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University of Guelph

Pipeline Research Officer

Posted On: April 21, 2022
Closing On: April 16, 2022

Location: Guelph
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $47,174-$52,707

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Temporary, full-time position (from May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2024) – Guelph, ON

The Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) department is a central service at the University of Guelph, accountable for raising money for the institution’s strategic priorities through the identification and alignment of donors and prospective donors. AA&D has recently undergone a re-organization to support the vision to attract $50-million in sustained annual philanthropic support (over a period of five to eight years) and to be one of Canada’s most sought-after advancement organizations.

As a Pipeline Research Officer, you’ll be part of the AA&D team and, as such, exemplify the recently defined department values of respect, empowerment, integrity, appreciation and forward focus. Reporting to the Manager, Advancement Research, and working in partnership with the fundraising units at AA&D, you’ll identify, investigate, evaluate, and provide analysis, assessment and recommendations on prospective donors and volunteers in order to determine their capacity, inclination and interest in aligning with the University of Guelph’s priorities.

More specifically, you’ll be expected to identify and evaluate the financial capacity, philanthropic interest and affinity of prospective donors, using internal information, leads, and external publicly available sources, provide recommendations on strategic approaches to develop and maintain relationships, and prepare detailed profiles and documents for strategy discussions, meetings, and events. This will include conducting data mining and statistical analysis of information and data, and monitoring media sources for relevant, timely information to share with fundraisers. It will also be your job to coordinate, implement and maintain pipeline management activities, including monitoring, and making recommendations to management on, portfolio sizes, stage distribution, moves management, fundraising plans, and prospect stagnation and sunsetting.

AA&D is currently designing and implementing a new integrated fundraising framework and, as a Pipeline Research Officer, you’ll contribute your expertise in this area by assisting with the development, management and fine-tuning of the overall pipeline/prospect management systems, and identifying, reporting on, and analyzing key metrics and performance indicators.


To assume the role of Pipeline Research Officer, you must be organized, resourceful and detail-oriented, and possess:

  • A university degree (Master’s degree in library, information, business, or social science preferred) combined with some prospect research experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and interpersonal.
  • Proven relationship-building experience.
  • Exceptional computer skills, including proficiency with databases, data analysis and Microsoft Office (especially Excel).

The University of Guelph ( is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to improve life.

To view a detailed posting for the role of Pipeline Research Officer, please go to our website at Applications, quoting Hiring #2022-0220, must be sent to:

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.