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Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Senior Development Officer

Posted On: May 20, 2022
Closing On: June 1, 2022

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: contract
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $85,159 - $108,904

The Rotman School of Management is part of the University of Toronto, a global centre of research and academic excellence at the heart of Canada’s commercial and financial capital. Rotman is a catalyst for transformative learning, insights and public engagement, bringing together diverse views and initiatives around a defining purpose: to create value for business and society. We make a fundamental promise – Here’s where it changes – to our students, our partners and the broader community. Everyone at Rotman, faculty and staff, plays a role in bringing that promise to life.

Your opportunity:

The Advancement team’s vision is to make the School a go-to place for Rotman alumni worldwide. Our alumni will proudly identify themselves as Rotman graduates and will look to Rotman first for talent, professional development, business and personal networks and philanthropy. Rotman alumni will be the School’s strongest ambassadors. The Senior Development Officer is a proven fundraiser who is adept at carrying a personal portfolio of 100-130 prospects in order to generate philanthropic support between $1M-$2M per annum.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Cultivating and soliciting current and prospective major gift donors through tailored stewardship programs
  • Developing and implementing plans to support donor management and stewardship strategies and/or activities
  • Assessing needs and contributing to the development and implementation of plans for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and recognition
  • Developing and implementing donor engagement plans that support strategic objectives

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • Minimum five years of experience in progressively senior fundraising roles
  • Proven track record closing corporate and individual gifts ($100,000 plus)
  • Experience in managing and building volunteer cabinets in support of corporate and major gift campaigns.
  • Demonstrated experience in an academic fundraising environment, preferably within a school of business.
  • Computer literacy, including MS Office and databases
  • Demonstrated strategic, analytical and presentation skills within a major gift fundraising environment and the ability to interact with senior volunteers, donors and faculty members
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational, analytical and research skills
  • Evidence of leadership and initiative, tact, diplomacy, attention to detail and creativity
  • Professional personal presentation and demeanor; ability to quickly gain trust and credibility with potential donors, volunteers and faculty

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Desktop publishing
  • Knowledge of university practices and culture
  • Knowledge of business community

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Diplomatic
  • Multi-tasker
  • Organized
  • Persuasive
  • Team player


This is a two (2) year term contract position.

Application details

Please submit a resume and cover letter and apply directly here:

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