Assistant Dean of Advancement - Faculty of Law 

Alberta (CA)
07 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Dean of Advancement - Faculty of Law 

The University of Alberta invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant Dean of Advancement in the Faculty of Law.  The appointment begins as soon as possible.

The University of Alberta is a Top 5 Canadian university located in Edmonton, Alberta, with a reputation for excellence in research, scholarship, teaching and creative activities across diverse areas of impact in science, engineering, humanities, social sciences, law and medicine. Home to more than 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and attracts over $480 million per year in sponsored research revenue. The U of A offers 388 undergraduate programs, and 500 graduate programs  in 18 faculties on five campuses and celebrates more than 275,000 alumni worldwide. The University and its people remain dedicated to the promise made in 1908 by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that knowledge shall be used for “uplifting the whole people.”

Founded in 1913, the Faculty of Law is the oldest law school in Western Canada and remains one of its most distinguished, respected regionally and nationally.  Its alumni include the recently retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, leading judges, academics and lawyers in both Canada’s largest law firms and in small and regional centres across the Prairies.  The first graduating class, in 1915, consisted of 8 students.  Today, there are approximately 525 JD students who are taught by 30 full-time faculty members, who are supported by 50-60 sessional instructors. Under the leadership of a Dean appointed in 2014, the faculty has nearly doubled its budget and has added 11 new tenure-track faculty members over the last three years, seven of whom will begin their appointments in 2018-19, representing the most significant period of revitalization and growth in recent memory. The John A. Weir Memorial Law Library boasts one of the largest law library collections in Canada. There are approximately 7500 living alumni who occupy places of prominence in the judiciary, law firms, industry and communities across Western Canada and the world.

The mission of the Faculty of Law is to provide service to the community, to educate prospective lawyers and others seeking a thorough understanding of the law and the legal system, and to promote the acquisition of legal knowledge and the advancement of legal scholarship in an environment based on equality, support, respect and recognition for the unique and diverse contributions of all of its members.  The Faculty seeks to serve the needs of Canadian society and to prepare students to contribute responsibly as members of a learned profession in Alberta, across Canada and internationally.

Faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally as leading scholars and teachers, and regularly achieve awards and distinctions both in the academy and from the broader legal community.  Recent achievements have included both contributions to legal theory and research lying at the intersection of law and policy. A former Faculty member was appointed in 2015 to the  the Supreme Court of Canada, and the newest Justice of the Supreme Court received her LL.M at the Faculty. 

Reporting jointly to the Dean of the Faculty of Law and the Associate Vice-President (AVP), Faculty Development, Advancement, the Assistant Dean (Advancement) will be responsible for raising private philanthropic support  for and on behalf of the Faculty, and where appropriate, University-wide Advancement initiatives, with a focus on gifts of $50,000-$2M or more. The successful candidate will work under the direction of and collaboratively with the Dean, other faculty leaders and the (D, FDO), to build and advance strong personal and professional relationships that result in measurable philanthropic contributions from individuals and organizations. The Assistant Dean will work independently and creatively to match donor interests with institutional and faculty priorities, providing support to the Dean for initiatives that align with the Faculty’s needs and strategic priorities. He or she will negotiate and structure complex gifts to the University for approval, and develop and implement funding proposals. Working with the Dean and central Advancement to refine and finalize plans for an upcoming campaign and approximately $20M in lead gifts will be the new Assistant Dean’s immediate priority. He or she will also work with the four external advisory boards formed by the current Dean in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto to advance the Faculty’s fundraising initiatives.

The successful candidate will be expected to meet and exceed annual targets for financial contributions from both alumni and non-alumni, and for [personal and team targets] for activity, including donor visits and proposals submitted. This position is ideal for a dynamic leader who thrives in complex and fast-paced environments and has a passion for and a track record in major gift fundraising in an academic institution or other complex nonprofit organization. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator, familiar and comfortable with demanding and complex constituencies, and bring the level of sophistication to the Advancement efforts commensurate with core stakeholder group expectations. A JD/LL.B and/or experience with law firms and the legal profession will be a distinct asset.  
This position is in accordance with University terms and conditions, and remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and will be competitive with public research post-secondary institutions. Components of compensation will include base salary, a comprehensive benefits package (which can be viewed at, as well as additional negotiated benefits applicable to the position.  

The position will be located at the Law Centre, 111-89 Avenue, University of Alberta, Edmonton , Alberta, Canada, T6G 2H52J2.

For further information and details on how to apply, please download the Appointment Details via the Perrett Laver website by visiting and quoting reference 2315. Applications should comprise a covering letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references (who will not be contacted without the applicant's consent). The Committee will begin considering candidates immedidately however, the competition will remain open until filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.