Posted On: 2018-12-03
Closing On: 2019-01-14
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: January/February 2019
Employment Type: Contract
Level: Junior
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Job Description

Position Overview

Organization: Humber College  

Title: Advancement Officer – Major Gifts

Reports to: Director, Major and Planned Gifts, Claudia Metelsky

Location: 250 Humber College Blvd

Is this you?

Do you have a passion for educational institutions and are fascinated by the critical role philanthropy plays in advancing this sector? Are you a team-oriented problem solver who isn’t afraid to dive into the details? Would you say you have top-notch relationship building abilities both with internal stakeholders as well as external ones? Are you comfortable working with a myriad of cross-functional stakeholders from donors to internal advancement team members? 

Would your peers say you are independent, curious, a team player who possesses a high level of emotional intelligence?

You would humbly describe yourself as an excellent communicator, both verbally and written. You are supportive, executional and enjoy the administrative side of advancement. You are strategic, methodical, respectful and process-oriented. Above all, you are passionate about major gift fundraising and are looking to be mentored and developed by some of the most respected fundraisers in the sector.

Are you resilient, creative and not afraid of a challenge? Would you be excited about the opportunity to be a pivotal member of an advancement team for a premier Canadian College who are focused on building a strong foundation for future fundraising success?

If the above sounds like you and you’re excited, please read on…

The Organization

Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves 29,800 full-time students and 23,000-part-time and continuing education students. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path, including 180 full-time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part-time and 400 online programs or courses. More than four out of five Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies.  Advancement and Alumni is a dedicated team of professionals raising financial resources and engaging alumni to help advance Humber College’s mission, vision and priorities.  With over 220,000 graduates contributing to a vibrant and meaningful alumni community, as well as individuals, corporations and foundations investing in the College, the department works to inspire and cultivate meaningful engagement and philanthropic support to ensure that Humber students will be well-positioned for success having the resources they need to achieve their academic, career and personal goals.

The Position

In this position, Humber College is seeking an Advancement Officer to join its Advancement and Alumni team, providing major gift support to Senior Advancement Officers as well as the Director of Major and Planned Gifts.  Working under the direction of the Director, Major and Planned Giving, the Advancement Officer will be responsible for assisting with developing strategies to engage prospects, donors and volunteers. The successful candidate will also provide administrative support to senior staff and manage a small donor/prospect list. The Advancement Officer will develop and maintain a thorough understanding of Humber’s strategic priorities and goals.

The Advancement Officer will be responsible for the full scope of activities related to major gift fundraising and campaign support. The successful candidate will support and work closely with Senior Volunteers and Academic leaders to develop strategies and solicitation plans that will result in gifts to the organization. 

They will participate in the overall fundraising activities of the broader advancement and alumni team while upholding professional ethics and encouraging philanthropic best practices. They will perform additional duties as needed.

Key Accountabilities

  • Perform Major Gifts coordination and support including but not limited to: creating agendas, managing donor briefs and lists, creating gift agreements, maintaining and engaging a small list of donors, and writing donation proposals
  • When appropriate, work closely with colleagues to assist with the strategic development and execution of cultivation and stewardship events and/or marketing initiatives to maximize donor engagement and advancement opportunities
  • In coordination with the entire advancement team develop fundraising plans and identify new opportunities to increase support, interest, engagement and revenue
  • Develop and maintain an in-depth knowledge of College activities, funding priorities and needs. 
  • Maintain accuracy of all active donor files including all related donor record administration, briefing notes, and contact reports
  • Facilitate the preparation of fundraising materials such as proposals, briefing notes, case statements, presentations, projection and progress reports, gift agreements, letters, and other documents or materials as needed
  • Ensure appropriate donor cultivation, acknowledgment, recognition and stewardship plans by partnering with the stewardship team to maintain an efficient stewardship process that ensures all major gift donors receive personalized and timely communication and acknowledgment
  • Attend a variety of functions both internally and externally, as required
  • Participate actively as a member of the Advancement and Alumni team and maintain a high degree of motivation and superior work ethic

Our Ideal Candidate

Our successful candidate will possess/be:

  • University degree or relevant post-secondary education
  • 2-5 years of experience either fundraising or working in an advancement coordination role
  • Experience working with senior volunteers and advancement staff
  • Ideally will have had exposure to major gift cultivation and solicitation activities
  • Flexible and adaptable; able to work both independently and as part of a team; proven ability to set priorities; work with minimal supervision and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated awareness and understanding of the donor relationship cycle (identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship); principles of moves management and solid understanding of how major gift activities relate and connect to other major gift areas within development such as events, stewardship, research, annual and planned giving
  • Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge software, MS Office including Word, Excel and Outlook and high degree of comfort with a donor database for tracking prospect activity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a positive attitude to work effectively and collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders such as volunteers, donors, and alumni
  • Superior organizational, administrative, analytical, verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail, ability to develop and execute complex plans and manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Professional presence, sound judgment, diplomacy and tact. Ability to maintain confidentiality and work with sensitive information
  • Evening and weekend work will be required from time to time

If you are someone who is looking for an outstanding challenge, working with a great team then what are you waiting for? Apply now by emailing your cover letter and resume to Hilary Fisher at