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Senior Officer, Advancement - University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford, BC

Job Description

Posting                       2020.107          
Position                     Senior Officer, Advancement
Department             Advancement & Alumni Relations
Status                         Staff, 100% full-time, Permanent|
Start Date                  As soon as possible after filled
Salary Scale              $4,701.90 - $5,529.35 per month (Staff pay group 9)
Review Date             May 25, 2020

The Senior Advancement Officer reports to the Associate Director, Principal & Planned gifts and is responsible for securing major and planned gifts ($5,000+) to support student awards, capital projects, student programs, research initiatives and other needs across UFV. The Senior Advancement Officer is an integral member of the fundraising team and contributes to the overall success of the Advancement & Alumni Relations department.

  • Responsible for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for a portfolio of 75-100 prospects and donors consisting of individuals, service groups and associations, companies and foundations.
  • Builds and manages relationships with prospective donors in association with senior leadership, faculty, staff and volunteers.
  • Works with colleagues across the University to promote prospect engagement, identify potential donors and determine strategies for engagement.
  • Leads gift solicitations including preparation of briefing notes and call strategy, proposals, call reports and follow up. Coaches faculty, staff and volunteers as appropriate.
  • Works with Associate Director to establish annual goals for revenue, new commitments and other KPIs with a focus on securing gifts in the 5 to 7 figure range.
  • Works closely with UFV’s President, Deans and Senior Administrators on to secure and steward donations.
  • Leads strategy related to soliciting annual and endowed student awards including scholarships, bursaries and leadership awards.
  • Works with Associate Director and Prospect Researcher to cultivate, engage and solicit new, lapsed and unassigned donors
  • Works with colleagues in Finance, Legal and Financial Aid on appropriate documentation of all gifts and maintains donor files.
  • Partners with Faculty to identify funding priorities and solicit gifts in support of the Trades and Technology Centre and Canada Education Park programs at the Chilliwack campus.
  • Represents the University at community, networking and business events to build the University’s profile and to identify and cultivate donors and prospects.
  • Works with Donor Relations s to deliver tailored donor stewardship such as customized reports, gift announcements etc.
  • Works with Marketing to develop proposal templates and collateral tied to fundraising programs and funding priorities
  • Works with Annual Giving Officer to establish Community Giving Day involving all faculties/ programs across UFV.
  • Works with the Donor Relations team to thank and steward donors through the UFV Ripple Makers program.
  • Tracks all donor activity in Raiser’s Edge utilizing best practices in moves management.
  • Sends appropriate correspondence to secure pledge payments and sponsorship.
  • Identifies donor and student stories to profile donor impact.
  • Recruits, hires, orients, trains and supervises temporary student employees through various programs such as Work-Study,                
  • Co-op, Internships, etc. for various research and fundraising initiatives.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or business administration from a recognized post-secondary institution, or combination of a recognized Diploma in fundraising plus relevant experience, preferably in higher education.
  • Minimum five (5) fundraising experience, with at least two years in major gifts, preferably in a post-secondary institution.
  • Proven track record cultivating, soliciting and securing gifts in the five to seven-figure range. Experience working on a capital or comprehensive campaigns an asset.
  • Experience working with high net worth individuals, corporations and community leaders.
  • Experience working with institution’s senior leadership, faculty or equivalent to identify prospects and solicit gifts.
  • Experience planning and recording actions utilizing moves management in a CRM, preferably Raiser’s Edge.
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial outlook with a strong intellectual curiosity.
  • Passionate about working with people. Experience working with and representing the interests of diverse populations.
  • Exceptional customer service, interpersonal and people skills. Public speaking experience an asset.
  • High standards of professional etiquette, ethics, integrity and judgement.
  • Ability to address complex/confidential/sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with a keen attention to detail, spelling and grammar.
  • Highly organized with excellent project management and planning skills to achieve goals and deadlines.
  • Sound judgement, strong analytical skills.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in the face of changing operational priorities.
  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and as a team player.
  • Knowledge of and experience working in the Fraser Valley an asset.
  • Collegial, collaborative style.
  • Diplomatic, tactful, good listener.
  • Positive attitude, enthusiasm, sense of humour.

How To Apply

Direct resume including evidence of appropriate qualifications referring to Posting #2020.107 to

The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on May 25, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled.