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Posted on: January 30, 2020
Deadline: February 12, 2020
Grade: 12
Campus: SGW


Reporting to the Principal Director of Development within the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Development Officer is responsible for building relationships with prospects and donors to secure major gifts ($25,000 and up) for the Faculty and/or University initiatives.

Primary responsibilities

  • Identify the Faculty priorities and create the case for support, which clearly explains the Faculty’s investment opportunities in collaboration with the Principal Director of Development.
  • Regularly enter “moves”, contact reports and follow-up actions into the advancement database for the benefit of all users and the institutional memory; extract information including biographical profiles, prospect pipeline and other related reports.
  • Develop a Faculty specific solicitation strategy in collaboration with key stakeholders; implement the development plan as identified by University Advancement (UA) – while maintaining good working relations with Fundraisers, Faculty and staff.
  • Research and develop gift proposals aligned with donors’ interests and Faculty priorities.
  • Plan and execute personal canvassing activities including the preparation of solicitation documents, and other pertinent fundraising materials.
  • Develop relationships to support other fundraisers in proposal-writing in response to priorities.
  • Ensure that gifts are appropriately stewarded over the short and long term.
  • Identify and qualify potential major gifts donors and develop significant relationships with them with the goal of securing major gifts with the support of Alumni Engagement Team and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in the Relationship Assignment and Management Protocol (RAMP) meetings of University Advancement.
  • Recruit, train and support volunteers.


  • Bachelor Degree in a relevant field and two to four years’ experience in a fundraising role with a proven track record in implementing personal canvass programs in the solicitation of major gifts. Experience in the fine arts community is an asset.
  • Good knowledge (Level 4) of spoken and written English and French in order to write and edit correspondence, provide and interpret detailed information, and deal with complex situations in both official languages.
  • Good knowledge (Intermediate Level) of Microsoft Word, Excel and basic knowledge of PowerPoint.
  • Self-motivated and an innovative planner; persuasive and able to influence and convince; detail oriented.
  • Resourceful and independent yet works well in a team environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and listening skills; ability to motivate and inspire others (volunteers and staff)
  • Proven proposal and presentation skills.


$70,939.46 – $84,736.95 per annum



Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae with a covering letter by February 12, 2020. Please click on the How to Apply button below for further instructions.

IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.

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