Development Officer, AgBio
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK
Development Officer, AgBio (req4325)

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: University Relations
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Permanent
Employment Group: ASPA
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $62,850.00 - 98,205.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 2). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date: 5/10/2019
Closing Date: Until filled
Number of Openings: 1

Primary Purpose: To significantly increase and diversify revenue to the College of Agriculture and Bioresources and its key projects by obtaining philanthropic support from donors and prospects in the form of significant major gifts that support the University of Saskatchewan. The incumbent will plan, develop, solicit, and manage a portfolio of donors and prospective major gift donors with the goal of maximizing and diversifying financial support for College of Agriculture and Bioresources projects, campaigns and goals. The incumbent will be assigned as a dedicated fundraiser to Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) and a significant portion of the work will be related to this project.

Nature of Work: The Development Officer reports to the Director of Development, in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources and works closely with a wide range of college stakeholders, including the Dean, University Relations colleagues, other college advancement staff, the college’s donors, alumni, senior administrators, department heads, faculty, staff, and students. As a University priority and multi-college project, work related to the LFCE will involve additional cross-college and cross-unit collaboration and direction.

The Development Officer works collaboratively across UR and across other colleges and departments with college and unit leaders, faculty and UR staff to build strategic relationships with prospects and donors.

This position not only engages donors in key programs and initiatives, articulating the opportunities and impact of their financial investments, but also may support specific fundraising programs or initiatives. The Development Officer is required to garner an in-depth understanding of College priorities, programs, initiatives and stakeholders with the mandate to build relationships that support major and principal gift programs and initiatives.

The work requires a proactive approach in a complex environment and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences by a variety of methods and communication mediums. Establishing and maintaining positive relationships and modeling best practices is essential to success. This position makes discretionary decisions and uses excellent judgment to determine appropriate procedures in alignment with legislative requirements and institutional policies. Accuracy and attention to detail is essential to ensure information provided to others is correct. The environment is dynamic and fast-paced.

University Relations is responsible for institutional advancement programs (alumni relations, communications and marketing, and development), and as such is dedicated to supporting the related needs of all colleges, units and the university as a whole. University Relations is comprised of specialized teams that work together as an integrated team to ensure that the University of Saskatchewan has the reputation, relationships and resources necessary to take its place among the most distinguished universities in Canada and the world.

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority. In support of this priority, the position will contribute to a team environment which recognizes and supports the importance and value of diversity in achieving the mission of the University, and actively seek out those with diverse cultural backgrounds, perspective and experiences to support the mission.

Its guiding principles define how UR achieves its mission and all positions are asked to embrace these principles, which include:

Creative: We embrace change and take strategic risks by seeking bold ideas with curiosity and enthusiasm;
Open: We nurture relationships with each other, on campus and with community partners that respect and honour different and diverse perspectives;
True: We communicate clearly, keep our promises and focus on achieving amazing results.

Provide a strategic fundraising expertise and leadership for College fundraising priorities identified by the Dean and other College leadership. This includes providing high-level service and support for programs and projects requiring major and principal gift support;
Provide effective leadership and coordination for fundraising for the LFCE;
Actively manage a portfolio of current and prospective major donors with a focus on those who have the ability to make significant major gifts to support institutional priorities and campaign goals;
Recommend and manage individualized strategies for prospects and donors;
Develop, implement and manage an annual and multi-year principal giving strategy that supports institutional priorities, programs and initiatives;
Strengthen long-term relationships with the College’s major and principal gift donors by ensuring they are recognized in ways that are meaningful to them and that are in alignment with institutional recognition guidelines;
Work collaboratively with UR colleagues and appropriate advancement team members in other units to ensure all aspects of college and university advancement activity are closely aligned with relevant institutional policies and guidelines;
Establish, enhance and promote the College and university as a leader in donor-centered development;
Through collaboration and meaningfully engagement, actively contribute to creating a university environment that is engaged with and inspired by the philanthropic work undertaken by University Relations.

Education: An undergraduate degree and/or appropriate training and experience in a related field. Experience in an academic setting and recognized professional accreditation such as CFRE would be considered assets.

Experience: Minimum of 3 - 5 years of progressive experience in fundraising or closely related discipline preferably within a higher education or comparably complex environment; demonstrated success in goal and priority setting, experience working with senior leadership, success in building and managing collaborative relationships, managing multiple projects, identifying target audiences and managing prospect relationships and strategies through to successful solicitation. Working with and managing volunteers and an interest in community/stakeholder engagement would be preferred. Experience utilizing a computerized database to manage donor records for research and solicitation purposes, as well as knowledge of the University of Saskatchewan and an understanding of strategic planning, sales, and alumni relations would be an asset.

Skills: Goal driven with a high level of energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the mission and goals of the institution; demonstrated integrity, professional maturity, discretion, judgment, and decisiveness to inspire confidence among internal and external stakeholders; results driven with proven ability to take initiative; superior facilitation and creativity in negotiating win-win agreements to motivate volunteers and to inspire confidence working with donors and/or their professional advisors; ability to work independently and collaboratively as an effective team member; strong interpersonal relationship-building skills and the capacity to build consensus and maintain positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders; demonstrated analytical and organizational skills, including effective planning and management of multiple projects; ability to problem-solve, think and act strategically and creatively; excellent communication skills, both written and oral including public speaking; and proficiency in computer applications, including database expertise.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Ashala Jacobson, Director, College Development, at 306-966-6999.

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.