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Director of Advancement

Director of Advancement

Company: Regent College
Contact Person: Mika Keats
5800 University Blvd
Vancouver, British Columbia , V6T 2E4
Phone: 604-224-3245
Position Description

Description of Employer:

Regent College is an evangelical, international graduate school of Christian studies based in Vancouver, affiliated with the University of British Columbia. With a first class faculty and alumni in over 80 countries who are part of more than 40 Christian denominations, Regent College has gained an international reputation for excellence in theological education.

Position Summary:

The Director of Advancement is a member of SALT (the Senior Administrative Leadership Team) of Regent College and reports directly to the President. Under the authority of the President, the Director of Advancement is responsible for planning, organizing, and leading all aspects of Regent College’s fundraising including planned giving, major gifts, direct mail, special events, foundation proposals, prospect research, and stewardship. The Director of Advancement works closely with the President and the Regent College Board of Governors to provide strategic leadership in all College Advancement efforts.   

Key Responsibilities:

1) Oversee a staff of 5 people. This includes the following tasks:

  • Lead, motivate, and influence team members to achieve departmental goals and overcome obstacles and challenges impeding these goals
  • Equip and support Advancement staff in their fundraising roles and cultivate an institutional culture of philanthropy.

2) In partnership with the President and other college leadership, develop and implement a long-term fundraising plan (35 years) to support the ongoing mission and strategic plan of Regent College.

3) Provide an objective assessment of the College’s strengths and vulnerabilities for fundraising and develop and implement specific strategies to address them.

4) Lead—including initiating, planning, managing, executing, and evaluating—an annual Advancement plan. This plan includes the following components:

  • Alumni and church relations;
  • Annual giving;
  • Foundation proposals;
  • Major gifts;
  • Planned giving;
  • Prospect research;
  • Special events; and
  • Stewardship.

5) Major Giving: lead long-term strategy development, planning, and execution for fund development (major donors). This includes the following tasks:

  • In partnership with the President and Director of Donor Relations, develop and execute on a long term strategic plan for Advancement at Regent College which includes identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors;
  • Identify and build a key network of major donors to engage with the President and Board of Governors, who will develop and maintain these relationships; and
  • Working with the President and Director of Donor Relations, cultivate an increasing number of relationships with key donors.  

6) Board Engagement: work closely with the Board of Governors and Board Advancement Committee.

7) Support and assist the President to give leadership to all aspects of Board solicitation and stewardship.

8) Support and assist the President to give leadership to all aspects of Board development and the building of a Board and institutional culture of philanthropy.

9) Engage Board Members and Faculty for special fundraising projects.

10) Attend all Regent College Board meetings as a guest and participate in the Board Advancement Committee.

11) Foundation Proposals: oversee all aspects of the preparation and submission of foundation proposals.

12) Communications: This includes the following tasks:

  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications to develop donor-specific communications regarding college news and events; and
  • Working with the Communications Department, plan, collaborate, and facilitate all fundraising communications and promotional material.

13) Special Events: ensure the inclusion of the donor community in all special events at Regent College and plan and offer donor-specific events.


Must embrace and demonstrate a deep and committed understanding of the mission and vision of Regent College and must be able to subscribe to Regent College’s Theological Position (which includes a Doctrinal Statement and a Moral Vision Statement). (

Education and Experience:

  • University graduation a minimum; relevant graduate education is an asset, as is CFRE designation or a Fundraising Management Certificate. Graduate studies in Bible or Theology are considered an asset.
  • Minimum 3–5 years of management experience with demonstrated effectiveness in equipping and motivating a team.
  • Minimum 5 years in a development role or equivalent relevant experience.

Skill and Abilities:

  • Proven skills in deadline-driven, goal-oriented leadership
  • Proven fundraising success with a demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals
  • Process-focused with attentiveness to results
  • Superior oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Theologically informed with an ability to converse with and encourage others in the Regent College community and beyond
  • Highly relational, displaying warmth and discretion
  • Assertive, persuasive, respectful, and gracious
  • Intrinsically motivated with the ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Exceptional organizational skills with a keen attention to detail
  • Collaborative team player
  • Working knowledge of computer-based data systems and general office software  

Application Process:

Applications must include a resume and cover letter stating eligibility to work in Canada and salary expectations. The application deadline is June 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm. To submit your application and further inquiries, please email to 


Posted: June 6, 2017  |  Expires: July 31, 2017
Posted Under: Fundraising
Career ID: [ 4127 ]