Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.
Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.
Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.
We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community a Director, Development Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.
Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics (Lazaridis) is one of Canada’s most selective and prestigious business programs. With more than 32,000 alumni, 160 full-time faculty and 6,000 students, the Lazaridis School is one of the largest business schools in Canada. The mission of Lazaridis is to develop leaders with the skills in management and economics for a rapidly changing and complex global environment. We seek to advance knowledge and practices in these fields by supporting both theoretical and applied research. Furthermore, we strive to serve business and our community by fostering mutually beneficial alliances with leaders at local, national and international levels. The Lazaridis Director of Development works closely with the Dean to uphold the Lazaridis mission and to support the work of one of Canada’s largest business schools.
Located within one of the most vibrant start-up communities in Canada, the Director and their team will be based on Laurier’s Waterloo campus with travel required to the university’s campus in Brantford, which is home to our Business Technology Management bachelor’s program, to downtown Toronto – the location of our Toronto MBA and Master of Finance programs and to the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises’ Executive Development Centre in Kitchener.
Reporting to the AVP Development with accountabilities to and direction from the Dean of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, the Lazaridis Director of Development develops and implements major gifts and donor relations strategies in support of the priorities and values of Lazaridis established by the Dean of the Lazaridis School in collaboration with University Development. They will lead and manage the Lazaridis development team, made up of a Development Officer and Development Coordinator, in executing on the vision of the Dean and AVP of Development to meet fundraising goals.
The incumbent will manage and advance an assigned list of approximately 50 – 100 major gift donors and prospects to secure gifts and pledges of between $25,000 to more than $1 million from individuals, corporations and foundations in support of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.
This position has a Faculty-specific mandate and is based at the Waterloo Campus. The incumbent provides leadership in a multi-campus environment, requiring regular interaction, communication and collaboration with staff and stakeholders at the Waterloo Campus, Brantford Campus, the Lazaridis Institute’s Kitchener office and external partners. The Director will ensure the unit’s policies, programs and services are delivered equitably across all campuses and reflect the needs of local stakeholders.
As a key member of the Development team at Laurier, the Director participates in Faculty -wide planning and initiatives which enhance fundraising.