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Ontario Tech university

Senior Development Officer

Posted On: January 11, 2024
Closing On: January 24, 2024

Location: Oshawa, Ontario
Effective: February 1, 2024
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $81, 033

Tracking Code: req970

Faculty/Department: Advancement Department

Number of Positions: 1

Appointment Type: Full-Time Continuing

Hours of Work: 35 hours per week 

Salary Range: Level 10 – Starting Salary, Step 1 $81,033

Job Summary: 

The Senior Development Officer (SDO) plays an important role in developing and stewarding Ontario Tech University relationships; in securing private sector donations; in advancing fundraising strategies and programs; and in recruiting and leading senior volunteers. The Senior Development Officer may manage Faculty specific or University wide fundraising initiatives, and special projects.

Nature of work: 

Under the leadership of the Director of Philanthropy, the SDO works closely with academic and administrative leaders and volunteers to identify and qualify prospects and to strategically engage, cultivate and solicit financial support and planned giving for university priorities that align with donor interests. The SDO creates strategies to promote ongoing and/or increased giving; this includes soliciting donations, sponsorship and funding, either independently or in concert with senior university leadership, volunteers, faculty and staff, appropriate to donor
interests and university priorities.

1.Major Gift Development:

  • Builds and manages portfolio of prospects and donors capable of making gifts $50k and above
  • Works to identify and qualify new individual, corporate, foundation and institutional prospects and develops successful cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • Manages approximately 150-200 face to face visits annually and maintains frequent and consistent activity in order to develop meaningful relationships
  • Develops strategy, coordinates and communicates complex plans to move donor prospects through various stages of gift consideration and toward a contribution of significant support
  • Creates briefing notes for faculty, senior administration and volunteer solicitors for meetings and events
  • Identifies gift planning potential within the prospect pool and works with gift planning staff to secure deferred and outright planned gift commitments.
  • Provides input to join campaign and philanthropic partnerships pipeline strategy as appropriate to assist with prospect clearance and ensures that cultivation and solicitation strategies are donor-centered
  • Works collaboratively with research, communications ,alumni and stewardship staff to obtain research profiles on donor prospects; drafts compelling proposals and gift agreements, connects with past graduates for potential speaking engagements and provides ongoing donor engagement strategies


  • Identifies, recruits, develops, and leads senior volunteers
  • Works with volunteers to assist in developing strong corporate and community relationships and advancing the strategic funding priorities of the university


  • Reaches out to community stakeholders and shares information about the university, its mandate, present and future strategic plans
  • Partners with faculty members and alumni staff to develop and implement alumni and donor engagement plans
  • Sits on the working committee of events raising funds, offering advice and expertise ensuring the interests of the university are protected
  • Works alongside advancement colleagues, faculty members and staff throughout the university and external on various internal and external events.
  • Provides expertise and advice on donors, external volunteers, the development of lists and strategy or cultivation, stewardship, engagement and Alumni events

Required Skills: 

  • Superior writing, presentation and persuasive communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Able to multitask and prioritize
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office software applications and client/donor relations management software

Required Education: 

  • Minimum four-year university degree the following areas (Commerce, Marketing, Management, Communications)
  • Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) Designation preferred

* Verification of Academic credentials may be required

Required Experience: 

  • Minimum five years of major gift fundraising experience in a healthcare, political or academic setting with demonstrated track record in negotiating and closing major gifts $25k + level

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit in electronic format a covering letter and their resume. Applications will be accepted until January 24, 2024 or until a suitable candidate is found. We appreciate all applications received; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the university and the OPSEU. To the extent that policies are not included in the collective agreement, employment will also be governed by the university’s policies which may also be found on our website and which may be amended from time-to-time.

Ontario Tech University is actively committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, indigenization and decolonization (EDIID), and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging applications from First Nations, Metis, Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous Peoples in Canada will be given priority.

Ontario Tech University respects people’s different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. The University is also committed to ensuring that confidentiality is maintained throughout all aspects of the recruitment cycle.

If you require accommodation, please contact Julie Day, Health and Disability Management Specialist. For more information about the universities policies for accommodating employees with disabilities please review the university’s Accessibility Policy

The university acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation which is covered under the Williams Treaties. We are situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation which includes Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi.

Job Location: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Expected Start Date: 2/1/2024

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