University of Waterloo

  • (Senior) Development Officer

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    1550 - Dean of Arts Office
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $59,433 - $88,329
  • Overview

    Term: 10 months


    Accountable to the Director, Arts Advancement, and working in collaboration with the Arts Advancement team, the Development Officer will be responsible for corporate, individual and foundation fundraising for the Faulty of Arts. Primary responsibilities will include, identification, evaluation, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual donors for the Faculty of Arts and interdisciplinary projects.


    Portfolio & Prospect Management

    • Develops and maintains a good working knowledge of the Faculty and the University of Waterloo’s activities, priorities and needs in both teaching and research

    • Maintain a thorough working knowledge of the Faculty of Arts fundraising priorities and the University of Waterloo’s priority projects and progress

    • Using this knowledge, and in consultation with the Director, coordinates and implements fundraising strategies for  corporate, foundation and individual prospects, including discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects

    • Actively seeks out new prospects for the Faculty and coordinates prospect identification and research activities

    • Coordinates special projects and campaigns as assigned

    • Maintain knowledge of giving vehicles and non-complex gifts, refers planned giving

    Communication & Coordination

    • Creates fundraising materials suitable for presentation to prospective contributors as required

    • Develops proposals for projects tailored to the specific interests of corporations, foundations, individuals

    • Maintains/updates the database by ensuring that meeting notes are recorded and significant moves are tracked in the system

    • Provides functional direction to administrative staff involved in these activities, where applicable

    Relationship Management

    • Establishes and maintains relationships with individual, foundation and corporate prospects and donors including arranging and participating in in-person visits, arranging visits to campus, special events, announcements, information exchanges

    • Recruits, trains and manages volunteer teams as assigned

    • Supports the work of the Senior Alumni Advancement Officer in coordinating communications and building relationships with students, young alumni and graduates


    • University Degree or equivalent education and experience
    • USG 9 – 0-1 years of progressive fundraising experience

    • USG 10 – 1-3 years of progressive major gift fundraising experience

    • USG 11 – 3-5 years of progressive fundraising experience in securing major gifts and volunteer recruitment and management and experience with the full scope of development activities including discovery, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship at the major gift level. Successful track record of developing and implementing strategies for major gift solicitations with demonstrated success in personally securing and closing major gifts

    • Understanding and appreciation of the key role of a university education and in particular an Arts degree, and the crucial importance of attracting and retaining the very best talent available (students, faculty, staff)

    • Understanding of the university environment including the integration of research and teaching

    • Knowledge of giving vehicles and non-complex gifts

    • Proven competence in project management, multi-tasking, planning, analytical and organizational skills

    • Excellent communication, interpersonal, oral and writing skills including the expertise to create promotional materials and proposals

    • Political acumen and problem solving skills are required

    • Willingness to travel and work extended hours as required (some evenings and weekends)

    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently and effectively as part of a team and with a broad mandate in a fast-paced, highly computerized and challenging environment

    • Knowledge and experience in working with fundraising software is considered an asset

    • Demonstrated relationship building skills, excellent time management and proven ability to meet competing deadlines in an organized manner

    • Must have strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills

    • Computer literacy and working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Constituent Management Software

    • CFRE or fundraising certificate an asset but not required

    • Availability to travel; some travel within Canada and possible travel to international locations may be requested
    • Regular working hours, some evening/weekend work required


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