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Donor Relations Officer (Research & Stewardship)

Donor Relations Officer (Research & Stewardship)

Employment Opportunity: Donor Relations Officer (Research & Stewardship)

Maternity Leave Vacancy, 7-8 month term (depending on availability of the proponent).

All members of the Advancement team have a responsibility to enhance the reputation of the University and to develop its philanthropic culture through thoughtful engagement with external audiences, volunteers and partners, alumni and friends, current students and parents, and our internal colleagues throughout the College community.

Reporting to the Director of Advancement, and working in a complementary role to the Advancement Office Manager, the Donor Relations Officer produces comprehensive research for the enhancement of fundraising. This key position supports the director and others in the development and stewardship of relationships and partnerships with donors and other key stakeholders.

Specific Duties/Accountabilities

  • Provide strategic advice and oversight [to the director] throughout the gift process. This process requires attention to detail through the following stages:
    • Identification, research, and analysis;
    • The development of cultivation plans;
    • Solicitation (gift request);
    • The creation and implementation of recognition and stewardship plans.
  • Participation in determining strategy for prospective donors, including:
    • Identifying new donor prospects;
    • Determining appropriate actions to enhance relationships with donors;
    • Assist in executing donor prospect activities;
    • Ensuring appropriate follow-up and recognition activities following interactions with donors and prospects.
  • Handles confidential information in a sensitive, ethical manner and in accordance with FOIPOP principles and regulations.
  • Uses advanced on-line databases, in-house files, reference materials and other public sources, to prepare thorough and accurate donor profiles on individuals, corporations and foundations that include areas of interest and affiliations for potential philanthropic support.
  • Conduct database research to prepare analytical reports on benchmarks, trends and opportunities.
  • Summarize key information for reports tailored to the needs of staff, volunteers, and donors.
  • Assist with the coordination, preparation, and production of case materials for campaign projects.
  • Assist with travel arrangements and other details relating to donor visits.
  • Draft specialized acknowledgement and solicitation letters.
  • Set and monitor database alerts.
  • Work in collaboration with the Advancement Manager to enhance stewardship/donor procedures.
  • Prepare reports for the attention of appropriate college staff, volunteers and stakeholders in support of targeted relationship and partnership building initiatives.
  • Accompany another member of the King’s community for gift solicitations if appropriate.
  • Represent the college at public, private, and university functions where needed.
  • Adhere to and support King’s Advancement Policies.

The above accountabilities are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the position described.

The successful candidate will need

  • Minimum education is a bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree in a related field is preferred.
  • Minimum three years of experience in a fundraising environment.
  • Experience working in an institution of higher education or a similar setting with a diverse groups of constituents.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or a similar data management tool.
  • Superior computer skills and research capabilities.
  • Experience developing and strategizing a comprehensive stewardship/donor relations plan.
  • Poise, initiative, and the ability to speak and write articulately, persuasively, and with sensitivity to donor concerns.
  • Integrity, sound judgment and a collegial, collaborative style.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work, work well under pressure, and have a critical eye for detail.

Closing Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Compensation Range: $22.00 to $27.00 (depending on experience)

To apply for this position, please forward resume and cover letter to:

Dolly McIntyre
Human Resources and Compensation Officer
University of King’s College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2A1

We thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of King’s College is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage and welcome those who would contribute to the diversification of our staff and faculty including, but not limited to women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visual minorities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.