Vice President, Advancement York University, Toronto, Canada

Lindauer is pleased to partner with KCI Search + Talent in their search for this executive leadership role at York University.

York University is a leading international teaching and research university and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, it is a community of changemakers. Cultivating creativity, collaboration, and innovation, the University is building a culture of student success, academic and research excellence, and community engagement that is shaping the global thinking of tomorrow.

The Division of Advancement at York University is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors as well as building mutually beneficial relationships with alumni and many other members of the community. It is deeply committed to building the reputation of York University as a leading, progressive, research-intensive University that will drive positive change in the 21st century. It's mission is to lead and inspire meaningful engagement and philanthropic support from their diverse community of alumni and friends to advance the University’s excellence in education, research, and community service. It accomplishes this mission through its values of accountability, collaboration, and entrepreneurship.

The Opportunity

York University is seeking an aspirational and inclusive leader to spearhead its Advancement, Development, and Alumni engagement strategies and programs while building a leading Advancement team across the University. Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the University’s senior leadership team, the Vice President, Advancement will oversee and mentor a team of 80 staff. Understanding that success will come from collaboration and teamwork, this individual will empower and encourage the Advancement staff, volunteers, and colleagues across the University to work together in achieving revenue and engagement goals.

Possessing high expectations and even higher aspirations, the Vice President will create, implement, and serve a broad-based, integrated, long-term agenda to weave advancement into the fabric of York University. A strategist with strong intellectual capacity, the ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of the interrelation between alumni and development, beginning with student recruitment and the student experience and continuing through the lives of its alumni. A champion of equity, diversity, and inclusion, this role will engage the Alumni Board, donors, campaign volunteers, and other stakeholders with authenticity and integrity.

This position will be based at York University’s Keele Campus, at 4700 Keele Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The successful candidate should also expect to travel within North America and internationally (as it is determined safe to do so pending COVID-19 guidelines) in order to meet with alumni, partners, and donors.

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