Senior Development and Community Relations Officer
Are you passionate about education, highly motivated, a strategic thinker, and committed to excellence? Do you have solid fundraising, communications, and volunteer engagement experience and skills? If so, the Senior Development and Community Relations Officer at University of Toronto Schools might be the role for you! This is an opportune time to join the UTS Advancement Team, following the successful conclusion of a $60 million capital campaign to renew our school. Now that we have state-of-the-art facilities to host our teaching and learning, our focus is on raising funds now and for the future for financial assistance to help students access a UTS education.
This position supports the whole UTS community through a variety of fundraising programs and works very closely with our committed group of parents to advance the mission of the school. There has never been a more exciting time to join UTS. If you value working in a culture that is inclusive and celebrates individuality and new ideas, and you enjoy working with a team of people who are innovative, dynamic, collaborative and progressive, we invite you to explore this opportunity.
Reporting to the Executive Director, Advancement, the Senior Development and Community Relations Officer will have two related portfolios: fundraising activities for the whole UTS community and the administration of the UTS Parents’ Association (UTSPA). Within the scope of this portfolio, the incumbent will execute fundraising activities with all UTS stakeholders in support of the school’s and the department’s strategic objectives. This position will facilitate tailored programs that identify, solicit and steward stakeholders to achieve the school’s ongoing fundraising needs including major gift fundraising, legacy giving and special giving days and projects. This position will also be responsible for coordinating and facilitating the UTS Parents’ Association (UTSPA) activities in accordance with the UTS/UTSPA Memorandum of Understanding. Duties are undertaken with a high degree of independence, initiative and responsibility, with the aim of ensuring continued support and goodwill of UTS stakeholders.
The ideal candidate will have:
A solid understanding of fundraising and donor stewardship is crucial to connect with and inspire both new and current donors.
demonstrated strategic thinking, problem solving, and effective collaborative skills to assist in meeting organizational and team goals;
an excellent grasp of fundraising strategy and processes,
volunteer management experience
strong database management, and experience with peer-to-peer fundraising platforms,
strong communication skills including written, oral and design,
a commitment to the UTS strategic plan and cultural values.
Education: University degree with CFRE certification, or equivalent combination of education and experience in the field.
Five years’ experience as a results-oriented staff-appointed fundraiser with a proven track record of successfully managing fundraising portfolios.
Strong database management, and experience with peer-to-peer fundraising platforms.
Prospect research and report writing experience is essential. Experience in recruiting and working with volunteers and working well with senior staff and colleagues.
Knowledge of the independent school environment is an asset.
Proven organizational and time-management skills; ability to take initiative, be assertive in completing tasks.
Ability to multitask, and concurrently manage a variety of projects to achieve goals, and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines with interruptions.
Discretion with the ability to maintain confidentiality at all times is a must.
Sound judgment with exceptional interpersonal skills,
Excellent communications skills (written, design and oral) are a must.
Ability to work independently and with others including donors, staff, and volunteers.
Sensitivity to and skills in nurturing donor relationships, inspiring trust with a high degree of tact and diplomacy, and discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive information with affluent and influential constituents.
Advanced computer skills, and strong database management with a high degree of accuracy.
Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge NXT, MailChimp, Microsoft Office Suite including MS Teams, Google products (including Google Docs, Drive, Google Meets), as well as Adobe Creative, and fundraising software, preferably Raisin. Virtual event platforms such as Zoom Professional.
Willingness to upgrade skills as needed.
Established by the Government of Ontario and the University of Toronto, University of Toronto Schools is today the only university co-educational preparatory school in Canada that is based solely on merit and affiliated with a university. UTS enrolls approximately 675 students grades 7 through 12 and has a generous bursary program. UTS graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions around the world. The ranks of our alumni include 57 Orders of Canada, 21 Rhodes Scholars, 18 Olympians, three ambassadors, and two Nobel Laureates.
UTS attracts a unique, diverse community of exceptionally talented students, who arrive at the school prepared to be challenged and guided by extraordinary, award-winning teachers to collectively realize the magic of everyday triumphs, and become socially responsible global citizens and principled leaders. We are looking for a Senior Development and Community Relations Officer to execute fundraising activities with UTS stakeholders including parents, alumni and staff in support of the school’s and the department’s strategic objectives.
Working at UTS
Equity, diversity and inclusion underpin the UTS experience. Our school honours and celebrates the rich tapestry of diverse people and perspectives that make up our community. We do not sit on our laurels but take the initiative to advance ongoing improvement on every front. New ideas always have a voice, and are realized through creativity, collaboration and community. UTS is in the midst of implementing an integrated anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion strategy, setting a framework that aims to remove barriers that impede access to students from under-represented racialized communities, and eliminate biases that undermine belonging and inclusion. This framework is already in progress, paving the way for positive change across all aspects of the school experience, from access and admissions to curricular and co-curricular programs, student life, student support and the integration of new families into our community, as well as staffing and professional development.
Start Date: January 9, 2023 or earlier.
Working Conditions: Full-Time, permanent, in-person position
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: This is a USW position with Pay Band at 14 — $75,751 – $96,872 per annum with an annual step progression to a maximum of $96,872. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Benefits: UTS offers a comprehensive compensation package that includes; medical benefits, pension plan, life and LTD insurance, educational assistance/tuition reimbursement and employee assistance program. All UTS employees are eligible to participate in the University of Toronto’s Joint Membership Club and have access to the University’s library and other amenities.
How to Apply: Candidates should submit their applications and cover letters online through our Career Centre Portal. This posting will stay open until it is filled. We hope to fill this position before Dec. 6th, 2022.
University of Toronto Schools 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.
We thank all candidates in advance; however, we will contact only those selected for an interview. No phone calls please. If selected for an interview please inform us if you require any accommodations.
For more information please visit Careers at UTS | University of Toronto Schools (utschools.ca)