Posted On: 2019-06-21
Closing On: 2019-07-12
Location: Toronto
Employment Type: Contract
Level: Management

Job Description

This is a temporary one-year contract with the possibility of extension.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director, Major Gifts – Capital Campaign, as a senior member of the Development & Alumni Relations team, the Manager, Major Gifts is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and programs relating to OCAD University’s (OCAD U) fundraising initiatives. The Manager, Major Gifts works closely with the President and Chancellor to advance the capital campaign.


Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Director, Major Gifts in the development and implementation of overall departmental strategic processes to secure a small portfolio of 1M+ flagship gifts
  • Act as a liaison with the Office of the President and Chancellor to propel the capital campaign forward
  • Establish strategic fundraising priorities, and act as a strategic advisor to the Director, Major Gifts, working closely with the office of the President and Chancellor, in relation to the Capital Campaign
  • Support development of an integrated fundraising business plan, containing strategies related to select group of 1M+ individual donors, and prospects
  • Support Major Gift strategies including identification, qualification, cultivation and successful solicitation of select group of prospects
  • Project manage major gift proposals, including research, proposal writing and design, pitches and support
  • Consistently deliver all needed materials, information, scheduling, asks and follow-through
  • Meet all campaign revenue goals on an annual basis
  • Act as lead for all small-scale events held by Major Gifts department including high-end private dinners, socials and cocktail parties, ensuring all activities from design through completion are well executed
  • Ensure transparency and accurate and timely updates on donor activities including reporting, documentation and tracking of portfolio
  • Working with the Manager, Stewardship, actively participate in the on-going management and stewardship of select major donors and implement high quality best-practices
  • As a key member on the Development & Alumni Relations team, provide guidance to all team members and support all financial and other goals of the team
  • Work closely with OCAD U faculty and administration to connect needs and opportunities with the capital campaign and prepare and present customized written materials, proposals, stewardship reports and correspondence
  • Monitor giving trends and devise on-going strategies to successfully build strong relations
  • Provide guidance to other members of the Development & Alumni Relations team to promote best practices across all portfolios
  • Support the Director, Major Gifts in related duties that contribute to the successful operation of the overall Capital campaign


  • Undergraduate degree in a related field, though graduate degree preferable
  • Minimum of three (3) 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
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to take initiative
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to maintain open and transparent communication to ensure optimal work-flow and deliverables
  • Experience in managing small-scale events
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, problem-solving, and project management skills
  • Experience working and building relationships with both internal and external key stakeholders including corporate partners, major gift donors and volunteers
  • Ability and comfort to engage with fund-raising events and contexts within and beyond OCAD U
  • 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
  • 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
  • Weekend and evening work required


Compensation: Commensurate with Experience


Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, for a total of 35 hours per week. This is a temporary one-year contract with the possibility of extension.


Application Deadline: Interested applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with a cover letter by applying through the OCAD U Employment Page, no later than Friday, July 12, 2019.



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.