Accountable to the Director, Arts Advancement, and working in collaboration with the Arts Advancement team, the Development Officer will be responsible for corporate, foundation and individual fundraising of gifts for the Faulty of Arts. Primary responsibilities, carried out as a member of the Advancement team, will include, identification, evaluation, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual donors for the Faculty of Arts and interdisciplinary projects.
Portfolio & Prospect Management
Develops and maintains a good working knowledge of the Faculty and the University of Waterloo’s activities, priorities and needs in both teaching and research
Maintain a thorough working knowledge of the Faculty of Arts fundraising priorities and the University of Waterloo’s priority projects and progress
Using this knowledge, and in consultation with the Director, coordinates and implements fundraising strategies for corporate, foundation and individual prospects, including discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects
Actively seeks out new prospects for the Faculty and coordinates prospect identification and research activities
Coordinates special campaigns and projects as assigned
Maintain knowledge of giving vehicles and non-complex gifts, refers planned giving
Communication & Coordination
Creates fundraising materials suitable for presentation to prospective contributors, and in consultation with the Director of Advancement
Develops proposals for projects tailored to the specific interests of corporations, foundations, individuals in consultation with appropriate faculty and Director of Advancement
Maintains/updates the database by ensuring that meeting notes are recorded and significant moves are tracked in the system
Provides functional direction to administrative staff involved in these activities, where applicable
Establishes and maintains relationships with individual, foundation and corporate prospects and donors including arranging and participating in in-person visits, arranging visits to campus, special events, announcements, information exchanges
Recruits, trains and manages volunteer teams as assigned
Supports the work of the Senior Alumni Advancement Officer in coordinating communications and building relationships with students, young alumni and graduates
University Degree or equivalent education and experience
USG 9: 0-1 years of progressive major gift fundraising experience
USG 10: 1-3 years of progressive major gift fundraising experience
Experience with the full scope of development activity, including discovery, cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship is required
Experience fundraising in a university environment is considered an asset
Knowledge of giving vehicles and non-complex gifts
Proven competence in project management, multi-tasking, planning, analytical and organizational skills
Excellent communication, interpersonal, oral and writing skills including the expertise to create promotional materials and proposals
Political acumen and problem-solving skills are required
Demonstrated relationship building skills
The ability to work in a highly complex and demanding environment
Goal oriented, self-motivated with a demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently and effectively as part of a team and with a broad mandate in a fast-paced, highly computerized and challenging environment
Willingness to travel and work extended hours as required (some evenings and weekends)
Knowledge and experience in working with fundraising software is considered an asset
Computer literacy and working knowledge of Microsoft Office
CFRE or fundraising certificate an asset but not required
Regular working hours, some evening/weekend work required
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