Posted On: 2018-06-29
No closing date
Location: Barrie
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description

Senior Development Officer

Competition # 216-18                            

Department:     Advancement and Community Development

Campus:            Barrie

Classification:    Administrative               


Posting Date:    June 25, 2018

Salary Range:     $ 65,250 - $ 81,564

Status:                 Full-time


Reporting to the Executive Director, Advancement and Community Development, the Senior Development Officer (SDO) will identify, plan and implement revenue generation strategies for fundraising priorities within the $5 – 50K level, consistent with overall revenue generation and campaign plans.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Working in consultation with the Executive Director and Manager, Resource Development in developing a plan consistent with the overall campaign and fundraising plans to achieve assigned fundraising targets
  •  Identifying and executing prospect strategies for solicitation of donors at the $5-50K level as well as special appeals (such as Women’s Intuition awards) and third party opportunities
  • Building and stewarding philanthropic relations with individuals, foundations and corporations in the communities served by the college, to contribute to achievement of fundraising targets
  • Working with faculty, administrative and support staff in prospect research and developing proposals and other solicitation documents
  • Developing case statements, call plans, briefing notes and proposals as required for use in fundraising strategy, volunteer enlistment, gift cultivation and solicitation, and in overall fundraising awareness activities
  • Strategizing, coordinating and executing plans to move donors through the various stages of gift consideration and towards a contribution of significant support for college priority programs and initiatives
  • Developing sponsorship packages, identifying and securing sponsors for sponsorship opportunities up to $50K, and ensuring fulfillment of sponsorship agreements
  • Researching foundation funding opportunities and securing foundation contributions
  • Providing regular briefings on assigned areas of campaigns and other fundraising projects
  • Developing and managing a prospect pool based on fundraising priorities and projects
  • Collaborating with Advancement team members in developing and executing individual donor recognition and stewardship plans
  • Assisting with preparation and briefing of the Executive Director, Vice Presidents, and Deans as well as key campaign volunteers for donor visits
  • Communicating regularly with other staff members in Advancement to coordinate the management of prospects and to ensure the prospect pipeline is utilized for fundraising success
  • Developing and maintaining an in-depth knowledge of the college’s fundraising priorities and college needs in order to match the interests and needs of prospective donors with the strategic needs of the college



  • Successfully completed three years of postsecondary education in a relevant field of study that may include, but is not limited to, Fundraising, Business, Marketing, or Communications
  • Accreditation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), or working towards designation, is preferred
  • Five years’ experience of professional major gift / campaign fundraising
  • Experience in prospect identification, qualification, cultivation and solicitation
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with advancement programs and giving vehicles, including major gift cultivation initiatives, donor recognition and stewardship events, donor marketing and communications
  • Demonstrated ability in building philanthropic relations with individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Experience in writing various proposals and gift agreement development
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with colleagues as well as a wide range of constituents including alumni, donors, senior management, board members, faculty, students and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability with problem-solving, analysis and displaying creativity
  • Experience in demonstrating confidentiality, objectivity, political awareness, planning, business acumen and financial accountability
  • Demonstrated evidence of integrity, honesty, tact and discretion
  • Advanced computer skills with demonstrated knowledge in Microsoft Suite (Word / Excel) and donor database, preferably Raiser’s Edge
  • Professional communication skills (visual, verbal, public speaking and written)
  • Excellent public relations and networking skills with experience in conducting public presentations
  • Postsecondary fundraising experience is an asset


Georgian College supports diversity, equity and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. Georgian College is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process and workplace. If you are contacted to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please advise the interview coordinator of any accommodations needed with respect to any materials or processes used to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process.

Alternate formats will be provided upon request throughout the recruitment and selection process.



To be considered for this position, please visit our website at and apply by navigating to About Georgian and then to Career Opportunities.

Applications for this position must be received by July 9, 2018.   While we thank all applicants, only those contacted for an interview will be acknowledged.