Executive Director, Donor Experience – WESTERN UNIVERSITY

The Executive Director, Donor Experience will provide strategic direction and leadership for the development of recognition, stewardship, and engagement strategies for all donors to Western. The role will provide strategic and operational leadership to a dedicated team of donor relations professionals and will support and advance institutional objectives related to University Advancement.

The Executive Director will lead proactive cultivation and stewardship strategies in order to advance relationships and giving with Western’s most significant donors, in partnership with key relationship managers.   Bringing a process and systems orientation, the successful candidate will play a key role in designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating all activities, programs, procedures and long-term goals across University Advancement to ensure a consistent and efficient experience for donors at all levels and to contribute to the growth of fundraising performance across the University.  Salary Range:  $125,000 – $150,000

Posted On:  September 22, 2023

Closing On:  October 18, 2023

Location:  London, Ontario

Employment Type:  Full Time

Level:  Management

Salary Range:  $125,000 – $150,000

Website:  https://www.uwo.ca/

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Reporting to the AVP, Development, the Executive Director will participate as a member of the Development leadership team and serve as an expert, coach and partner for university development staff related to donor stewardship and engagement activities.  The role will work directly with the University’s most generous donors and senior volunteers and will interact with institutional leaders at all levels, including the President, Deans, Chairs, Vice-Presidents, Associate Vice-Presidents, Professors and student leaders on development projects and strategy.

The salary range for this position is $125,000-$150,000 per annum, plus a comprehensive suite of benefits and pension. This is a permanent, full-time position and will be based on campus at Western University in London, Ontario.


Western has an impressive track record of success – achievements we take pride in and that have paved a road towards an even brighter, bolder future. But never settling for the status quo, Western seeks to maximize its potential as an academic community and increase the impact of its research, teaching, and community engagement. The University’s newly released Strategic Plan, Towards Western at 150, outlines a bold, inclusive vision for Western’s future, and outlines our priorities and aspirations while serving as the cornerstone of our public accountability.

Combining academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth, Western has been preparing future leaders for careers of impact in their communities since 1878.

A vibrant centre of learning with nearly 45,000 students from 128 countries, we offer more than 400 combinations of undergraduate majors, minors and specializations offered through 12 faculties and schools, and three affiliated university colleges. This includes 88 different graduate degree programs, many of which are interdisciplinary, offered through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, as well as professional programs in Medicine, Business, Law and Engineering.

Ranked among the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide, Western is Canada’s third-largest research-intensive university and is a founding member of the U15 group of Canada’s most distinguished research universities. As one of the region’s largest employers, Western has an operating revenue of nearly $800 million, and more than 11,000 full and part-time staff and faculty.

One of the oldest and most beautiful universities in Canada, Western is located on over 55 hectares (1,120 acres) along the banks of the Thames River in London, Ontario providing a unique community feeling. The main campus offers nine student residences, housing either first-year students or upper-year students, plus three on-campus apartments strictly for upper-year and graduate students.

The University Community Centre serves as Western’s student activity centre, with spaces for student government, social, cultural, entertainment and recreational activities. The University Students’ Council recognizes more than 180 student organizations and clubs which cover a wide range of interests such as academics, culture, religion, social issues, and recreation.


The University Advancement division plays a leading role in strengthening awareness of, and support for the University’s mission and goals by leading alumni relations and fundraising efforts across campus and beyond. All departments within the Division build enduring alumni and public trust through understanding and support for Western University in a coordinated campuswide effort that results in the engagement and funding needed to make an impact. There are 3 departments within the Division – Departments of Development, Alumni Relations and Advancement Operations.

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Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers, Western celebrated the conclusion of a multi-year capital campaign, Be Extraordinary, in 2018 which raised $805 million. This historic achievement would not have been possible without their support. Together, we have created a university with a sharpened focus, enhanced Canada’s best student experience and continued a legacy of exceptional teaching and research.

University Advancement is actively engaged in the early stages of the most ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign in its history, a key priority outlined in Towards Western at 150: Western University Strategic Plan.



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For More Information

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this leadership search on behalf of Western University. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Ellie Rusonik Vice-President, Search + Talent at WesternDE@kcitalent.com.

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Please send a resume and letter of interest, to the email address above, and note that the deadline for submission is October 18, 2023.

To view full executive brief, visit www.kcitalent.com

This position is open to all Canadian citizens, permanent residents and those legally able to work in Canada. Other individuals may also be considered, per Canadian immigration laws. Candidates should please include their status when applying for this position.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

We are grateful to live, work and play on these lands.  Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Chonnonton peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors to our society.