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Centennial College

Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts

Posted On: February 1, 2022
Closing On: February 13, 2022

Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $76,753 - $95,941 per year 


Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts

Office of Development


JOB ID:                         J0122-2050

Classification:                Full-time Administration

Pay Band:                      10

Pay Range:                    $76,753 – $95,941 per year

Campus/Location:       Progress Campus with ability to travel across campuses, GTA and surrounding areas / Currently Remote

Hours/Week:               35

Shift Schedule:             Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Posting Date:               January 31, 2022

Closing Date:               February 13, 2022


Centennial College recognizes and affirms Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Indigenous ways of knowing as central to the vibrancy and uniqueness of its learning and working academic mission. We strongly encourage applications from members of Indigenous communities and all equity-deserving groups including Women, Racialized, Persons with Disabilities, and LGBTQ+ communities.

We also recognize that Centennial is situated on the Treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and pay tribute to their legacy as well as that of all First Peoples that have been and remain present here in Toronto. We recognize that First Peoples come from sovereign Nations and that part of understanding our responsibilities of residing on this territory are understanding the true history, circumstances and legacy of the Treaties signed here (such as the Toronto Purchase, Robinson-Huron Treaty and Williams Treaties) and including pre-contact Treaties and Agreements between sovereign Nations and that all peoples in this area are therefore Treaty people with obligations and responsibilities to all our relations.

Position Summary

Centennial College is looking for a proactive self-starter to develop and manage a portfolio of major gift donors. Reporting to the Director of Development; Major Gifts & Campaigns, the Senior Development Officer collaborates with internal team members to creatively prospect, solicit, cultivate, and grow relationships with a variety of diverse donors including individuals, corporations, foundations and alumni, etc. The incumbent has a strong understanding, empathy and connection with their donors’ philanthropic interests and seeks to align those interests with Centennial’s programs/initiatives/activities.

The incumbent identifies and engages with key internal stakeholders (e.g. executive and leadership teams, faculty leads, alumni and volunteers, etc.) to participate in meaningful initiatives and opportunities that resonate with a donors’ interests and connection with the college. They provide coaching, training and support to others who are involved in the process of securing a major gift.


  • Responsible for managing a portfolio of 50-100 active major gift prospect donors throughout the various stages of the donor cycle
  • Identifies prospective donors and major gift opportunities through various avenues, resources and means
  • Proactively works to secure new business/financial support for the college through cold prospecting, cold calling, and outward facing opportunities to secure new funds
  • Actively solicits and closes major gifts exceeding $25,000 from a broad range of donors
  • Communicates and builds relationships with key constituents and stakeholders within the college to strengthen connections and engagement to create unique major gifts opportunities
  • Maintains all donor cycle activities in the Raiser’s Edge database to ensure accurate, timely tracking and reporting for departmental leadership
  • Supports the strategic planning process with the Director and Executive Director for major gifts
  • Other administration and communications duties as required


  • Four (4) year degree/diploma or equivalent experience required
  • Post graduate certificate in Not for Profit Management / Fundraising or CFRE certification would be an asset
  • Seven (7) years progressive experience in fundraising and donor relations
  • Proven track record of soliciting and closing major gifts above $25,000, from a broad range of donors, including organizations, corporations, individuals and foundations
  • Experience with prospect research tools and techniques; ability to manage a portfolio of prospect donors
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills up to executive leadership levels
  • Possesses high initiative, independence of action and judgment
  • Experience with managing projects and fundraising campaigns, including supervision of senior level volunteers
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Proficient with Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising databases as well as Microsoft Office Suite

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Proof of credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their foreign equivalents will be required at the time of job offer. 

When applying, your cover letter and résumé must include examples that reflect all of the requested skills and qualifications and must be submitted online by February 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.  Please quote Job ID J0122-2050. Misrepresentation of applicant information will be grounds for your exclusion from the competition or for dismissal should you subsequently be hired for the position. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are committed to providing persons with disabilities equal opportunities regarding all employment activities, including access to jobs and accommodations during employment as required, in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).