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Trinity College

Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts

Posted On: December 21, 2021
Closing On: January 21, 2022

Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: March 2022
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: Hiring Range: $76,000 - $90,000

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Reports to: Associate Director, Philanthropy

Trinity College is a vibrant and diverse academic community with a rich history and excellent local and international reputation. Since its founding in 1851, the College has valued and fostered a high level of academic achievement with some 2,000 currently registered students, 450 of whom live at the College. Trinity College grounds comprise spectacular historic buildings, and the College is among the smallest and most prestigious colleges on the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto. Trinity’s campus currently consists of four main buildings and is located in the central Toronto downtown core, steps from the Bloor-St. George subway and Queen’s Park.

Position Summary:

We’re growing our team at a very exciting time for Trinity College. The Living Trinity Campaign ( offers an unprecedented opportunity to develop and strengthen relationships with new and existing donors. With construction starting in February 2022 on the Lawson Centre for Sustainability, Trinity’s new residence and academic building, this is an opportune time to join a dynamic and collaborative team of staff and volunteers as we work to maximize revenues across our development programs.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Philanthropy, the Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts will work closely with other members of the Development & Alumni Affairs team to confirm gifts in support of Trinity College and the $40 million Living Trinity Campaign. Managing a portfolio of major gift and legacy gift prospects ($25,000+) from identification through to solicitation and stewardship, the Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts will help to sustain and deepen prospective and current donors’ interest and commitment to the College.

Key responsibilities (but not limited to):

  • Develops and manages a portfolio of approximately 75-125 assigned major gift and gift planning prospects ($25,000+) with targets for meetings and solicitation activity.
  • Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards donors in collaboration with the Development team, senior faculty and leadership volunteers.
  • Aligns institutional priorities with donor interests and develops cultivation strategies that ensure a strong and sustainable donor pipeline.
  • Produces briefing documents, solicitation plans and call reports to track donor interaction.
  • Drafts donor proposals and case documents for use with volunteers and prospects.
  • Supports leadership volunteers on Trinity committees, including the Living Trinity Campaign Cabinet, in identifying, cultivating and soliciting assigned major gift and gift planning prospects and in supporting their interaction with fellow alumni and prospects.
  • Synthesizes research from a variety of sources to provide detailed data on prospects.
  • Produces detailed cultivation and solicitation plans in collaboration with staff and volunteers.
  • Responsible for developing strategies to steward major gift donors ($25,000 and above) on an individual basis: this will include working with the Development team to produce tailored reports to new and renewing donors, report on named endowment funds, and organize stewardship meetings with leadership volunteers and staff.
  • Participates in developing meaningful recognition in print materials and all other media such as the website, donor walls, etc.
  • Collaborates with team members to develop and plan events that involve donors and alumni. This will include leadership, major gift and gift planning donors as well as alumni and friends of the College.


  • University degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of fundraising experience with a proven track record of success. Familiarity with university/higher education policies, structure and systems is an asset.
  • Demonstrated major gift development experience (gifts of $25,000 and above).
  • Experience working with senior level volunteers.
  • Highly developed computer skills working with MS Office; databases; and content management systems.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and results oriented environment.
  • Proven ability to motivate others, i.e. volunteers, team members, donors.
  • Strong team player who values collaboration.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, relationship building and planning skills; attention to detail, strong communications and interpersonal skills; understanding of and commitment to diversity; tact and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in complex multi-stakeholder environments.

Submit resume and covering letter to: Only applications with both cover letters and resumes and submitted via email will be considered. Please indicate where you saw the posting in your application letter.

Trinity College is a federated university in the University of Toronto and offers excellent employment opportunities with exceptional benefits. The College is a culturally diverse community that sustains a tradition of academic excellence and provides a vibrant and welcoming community of students, faculty, alumni and staff.

Trinity College is committed to Employment Equity and Diversity based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity. If you need this job posting in an alternative format or if you require accommodation measures, please contact us at and we will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.