Posted On: 2017-06-21
Closing On: 2017-07-21
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our 53,000 students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 24 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide.

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Advancement Officer, Principal Gifts to work in the Department of Advancement for this exciting contract opportunity. 

Are you a Fundraising professional with experience in stewardship and planned giving?  Do you possess at least 5 years’ of recent and relevant experience in fundraising? Do you possess superior communications skills including the ability to be persuasive and concise? Do you possess excellent project management, prioritization, analytical and time management abilities? If so, keep reading!

In this role, you will be responsible for supporting the full scope of activities related to the cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship of a portfolio of principal and major gift prospects and donors managed by the Director of Principal Gifts and the Director of Major Gifts. The incumbent works with the principal and major gift teams, in conjunction with the Research team, to identify and qualify prospects and to strategically cultivate and solicit prospects and donors. The SAO contributes to the development and implementation of strategies to promote loyal giving and to upgrade donor giving, solicits gifts, and stewards donors. The incumbent participates in the full range of development activity of the Division of Advancement including planned giving, donor relations and stewardship, annual giving, alumni relations, gift-in-kind and sound information management to advance York University’s cause.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will possess:

A university education or equivalent combination of education and fundraising experience, specifically in an educational setting. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation required (or demonstration that candidate qualified to complete the CFRE certification process which must be complete within 3 years of their start date). In addition, the successful incumbent will possess a minimum of 5 years’ experience in professional fundraising, with a focus on major gifts and with significant exposure to stewardship and planned giving. University fundraising experience is considered an asset.

To apply to this exciting opportunity or for full position details, qualifications and application procedures go to and refer to posting# CPM-10546.

We offer comprehensive benefits and access to superb educational and recreational facilities. For more information on what York has to offer U please visit:

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