CIFAR is a global research organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address the most important questions facing science and humanity. By building long-term, interdisciplinary, global communities of collaboration, CIFAR provides the world’s top researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. CIFAR’s time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, creating a culture of risk-taking, accelerating discovery, and yielding breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, CIFAR is a catalyst for change in industry, government and society. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy, the world’s first national AI strategy. Its community of researchers includes more than 400 researchers from 142 institutions in 18 countries. Its fellows, chairs, scholars, and advisors are among the most highly-cited researchers in the world. Twenty Nobel Prizes have been awarded to CIFAR-affiliated researchers. CIFAR is supported by the governments of Canada, Alberta and Quebec, as well as foundations, individuals, corporations and Canadian and international partner organizations.
It is within this context that CIFAR welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Director of Development.
Reporting to the Vice President, Advancement, the Director, Development will manage a portfolio of donors and prospects and meet financial and relationship objectives in support of departmental and organizational goals. The Director will also support the Vice President, Advancement in advancing a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects. The Director will continue to develop CIFAR’s planned giving program and will oversee team members responsible for the development and implementation of corporate, foundation, annual and major gift plans that include individual, foundation, corporate, sponsorship, and partnership campaigns. As a key member of the Advancement team, the Director will uphold best practices in managing donor information, contribute to building a culture of philanthropy, and assist and lead on various fundraising projects as they arise.
As the ideal candidate you are an experienced Major Gift fundraiser with a track record of success in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individuals, foundations and corporations in the six- and seven-figure range. You take the initiative in reaching out to build relationships with donors and volunteers. Finding and articulating the right opportunity for each donor ignites your passion for fundraising work. You are equally comfortable discussing endowment and planned giving, and possess a solid working knowledge of these giving vehicles, including charitable bequests, beneficiary designations, gifts involving retirement plan assets and life insurance policies, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and other outright and deferred planned gifts. As an exceptional communicator, you are skilled at creating compelling communications that build relationships and generate revenue. You are a collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal skills, integrity, and diplomacy focused on contributing to departmental and organizational objectives.
CIFAR is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. CIFAR recognizes that bringing together individuals from multiple backgrounds, perspectives and experiences is integral to advancing excellence and increasing the impact of our organization. Our leadership, staff and volunteers strive to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace and, in turn, an environment that will give our diverse global community of fellows, scholars and advisors the support to successfully address the most important questions facing science and humanity. Ensuring that every person feels valued and welcome, regardless of age, education, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, parental status/responsibility, immigration status, Indigenous status, religion, disability, language, race, place of origin, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic status, and other attributes is vital to achieving our mission. We strongly encourage applications from members of our society who face systemic barriers and biases, including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous persons, members of visible minority/racialized communities, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, members of marginalized gender identity communities, and persons with disabilities. Applicants may confidentially self-identify at the time of application.
All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
In accordance with the provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Griffith Group and CIFAR throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact [email protected] and/or [email protected].