Posted: Jan 2, 2023

Marketing & Comms | Development Officer - FT

University of Victoria - Victoria, BC
Application Deadline: Apr 2, 2023

The University of Victoria is seeking to hire a full-time Development Officer in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. This is an opportunity to join an Alumni & Development team that has been growing steadily and currently raises an average of $25 million annually.  

If you are an experienced major gifts officer or fundraiser seeking to grow your career in a post-secondary environment, please consider joining our dynamic Major Gifts fundraising team.

UVic has been chosen as one of BC’s top employers and one of Canada’s best diversity employers. Together we are more than 5,000 dedicated faculty, librarians and staff supporting the University of Victoria’s diverse academic programs, world-class research and commitment to civic engagement.

UVic Engineering and Computer Science (ECS), is pushing the edges of applied science, creating tangible solutions to real-world problems. The faculty offers seven areas of study (biomedical, civil, computer, mechanical, electrical and software engineering as well as computer science) and is currently raising funds for a $90 million capital expansion.

Canada’s economic future is tied to clean and sustainable growth, and our students and graduates will lead the way. The University of Victoria is investing in world-leading, green buildings to give the next generation of engineers and computer scientist the space to build a more resilient and sustainable future. Our new buildings will serve as a living lab for experiential learning, research and industry partnerships to produce the leaders of tomorrow.

Development & Alumni Relations is the division of the university responsible for creating strong relationships and building philanthropic commitment between the University of Victoria and its alumni and friends, promoting the UVic Edge, which is a combination of dynamic learning, vital impact and an extraordinary academic environment that can’t be found anywhere else.

The university's development team works in and with faculties and departments to identify opportunities where donors can be instrumental to enhancing the university's programs, research and student support.  The Development Officer in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science will work under the direction of the Director of Faculty Development and the Dean and in collaboration with the Senior Development Officer in the faculty. They will have responsibility for projects designed to cultivate major gifts, such as: 

  • meeting activity metrics of 100-120 donor meetings per year;
  • achieving a monetary fundraising goal as set in collaboration with the Director and Dean;
  • identifying and qualifying major gift prospects to ensure a rich fundraising portfolio;
  • developing donor strategy individually and in collaboration with the Dean and fundraising colleagues;
  • drafting major and principle gift level donor proposals;
  • soliciting and stewarding donors;
  • drafting and editing correspondence, case documents and other communication pieces;
  • conducting prospect research;
  • philanthropic project management;
  • related administration, including maintaining and updating confidential files and information systems;
  • creating briefing notes for faculty and university leadership for donor meetings; and
  • scheduling and accompanying the Dean or subject matter expert to donor meetings.

The salary range for this position is:

Recruitment range: $68,097 - $76,641 starting salary determined by the PEA Collective Agreement.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $89,370 is available through annual performance increases.

For more information or questions about this posting please contact Leitha Cosentino, Dir. Faculty Development at [email protected]

Job Summary

Alumni and Development (A&D) staff 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 Faculty 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, sponsorships 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 financial goal 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.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of related experience in the post-secondary education or non-profit sector. Other potential areas of experience may include sales, client relations, sponsorship procurement or public relations.

Preference is given to applicants with a CFRE designation.

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

Knowledge requirements include:

  • Understanding and knowledge of the donors engaged through faculty/units’ work/discipline of the assigned portfolio
  • A strong knowledge and experience of university environment, policies, procedures and core business systems is an asset
  • Proven advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) required
  • Experience using Blackbaud CRM (or equivalent database) is an asset
  • Knowledge in development practices and processes as well as systems used for day-to-day business is an asset
  • Proven experience in project management within a large, complex institution is an asset

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
  • Demonstrated maturity, self-confidence and poise to deal appropriately with a wide variety of people and situations from the student level to high-profile community leaders.
  • Able to work well under pressure, making key decisions and demonstrating good judgment in a fast-paced environment with many conflicting priorities, meeting internal and external deadlines
  • Use sound judgment in the wording and the inclusion of pertinent and sensitive information
  • Ability to deal with frequent interruptions in a cooperative and professional manner
  • Open to learning and development, and willing to accept new challenges and assignments.
  • 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