Senior Development Officer (12-Month Term)

Job description

Senior Development Officer (12-Month Term)

Date Posted: 03/19/2021
Req ID: 3465
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Department: The Office of Advancement
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:

The Office of Advancement seeks to sustain and enhance the University’s academic mission, leadership, and worldwide impact, by engaging alumni and private sector constituents in the mission of the University. We seek to build mutually beneficial relationships of increasing value and satisfaction over time while seizing new opportunities to strengthen our role in civic and global society, provide a transformational undergraduate learning experience, pave the way for game-changing start-ups and new industries, drive breakthroughs in health care, and create the knowledge that illuminates humanity. Together, we reimagine the world.

Your opportunity:

The Senior Development Officer (SDO) -Major Gifts is part of a team working under the general direction of the Executive Director, Advancement.
Working directly with Chairs and academic leaders, The Senior Development Officer is responsible for fundraising forprograms across the Faculty within a specific portfolio. The incumbent identifies, cultivates and solicits donors at the major gift level, generally $25,000 and above with an emphasis on gifts of $100,000 and above. The incumbent contributes to the strategy and ensures proper stewardship takes place following a gift to maintain the donor's involvement, interest and support. The active involvement of department chairs and institute directors, faculty members, senior volunteers and the university communityis essential to the overall success of such a program.

Regular daytime schedule with occasional evenings and occasional weekends. Occasional domestic and international overnight travel.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Assessing needs and contributing to the development and implementation of plans for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and recognition of Major Gifts generally $25,000 and above with an emphasis on gifts of $100,000 and above
  • Developing tailored fundraising initiatives that support strategic initiatives
  • Conducting advanced research and analysis from a variety of sources to provide detailed background data on donors
  • Cultivating and soliciting current and prospective major gift donors through tailored stewardship programs
  • Developing and implementing plans to support donor management and stewardship strategies and/or activities
  • Handling highly sensitive and/or confidential information
  • Writing donor facing material as donor proposals; as well as, briefing notes, solicitation plans and call reports to track donor interaction

+Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience
  • Minimum five years relevant experience in a senior staff fundraising role with a proven track record of success and experience managing a substantial pool of major gift donors and prospective donors
  • Demonstrated experience in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors and prospective donors at the $25,000+ level
  • Exceptional personal and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to manage and motivate high net worth volunteers and friends, i.e., volunteers
  • Evidence of strong initiative, tact, diplomacy, judgement and decision making in complex environments with competing priorities
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and results-oriented environment. Strong team player who values collaboration

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Achievement oriented
  • Articulate
  • Courteous
  • Goal oriented
  • Organized
  • Team player
  • Thoughtful

Closing Date: 04/09/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 15 -- $83,481 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $106,758. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/1/2021
Application Due: 4/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time