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Chief Advancement Officer

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Lindauer is pleased to partner with KCI Search + Talent in the search for this role at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Founded in 1999, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics emerged as a visionary institution with a radical mission: strategically investing in foundational physics to foster breakthroughs that transform the future while sharing the power of science with the world. This independent, world-leading center of research, training, and outreach quickly became a major international success story, ranking among the top theoretical physics institutes globally.

Situated in Waterloo, Ontario, Perimeter Institute operates as an innovative hub for fundamental physics, attracting an exceptional and diverse community of resident and visiting scientists from around the globe. With a commitment to challenging conventional approaches, fostering collaboration, and looking beyond narrow concerns, Perimeter Institute thrives on a culture that encourages bold ideas and interdisciplinary exploration. Over 160 resident researchers and more than 1,000 visiting scientists annually work towards unlocking nature’s most profound secrets hidden deep inside the atom and far across the universe.

The Opportunity

The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) at Perimeter Institute is a pivotal leadership role tasked with spearheading the advancement effort in the strategic development and execution of Perimeter’s ambitious mandate. Reporting to the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, the CAO is responsible for developing, leading, and implementing bespoke, sustainable, long-term private funding strategies. The goal is to diversify the Perimeter donor base and build ongoing donor engagement and commitment to the Institute.

In addition to focusing on external donors, the CAO will deepen internal coordination and capacity to deliver at the highest levels. In the process, the CAO will have a direct impact on Perimeter’s ability to advance diversity in the sciences and bring together brilliant minds worldwide for scientific breakthroughs.

The ideal candidate for this permanent position should possess a unique set of skills encompassing expertise in fundraising, communication, and leadership. The CAO will play a key role in the senior leadership of Perimeter, contributing institutional experience and knowledge of advancement practices to a collaborative and hands-on team committed to advancing the understanding of the universe at the most fundamental level.

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