UBC: Senior Director Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Join a bold, world-leading, and highly accomplished development and alumni engagement team — and help UBC shape a better world.

Founded in 1946, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC enjoys an international reputation in education, innovation, and research in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.  Each year, we educate close to 1000 undergraduate students and train more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Our alumni, numbering close to 7,000, have established themselves as successful pharmacists, scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs, leaders, and innovators the world over.

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC has the sole mandate in BC to train people to be pharmacists and plays a leading role in developing and implementing new models of pharmacy practice and team-based health care. Our suite of academic programs also provides learners with the opportunity to prepare for a wide variety of careers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and related sectors. Research in the Faculty is designed for impact, including identifying new therapeutic drugs, accelerating their development, and ensuring their safety, effectiveness, and value.  This results in a wide spectrum of health support and improved outcomes of drug treatments.

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC is more than a school. The talented and dedicated individuals who make up our community contribute their expertise, passion, and resourcefulness to create the foundation from which our collective success derives and upon which the people of BC depend in their roles as clinicians, scientists, educators, and leaders.

The Faculty is an essential part of UBC, a global centre for excellence in research and teaching.  It consistently ranks among the top 20 public universities in the world and is one of the largest universities in North America.  UBC has just launched its most exciting fundraising and alumni engagement campaign ever: FORWARD, the campaign for UBC.  FORWARD, UBC’s 10-year $3 billion campaign, will help advance healthy lives, create solutions for the planet, and shape thriving societies.

The Faculty now has an exciting leadership opportunity for an experienced and science-minded fundraising professional.  The Senior Director, Development and Alumni Engagement will develop and lead the Faculty’s long-term strategy for Development & Alumni Engagement and manage a development program of over $3 million annually, including its FORWARD campaign leadership.

Reporting jointly to, and partnering closely with, the Dean of the Faculty and the Executive Director, Development, the Senior Director will cultivate relationships with academic and administrative leaders to deliver on fundraising priorities and lead the strategy of building an alumni engagement program to a growing community of more than 7,000 alumni.

This is an exciting time to join the Faculty as the new Senior Director to:

  • Take advantage of the prominence and stature that pharmacists and scientists have received in recent years and a post-pandemic upsurge in interest;
  • Leverage and galvanize a dynamic, collaborative, and keen group of new faculty hires, and onboard a new Dean next year;
  • Make the role their own in a relatively small Faculty, where one can push the status quo with creative development and engagement techniques;
  • Make a mark in one of Canada’s largest-ever post-secondary advancement campaigns

For more information or to apply, please get in touch by email or fill in this confidential form.


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    DSP Dee Dee Sung | Faculty of Education

    Ideal Skills and Competencies

    To thrive in the Senior Director role, the ideal candidate will possess:

    • Significant fundraising experience,
    • A proven track record of executing large fundraising initiatives and major gift success in a sophisticated and complex environment,
    • Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in philanthropy,
    • A passion for science and health care,
    • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of EDI and commitment to engaging with these initiatives,
    • Demonstrated high level of political acumen and perception,
    • A highly collaborative nature, and the ability to lead, direct,
    • Ability to pivot and adapt to changing circumstances, audiences,
    • Skilled decision-making,
    • Demonstrated ability to fluidly lead, mentor, coach and manage staff to meet organizational goals,
    • Ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities.
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills,
    • Curiosity, initiative and, enthusiasm for the Faculty’s work and the ability to find solutions where they may not be immediately apparent.
    • Persistence and assertiveness to keep forward momentum and progress; proactive, and a strong inclination towards action.
    • A post-secondary degree is strongly preferred,
    • Ability to travel both for local donor and alumnae meetings.
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