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Director, Advancement – NorQuest College


Inclusive. Student-centred. Relevant and Necessary. Catalyzing.

Exciting. Confident. Progressive. Professional.

NorQuest College provides learning opportunities for all. With the strength of a NorQuest College education, learners have the skills and confidence to further their studies, begin new careers, provide better lives for their families, and make valuable contributions to society.

NorQuest has a unique ability to provide students with the skills Alberta needs within a supportive and inclusive environment. And with input from industry, business, and the public sector, NorQuest is able to make learning relevant and rewarding.

The College understands that their learners come with varying levels of education and they assist them at the times and places that meet learner needs, whether that is in the classroom, via distance learning or continuing education. NorQuest’s post-secondary diploma and certificate programs offer careers in health, community studies, and business.

Thanks to NorQuest’s workforce-relevant programming, the average diploma graduate earns $15,100 more than a high school graduate at their career midpoint. In addition, research shows that NorQuest College and their students added $471.4 million of total income to Edmonton’s regional economy. These outcomes are based on a 2016-17 study conducted by Economic Specialists International.

Located on traditional lands referred to as Treaty 6 territory, NorQuest serves 18,381 learners. This translates to 11,047 full-time and part-time credit students, and 7,334 non-credit or continuing education students, including assessment examinations. As a regional steward, the College provides access to adult education in Edmonton and the surrounding region.  Their services reach from Drayton Valley in the southwest, to Whitecourt in the northwest, and to Wetaskiwin in the southeast, encompassing 26 communities. In all, three regional campuses complement the two Edmonton campuses.

NorQuest is proud to embrace diversity and honour inclusiveness.

  • 62% of their students are born outside of Canada
  • 77 languages spoken on campus

 For further information, please visit their website at



Job Title: Director, Advancement

Reports to: Vice President, External Affairs & Brand (VP)

Location: Edmonton, Alberta



Reporting to the VP External Affairs and Brand, the Director, Advancement will champion a robust, comprehensive fund development strategy on behalf of NorQuest College. Working in collaboration with the Executive Team, Management Team and Board, the Director will support the continuous improvement of NorQuest’s external relationships, in particular with donors, in alignment with the vision set out in Imagine 2025 (

The Director will be responsible for the fund development strategy including the development and delivery of all campaigns (ie. alumni, capital campaigns, 1000 Women etc.); the entire donor relations cycle from acquisition to stewardship; and supporting the External Affairs & Brand portfolio.

As NorQuest enters into the next phase of its growth, they are seeking an entrepreneurial leader who will support the College by championing an innovative and comprehensive advancement strategy.

Key Accountabilities:

Stakeholder Relationship Leadership:

  • Develops, in collaboration with the Executive Team and Management Team, a plan/framework to expand and nurture the college’s network of prospects, donors, advocates, and partners; and
  • Facilitates the college’s efforts to cultivate and establish formal and informal partnerships/strategic alliances with educators, businesses, industry, government and communities.

Fund Development Leadership:

  • Serves as resource to the Board and President in developing and implementing a College fundraising plan;
  • Assumes the formal role of Foundation Director;
  • Primary relationship holder for key donors and fundraising committees (e.g. Campaign Cabinet, 1000 Women Advisory Committee etc.);
  • Establishes a donor plan that will develop and sustain an effective relationship between the College and its alumni, both staff and students;
  • Manages fundraising campaigns, including developing and executing plans, managing resources, compiling research and conducting special events;
  • Develops and executes strategies for all fundraising efforts (ie. capital campaigns, 1000 Women: A Million Possibilities campaigns, annual giving campaigns, major gifts, planned gifts, internal fundraising campaigns, grant writing, on-line giving, faculty-based fundraising etc.); and
  • Develops leading-edge donor recognition and donor stewardship programs.

Strategic Leadership:

  • As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director provides leadership and management to the division that aligns with the College’s overall Comprehensive Institutional and Strategic Plans;
  • Contributes to College policy and procedure development to ensure a consistent message in keeping with College values, our student needs, and external legislation;
  • Integrates and coordinates activity across the college in alignment with college direction
  • Ensures that college and divisional direction and requirements are shared with the Advancement division, manages budget and expenditures for division, and has accountability for leadership of the entire division.
  • Leads and supports staff development.



Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • Develop a comprehensive advancement strategy for NorQuest that includes all aspects of fund development including capital campaigns, 1000 Women: A Million Possibilities campaigns, annual giving campaigns, major gifts, planned gifts, internal fundraising campaigns, grant writing, on-line giving, faculty-based fundraising etc.;
  • Develop strong relationships with existing stakeholders, partners and donors and demonstrate an ability to proactively seek new relationships; and
  • Build strong, supportive internal relationships with the Executive team and staff; demonstrate a leadership style that is supportive and open while holding the team accountable to deliverables.



The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Business Administration Degree or equivalent; and
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation an asset.


  • Minimum ten years’ of progressively responsible leadership experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute on a fundraising strategy; and
  • Track record of success in securing significant philanthropic gifts or sponsorships in the public sector.

Competencies and Attributes

  • Focus on the Future – anticipate how learner and employee needs will change over time, and proactively respond.
  • Execute on Plans – drive key business processes to optimize business performance; demonstrate sound judgement, business and financial acumen in decision making; and empower and coach decision-making at the appropriate level.
  • Innovate & Lead Change – Question current practices and the status quo, and make changes to improve processes and systems across the organization; shift the thinking about how the College will operate in the future; and support a culture of research and inquiry which includes showing openness and building excitement around new possibilities and opportunities.
  • Connect & Collaborate – Take the initiative to seek out and build strategic partnerships and key relationships with external stakeholders; demonstrate and maintain leadership presence throughout the entire organization; and listen to others and exchange information proactively, across teams to create cross-enterprise integration.
  • Develop People & Culture – Demonstrate authenticity, vulnerability, and humility and receives feedback openly; demonstrates self-confidence, managerial courage and credibility as a leader; coach, mentor; lead with a focus on NorQuest’s future leaders; create a culture where people embrace the learnings from both successes and failures.



An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.


How to Apply:

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