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Trinity College

Development Officer, Annual & Leadership Giving

Posted On: December 8, 2023
Closing On: January 5, 2024

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $49,527 – $67,071

Trinity College is a vibrant and diverse academic community with a rich history and an excellent local and international reputation. Since its founding in 1851, the College has valued and fostered a high level of academic achievement with some 2,000 currently registered students, 450 of whom live at the College. The Trinity College campus grounds comprise spectacular historic buildings. The College is the smallest college on the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto, located in the central Toronto downtown core, steps from the Bloor – St. George subway station and Queen’s Park.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Associate Director, Alumni Engagement the Development Officer, Annual and Leadership Giving is responsible for planning and execution of activities related to the success and growth of the Leadership & Annual Giving program. The Leadership and Annual Giving programs (LAG) generate over $1 million in essential revenue annually. The incumbent will oversee gifts from donors who give $1.00 – $50,000 and will assist in development and implementation of strategies to achieve annual goals. This role will oversee and manage all aspects of the Annual Giving Program (direct mail, digital and electronic solicitation, etc.) working to broaden Trinity’s base for support while supporting and managing aspects of the College’s Leadership Giving program.

Key Responsibilities:

Annual Giving: 

  • Develops targeted strategies for the acquisition, renewal and upgrading of Trinity Fund donors through direct mail, online giving, digital/electronic campaigns, events, and proposals.
  • Develops fundraising strategies for class giving initiatives and provides support for annual Reunion fundraising activities.
  • Establishes, tracks and analyzes the Trinity Fund’s results and trends and determines measures for success.
  • Collaborates with the DUA team to ensure the development of benchmarks, regular reporting processes to measure all annual giving activity.
  • Works with the Associate Director, to establish annual revenue goals and metrics.
  • Develops and produces fundraising materials in all media for use with individual donors and larger donor groups.
  • Collaborates with internal Communications team and DUA on the development and production of solicitation materials for the fall and spring annual fund campaigns, including campaign briefs and copywriting.
  • Synchronizes messaging across channels to support fundraising strategies.
  • Collaborates with the DUA Call Centre to develop materials and scripts for the Trinity Fund phone campaigns.
  • Works closely and provide support for other donor and volunteer groups such as: Leadership Donors, Development Committee, etc.
  • Develops strategies for ongoing stewardship of donors; this may involve events, tailored reports, and recognition in publications such as donor listings in all media.
  • Sets strategy for key donor events; attending and assisting with donor and alumni events.
  • Maintains accurate donor records in the ARBOR database.

Leadership Giving: 

  • With direction from the Associate Director, Alumni Engagement, develops and implements a donor acquisition program that focuses on new and/or upgraded LAG level donors.
  • Responsible for a portfolio of LAG prospects, with emphasis on cultivating new donors through Arbor identification, volunteer canvass and Reunion fundraising activity.
  • Participates in building the LAG portfolio on the ARBOR database annually.
  • Collaborates with team members to engage donors and prospects in person, via phone and email to gain and enhance donor interest and involvement leading to solicitation.
  • Works closely with leadership volunteers to identify new prospects and sets strategy for cultivation and solicitation.
  • Develops recognition and stewardship plans for new donors to provide a meaningful donor experience and increase retention rates.
  • Provides support for the development and production of solicitation materials for annual campaigns for leadership donors.

Volunteer Management & Committee Support: 

  • Supports volunteers on the Development Committee by providing reporting, and assisting members with identifying, cultivating and soliciting assigned leadership giving prospects.
  • Provides reporting on the Trinity Fund to the Development Committee at regular meetings, and to other committees as required.
  • Participates in identifying and qualifying potential volunteer leaders in conjunction with the Development & Alumni Affairs team; participates in training volunteers as committee members.
  • Builds and strengthens relationships with stakeholders of strategic importance to the overall development program at the College.


  • Undertakes to establish a comprehensive knowledge of Trinity College, including its history, traditions, current academic offerings, academic support and student life
  • Serves as an Ambassador for the College, consistently and convincingly demonstrating the role of philanthropy and the importance of private sector support.
  • Other duties/projects as assigned.
  • Responds to general telephone and email inquiries and provides excellent customer service.

Educational and Experience requirements:

  • Post-Secondary Graduate or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Minimum of 5 years of annual giving experience in higher education fundraising and/or non‐profit development office, or similar work experience. Direct knowledge of the theory and practice of annual giving is essential. Familiarity with university/higher education policies, structure and systems an asset.
  • Experience with databases and/or CRMs, including extracting reports, list and data manipulation, mail merge, etc.
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide support for events, fund development and communications in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to maintain and work with confidential information.
  • Working knowledge of content creation for social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, etc. is considered an asset.
  • A collaborative team player, adaptable and flexible.

Submit resume and covering letter to:

Please reference Job #2023 -10 in the email subject line. Only applications with both cover letters and resumes in one Microsoft Word or PDF document and submitted through the above email address will be considered.

Job posting closing date: January 5, 2024.

Trinity College is a federated university in the University of Toronto and offers excellent employment opportunities with exceptional benefits. The College is a culturally diverse and inclusive community that sustains a tradition of academic excellence and provides a vibrant and welcoming community of students, faculty, alumni, and staff.

Trinity College is committed to Employment Equity and Diversity based on merit, transparency, accessibility, and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity. If you need this job posting in an alternative format or if you require accommodation measures, please contact us at and we will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.