Director of Advancement and Campaigns

Director of Advancement and Campaigns

  • Administration
  • Victoria

The SMUS Vision: To learn, to lead, to serve.

The SMUS Mission: Our school seeks the excellence in all of us, with passion and compassion. We are a community shaped by the pursuit of truth and goodness, providing outstanding preparation for life.

Our School

St. Michaels University School (SMUS) is an independent, not-for-profit, co-educational day (Grades K to 12) and boarding (Grades 8 to 12) school. There are approximately 1,030 students, one quarter of whom are senior Boarders; the balance are day students across Junior, Middle and Senior schools. SMUS is ideally located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and has a global reputation for post-secondary preparation and character development. The diversity of our community is one of its strengths; as well as local Canadian students, we are proud to have students from as many as 30 countries in one of Canada’s top academic programs. Programming includes exceptional opportunities in athletics, arts, leadership, service and outdoor education.

SMUS is accredited by CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools) and is a member of TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools), NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) and ISABC (Independent Schools Association of British Columbia). A strong differentiator for SMUS is the connections to a large number of Alumni, many of whom remain engaged and supportive today. Our Alumni include many well-respected and well-known individuals, who have gone from SMUS to have careers in medicine, technology, research, finance, law, professional athletics and the arts, to name a few.

At St. Michaels University School, we seek to employ and empower individuals who wish to forge impactful relationships and careers that place our students at the centre. We firmly believe that expanding our diversity while adjusting our practice will lead to becoming the community we envision – a place where staff and students share a sense that they fully belong

For more information about the school, please visit www.smus.ca

Our Invitation to You

We are seeking a senior leader who believes in independent school education and who can nurture existing relationships as well as build new ones, all to advance the Mission and Vision of St. Michaels University School. You will work alongside colleagues on the Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to the Head of School. Your personality, experience and inspiring leadership will help ensure that SMUS is well positioned for the exciting demands to flow from the Floreat 2030 Strategic Plan, which can be viewed at Floreat 2030: St. Michaels University School Strategic Plan 2020-2030   

You will play a key role in ensuring the success of all fundraising initiatives, and will lead an existing department whose responsibilities include fundraising, donor relations, alumni relations, marketing, communications, administrative support and archives.  You will have a global perspective with experience in Canada and abroad, and are familiar with different countries and cultures. You will act as a key ambassador at home and abroad for our internationally renowned school.

Our Offer to You

We are proud to offer our employees a highly competitive compensation and benefits package, along with a vacation program, excellent opportunities for professional growth and access to extensive school facilities on a beautiful 19-acre campus; these include gyms, squash courts, a library, cafe and dining hall. In addition, full-time staff and faculty are entitled to a generous staff bursary program for their children who are accepted to the school.

Living and working in Victoria, British Columbia is the dream of an increasing number of professionals. St. Michaels University School is situated close to the downtown core of Victoria, which is the Provincial Capital – also known as the City of Gardens because of the expansive trees, green spaces and flower gardens that grace the southern tip of Vancouver Island. 

Our many beaches, hiking and biking trails, diving and surfing destinations, magnificent mountain views, diverse culture, access to leading post-secondary institutions, the thriving arts and entertainment scene and one of the best climates in the country are just a few of the reasons why Victoria is one of the most desirable places to settle in Canada. Our healthcare and transportation infrastructure is exceptional for the population density.  Access to and from the island is mainly by air (Victoria International Airport and regular float planes and helicopters to the mainland) and major car ferries, all of which are excellent, easy to reach and with exceptional frequency of service. 

Quality of Life is perhaps the best way of describing what it feels like to live and work here. We hope you will consider joining us!

Our Position

Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Advancement and Campaigns is a key part of the Senior Leadership Team and will also serve on the Advancement Committee of the School’s Board of Governors. SMUS is seeking a seasoned fundraising professional whose leadership, previous experience and communications skills will move the organization’s fundraising capacity to ever higher levels. This full-time position is located in Victoria, British Columbia and is available January 1st, 2022. While the starting date is flexible for the right candidate, there is a preference for an early 2022 start date.

Over the past 15 years the school has built $50 million worth of buildings and grown its endowment from $2,000,000 to $17,000,000. Last year the school raised, through donations, $2.7 million for a variety of projects. The targets for fundraising moving forward will be considerably more ambitious, driven by the new Strategic Plan and the launch of the Journey for Life Campaign.

SMUS requires a highly experienced fundraising professional, who will assist in charting a plan forward that will increase the culture of philanthropy across all constituents within the school community (alumni, parents, staff and faculty, to name a few.) This professional will have a University Degree and ideally their Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) or Advance Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) accreditation; they will also be able to develop and execute effective policies and procedures to ensure the smooth running of the Advancement Department.

They should be experienced with campaign development and management, including major gifts, capital and annual campaigns, alumni engagement, endowment and planned giving. They will work seamlessly and collaboratively with staff, key stakeholders and Board members to ensure the Advancement Plan is firmly grounded in executing the goals of the Strategic Plan. In particular, the Director of Advancement and Campaigns will strengthen the school’s ability to engage and motivate Board members, alumni and donors in support of the School’s Mission and Vision.

The successful candidate will lead an existing Advancement Department, comprising administrative and database personnel, as well as Alumni Relations, Annual Appeal, Major Gift and Marketing and Communication staff. A track record of successfully leading major fundraising campaigns, managing a team, and previous communications and marketing experience will be viewed very favourably by the Search Committee. The Director of Advancement and Campaigns must demonstrate strong written and verbal communications skills, impactful interpersonal skills, as well as a working knowledge of relational database software and records management.

The successful applicant will model excellence in all aspects of their role, and successfully interact with school community members of all ages, positions and demographics. They will have strong social acumen, the ability to multi-task, and will act as a key ambassador for the School. The Director of Advancement and Campaigns will mentor and motivate the Advancement staff, while connecting across the entire breadth of the school community.            

There is an expectation that the Director of Advancement and Campaigns will become deeply engaged in the life of the school, while balancing a travel schedule nationally and internationally. This senior position is complex and demanding and will be highly rewarding for the right person.

Application Details

The position is open until Friday, October 29, 2021 at 2:00 PM. Interviews will be scheduled in mid-November, with a view to confirming the successful candidate by December 2021.   Initial interviews will be held via Zoom with a second round of interviews to be held in person. A start date could be flexible for the right candidate between January and July 2022.  The position offers an attractive salary commensurate with experience.

If you would like to discuss this posting please contact Sally Green [email protected] to book a call with Mark Turner, Head of School.

To submit your application, please submit a covering letter with your CV to Mr. Mark Turner, Head of School, using the Apply Now button below.

The successful candidate must pass and maintain a clear criminal record check for the purposes of working with children.

Thank you for your interest in St. Michaels University School. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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