Upper Canada College (UCC) was founded in 1829 and is one of North America’s foremost boys’ schools, offering Senior Kindergarten through Year 12 and boarding for 88 students from outside of Toronto. UCC has one of the most generous financial assistance programs among independent schools in Canada, offering over $5 million annually to 20% of UCC’s boys. Graduates of UCC - an International Baccalaureate World School with one of the broadest programs in the country – are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. Its global network of alumni includes leaders and innovators in politics, finance, arts, athletics, media and beyond including Olympians, six lieutenant governors, four premiers, seven chief justices and four Toronto mayors.
Reporting to Sam McKinney, UCC’s 19th Principal, the Vice-Principal of Advancement will mentor, coach and empower a staff of 18 professionals to enable the continued growth and expansion of all alumni and fund development activities for the school. The Vice-Principal will serve as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team and will be relied on to contribute to school wide strategic planning and master plan initiatives, and to balance UCC’s long-term and short-term priorities with the needs of the Advancement department. The Vice-Principal will provide advice and guidance to the Board of Governors and its Advancement Committee, the Principal’s Advisory Committee and to special fund development projects. The Vice-Principal will also actively be involved in fundraising activities including managing a portfolio of donors, engaging with senior volunteers, and building the infrastructure required to support all advancement and possible campaign planning activities.
The ideal candidate is an authentic, innovative and strategic fundraiser who has successfully led a large capital campaign in a complex and sophisticated environment akin to UCC. You have experience and knowledge with all aspects of fundraising and alumni activities, including annual giving, planned gifts, internal staff campaigns, reunion and alumni events, and endowment/investment management. As a seasoned fundraiser, you have personally solicited gifts in the 6 to 8 figure range and have created a culture of philanthropy and engagement inside the organizations you have led. You are a relationship builder who engages effortlessly with both external and internal stakeholders including donors, volunteers, alumni and faculty, staff and students. As a leader, your interpersonal skills are described as open, honest and transparent. The vision, mission and values of UCC resonate deeply with you, enabling you to craft a case for support and to clearly articulate to all donors the importance of supporting the school.
Upper Canada College 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 Upper Canada College throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.
About Upper Canada College
Founded in 1829, Upper Canada College is a leading independent school for boys SK-Grade 12, located in the heart of Toronto. The College presents a thorough academic program and broad co-curricular opportunities to engage students and teachers. Our students are motivated and very supported by a well-resourced, exceptional faculty, who bring a diversity of life experience to an exemplary professional learning community.