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Development Officer - University of Victoria

Victoria, BC

Job Description

Job Summary

Alumni and Development foster lifelong relationships between the university and its external community by developing programs, services and initiatives that increase personal involvement in, and philanthropic commitment to, the university’s academic mission and priorities.  This is achieved through the strategic integration of alumni and development activities so that each unit can capitalize on opportunities that arise through the relationship management process.

Jointly reporting to the hiring Director of Fund Development, and to the Dean, Assistant Dean, Unit Head or Manager of an assigned portfolio, and adhering to national standards of ethical fundraising, the Development Officer (DO) develops and manages their assigned faculty/unit(s) portfolio by establishing and delivering an effective development and fundraising plan.  The DO identifies, qualifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards major and principal gifts, sponsorship and planned giving opportunities through cold calls, one-on-one meetings, and developing meaningful connections with staff, faculty, volunteers, donors and prospects.  Depending on the portfolio, the DO aims to raise a minimum of between $500k to in excess of $1 million annually through major and principal gifts, in support of approved priorities, first within their assigned faculty/unit(s) and, secondly, among faculties, projects or programs across the University. The Director coaches and manages the performance, adjusting the metrics to the size and maturity of the pipeline, as well as the length of time of the Development Officer’s assignment to a faculty or unit.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is: Recruitment range: $66,761 - $75,138 starting salary

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of related experience, including, but not limited to sales, allied professionals, client relations, sponsorship procurement, co-operative education, journalist, public relations and Association management.

An equivalent combination of training, education and/or experience may be considered.

Knowledge requirements include:

  • Understanding and knowledge of the donors impacted by faculty/units’ work/discipline of the assigned portfolio

Competency requirements include:

  • Ability to work and communicate effectively orally and in writing, with tact and diplomacy, with a variety of internal and external contacts
  • Effectively administer, organize, plan and manage time
  • Use sound judgment in the wording and the inclusion of pertinent and sensitive information
  • Maintain confidential information
  • Ability to adhere to national standards of ethical fundraising, best practice, policies and related guidelines
  • Curious by nature with ability to engage constituents on a broad range of subjects
  • Ability to build strong connections and maintain productive working relationships with all stakeholders across diverse and relevant networks
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Proven track record of achieving project goals on time and producing high-quality deliverables
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population and with all levels of university personnel
  • Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills

Assets or Preferences:

  • Work experience gained in an academic environment and/or a background from a Faculty/Unit assignment and/or direct Major Gift fundraising experience.