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Application Deadline : 2018-12-20
Institution : Concordia University
Description :



NOTE: This posting represents a one (1) year full-time contract position.


Reporting to the Principal Director of Development within the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Development Officer is responsible for building relationships with prospects and donors to secure major gifts ($25,000 and up) for the Faculty and/or University initiatives.


  • In collaboration with the Principal Director of Development identify the Faculty priorities and create the case for support which clearly explains the Faculty’s investment opportunities.
  • In collaboration with key stakeholders, develop a Faculty specific solicitation strategy; implement the development plan as identified by Advancement and Alumni Relations (AAR) – while maintaining good working relations with Fundraisers, Faculty and staff. Consider the interests of all appropriate areas when developing cultivation/solicitation strategies.
  • Research and develop gift proposals aligned with donors’ interests and Faculty priorities.
  • Plan and execute personal canvassing activities including the preparation of solicitation documents, and other pertinent fundraising materials.
  • Develop relationships to support other fundraisers in proposal-writing in response to priorities.
  • Ensure that gifts are appropriately stewarded over the short and long term.
  • With the support of AAR colleagues and other stakeholders, identify and qualify potential major gifts donors and develop significant relationships with them with the goal of securing major gifts.
  • Participate in the Relationship Assignment and Management Protocol (RAMP) meetings of Advancement and Alumni Relations.
  • Adhere to RAMP guidelines and effectively use the established Dashboard. Regularly enter “moves”, contact reports and follow-up actions into the advancement database for the benefit of all users and the institutional memory. Extract information including biographical profiles, prospect pipeline and other related reports.
  • Recruit, train and support volunteers.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and two to four years of experience in a fundraising role with a proven track record in implementing personal canvass programs in the solicitation of major gifts.
  • Experience in the fine arts community and the university is an asset.
  • Good knowledge (level 4) of spoken and written English and French in order to write and edit correspondence, provide and interpret detailed information, and deal with complex situations in both official languages.
  • Computer literate, particularly in MS Office and database systems.
  • Self-motivated and an innovative planner; persuasive and able to influence and convince; detail oriented.
  • Resourceful and independent yet works well in a team environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and listening skills; ability to motivate and inspire others (volunteers and staff).
  • Proven proposal and presentation skills.

Please send your curriculum vitae with a covering letter by December 20, 2018, to Elvira Fiorentino, Senior Employment Advisor. See the link below on how to apply: