Director of Advancement

St Michaels University School
Victoria, British Columbia
September 28, 2018
As Soon As Possible
Full Time

The SMUS Vision: To learn, to lead, to serve; discovering the promise in our selves and the world.
The SMUS Mission:  Our school seeks the excellence in all of us, with passion and compassion. We are a community shaped by the pursuit of truth and goodness, providing outstanding preparation for higher learning and for life.
Our School
St. Michaels University School is an independent, not-for-profit, co-educational day (Grades K–12) and boarding (Grades 8–12) school. There are approximately 1,000 students, one quarter of whom are senior Boarders; the balance are day students across Junior, Middle and Senior schools. SMUS is ideally located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and has a global reputation for university preparation and character education. The diversity of our community is one of its strengths; as well as local Canadian students we are proud to have students from as many as 30 countries in one of Canada’s top academic programs. Programming includes exceptional opportunities in athletics, arts, leadership, service and outdoor education.
SMUS is accredited by CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools), and is a member of TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools), NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) and ISABC (Independent Schools Association of British Columbia).  A strong differentiator for SMUS is the connections to a large number of Alumni, many of whom remain engaged and supportive today.  Our Alumni include many well-respected and well-known men and women, who have gone from SMUS to raise families, have careers in medicine, technology, research, finance, law, professional athletics and the arts.
For more information about the school, please visit
Our Invitation to You
We are seeking a senior leader who believes in independent school education and who can nurture existing relationships as well as build new ones, all to advance the Mission and Vision of St. Michaels University School.  You will work comfortably alongside colleagues on the Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to the Head of School.  Your personality, experience and inspiring leadership will help to ensure that SMUS is well positioned for the exciting demands to flow from the next Strategic Plan to be developed in 2019 and published in January 2020. Our new Head of School, Mark Turner, and the Board of Governors are about to embark on a highly consultative strategic planning process, involving the whole community.  Inevitably this will translate in to a clear outline of the funding necessary for the future sustainability and competitiveness of this school.  You would play a key role in delivering that funding through an engaged community of supporters. You will lead an existing department of Advancement professionals, building on the fundraising successes of recent years.   We seek an individual who has a global perspective with experience in Canada and abroad, and is familiar with different countries and cultures; you will act as a key ambassador at home and abroad for this internationally renowned school.
Please refer to the detailed job description attached for more information on this valued position.
Our Offer to You
We are proud to offer our employees a highly competitive compensation and benefits package, along with a generous vacation program, excellent opportunities for professional development and access to extensive school facilities on a beautiful 10-acre campus; these include gyms, squash courts, a library, coffee shop and dining hall.  In addition, full-time staff and faculty are eligible for the staff bursary program for their children who attend the school. The bursary represents a 50% deduction from their tuition fees and is non-taxable*
Living and working in Victoria, British Columbia is the dream of an increasing number of professionals.  St. Michaels University School is situated close to the downtown core of Victoria, which is the Provincial Capital – also known as the City of Gardens because of the expansive trees, green spaces and flower gardens that grace the southern tip of Vancouver Island. 
Our many beaches, hiking and biking trails, diving and surfing destinations, magnificent mountain views, diverse culture, access to leading post-secondary institutions, the thriving arts and entertainment scene and one of the best climates in the country are just a few of the reasons why Victoria is one of the most desirable places to settle in Canada. Our healthcare and transportation infrastructure is exceptional for the population density.  Access to and from the island is mainly by air (Victoria International and regular float planes and helicopters to the mainland) and major car ferries, all of which are excellent, easy to reach and with exceptional frequency of service. 
Quality of Life is perhaps the best way of describing what it feels like to live and work here.  We hope you will consider joining us!
Questions and more information?
We have contracted with Adrienne Davidson Consulting Inc. to advise the Head of School and the Board of Governors on this search process.  Adrienne will personally lead this search, and is herself an experienced and successful former Director of Advancement in Ontario and British Columbia.  Please feel free to reach out to her to discuss this position and ask any questions before you apply.  Once you do apply she will contact you to discuss the role and your application. 
You can reach Adrienne in confidence at 604-803-7551 or via email at

*Staff children must apply through the standard admissions process. Bursary rates are determined by the board and may change. Staff may also apply for Financial Aid which will be considered along with all other Financial Aid applicants.

Position type:  Senior Administrator, full time
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Posted:  September 20, 2018
Director of Advancement
Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Advancement is a key part of the Senior Leadership Team, and will also serve on the Advancement Committee of the School’s Board of Governors.               St. Michaels University School is seeking a seasoned fundraising professional whose leadership, previous experience and communications skills will move the organization’s fundraising capacity to ever higher levels.  This full-time position is located in Victoria, British Columbia and is available immediately; while the starting date is flexible for the right candidate, there is a preference for an early 2019 start.
Over the past 15 years the school has built $50 million worth of buildings, and grown its endowment from $2,000,000 to $15,000,000.  Last year the school raised, through donations, $2.7 million for a variety of projects; donor participation and engagement levels continue to rise and a highlight of the year was the opening of the magnificent new Sun Centre, financed largely by donations.  The targets for fundraising moving forward will be considerably more ambitious, driven by the new Strategic Plan currently under development.
SMUS requires a highly experienced fundraising professional, who is able to strategically chart a plan forward that will increase the culture of philanthropy across all constituents in the school community (Alumni, Current Parents, Staff & Faculty.)  This professional will also have a University Degree and ideally their CFRE or ACFRE accreditation; they will also be able to develop and execute effective policies and procedures to ensure the smooth running of the Advancement Department, including the professional and strategic execution of key school events. 
They will be experienced with campaign development and management, including Major Gifts, Capital, Annual, Alumni engagement, Endowment and Planned Giving.  They will work seamlessly and collaboratively with staff, key stakeholders and Board members to ensure the Advancement Plan is firmly grounded in executing the goals of the new Strategic Plan 2020-2025.  In particular the Director of Advancement will strengthen the school’s ability to engage and motivate Board members, alumni and donors in support of the school Mission and Vision.
The successful candidate will lead an existing Advancement Department, comprising administrative & database personnel, as well as Alumni Relations, Annual Appeal and Major Gift staff.  A track record of successfully leading major fundraising campaigns, managing a team, and previous Communications and Marketing experience will be viewed very favourably by the Search Committee.  The Director of Advancement must demonstrate superlative written and communications skills, and have a working knowledge of relational database software and records management.
The new Director of Advancement will model excellence in all aspects of their role, and will interact and successfully communicate with all ages, positions and demographics in our school community; they will be socially adept and able to multi-task, and will act as a key ambassador for the school. The Director of Advancement will mentor and motivate the Advancement staff while connecting across the entire breadth of the school community.            
There is an expectation that the Director of Advancement will become deeply engaged in the life of the school, as well as balancing a travel schedule nationally and internationally. This senior position is complex and demanding, but will be highly rewarding for the right person.
The position is currently open.  Interviews will be scheduled within 2 months with a view to finalizing the candidate for the position by January 2019.  A start date is flexible for the right candidate.
To enquire further please connect with our Search Consultant, Adrienne Davidson at or 604-803-7551  
To submit your application please email your cover letter, indicating your suitability for consideration, and your Curriculum Vitae to Jennifer Kayal in the HR Department at   Please do not telephone the HR department, but rather direct your enquiries to the consultant named above.
The successful candidate must pass and maintain a clear criminal record check for the purposes of working with children.
Thank you for your interest in St. Michaels University School.