Executive Director, Advancement and Alumnae Relations

Brescia is Canada’s only women’s university. Affiliated with Western University, the third largest university in the province of Ontario, Brescia’s faculty, staff and 1,500 students benefit from the small, supportive environment at Brescia while still enjoying the resources Western has to offer. Established in 1919, Brescia is a Catholic university in the Ursuline tradition that welcomes students of all nationalities and religious backgrounds creating an exchange of ideas that fosters community, mutual respect and understanding in a student-centred university. Approaching its 100th year anniversary Brescia will be celebrating by the opening of a new signature Academic Pavilion. The Academic Pavilion is scheduled to open in Fall 2019 and will transform learning, teaching and research at the university with its leading-edge facilities. Brescia’s 2017-2021 strategic plan charts the course for Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Leaders, women who live the University’s values, contribute actively and positively to society and demonstrate the Brescia Competencies that uniquely frame outcomes-based education at Brescia.

Reporting to the Principal of Brescia University College, the Executive Director, Advancement & Alumnae Relations (chief fundraising officer) is responsible for the general administration, organization and management of Brescia’s advancement activities. These activities include major gifts, annual campaign, special events and planned giving programs, major campaigns, and alumnae relations. The Executive Director, Advancement & Alumnae Relations works closely with Brescia leaders (particularly the Principal’s Cabinet), with Brescia’s Advancement Committee of the Board and with the Board of Trustees to advance Brescia’s mission and to increase awareness and community engagement. The Executive Director also works with the Finance, Audit and Investment Committee of the Board to ensure that Brescia’s endowment and investments are managed effectively.

As the ideal candidate, you have a successful record of accomplishment and leadership in fundraising. You have proven strengths in building and sustaining long-term relationships and demonstrate integrity when dealing with donors, volunteers, alumni, senior administrators, faculty, staff, and students. Known as a strategic thinker with sound judgement, you have experience in managing and being accountable for budgets and resources. You have a current understanding of advancement and fundraising regulations, procedures, platforms and best practices. You are comfortable at both leading and working as part of the team and are able to move easily between administrative activities and strategic and externally focused activities. Your values are aligned with Brescia’s and you have a passion for women’s education and its importance for today’s and future generations. 

Brescia University College is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs. Brescia welcomes diversity in the workplace by encouraging applications from all qualified individuals; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Anna Stuart, or Erica Armstrong at 1-866-822-6022 for more information or submit your application online at https://www.kbrs.ca/Careers/12445