Director of Development, Adler University

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada · Adler University


Adler University, formerly the Adler School of Professional Psychology, aspires to be the premier higher education institution advancing socially responsible practice and its concomitants – a unique resource for broadening relevant practice, effecting social justice, understanding policy, advancing mental health care, initiating advocacy, promoting academic reflection and excellence, and producing social action and change locally, regionally, and globally. Adler University has campuses in Chicago, IL and Vancouver, BC, as well as an Online Campus for students residing in any location.


The Director of Development role is a fairly new role in Vancouver and is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial and innovative development professional to play a key role during a particularly exciting time in the University’s evolution! The Director of Development will support and advance a campus that has had a strong presence and reputation in Vancouver since 2005, with satellite programming offered in collaboration with the Adlerian Psychology Association of British Columbia dating back to 1978 The new campus (nearly two years old) is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver in the middle of its thriving post- secondary community —This relocation and build-out provides the Director of Development with unique fundraising opportunities and naming potential.

Reporting directly to the University’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement in Chicago and working in concert with the Executive Dean of the Vancouver Campus, the Director of Development will support all initiatives of the Office for Institutional Advancement (OIA) and will be a key member of the Adler advancement team. The primary task of the Director of Development will be to develop and administer, in collaboration with the OIA, a comprehensive fundraising program in support of the goals and needs of the Vancouver Campus. Adler University is actively engaged in its first-ever Comprehensive Campaign targeting a goal University wide of $10 million (US).

Areas of responsibility include relationship development, donor/prospect research, building a sustainable donor pipeline, developing donor/prospect strategies, preparing proposals, maintaining accurate donor records, moving fundraising accounts through the donor cycle, and implementing a stewardship program that ensures appropriate volunteer/donor recognition and acknowledgement, and securing gifts from individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations. You will participate in OIA comprehensive planning for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift prospects working toward defined goals. You will also manage Vancouver alumni relations activity, as well as staff the Vancouver alumni board and supervise a part-time alumni relations staff member. You will support and guide Vancouver development related activities of senior university administration and faculty honoring prospect management guidelines and will implement annual giving and campaign initiatives. Annual targets are set in collaboration with OIA and defined in work goals and objectives.

This position assists, advises, and represents the Vice President for Institutional Advancement by performing executive and administrative duties of considerable scope and complexity requiring the exercise of initiative, independent judgment, and knowledge of Adler University activities and staff responsibilities on the Vancouver Campus. Work is reviewed for soundness of judgment and effectiveness in achieving desired results and organizational goals.


You will have at minimum a Bachelors degree along with at least 5-10 years of relevant experience demonstrating consistent career growth and progression. Ideally some of your experience will be university related development experience. You must be self-directed, and able to work collaboratively, confidently and successfully in a fast-paced, goal oriented development operation. You have a strong ability to see the big picture but are also extremely comfortable planning and executing at a detailed level. Preferred skills and experience include: knowledge of university development and academic structure, including familiarity working with an office for sponsored research; a background in building corporate and foundation partnerships; familiarity or experience with securing government grants. Exposure to major gifts and planned giving would be an advantage. Knowledge of donor database software is essential. Social justice and social responsibility are important to you!

Adler University offers equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, genetic information, arrest record, source of income, or military status, in accordance with applicable federal, provincial, state, and law equal employment opportunity laws.


Adler University offers a competitive compensation and benefit package.

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