Posted On: 2018-08-30
No closing date
Location: Toronto
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior

Job Description

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director, Major Gifts, as a senior member of the Development & Alumni Relations team, the Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and programs relating to OCAD University’s (OCAD U) fundraising initiatives.


Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Director, Major Gifts in the development and implementation of overall departmental strategic and budget planning processes
  • Develop an integrated fundraising business plan, containing strategies related to individual donors and prospects, and foundations, including identification, qualification, cultivation and successful solicitation
  • Meet all campaign revenue goals on an annual basis
  • Project manage major gift proposals, including research, proposal writing and design
  • Establish strategic fundraising priorities, and act as a strategic advisor to the Director, Major Gifts in all aspects of faculty fundraising goals
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of approximately 100 qualified donors and prospects
  • In conjunction with key external volunteers, including the OCAD U Board of Governors and Ignite Imagination Campaign Cabinet members, identify major prospects, coordinate strategy sessions, develop comprehensive and individualized strategies and coordinate volunteer engagement
  • As a key member on the Development & Alumni Relations team, provide leadership to all team members and support all financial and other goals of the team
  • Work closely with OCAD U faculty and administration to identify needs and opportunities to develop concepts, prepare and present customized written materials, proposals, stewardship reports and correspondence
  • Provide assistance to other University personnel, where appropriate
  • Working with the Manager, Stewardship, actively participate in the on-going management and stewardship of all major donors and implement high quality best-practices
  • Monitor giving trends and devise on-going strategies to successfully build strong relations
  • Provide leadership and guidance to other members of the Development & Alumni Relations team to promote best practices across all portfolios
  • Build strong partnerships and liaise with the Alumni and Annual Giving to jointly work together as a team and move donors into the pool of major gifts
  • Support the Director, Major Gifts in related duties that contribute to the successful operation of the Major Gifts team


  • Undergraduate degree in a related field, though graduate degree preferable
  • Minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years of senior experience in a higher education or related fundraising environment, or acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience; familiarity with philanthropic community and knowledge of cultural environment desirable
  • Experience in and a passion for the arts, including the ability to articulate the many benefits of the arts to society and communities an asset
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, problem-solving, and project management skills
  • Proven track record of sound strategic planning and ability to meet revenue targets
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize competing demands and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Raiser’s Edge software programs
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity and equity, and experience promoting a respectful work and learning environment for students, staff and faculty
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with both internal and external key stakeholders including corporate partners and volunteers
  • Occasional weekend, and evening work required



Compensation: Commensurate with experience


Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, for a total of 35 hours per week.


Application Deadline: Interested applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with a cover letter by applying through our website at Review of applications will begin on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and will continue until filled.


As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire.

In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous administrators, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

OCAD University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.