Posted On: 2019-12-11
Closing On: 2020-01-24
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Effective: As soon as possible
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior
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Job Description

Senior Development Officer

Faculty of Engineering  

University of Waterloo



The University of Waterloo is actively seeking an experienced and results driven advancement professional, who exemplifies our University’s commitment to excellence and innovation. The Senior Development Officer for the Faculty of Engineering embraces the role they play in building meaningful relationships with donors and volunteers to advance this incredible Faculty. The ideal candidate will have a broad and diverse range of interests and an investigative and natural curiosity to absorb and learn from the brilliant people and programs in our Faculty and across our campus.



Accountable to the Associate Director, Development and Alumni Affairs, and working in cooperation with Engineering’s Development and Alumni Affairs team, the Senior Development Officer will be responsible for the corporate and individual fundraising of gifts within the Faculty of Engineering. Primary responsibilities, carried out as a member of the Development team and as a member of the Faculty of Engineering will include identification, evaluation, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual donors for the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering, and interdisciplinary priority projects.



Portfolio & Prospect Management

  • Develops and maintains a good working knowledge of the faculty, and the University of Waterloo’s activities, priorities and needs in both teaching and research
  • Has a thorough working knowledge of the Faculty of Engineering’s fundraising priorities and University of Waterloo’s priority projects and progress
  • Using this knowledge, and in consultation with the Associate Director, coordinates fundraising strategies for the corporate, foundation, and individual sectors, including cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects
  • Actively seeks out new prospects for the faculty and coordinates prospect identification and research activities
  • Has knowledge of giving vehicles and non-complex gifts, refers planned giving


Communications & Coordination

  • Creates fundraising materials suitable for presentation to prospective contributors by soliciting technical content from faculty members and working with the Sr. Communications Officer, Office of Advancement, Creative Services, and University Relations as required
  • Develops proposals for projects tailored to the specific interests of corporations, foundations, individuals and associations in conjunction with the faculty
  • Maintains/updates the database by ensuring that meeting notes are recorded and significant moves are tracked in the system
  • Gives direction and advice to student fundraising initiatives (including sponsorship) within the Faculty
  • Coordinates special projects and campaigns as assigned
  • Provides functional direction to administrative staff involved in these activities, where applicable


Relationship Management

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with the corporate sector (donations officer, senior officers, etc.), including calls on companies, arranging site visits to campus, special events, announcements, information exchanges
  • Recruits, trains and manages volunteer teams as assigned
  • Supports the work of the Senior Alumni Officer in coordinating communications and building relationships with students, young alumni and graduates
  • Supports the work of the Donor Relations Officer in coordinating communications and maintaining relationships with donors



  • University degree or equivalent education and experience
  • USG 10: 2-3 years of progressive major gift fundraising experience
  • USG 11: 3-5 years of progressive fundraising experience in securing major gifts and volunteer recruitment and management and experience with the full scope of development activities including discovery, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship at the major gift level. Successful track record of developing and implementing strategies for major gift solicitations with demonstrated success in personally securing and closing major gifts
  • Understanding and appreciation of the key role of a university education and in particular Engineering, and the crucial importance of attracting and retaining the very best talent available (students, faculty, staff)
  • Understanding of the university environment including the integration of research and teaching
  • Knowledge of giving vehicles and non-complex gifts
  • Proven competence in project management, multi-tasking, planning, analytical and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, oral and writing skills including the expertise to create promotional materials and proposals
  • Political acumen and problem solving skills are required
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently and effectively as part of a team with a broad mandate in a fast-paced, highly computerized and challenging environment
  • Knowledge and excellence in working with fundraising software is considered an asset
  • Demonstrated relationship building skills, excellent time management and proven ability to meet competing deadlines in an organized manner
  • Must have strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Computer literacy and working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Constituent Management Software
  • CFRE or fundraising certificate an asset but not required
  • Willingness to travel and work extended hours as required (some weekends and evenings)



Ranked among the top 50 engineering schools worldwide, Waterloo Engineering is committed to leading engineering education and research.

We are the largest engineering school in Canada, with more than 10,100 students enrolled in 2018. In 2016/17, external research funding from Canadian and international partners exceeded $96 million, a strong indication of our extensive industry partnerships and the excellence of our engineering research programs. The Educating the Engineer of the Future Campaign was launched in April 2015 with a fundraising goal of $70 million and we raised over $100 million and closed the campaign in 2018.



Waterloo has spawned thousands of commercial and social enterprises, is home to the world's largest co-operative education program and boasts a uniquely entrepreneurial culture that encourages experimentation and risk-taking.  The result is an outstanding learning and research experience for more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada — the anchor of Canada’s innovation corridor.

University of Waterloo — Canada’s top innovation university — is a research powerhouse and the engine of one of the world’s leading startup ecosystems. Offering world-class scholarship and research, combined with unparalleled experience-based education, Waterloo builds a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow.

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Please note that the deadline for submitting a résumé and covering letter is January 24, 2020. All inquiries and referrals will be kept in strict confidence.