Director, Development & Alumni Relations, St. Mark’s College/Corpus Christi College

“The Community of St. Mark’s, which includes St. Mark’s College, Corpus Christi College, and St. Mark’s Parish, is the Catholic centre at UBC. St. Mark’s College educates undergraduate and graduate students through a theological lens, preparing them to become leaders in Catholic schools, healthcare, and social services. It also prepares the academic formation for men preparing to serve as permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Corpus Christi College provides students with the good undergraduate start that develops the individual student’s potential and enables success today and beyond. Our offerings are unique, imbued with Catholic values, while complementary to UBC.”


The mandate of the Office of Development & Alumni Relations is to secure donations to advance the Colleges and to maintain relationships with the graduates and friends of the Colleges.

The Office traditionally has three operating teams (units):

  • The Development team works to encourage philanthropic support for the Colleges from alumni, friends, trusts and foundations, and corporations.
  • The Alumni Relations team manages the network of over 1,000 alumni at St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College. They have responsibilities for keeping graduates engaged with the Colleges in many ways: including updating them on developments at the Colleges, connecting and networking with their peers in Canada and abroad, encouraging the sharing of ideas and discussion with the community, offering meaningful volunteering opportunities and organizing alumni events in Canada and worldwide.
  • Development Support Services perform the key logistical tasks required to keep the office running. These include maintaining accurate philanthropic and alumni databases, gift administration, prospect research and internal office management.

Expected Contributions:

The Director, Development & Alumni Relations is accountable for the vision, strategy, planning, and delivery of Development and Alumni Relations. As a key member of the Colleges’ senior executive team, the Director plays a strategic role in raising the profile of the Colleges, locally, nationally and internationally, for evolving the Colleges’ development and alumni relations base in support of its goals, objectives and mandates and for securing significant major and transformational gifts.

The Director is responsible for managing a defined development program at an average $1.5+ million level, or resource development activity at an average $1+ million annually. Responsible for managing a minimum of 75-150 prospects, making 20-25 solicitations and raising a minimum average of $1+ million annually.

The Director must prioritize workload issues of a cyclical and ad hoc nature and maintain flexibility regarding priorities due to the nature of the office and the need to quickly adjust to changing deadlines and priorities.

Functional Reporting Relationships:

The Director reports to the President, Corpus Christi College / Principal, St. Mark’s College.

Primary working relationships are with the Executive Director, Strategy & Planning; the Director, Finance & Operations; the Dean of Arts, Corpus Christi College; the Dean of Theology, St. Mark’s College; the Dean of Students; the Manager, Communications; and external advisory committees.

The Director traditionally has direct report(s) to support fulfilling the mandate of the Office, including: Development Officers, Alumni Relations Officers and Development Support Officers.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

The Director, Development & Alumni Relations provides leadership, guidance, and executive-level decision-making for all initiatives undertaken by the Office. These expectations and responsibilities, include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide strategic planning and implementation to further the Colleges’ interests and the goals of the Strategic Plan; ensure strategy execution in an integrated approach across the organization
  • Create, revise, and implement a divisional operational plan which supports the Strategic Plan objectives
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of a culture of accountability and performance-based initiatives
  • Ensure divisional goals are realistic and sustainable in the context of institutional priorities
  • Provide strategic leadership to a broad portfolio; communicate the Colleges’ vision and goals to faculty, staff and students, and the broader external community; and support the engagement of the Colleges in the Metro Vancouver community
  • Ensure external relation’s priorities, strategies, plans, and programs are aligned with the Colleges’ academic planning and priorities
  • Strengthen existing and build new relationships with alumni, donors, business leaders, foundations, and corporations
  • Coordinate the development and execution of significant major and transformational giving strategies and activities
  • Implement a sustainable fundraising program with integrated fundraising objectives
  • Manage the financial and resource planning for the department


  • Post-secondary degree in a relevant discipline such as Business or Education
  • Five (5) to ten (10) years of experience in complex, multi-stakeholder organizations, with applicable work experience in development or alumni relations; or an equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Exceptional fundraising and event planning skills; recognized professional designations or program completions are an asset
  • Demonstrated history of success in a senior leadership role
  • Proven track record securing principal philanthropic gifts
  • Strong strategic planning skills and the proven ability to incorporate broad vision into short-term and long-term goals
  • Proven ability to build performance metrics and accountability
  • Highly effective presentation and public speaking skills, with the demonstrated ability to articulate vision and strategy to various stakeholders with tact and diplomacy
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communication and negotiation skills to effectively develop and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Outstanding decision-making, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Financial acuity related to budget preparation and proposals as well as management and use of resources
  • Good understanding of and an appreciation for higher education and research
  • Advanced skills on Microsoft applications, including: Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Outlook
  • Experience with fundraising/development computer applications are an asset
  • Ability to exercise a high level of judgment, discretion, and confidentiality
  • Commitment to forwarding the missions and visions of St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College

    For more information, or to apply in confidence please contact:

Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

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