McMaster University

Manager, Development (Faculty of Humanities)

Are you prepared to lead the dramatic growth of private revenue for an innovative and inclusive Faculty as it ushers in a new era of the Humanities? Are you passionate to identify and rally support from some of the McMaster’s most valued funders in helping the Faculty address key issues and support foundational pillars of society that include: social justice and human rights, the arts, ethics and philosophy, communications and multimedia, languages, and one of Canada’s most research intensive Institutes in Canadian History? Are you ready to galvanize leading-edge research and teaching to create a Brighter World?

If so, McMaster University, ranked as one of the world’s top 70 universities, is looking for you! We are recruiting a Manager, Development to build and lead the private revenue growth for the Faculty of Humanities in the form of major, planned, and principal gifts.

McMaster University is committed to teaching, research and inclusive excellence. Our purpose is the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge. We value integrity, quality, inclusiveness, and teamwork in everything we do. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for lifelong learning. We serve the social, cultural, and economic needs of our community and our society. University Advancement is an integrated department that encompasses the areas of Communications & Public Affairs, Development, Alumni Advancement, Stewardship, Volunteer Engagement and Advancement Services & Operations; areas that coordinate their activities and work as a team to build relationships, reputation and resources.

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities comprises over 125 full-and part-time faculty researching and teaching in eight departments. Over 2,500 undergraduate, masters and PhD students from across Canada and around the world are enrolled in our programs. They join the many thousands who have graduated from humanities programs at McMaster since its establishment in 1887.

An institution’s declared vision is a good indicator of its deepest values and strongest aspirations. The vision of our Faculty is centered on excellence in research and teaching. Of course, visions are nothing without achievements. McMaster Humanities’ achievements are everywhere: from the research projects and innovative teaching of our faculty to the intellectual and social engagement of our students at McMaster and in the wider world.

About the Position

The Manager, Development is a new position that will report to the Director, Development, University Advancement and work closely with the Dean of Humanities and her team of faculty, researchers and staff. The successful incumbent will be an experienced relationship professional and will be responsible for several funder relationships, focusing on gifts ranging from a minimum of $250K+, and leading to the overall quantitative impact to the Faculty with an annual private revenue goal of up to $5 million. Consistent with a team-oriented approach to development strategy, this role liaises with both internal and external partners on development approaches, with strategic support from the Director, Development and University Advancement’s senior leaders.

Are you the right candidate?

This role requires a proven track record of success in securing complex $250K – $1 million+ current and planned gifts and leading others to the successful attainment of ambitious fundraising goals. Throughout your experience, you have been recognized for proactively championing partnerships, as well as attracting and maintaining relationships with donors and supporters. You must possess superior critical and strategic thinking and decision-making skills. Additionally, this role requires a donor-centered and goal-oriented approach with solid understanding of Canadian philanthropic environment, legislation, and available charitable vehicles, including familiarity and experience working with planned gifts, including bequests, trusts, insurance and annuities.

Critical to the success of this role will be effective communication and interpersonal skills, writing winning proposals and associated development materials. The successful incumbent will have a demonstrated understanding of human resources, project management, volunteer and budget management and strong financial acumen.

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How To Apply

To apply for this job, please submit your application online via the McMaster Careers Site (job opening: 36843)

Employment Equity Statement

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.