Vice President, University Advancement and Alumni Relations – TORONTO METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the University Executive Team, the Vice-President will be a dynamic catalyst with the ability to build engagement and deliver results that increase philanthropic support for TMU.  Able to strike the balance between strategic focus and tactical implementation to meet goals, the new Vice President will use this lens to build positive and constructive internal and external relationships with staff, donors, alumni, community members and other partners to further Advancement goals.

A collaborative and collegial builder of high-performing teams, the Vice President will have overall responsibility for a team of 90 and will directly supervise the Assistant Vice President Advancement, Assistant Vice President Engagement, and an Executive Assistant.  The Vice President will also work closely with academic and administrative leaders across the university, and with key volunteers who support TMU’s advancement and alumni engagement efforts.

Base Salary:  $305,000

Posted On:  August 21, 2023

Closing On:  September 13, 2023

Location:  Toronto, Ontario

Level:  Management

Employment Type:  Full Time

Base Salary:  $305,000


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Guided by a bold Academic Plan, an ambitious research agenda, and a Master Plan to revitalize the campus and surrounding neighbourhood, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) is among the most applied-to universities in Ontario and its reputation with business and community leaders continues to rise.

Toronto Metropolitan University offers more than 125 undergraduate and graduate programs. Culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 48,000 students, including nearly 3,000 master’s and PhD students, over 3,800 faculty and staff, and more than 200,000 alumni worldwide.

In 2023, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) ranked number one on the Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity 2023, a ranking of the top 150 organizations across the country promoting creative, diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces. TMU’s Diversity Self-ID program has been critical in supporting efforts to increase representation of equity-deserving groups and informing equity, diversity and inclusion goals, and used to measure the university’s progress.

TMU cherishes its role as a city builder and continues to reshape the downtown core of Toronto. The Mattamy Athletic Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens has brought an iconic building back to life, the Image Centre has helped make Toronto an international photography destination, and the Sheldon and Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre is transforming Yonge Street. In the past five years, TMU opened two new buildings. The Centre for Urban Innovation, a research, incubation and commercialization hub, which opened in fall 2018. In summer 2019, TMU opened the multi-functional Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, a combined academic, administrative and student residence building.


At TMU, fundraising goals aim to ensure that the university will continue to provide students with exceptional experiences and opportunities in and beyond the classroom. These opportunities equip students with the skills and experiences to build thriving careers in today’s global knowledge economy. Through scholarships and awards, program enhancement, new facilities and the latest technology, the support of alumni and friends has direct impact on the lives of students, strengthening the capacity to challenge, support, and encourage students to grow as responsible global citizens.

The university itself is a diverse community, and is constantly pursuing new ways to collaborate with, interact with, and include the communities because that is what leads to a vibrant learning environment. Support from alumni and friends strengthens those connections.

Gifts from alumni and friends also strengthen the ability to attract and retain world-class faculty members, produce leading-edge research, and provide students with the kind of learning experiences that shape a life and career.

The Office of Advancement’s vision is to ensure that TMU be recognized as Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Donors are helping to realize this vision. From new research and policy centres to world-leading entrepreneurial zones, the university develops the talent, incubating the ideas and innovations, and generating the economic, social and cultural advances that enrich the fabric of society and improve the quality of life. Alumni, friends and organizations are invited to partner in this endeavor, to help invest deeply in researchers, students, and learning environments.


With Advancement’s assistance, the university has made significant progress in the priority areas of the Strategic Framework:

In 2020, the Office of Advancement created a plan Toward TMU 2030 to support the University’s strategic plan. This 10-year plan will see advancement increase revenue and engagement to help strengthen excellence across the university.


Toronto Metropolitan University is seeking an experienced senior leader with a track-record of fundraising success to help drive the University’s strategic priorities through the expansion of Advancement activities.

TMU offers a progressive compensation and benefits package for this role, including extended health benefits and pension. Contingent on demonstrated experience, qualifications, and competencies, the base salary for this role is $305,000 with a potential bonus of $30k – $40k.

Major Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership


Alumni Relations/Engagement

Human Resources Management




KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Toronto Metropolitan University. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Tara George or Samantha at KCI Search + Talent, by email at

Interested candidates are invited to send a resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by September 13, 2023. All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.

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Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us in realizing the benefits of embedding these values into the work at every level and in every unit of the university.

In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada and to bring lived experiences to the work, we encourage applications from members of equity deserving groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada, First Nations Peoples in the United States, racialized people, Black people, persons with disabilities, women, and 2SLGBTQ+ people.

Preference will be given to candidates with lived experiences as people from equity deserving groups, as well as experience working with these communities with which the University works every day. Please note that all legally eligible qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, and we welcome newcomers and immigrants to Canada.



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