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Vice-Principal (Advancement)

Company: Queen's University
Date Posted: November 21, 2017


Queen’s University is seeking a new Vice-Principal (Advancement) to lead the institutional Advancement strategy, efforts, and team. The Vice-Principal (Advancement) will serve in this highly visible role as the senior administrative officer with overall leadership responsibility for a comprehensive, integrated approach to fundraising and alumni engagement.

Reporting to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, the Vice-Principal (Advancement) will work closely with the Principal, Provost, Vice-Principal (University Relations) and other Vice-Principals and Deans, and with the Board of Trustees and its External Relations and Development Committee, as well as with academic leaders, to advance the mission of the University through our engagement and partnership with alumni, students, faculty, staff, donors, parents, and other constituents. As a member of the University’s senior leadership team, the Vice-Principal (Advancement) makes recommendations on matters of policy and program priorities, participates in university-wide planning, and advises the Principal on urgent matters.

The role entails a significant amount of hands-on relationship building and engagement with major donors, alumni, and other key stakeholders in support of the University’s advancement objectives.

The Vice-Principal (Advancement) will be a key ambassador and fundraiser for Queen’s, working with the Principal to achieve our Advancement objectives, while directly participating and leading staff in major and transformational gift cultivation and solicitation to further build on the strength of Queen’s alumni and donor relationships.

This is a fantastic time to join the Queen’s team. In 2016-17, Queen’s University celebrated its 175th anniversary buoyed by an unprecedented decade of philanthropy, culminating in the remarkable success of our recent $640 million Initiative Campaign. Through this collective success we have demonstrated that our university community understands and values Advancement. The commitment of our alumni, donors, and the broader Queen’s community has proven powerful, and the impact of the campaign can be seen throughout the University, across Canada, and around the world. We look forward to welcoming a new colleague and leader who will help us build on this success as we strive to go boldly into the University’s next 175 years.



The ideal candidate will be a high-level strategist who has the ability to establish a collaborative vision and rally people around common objectives. Forward thinking and innovative, the successful candidate will use strong analytic abilities to identify and undertake changes that will effectively broaden the scope and impact of Advancement’s work across the University. The Vice-Principal (Advancement) will quickly grasp the complexity and nuances of Queen’s, and will help us prioritize and direct our energy to the best opportunities and impact.

Ideally bringing previous university experience, the Vice-Principal will possess a deep understanding of the core mission of the University, including research and innovation, teaching, and learning. The successful candidate will encourage and foster interdisciplinary projects, and will engage with priorities of all of the academic and shared services units that drive Queen’s strategic framework. A team player with a strong sense of political acuity, the new incumbent will work with colleagues to help them understand how to best partner with, participate in, and achieve success in their Advancement efforts.

A leader who facilitates and collaborates, the Vice-Principal (Advancement) will appreciate and acknowledge the efforts of others. The ideal candidate will possess significant experience leading and managing people, programs, and change. A people-builder who has proven experience in coaching teams and guiding people to their full potential, the Vice-Principal will be generous with knowledge, experience, and time. The successful candidate will have an integrative approach to work and to Advancement, and will value input, ideas, and discussion with others. Respectful and direct, the Vice-Principal will be known for exceptional follow-through, and for keeping others informed of progress and challenges.

The ideal candidate will possess a broad Advancement experience, including exposure to all the major areas of the portfolio. In addition to demonstrated success in major and transformational gifts, the Vice-Principal will bring experience in conceptualizing, planning, and implementing significant integrated fundraising campaigns. Thoughtful about issues, trends, and opportunities affecting advancement, the successful candidate will bring a strong understanding of the philanthropic landscape across the country and around the globe.

A person of integrity and humility, the Vice-Principal (Advancement) will be a culturally-competent networker who builds authentic relationships internally and externally. The successful candidate will possess exceptional interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. Curious and consultative, the Vice-Principal asks questions, listens, and talks with people to understand different perspectives and needs.

A confident communicator who is comfortable in the limelight, the successful candidate will nonetheless prefer to shine the light the stories, impact, and potential of Queen’s. They will excite and inspire our investors and partners, and will champion and celebrate donors at all levels. The Vice-Principal should also have significant experience working with a Board, and/or other senior level volunteers.

The successful candidate will embrace the traditions and the exceptional spirit of the Queen’s community. Warm and engaging, the Vice-Principal (Advancement) will connect effectively with students, alumni, and volunteers in a respectful, appreciative, and enthusiastic manner. The new incumbent will enjoy and see the value of engaging students as equal partners, seeking their input and collaboration. The Vice-Principal will bring a global mindset and commitment to diversity, and will be supportive of both inclusion and international priorities for the University and our alumni.



KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this executive search on behalf of Queen’s University. For further information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Tara George, KCI Senior Vice President, by email at

Interested candidates are invited to send resume and letter of interest to the above email address by January 1, 2018. Nominations are also welcomed for this position. All inquiries, applications, and nominations will be held in strict confidence.


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