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Development Officer

Posted On: March 18, 2024
Closing On: April 3, 2024

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $88,290 - $112,911

Date Posted: 03/14/2024
Req ID: 36535
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Information
Department: Faculty of Information
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)
Position Number: 00056100


About us:

The Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto is a research-led Faculty, educating the next generation of leaders in information scholarship and the information professions, both established and emerging. Our researchers and graduates are recognized for their innovation, experimentation, human-centred perspectives and commitment to community.

The Faculty, which will celebrate its centenary in 2028, has built on its heritage strengths in libraries, archives and museums to incorporate scientific and technological expertise from engineering, computer science, and other disciplines. At the same time, it has committed itself to applying social, political, and cultural perspectives from media arts, humanities, and social science to the study of information, technology, people and the relationships among them.

The Faculty currently offers two Master’s degree programs, namely, a Master of Museum Studies (MMSt),and a Master of Information (MI), as well as a Combined MI/MMSt Degree Program (CDP). The Faculty also offers a PhD program and in 2019 it introduced a Bachelor of Information (BI) program.

MI Students can specialize in one or two concentrations including Archives and Records Management, Library and Information Sciences, Information Systems and Design, User Experience Design and Human-Centred Data Science.

A top tier school, the Faculty of Information is consistently ranked in the top five Library and Information Management graduate programs by the QS world university rankings. The QS rankings include both Master’s and PhD level programs.

More background about the Faculty can be found on its website (

Your opportunity:

The advancement office is responsible for fundraising and alumni engagement efforts for the Faculty of Information. The advancement staff work to solicit financial contributions to support the Faculty and its academic and co-curricular priorities. Through a range of programs, events and special initiatives, we raise awareness among current and prospective donors, alumni, volunteers and friends regarding the importance of investing in the Faculty and our students. Our office engages in cultivating and sustaining strong relationships with all stakeholders and building on the positive associations our alumni have with the University.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Advancement, and working on a high-performing team of advancement professionals, the Development Officer is responsible for fundraising at the Annual (<$1,000) and Leadership Giving ($1,000-$49,999) levels and donor stewardship. The Development Officer demonstrates excellence in relationship-building with the Faculty’s alumni and leadership and annual giving donors through a disciplined and structured approach. Success in these efforts will result in a reliable pattern of retention, growth, recapture and deepening of engagement of these vital donors and supporters as part of the Faculty of Information community. The strength of your portfolio and donor relations will also help build a solid foundation for future major gifts.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Meeting face-to-face with current and potential donors to discuss giving interests and opportunities
  • Assessing needs and contributing to the development and implementation of plans for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and recognition
  • Identifying, evaluating and recommending the necessary steps to bring the prospect closer to making a major financial commitment to the University
  • Determining logistical details required for donor mailing campaigns
  • Developing and implementing plans to support donor management and stewardship strategies and/or activities
  • Updating prospect databases and portfolios

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of three (3) years’ recent experience in a fundraising role of which as least one year has been focused on leadership annual giving (LAG) with a proven track record of success.
  • Demonstrated prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and recognition experience.
  • Demonstrated successful experience with leadership annual giving (LAG)/ annual giving (gifts from $1,000 to $49,999).
  • Experience developing tailored fundraising initiatives that support strategic initiatives, including stewardship activities.
  • Demonstrated experience drafting complex donor reports and communications.
  • Demonstrated successful track-record in building and strengthening relationships with key donor contacts.
  • Experience working with a wide range of people from a variety of professional and social backgrounds and post graduate experience, and ability to manage complex relationships with multiple groups.
  • Proven face to face fundraising skills and ability to solicit for support and steward donors and supporters with verbal and written methods.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with a strong ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors as well as build and maintain long-term relationships; exceptional inter-personal skills; excellent presentation skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to access and assess data from multiple sources in order to make informed decisions and recommendations.
  • Strong computer skills with experience in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook), donor database management systems (i.e. ARBOR) and budget management.
  • A proven high level of integrity, donor confidentiality and discretion with sensitive information, tasks, and relationships.
  • Strong organizational and relationship building skills. Strong problem solving skills.
  • Must be able to multi-task and meet deadlines; and exercise accuracy and attention to detail.

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Experience with the University’s policies, and the Division of University Advancement is a strong asset.
  • Experience working with in a university environment.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Adaptable
  • Articulate
  • Discerning
  • Persuasive
  • Resilient
  • Self-directed

Closing Date: 04/03/2024, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 14 — $88,290 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $112,911. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial
This role is currently eligible for a hybrid work arrangement, pursuant to University policies and guidelines, including but not limited to the University of Toronto’s Alternative Work Arrangements Guideline

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact