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School/CompanyIvey Business School, Western University
Job TitleExecutive Director, Advancement
Address1255 Western Rd
Job categoryNot Specified
Career levelSenior (5+ years of experience)
Desired education levelAdvanced Degree
Job typeFull-Time
Career Progression3 year renewable contract
SalaryThis is a three year renewable contract with competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package. Salary range is $164,900-$274,900 plus additional incentive compensation related to performance.
Job description

Ivey Business School ( at Western University is widely regarded as Canada’s most prestigious business school and among the top in the world. Drawing on extensive research achievement, excellence in teaching, and experiential learning, Ivey develops future-proof leaders with the capabilities and confidence to take on real-world leadership challenges and opportunities. Ivey offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as executive programs at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto, and Hong Kong.

With more than 25,000 alumni in 104 countries, the commitment, reach, and engagement of the Ivey Alumni Network is an essential element of the School’s success. In a recent MBA program ranking, The Economist ranked the strength of Ivey’s Alumni Network in the global top 10. Every day, this dedication is seen in student recruiting, career placement, volunteerism, and giving. The close of Ivey’s $206 million Campaign for Leadership in 2013 was great evidence of this support.

With the welcome of a new Dean in 2019, Ivey is poised for an exciting strategic renewal, investing in its strengths and building for its future.

It is within this context that Ivey is seeking applications and nominations of collaborative and ambitious leaders who will bolster philanthropic support and inspire greater alumni engagement to serve in the role of Executive Director of Advancement.

The Executive Director will serve as Ivey’s chief development officer and will partner with the Dean to craft an advancement strategy to support key institutional priorities and significantly increase the School’s philanthropic potential. The Executive Director will sustain and build upon the recent growth in Ivey’s fundraising and alumni engagement activities and play a key role in supporting the Dean as the School plans for a new Campaign. This individual will work closely with the School’s leading alumni and friends - create, redefine, and build cutting-edge products, services, markets, and organizations - to develop and implement strategies for cultivation, solicitation, communication, and stewardship programs for key external constituents. The Executive Director will oversee a professional advancement staff, actively participate in the Dean’s Senior Operations Team, and support the development of Ivey’s strategic objectives as a member of various Committees within Ivey and the broader Western University community.

The Executive Director’s constituency is very diverse and the position requires a leader with a high degree of competency and a demonstrated data-driven decision-making approach. The ideal candidate ill possess 10 years of development leadership from a complex, decentralized and multi-stakeholder environment, and possess a passion for, and demonstrated track record of, success establishing a sustainable advancement program. Candidates must have proven experience securing transformative philanthropic donations and the ability to best position Ivey in a competitive philanthropic environment. They have demonstrated leadership skills, with proven experience motivating and empowering staff to achieve goals while maintaining a positive work environment. Ivey is seeking a candidate with maturity, perspective, and credibility to influence senior administrators as well as key alumni volunteers, most of whom are leaders in their respective professions and communities. An undergraduate degree is required, although an advanced degree is preferred. As Ivey embarks on their next Strategic Plan, the ideal candidate also brings experience envisioning, articulating and fulfilling the vision of an organization in alignment with both the Strategic Plan and business units plans.

This is a three-year renewable contract with competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package. Salary range is $164,900-$274,900 plus additional incentive compensation related to performance.

Location: London (Preferred) or Toronto.

For more information, contact Jane Griffith or Dania Zargaran at or submit your resume and cover letter at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. Western University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

Ivey Business School is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Ivey throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

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Expiry date2019/08/31