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Posted on: December 20, 2019
Deadline: January 16, 2020
Grade: 12


This posting represents a maternity leave replacement effective until March 22, 2021


Reporting to the Principal Director of Development within the Faculty of Arts and Science, 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

  • In collaboration with the Principal Director of Development identify the Faculty priorities and create the case for support which clearly explains the Faculty’s investment opportunities.
  • In collaboration with key stakeholders, develop a Faculty specific solicitation strategy; implement the development plan as identified by UA – while maintaining good working relations with Fundraisers, Faculty and staff. Consider the interests of all appropriate areas when developing cultivation/solicitation strategies.
  • 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.
  • With the support of UA colleagues and other stakeholders, identify and qualify potential major gifts donors and develop significant relationships with them with the goal of securing major gifts.
  • 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.
  • Recruit, train and support volunteers.


  • Bachelor Degree in a field related to the primary responsibilities 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.
  • 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 January 16, 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.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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