Associate Director, Advancement, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Simon Fraser University


In the place where innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach intersect, you’ll find Simon Fraser University. Our vision? To be Canada’s leading engaged university.

Born in 1965, SFU has become Canada’s leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia’s largest municipalities — Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey — and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world.

Position Outline

The incumbent is responsible for managing relationships with donor prospects determined to have the ability to make special gifts at the $10K to $100K level by developing and implementing strategies for securing financial support from a portfolio of donor prospects including identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding these gifts from alumni, parents, and friends. The incumbent provides support to and works in partnership with a Faculty team comprised of professional advancement, communication, and research grant staff or as a member of the central Advancement team to develop and implement strategies that facilitate and generate maximum support for the Faculty and/or University.


  • Manages relationships and devises appropriate strategies in consultation with the supervisor to bring donor prospects and individuals to solicitation and closure that are determined to have the ability to make special gifts to the University at the $20K to $100K level.
  • Develops, manages and nurtures a pool of approximately 250 to 300 active individual gift prospects capable of donating annual gifts of $1K or $20K or greater through the donor cycle of qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, stewarding, and/or upgrading gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the University.
  • Manages fundraising goals of new and upgraded commitments (approximately $500K annually) and activity goals of face-to-face solicitation (180+ annually) visits with a range of prospects.
  • Tracks and monitors the progress of solicitations and prepares reports.
  • Attends and contributes to strategy and development meetings, staff meetings and target meetings.


  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and two years of related fundraising experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral and written), and relationship management skills.
  • Proficient in the use of word, database, spreadsheet, and presentation applications and prospect management 
  • Excellent research, solicitation, and cultivation skills.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and analytical reasoning skills.
  • Excellent teamwork skills.
  • Good strategic planning skills.

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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