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Donor Relations and Stewardship Officer

Posted On: June 2, 2022
Closing On: June 14, 2022

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $80,198-$102562

Date Posted: 06/01/2022

Req ID: 24474
Faculty/Division: John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
Department: John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)
Position Number: 00051753


About us:

The Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto offers graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, forestry, and visual studies — as well asunique undergraduate programs that use architectural studies and visual studies as a lens through which students may pursue a broad, liberal arts-based education. Its mission is to educate students, prepare professionals, and cultivate scholars who will play a leading role in creating more culturally engaged, ecologically sustainable, socially just, and artfully conceived environments.

The greater Toronto region serves as a dynamic laboratory for both its students and faculty, while the University of Toronto, which year after year ranks among the top universities in the world, provides a wealth of knowledge and expertise that they can draw from. Like Toronto, Daniels students and faculty are incredibly cosmopolitan in sensibility, hailing from every part of the world, with their work crossing all sorts of geographic and cultural boundaries. The city’s multicultural networks and international connections make the Daniels Faculty a powerful place to start a career.

Your opportunity:

This is a pivotal time to join a team of high-performing advancement professionals who are focused on building a culture of philanthropy, alumni engagement and volunteerism that draws from the Daniels Faculty’s academic plan and the possibilities inherent in our academic programs to have societal impact. The University’s Defy Gravity campaign inspires us to set ambitious new goals and benchmarks in fundraising and relationship-building. We are seeking an experienced individual with a client-oriented approach to donors, stakeholders and the professional community. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, you will be front-facing in demonstrating thoughtful, creative approaches to deepening relationships with the Faculty, providing recognition, as well as stewarding donor gifts at varying scales and complexity.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and implementing plans to support donor relations andbest practices in stewardship
  • Identifying, evaluating and taking the necessary steps to bring alumni, the professional community and external stakeholders into a greater understanding and appreciation of the Dean’s academic vision.
  • Meeting face-to-face and initiating telephone meetings with current and potential donors to discuss their giving interests and to connect them with opportunities to support the Faculty.
  • Gathering information, conducting research, contextualizing data and writing compelling narratives to share with donors and community stakeholders in reports.
  • Drafting and facilitating donor gift agreements and student award records.
  • Ensuring a high degree of accuracy, transparency, and completeness of information in ensuring donor gifts are recorded in the donor management system and appropriate appreciation and recognition ensues.
  • Developing an advanced facility for using multiple advancement databases and portals to record information and to produce standardized and customized reports for review and presentation.
  • Taking the lead on assembling invitation lists; extending strategic invitations; eliciting participation; collecting rsvps and ensuring appropriate records for advancement-related alumni and donor events. Conceptualizing, organizing and executing alumni and fundraising event activities.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or acceptable combination of equivalent education and experience.
  • Minimum three years of experience in a fundraising environment (preferably academic) and in a donor relations role.
  • Experience developing and implementing plans to support donor relations.
  • Experience meetingface-to-face and initiating telephone meetings with current and potential donors to discuss their giving interests.
  • Experience drafting and facilitating donor gift agreements.
  • Experience conceptualizing, organizing and executing alumni andfundraising event activities.
  • Strong computer skills with demonstrated working knowledge of the MS Office Suite, Blackbaud CRM, Internet and databases.
  • Professional presentation, demeanor and confidence; ability to establish credibilityand trust with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Exceptional relationship management and customer service skills.
  • High level of attention to detail with superior organization and time-management skills.
  • Ability to prioritize thecoordination of multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Occasionally required to work overtime on weekdays and weekends.

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Familiar with and knowledgeable of the design community.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Accountable
  • Achievement oriented
  • Organized
  • Proactive
  • Tactful

Closing Date: 06/14/2022, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 14 — $80,198 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $102,562. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial
Recruiter: Jasmin Olarte

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, person with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encourage 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 is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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