Posted On: 2017-10-26
Closing On: 2017-11-15
Location: Oshawa, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Tracking Code: 1030-136

Faculty or Department:  Advancement

Position Title: Senior Proposal Writer and Prospect Researcher

Number of Positions:  1

Appointment Type:  Full Time Continuing

Posting Date:  October 23, 2017

Closing Date:  November 15, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is found


As an institution poised to become Canada’s leading STEM-focused, market-driven university we understand the power of a simple equation. We hope YOU are the missing variable.

Make no mistake, this is a career-defining opportunity.


  • Embrace an exciting and ambitious mandate to build the campus, collaborative learning environments, bleeding-edge research and industry partnerships, specialized programming, and student support networks that will propel our graduates to be leaders in tomorrow’s economy and caring citizens of the world.

  • Boast an entrepreneurial, collegial work environment of hard-working, fun-loving mavericks in a fantastic converted warehouse, and a region primed for explosive growth.

  • Offer a nearly blank canvas unburdened by history and established traditions on which to set and realize audacious goals, and build deep, meaningful relationships with leaders in industry and the community.

In the role of Senior Proposal Writer and Prospect Researcher in the Advancement and Alumni Relations department,

You will:                                 

  • Research and write creative and inspiring proposals that successfully achieve donor investment in the university’s strategic priorities.

  • Research and develop concept papers and pitch decks for the university’s big ideas.

  • Work independently and pro-actively to identify and provide strategic advice on sources of major gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations for the university’s fundraising campaign.

  • Conduct biographical and financial research to create profiles using a variety of online, electronic and printed sources.

  • Prepare, submit and manage online foundation proposals.

  • Prepare and track research reports to enable development officers to effectively manage their portfolios; provide information for committees and Board of Governors to track progress against investment.

Required Skills

You are:                     

  • An outstanding communicator with excellent writing skills, ability to conduct in-depth research and interviews, prepare and edit fundraising proposals while combining inputs from a variety of sources.

  • Creative and innovative; able to identify and develop new opportunities and adapt to changing situations.

  • Comfortable with a high level of independence and able to accomplish responsibilities with minimal supervision and function well as a team player.

  • A skilled organizer with excellent interpersonal skills, time management abilities, strong attention to detail and able to multi-task.

  • A curious and strategic individual who likes connecting the dots in a fast-paced environment.

Required Experience

You have:                               

  • A university degree in a relevant field with at least five years of writing compelling fundraising proposals.

  • Demonstrated experience in prospect researching in support of fundraising proposals.

  • An aptitude for effective interviewing to secure meaningful information, analyzing and interpreting data, and for synthesizing complex information from multiple sources.

  • Advanced skills in using software and computer programs such as Windows, Microsoft Office and PowerPoint; experience with online research; ability to learn new programs as required.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit in electronic format, a covering letter and their resume through the link at the bottom of this posting. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2017, or until a suitable candidate is found. We appreciate all applications received; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

UOIT respects people's different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify the Human Resources Department.