Huron University College – Associate Vice President, Advancement


Huron University College – Associate Vice President, Advancement{


The opportunity

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Huron is unique to post-secondary institutions in Canada. With the aim to redefine Liberal Arts education, Huron is creating a university experience unlike any other, one that prioritizes ethical leadership and community engagement, as much as the pursuit of academic achievement.  As the founding institution of Western University, since 1863, Huron has remained strategically small to best serve the needs of its students. Huron’s mission is to develop Leaders with Heart from all backgrounds and foster a vibrant and inclusive community and prepare students to be engaged citizens who transform the sectors they work within.

It is within this context that Huron invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President (AVP), Advancement.

Reporting to the Vice President, University Growth, the AVP, Advancement is responsible for managing high profile and high value relationships external to Huron to accomplish institutional fundraising targets and goals. To accomplish this goal, the AVP Advancement focuses on the development and support of Huron’s major gift portfolio that align with Huron’s mission and vision of Leadership with Heart. The AVP provides innovative and strategic leadership to the major gifts portfolio, campaign management, annual fund, alumni board, alumni engagement strategy, bequests and legacy giving, and stewardship and recognition. The AVP, Advancement is also engaged in identifying, qualifying, and cultivating relationships with a broad range of partners, including but not limited, to alumni, donors, friends of Huron, staff, and faculty, in which there is potential for present or future gifts to Huron. In consultation with the Vice President, University Growth, and working collaboratively with the AVP, Marketing and Communications, the AVP assists with the development and leads the implementation of an integrated advancement communications strategy for marketing, events, and donor relations for a broad range of partners. The AVP, Advancement provides leadership and supervision to a diverse team of professional staff, including oversight of team goals and objectives, guiding collaborative and cohesive efforts toward expected outcomes, and evaluating results with a focus on continuous quality improvement.  

As the ideal candidate, you are a proven and successful fundraising professional who has progressive leadership experience. You are skilled at fostering and supporting relationships and embracing innovative strategies that promote ongoing engagement and support. As an advancement professional, you understand and adhere to ethical fundraising standards and supporting legislation. You are collegial and collaborative, which will aid you in your work to promote and contribute to Huron’s success. You are adept at managing multiple projects with shifting timelines and priorities and encourage innovation and problem solving. Your fundraising experience includes securing large, complex gifts in the 5 and 6 figure range. Experience managing and leading a team of direct reports is considered a strong asset, as is knowledge of a university environment. As a leader, you must foster and promote a welcoming environment for alumni, donors, friends of Huron, staff, faculty and community members from diverse backgrounds and cultures.  Candidates must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited and recognized post secondary institution.

To apply or explore this exceptional leadership opportunity with Huron University College, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and/or Nicole Arnold (nicole@griffithgroup.ca).

Huron values its place in an interconnected world and desires to reflect this value, acknowledging its responsibility to strive towards a diverse and equitable employment and educational environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  Huron encourage applications from all qualified individuals, especially those from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the diversification of ideas.

We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected to proceed in the competition will be contacted. 

Should you require accommodation please contact Huron by phone at 519-438-7224 or Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca).

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