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Associate Director, Advancement

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Vancouver Community College is committed to maintaining a work force that represents the diverse community we serve and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Position Details

Position Information

Posting Number 23AC0183
Position Title Associate Director, Advancement
Pclass # AAX46
Who We Are
We acknowledge that Vancouver Community College (VCC) is located on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial.

For over 55 years, VCC has been a leader in innovative, experiential post-secondary learning. We’re one of B.C’s top employers and we are proud to inspire students to discover their passions, gain essential skills, and learn what it takes to succeed in a competitive workforce.

At VCC, we respect and celebrate our differences, and are committed to the work of decolonization, accessibility, and inclusivity for all. Be a part of creating an inclusive community that provides equitable opportunities for Indigenous and diverse representation, participation, and success for everyone.

We value lived experience and encourage applications from members of all groups experiencing barriers to equity. Come join the VCC community as we shape the future together.
Position Summary
Reporting to the Executive Director Foundation and Director Advancement (ED), the Associate Director contributes to the development of integrated Foundation strategies and to fundraising success by providing day to day leadership and management for special campaigns, fundraising appeals, and stewardship initiatives. The Associate Director is responsible for developing, leading and implementing regular and specialized campaigns and collaborates with members of the College’s leadership team, key institutional stakeholders and community partners.

This position is an essential point of contact between donors, prospective donors and alumni to realize philanthropic, marketing and business development opportunities, as well as sponsorship and strategic marketing initiatives focused on revenue generation. May act for the Executive Director as required.
Duties & Responsibilities
1. Strategic and Operational Planning Leadership and Management
  • Works with the ED to develop strategic plans and ensures effective operations of the Foundation while communicating and meeting the College’s overarching strategies, expectations and standards.
  • Develops operating structures, policies and procedures for the Foundation.
  • Ensures clear and effective communication within the department. Assists the ED in leading meetings, including management meetings.
  • Represents the department on various internal and external committees as needed. Liaises with related areas in the college.

2. Fundraising Leadership and Support
  • Under the general direction of the ED, facilitates, coordinates and delivers various fundraising strategies, events and activities to foster donor cultivation and to secure leadership gifts of $100K+, with a focus on building a major gifts pipeline of $25K and higher.
  • Develops and implement a planned giving strategy to meet college goals and objectives.
  • Plans and coordinates needed resources required for successful fundraising campaigns and appeals and their evaluations.
  • Ensures all development programs and campaigns are in place and kept on a deadline-driven timetable to maintain, grow and evolve good relations with the College’s donors.
  • Develops and implements tailored action plans, solicitation strategies and proposals for each prospect.

3. Financial and Operational Management
  • In consultation with the ED, supports the development of the Foundation’s budget for revenue targets and forecasting.
  • Provides oversight of fundraising budgets and expectancy reports using appropriate reporting tools and metrics.
  • Provides oversight of fundraising programs, and projects, while ensuring accountability and monitoring and adherence to budget/granting targets with partner departments.
  • Approves and oversees program related expenses where appropriate.

4. Community and Partnership Development:
  • Identifies and leads the development of new partnerships and business opportunities in collaboration with the ED, and other key stakeholders.
  • Creates, builds and maintains positive relationships with donors, key external stakeholders and community partners.
  • Leads and develops a prospect management process to identify, qualify, evaluate, cultivate and solicit major gift prospects.
  • Leads and develops a donor recognition and stewardship process, that supports the creation of a pipeline of potential major gift donors. This includes creation of policies and procedures, as well as agreements and contracts.

5. Human Resources Management
  • Fosters a positive organizational environment that encourages highly engaged staff.
  • Supervises staff and reassigns or delegates authority to employees on a temporary or permanent basis to meet fluctuating workloads.
  • Facilitates optimal teamwork and collaboration to meet desired service levels.
  • Participates in the selection and evaluation of staff based on the appropriate policies, procedures and collective agreements.
  • Administers the provisions of collective agreements, employment terms of conditions and the College policies, and advises staff as appropriate.
  • May act as a management representative in the grievance process, disciplinary actions and participates in bargaining activities.
  • Liaises and consults with People Services in the effective and consistent implementation of Collective Agreements.

6. Performs other related duties as required.
Education and Experience
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized educational institution and completion of or working towards Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation.
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of related experience, ideally in a post-secondary setting, with a proven record of success in fundraising major gifts. Experience in other advancement activities including annual giving, leadership giving, planned giving, sponsorship, and/or alumni relations required.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated record of outstanding leadership, management, and supervisory skills
  • Ability to plan and think strategically at a senior level.
  • Strong entrepreneurial and business development skills and a commitment to innovation.
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate sensitive and complex information to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain relationships with diverse group of people, partners, and community groups
  • Strong dispute and conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience working with a prospect management system (e.g., Raiser’s Edge) or similar CRM.
  • Strong budget planning, financial analysis, and administrative skills.
  • Demonstrated project and event management skills and ability to achieve targets on time and within budget.
  • Committed to professional development and life-long learning.
  • Team player with honesty, integrity, and an aptitude for working in a collaborative environment.

Please direct all applications, enquiries, and nominations to VCC’s search partner, The Discovery Group. Please contact Christoph Clodius, Vice President of The Discovery Group, at

All submissions should be received by November 17, 2023. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Salary Range - Prorated based on FTE
$89,455 – $119,273 – $$131,201 annualized (Pay Grid 11) based on 1.0 FTE. Normal starting salary placement is between $89,455 and $119,273. Compensation beyond the control/mid-point requires approval by the Public Sector Employer’s Council Secretariat (PSEC).
Posting Detail Information

Employment Group Administration
Type of Position Temporary
Employment Type Full Time
Primary Location - This position may require you to work at all VCC locations. Broadway
Is this posting only for internal applicants?
Desired Start Date - May be subject to change 01/01/2024
Position End Date - For Temporary Positions 03/31/2027
Vacation Blackout Dates
Number of Hours per Week 35
Work Schedule - Hours may vary according to the needs of the Department
Work hours/schedule may according to the needs of the department.
Eligible for Fortnight No
Special Instructions to Applicant
Vancouver Community College is committed to maintaining a work force that represents the diverse community we serve and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply.
Posting Open Date 10/26/2023
Posting Close Date 03/15/2024
Is this a pooled posting? No

Supplemental Questions

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  1. How did you find out about this employment opportunity?
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Applicant Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents