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Upper Canada College

Development Officer, Advancement

Posted On: November 21, 2023
Closing On: December 5, 2023

Location: Toronto
Effective: January 2024
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $55-75k

Development Officer, Advancement
Employment Terms: F/T, Permanent
Start Date: January 2024

With a commitment to equity and fairness, students learn that what makes us different as individuals makes us stronger as a community. A rigorous academic program is supported by accomplished faculty, exceptional co-curricular programming, and state-of-the-art facilities. The UCC experience is underpinned by five core values: learning, pluralism, service, community, and wellbeing. Among its strategic goals is UCC’s ambition to become more diverse and inclusive. This is supported by a recognition that no learning community is whole without the inclusion and amplification of multiple voices; UCC is committed to fostering belonging, striving for justice and peace among all people, and addressing systemic and structural forms of oppression.

Position Overview:

Supports the Development team within the Office of Advancement in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift donors at Upper Canada College and directly manages a portfolio of annual and leadership donors. Working independently under the general direction of a Director of Development, the Development Officer will cultivate and steward a portfolio of annual and leadership donors, meeting annual revenue and contact goals to ensure the timely and appropriate stewardship and cultivation of new and returning donors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Support for Major Gifts Development Team:
● Assist with the sourcing, drafting and/or preparation of meeting documents, proposals, presentations, gift agreements, reports, and other materials as required by Senior Managers and Directors in the Development team for the successful cultivation and stewardship of major donors;
● Provide scheduling and correspondence support as directed. Annual and Leadership Gift Development and Stewardship
● Contribute to the overall annual and multi-year fundraising goal by developing and strengthening donor relationships of new and returning donors. With an emphasis on retention and increased giving, engage donors in meaningful communications, experiences and presentations that strengthen connection and understanding of the impact of philanthropy at the College;
● Respond to donor enquiries in a prompt and timely manner, and direct them to appropriate colleagues and sources of information;
● Follow up on donor pledges to ensure fulfillment and engagement.

Community Relations and Engagement:

● Provide support to the advancement leadership team, staff and volunteers on engagement activities as required;
● May serve as a mentor to students for International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum projects.

Knowledge, Competencies and Experience:

● Completion of a recognized university degree or equivalent, with at least three years of experience in a professional setting;
● Growing awareness of theories, principles and best practices of major fundraising campaigns and initiatives in a not-for-profit setting, and particularly in the independent school sector;
● Proficient with standard desktop software (e.g. MS Office), specialized fundraising software (e.g. Raisers’ Edge) and donor databases;
● Ability to identify and assess a donor’s connection to a charitable cause, with particular attention to their previous and current areas of giving, affiliation and interest, translating those interests into increased support through the effective matching with giving opportunities;
● Ability to identify, research and assess potential a of individual and corporate donor prospects, and present information thoroughly and proficiently;
● Very strong active listening skills;
● Very strong verbal and written communication skills, using approved style guide(s) and approved brand assets (eg presentations, document templates, photography and videos);
● Responsible for ensuring the accuracy and confidentiality of donor information;
● The work requires multitasking in order to coordinate and manage a variety of concurrent activities.

What we Offer:

● Opportunities for professional development to support life-long learning of skills and knowledge;
● Floating holidays that recognizes our employees diverse religious and cultural practices; offers three paid floating holidays per year instead of three statutory public holidays of their choosing.
● Excellent mental health, medical and dental benefit plans (including Health Care and Lifestyle Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance programme and onsite wellbeing programming;
● Paid volunteer time off to become involved in your communities, lending voluntary support to programs;
● Ongoing community events and employee social events throughout the academic year;
● Fabulous collaborative team members and colleagues;
● Generous pension / retirement plan and paid time off plans: vacation / holidays, personal emergency leave, personal leave, parental leave top-up and flexible self-funded leaves;
● Free on campus parking;
● Opportunity for casual dress days.

UCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals and welcoming applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons. UCC embraces pluralism – celebrating differences, cherishing similarities, and giving voice to multiple perspectives. If you are contacted regarding a UCC opportunity, please advise if you require any accommodations.

Please apply online by creating a “Professional/Management” profile account by December 5, 2023. We thank all candidates in advance; however, we will contact only those selected for an interview.

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