University of Toronto

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is seeking a high-performing advancement professional to fill the role of Director of Advancement. The Director of Advancement will lead and manage the Factor- Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s advancement programs with the goal of increasing fundraising revenues and alumni engagement in support of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s highest academic and institutional priorities.

The Director of Advancement reports jointly to the Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and to the Vice President, Advancement (or his/her designate). The Director of Advancement is a member of the Dean’s senior executive committee, and is also a member of the Vice-President, Advancement’s University-wide Senior Advancement Leadership Team.

This is a terrific opportunity for an experienced fundraising professional who has a strong commitment to social justice and inclusive excellence. Bringing a significant track record of success in increasingly senior advancement positions, candidates should also possess experience in large, complex institutions.

About The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto is distinguished by its emphasis on the integration of research and practice in both the classroom and its practicum education. As the oldest school of social work in Canada, the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work has been on the cutting edge of education, policy, research and practice for more than 100 years. Teaching in the Faculty is enriched by the internationally recognized research of faculty members which is designed to help governments, agencies and communities effectively address real world challenges.

Recognized as one of the leading social work research Faculties in North America, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is highly involved in promoting excellence in social work practice and policy development. The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is ranked #1 among faculties of social work in Canada and #2 among schools of social work globally – a hallmark of our innovation, impact, interdisciplinarity and international reputation, and a reflection of our deep values and commitment to more just and inclusive communities.

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is a leader in education, research and evidence-based practice that meets the changing needs of individuals and communities. Working with diverse community and institutional partners, our teachers, researchers and students strive to champion and empower society’s most vulnerable.

The Faculty offers an academic program of study leading to a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, as well as Collaborative specializations, Interprofessional education (IPE), and Continuing Education. Now in its fifth year, the Faculty’s Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency MSW program is the first of its kind in North America. The MSW Program is distinguished by the integration of research and practice in both the classroom and its practicum education. It is fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education.

Additional Information

Advancement at The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

The Advancement Team at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work consists of the Director of Advancement, and an advancement coordinator with the commitment to grow the team under the leadership of the incumbent Director. The team works closely with Faculty colleagues and the Division of University Advancement team to engage with alumni, donors, and community members in order to benefit the Faculty, its research, its students, and the society more broadly. We are very proud of the impact of our alumni and our faculty and staff.

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work has benefitted from the generosity of many people over the years. Through the Boundless campaign, donors generously contributed over $33 million to the Faculty, and typically raises approximately $1+ million per year. We will be looking to grow this revenue as the University moves into a new comprehensive campaign.

Advancement at the University of Toronto

The Division of University Advancement (DUA) promotes and supports the University of Toronto by engaging a worldwide community of more than 600,000 alumni, plus many donors and friends. DUA encompasses a highly skilled team of staff focused in the areas of development, alumni and volunteer engagement, advancement services, and advancement marketing and communications.  The uniquely integrated structure of University Advancement encourages each division to bring its particular strengths and expertise to the common cause of advancing U of T’s relations with alumni, donors, and friends.

Having completed the largest campaign in Canadian University history in 2018, the University of Toronto’s Boundless campaign brought together more than 100,000 donors in 99 countries to raise $2.641 billion and saw a tripling of alumni engagement. This incredible achievement reflects our supporters’ shared belief in U of T’s ability to imagine a brighter future for the city, the country and the world.

The Boundless campaign created incredible impacts for the University, by opening doors of opportunity for students through scholarships and bursaries; building major facilities to enhance undergraduate education for future generations; fuelling innovative and award-winning research, faculty and programs; and increasing engagement with alumni around the world.

The Division of University Advancement at the University of Toronto is committed to a transformative agenda deeply rooted in the University’s vision for growth and innovation.  We are focused on doubling fundraising performance on a sustainable basis; doubling the number of newly engaged alumni by 2023; achieving Advancement goals through the foundational integration of Alumni Relations and Development both centrally and through collaborations with divisional colleagues; creating an organization and culture that fosters leadership, initiative, effectiveness, and community; and contributing to the creation of an external relations strategy for a transforming image, reputation and standing of U of T along an axis of differentiation and excellence.

The Ideal Candidate

Highly organized, intellectually curious and innovative in approach, the ideal candidate will have a passion for building and broadening the community of FIFSW supporters. The new Director will be a strategic fundraiser with a track record of success in collaborating with internal stakeholders to create and support compelling funding opportunities that align with organizational priorities. Deeply interested in broadening their own knowledge, the ideal candidate will be energized by inspiring others to take positive action in enhancing FIFSW. A leader who will balance long term goals with short term gains, the Director will identify opportunities in challenges, and will take a direct and creative approach to securing new revenue in support of the priorities of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned boots-on-the-ground fundraiser who is motivated to identify new donors and build strategic and meaningful relationships that drive major gift success. With a deep appreciation for the importance of social work and its impact on communities, the Director will find new ways to excite and involve donors. Invigorated by building relationships, the ideal candidate will be motivated to engage in face-to-face meetings with donors and prospects, and will have an intense ability to identify and nurture donor motivations. An experienced public speaker, the new incumbent will be highly comfortable with leading discussions, presenting financials, and verbally communicating impact to donors as individuals or as a group.

Responsive, timely, and deadline-driven, the ideal candidate will demonstrate an attitude of assistance to both the internal and external stakeholder community. Supportive and accessible to colleagues, the new incumbent will be an excellent listener and agile communicator who will successfully coach and engage a wide variety of individuals in the fundraising process. Confident, creative, and talented in the art of soft persuasion, the Director will take a consultative and proactive approach to working with others.

The successful candidate will be a personable, empathetic, and respectful professional who will give and encourage feedback and will be openly accessible to staff, colleagues and donors alike. The Director will be an experienced staff manager who will be comfortable working in a unionized environment, and who will be committed to life-long learning for both the individual and team development.

Key Responsibilities of the Director of Advancement

The Director of Advancement is responsible for the development and execution of advancement plans and strategies to accomplish campus fundraising and alumni engagement goals, as well as the related personal and team results. The Director is accountable for the development and fulfillment of the Faculty’s advancement plans and strategies that support the Faculty’s academic mission.

In this role, the Director of Advancement will:

Strategic Leadership and Management


Alumni Relations

Advancement Communications

Operations and Finance

Human Resources Management

Reporting Relationships

Key duties and responsibilities are all accomplished in close consultation with the Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and the Vice President, Advancement. The Director has a functional reporting relationship to the Vice-President, Advancement or delegate (typically the AVP Divisional Relations and/or their designate) that ensures alignment with and accountability to University-wide standards, guidelines, and procedures that protect academic integrity and promote best practice, excellence, and equity in advancement. Further details on the definition of joint reporting can be found in the Provost’s Guideline on Joint Reporting in University Advancement.

Experience & Competencies of the Ideal Candidate

The Director of Advancement, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work will possess superior solicitation experience and a demonstrated track record of securing significant philanthropic support; a strong commitment to recruiting, developing, and empowering a team of high- performance advancement professionals; and a strong commitment to establishing and supporting efforts to meaningfully engage alumni and volunteers in support of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s academic mission.

The new incumbent will demonstrate proactive leadership and team building skills, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, an ability to work collaboratively with other teams, and a commitment to set and achieve ambitious advancement goals. As such, the Director will also embody a strong commitment to define the leading edge of advancement practice in Canada and to enhance the University’s overall reputation for advancement excellence.

Required Experience & Education

Abilities, Qualities, and Attributes

Other Considerations

Application Process

For more information, interested individuals are invited to contact Tara George or Samantha David, at KCI Search + Talent via email at by March 18, 2021.

Candidates who are interested in applying for this position should please send a resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above. All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. If you require accommodation during the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. We will work with you to provide a seamless recruitment experience.

The position is classified as a 1AP, with a salary range of $76,286 to $176,046. The target hiring zone is approximately $115,000 to $130,000 per annum. Information about U of T benefits can be found at .

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The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) at the University of Toronto welcomes applications from highly qualified individuals who are interested in joining our Faculty for a dynamic and challenging learning experience.

U of T is strongly committed to diversity within its community, and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous People of North America and the world, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Canada’s leading teaching and research University, the University of Toronto is ranked one of the Greater Toronto’s Top 100 Employers 2021 and one of Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers for 2020. Committed to enhancing the diversity and experience of both staff and students, U of T offers employees challenging work, flexible family-friendly programs and opportunities for professional and personal development.