partnership with the university’s senior leadership, the Office of Advancement leads and coordinates the alumni brand, including alumni relations, marketing and communications, fundraising, and stewardship to build life-long relationships with alumni, volunteers, and friends of Queen’s to advance the strategic vision and academic mission of the university.

The Office of Advancement’s mission is to foster relationships that advance Queen’s and contribute to a better world. Our core organizational values, chosen by Advancement staff in 2020, are: Accountability, Collaboration, Customer Service Orientation, Inclusion, and Integrity.

Advancement uses a centralized/decentralized model comprised of approximately 140 positions across The Office of Advancement and within faculties. The Office of Advancement provides systems and supports for all advancement activities, strategies, and fundraising for university-wide priorities and assistance for faculty/school/department priorities.


With Advancement’s assistance, the university has made significant progress in the priority areas of its Strategic Framework: Student Learning Experience; Research Prominence; Financial Sustainability; Internationalization.

In May 2020, the Office of Advancement launched a new strategic plan, Forward, Together, that will direct our path for the next five years. Building on strengths that have been honed during the 10-year Initiative Campaign (2006-2016), we will focus on six strategic directions:

  1. Shape the future of the university
  2. Develop a high-performing Advancement culture
  3. Grow key programs: Alumni programming and annual giving
  4. Grow key programs: Major, principal and planned gift fundraising
  5. Grow key programs: Communications
  6. Develop leadership capacities for Advancement

Queen’s last capital campaign concluded in April 2016. The Initiative Campaign raised more than $640 million, surpassing the $500-million goal set at the beginning of the campaign. This resulted from the support of more than 60,000 donors – 35,000 of whom were alumni – for the advancement of the university’s top priorities.

Queen’s students, researchers and community continue to benefit from the generous support of donors. On average, over the last five years Queen’s has raised approximately $67 million per year in philanthropic support, of which nearly $7.5 million per year has been raised in support of initiatives and programs at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences (FEAS). With a fundraising priority setting process now underway, FEAS and Queen’s aspire to continue to sustainably grow fundraising revenue long term.





The Executive Director, Development role focuses on the following key activities:

Strategic Leadership

Fundraising & Donor Engagement

Team Leadership

Program and Operational Leadership



Strategic Leadership

Fundraising & Donor Engagement

Team Leadership

Program and Operational Leadership

Collaboration with Colleagues


Education & Other


KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Queen’s University and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. For more information, please contact Tara George, Partner – KCI Search + Talent, at QueensFEAS@kcitalent.com. All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.

Please note the deadline for submission is Sunday, June 18, 2023. Please note: Candidates should send a résumé and letter of interest to QueensFEAS@kcitalent.com AND candidates must also submit their materials via the Queen’s University CareerQ employment portal.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Office of Advancement at Queen’s are committed to embodying the principles of Indigenization – Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism and Accessibility (I-EDIAA). As an employer, we value equitable opportunities and are working to nurture a culture of inclusion and belonging for all. Additionally, we encourage candidates from equity-deserving groups and those with lived experience of marginalization and oppression (including Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, Women, 2SLGBTQIA+ and Persons with disabilities) to apply. For more information, visit our Human Rights and Equity Office Website: http://www.queensu.ca/hreo.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Office of Advancement at Queen’s seek to provide an inclusive and barrier- free work environment, beginning with the recruitment process, and provide accommodation as needed for applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodation throughout any stage of the recruitment process, please contact Tara George with any inquiries or for assistance.

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For more information regarding process, please review the Candidate Process section



For more information:

KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Queen’s University and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. For more information, please contact Tara George, Partner – KCI Search + Talent, at QueensFEAS@kcitalent.com.

Expectation of Confidentiality:

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. The Search Committee and KCI team members all respect the right of candidates to inquire and explore the opportunity in privacy.

Submissions of Interest:

Please note the deadline for submission is Sunday, June 18, 2023. Candidates should submit their application, including a résumé and letter of interest to QueensFEAS@kcitalent.com AND candidates must also submit their materials via the Queen’s University CareerQ employment portalPlease note, interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible as applicants will be considered and interviewed on an ongoing basis.

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