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University of Toronto

Senior Development Officer, Legacy & Major Giving

Posted On: April 5, 2022
Closing On: April 25, 2022

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: USW Pay Band 15 -- $85,159 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $108,904 Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.

Req ID: 23099
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: ARTSC: Ofc of the Dean
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:

The Faculty of Arts & Science is the heart of Canada’s leading university and one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in the world. The strength of Arts & Science derives from our combined teaching and research excellence in the humanities, sciences and social sciences across 29 departments, seven colleges and 46 interdisciplinary centres, institutes and programs.

We can only realize our mission with the dedication and excellence of engaged staff and faculty. The diversity of opportunities and perspectives within the Faculty reflect the local and global landscape and the need for curiosity, innovative thinking and collaboration. At Arts & Science, we take pride in our legacy of innovation and discovery that has changed the way we think about the world.

Your opportunity:

The Advancement Office at the Faculty of Arts & Science plays a critical role in achieving the future success of the Faculty; responsible for generating private-sector revenue to support the Faculty and all of itsstrategic priorities. The department cultivates and sustains strong relationships with donors, alumni, volunteers and other stakeholders worldwide.

The Senior Development Officer (SDO) will be part of a team working under the direction of the Director of Development. The SDO will have an important role in developing and executing an annual plan of identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship designed to secure the majority of the Faculty’s planned gifts, in addition to some major gifts ($25,000+). Other responsibilities include meeting with individuals and composing reports and prospect correspondence; preparing other written materials including suggested bequest language and financial illustrations of gift vehicles for donors, their legal and financial advisors that are complex in nature; drafting documents to establish other forms of planned gifts; and, collaborating with other members of the University’s Advancement community to develop and execute strategies and realize goals.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Assessing needs and contributing to the development and implementation of plans for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and recognition
  • Identifying, evaluating and recommending the necessary steps tobring the prospect closer to making a major financial commitment to the University
  • Conducting advanced research and analysis from a variety of sources to provide detailed background data on donors
  • Advising on communication strategies to engage and attract major donor prospects
  • 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
  • Producing complex donor reports, and proposals; preparing gift agreements

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience
  • Minimum five years of experience in a fundraising role with a proven track record of success, particularly with gift planning
  • Demonstrated successful track-record in one-on-one donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Possess a high level of integrity, donor confidentiality and discretion with sensitive information, tasks and relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast pace, results oriented team environment, while handling multiple competing priorities
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Faculty of Arts and Science and the University of Toronto
  • Familiarity with deferred giving strategies, planned giving vehicles and uses, and ability to communicate this easily to prospective donors
  • Strong project management skills
  • Well-developed liaison and relationship management experience, and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills including word processing, database software and spread sheet programs

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Achievement oriented
  • Articulate
  • Courteous
  • Diplomatic
  • Persuasive
  • Problem solver
  • Team player

Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: USW Pay Band 15 — $85,159 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $108,904 Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial