Posted On: 2018-04-23
No closing date
Location: Halifax, NS
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
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Job Description

Position:                      Development Officer (APC)

Department:                Advancement

Annual Salary:             $54,091 - $69,708 (Group 5)

Founded in 1802, Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world. Saint Mary’s University is home to one of Canada’s leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

The Development Officer reports to the Director of Development and works collaboratively with the Office of Advancement team members. This position manages a portfolio of prospects and donors and is responsible for coordinating fundraising efforts in support of the University’s fundraising priorities. The Development Officer builds and fosters relationships with existing, prospective and new donors, including alumni, faculty, staff, corporations, organizations and other friends of the University. The position plays a key role in building on the success achieved through the University’s history of philanthropy.

Duties as the Development Officer include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing a portfolio of prospects and donors.

  • Assisting in the development and execution of fundraising strategies to: grow revenue through fundraising, and create visibility and public awareness of the University and its priorities.

  • Identifying and implementing monitoring strategies and initiatives related to the solicitation and attainment of major and mid-level gifts to the University.

  • Identifying fundraising and sponsorship/partnership opportunities and new donor prospects for the University.

  • Developing strategies for, and carrying out, requests for support.

  • Developing personalized proposals that match the University’s and donor needs.

  • Conducting strategic research to determine the feasibility of a fit with donor prospects.

  • Providing guidance, support, education, and assistance to the Development Office staff, members of the Office of Advancement, University leadership, and other University staff on activities associated with the field of donor relations.

  • Providing guidance, support, and education, and assistance to potential major and mid-level giving prospects and donors about the University’s initiatives and priority needs.

  • Ensuring proper stewardship takes place following a gift to maintain the donor’s involvement, interest and support.

  • Developing and maintaining collaborative, supportive relationships with Faculty, Deans, Staff and key volunteers to initiate, maintain and strengthen relationships with donors and donor prospects.

  • Liaising with, and supporting, the University staff on fundraising efforts.

  • Keeping abreast in the field of fund development through attendance at conferences and maintaining memberships and actively participating in professional organizations.

To be the successful Development Officer you will possess a University degree or an acceptable combination of education combined with a minimum of two (2) years of demonstrated fundraising experience. You will further demonstrate strong organizational and analytical skills; above average interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with strong attention to detail; and a demonstrated capability with the MS Office Suite of products and spreadsheets. Working knowledge of Ellucian Banner will be considered an asset. This position will also require a willingness to travel.

Apply for this opportunity online by visiting and use our online application system through CareerBeacon. Select the position you are interested in and apply by clicking the "Apply Online Now" button. Please include the names of three professional references. No telephone calls please.

The search committee will begin to consider applications on May 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity.  Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Saint Mary's University thanks all applicants for applying. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Saint Mary’s University promotes a scent free environment and is proud to be tobacco-free as of September 1, 2013