Job Posting

External Relations Associate

Full Time


Lakehead University, Toronto, Ontario

Deadline: August 17, 2018

Posted: August 8, 2018

As an ambassador for Lakehead University, the External Relations Associate (GTA) is an integral member of the External Relations team.

Reporting to the Associate Vice-President External Relations, the Associate is a front-line fundraising professional who will work independently within established guidelines and performance metrics. Working within the Greater Toronto Area Engagement Strategy, the Associate will help to lead Lakehead’s campaign readiness efforts in the GTA by building the pipeline for annual and major gift prospects. This position manages a portfolio of donor prospects and is tasked to leverage donor giving and engagement.

The Associate is also responsible for working with and supporting the GTA Alumni Chapter as they assist with the implementation of Lakehead University’s alumni relations strategy.

The position requires strong communication skills and commitment to ensure the growth and success of both portfolios.

Key Responsibilities - Revenue Generation and Alumni Engagement

? Leads the discovery, qualification, cultivation and solicitation of gifts for donors in the $1,000- $25,000 range.

? Identifies donors who have the capacity to make a major gift and migrates them to the Associate Vice-President.

? Leads the development of strategies to acquire new donors and recover lapsed donors in the GTA.

? Works within metrics for face-to-face meetings and within vetted goals and objectives for annual revenue generation.

? Supports the GTA Alumni Chapter, helps to manage events and activities and is responsible for volunteer engagement.


? Post-secondary diploma or degree required.

? Minimum of 3 to 5 years of proven fundraising success and specific experience in the areas of annual and major gift solicitation.

? Knowledge of university fundraising and stewardship practices is preferred.

? Proven ability to identify, solicit and accept donations through donor-centered fundraising.

? Proven ability to develop relationships that will identify and cultivate donors.

? Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (orally and written) and confident in public speaking roles.

? Must have the maturity and adaptability to be team oriented and yet be able to work independently with minimal supervision through collaboration by phone and videoconferencing.

? Must be willing and able to travel extensively throughout the GTA to conduct University business.

? Donor-centred philosophy and professional skills must include excellent communication, problem solving and organizational skills in the delivery of service at all times.

? Ability to prioritize work while meeting multiple demands and deadlines.

? Experience using Customer Relationship Management systems, and a variety of word processing and database experience is required.

? Commitment to continuous learning and remaining current with industry trends with ability to apply new concepts.

? The incumbent must possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a vehicle at all times.

? Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.

? Evenings and weekend work may be required.

A job questionnaire outlining greater detail is available upon request. Please contact to request.

Office of Human Resources

Orillia Academic Building

500 University Ave.


We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (705) 330-4008 ext. 2011 or to make appropriate arrangements.