Brock University — Development Officer

The Development Officer will aid in the development, implementation, and management of an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects, and is responsible for building strong and productive relationships to maximize revenue generation opportunities. The incumbent will work collaboratively with the advancement team to ensure a seamless and donor-centred experience.

Posted On: 2021-04-21
Closing On: 2021-05-19
Location: St. Catharines, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate


Job Description

A Day in the Life…

We’re seeking an enthusiastic Development Officer to join our team! With a focus on building and maintaining relationships you will work collaboratively with the advancement team to ensure a seamless and donor-centred experience, internally and externally. In this position you’ll be encouraged and empowered to be your best self. You’ll work with a dynamic team, as well as various staff and faculty who are eager to share their knowledge with you. By bringing your philanthropic passion and expertise to Brock, we’ll help you achieve your personal and professional goals through meaningful and diverse work. You will be part of a team championing fundraising goals to help move Brock’s Strategic Plan forward.

Reporting to the Director, Development & Stewardship, the Development Officer works collaboratively with all advancement staff members who have shared responsibility for achieving larger revenue and stewardship goals. The incumbent will aid in the development, implementation, and management of an assigned portfolio donors and prospects and responsible for building strong and productive relationships to maximize revenue generation opportunities. Duties and responsibilities for the Development Officer include:

Revenue support

  • Manage an assigned portfolio of donors ($1000 – $24,999) to build engaged relationships that will yield longer term benefits;
  • Work to achieve fundraising results that meet annual expectations for assigned portfolio of donors and prospects;
  • Maintain donor and prospect records;
  • Ensure the tracking and fulfillment of pledges, donor recognition activities, receipting and timely acknowledgement;
  • Help maintain and enhance the University’s reputation of integrity, responsibility and sound fiscal management;
  • Provide substantive reports to donors regarding the impact of their gift.

Leadership Giving program improvement and implementation

  • In collaboration with the Director of Development, establish a structured, systematic program for Leadership Giving and stewardship;
  • Work to create user-friendly collateral, guidelines and forms related to the program;
  • Organize and coordinate cultivation and stewardship activities such as meetings, tours and events in collaboration with the stewardship team;
  • Plan annual recognition and stewardship events;
  • Strategically leverage events organized within the university as opportunities for donor cultivation;
  • Engage, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects to have more connected and informed donors;
  • Provide and present information to different groups and audiences to increase engagement with Brock University’s mission, vision and goals;
  • Support faculty events by providing tools and expertise to create efficiencies and ensure equity among events across campus.

Collaboration with the Development team

  • Participate in the development of a strategic donor communications plan;
  • Collaborate with the team in preparing compelling and strategic fundraising materials including proposals, case for support etc.;
  • Provide thorough, accurate, and timely responses to all stakeholder requests for information;
  • Coordinate donor acknowledgement process in order to ensure meaningful gift fulfillment and enhancement of the relationship between donors and Brock University.

Successful Candidates Will Have… 

  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Solid and thorough understanding of university-level education and philanthropic environment in Ontario and Canada;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and execute events directly related to Advancement priorities;
  • Computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, database, and web applications;
  • Ability to compose reports and letters;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to work with databases, spreadsheets and other financial reports;
  • Highly developed relationship building skills;
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated tact and diplomacy and a solid understanding of protocol;
  • Ability to work with and steward community and high-level volunteers and donors;
  • Superior planning and organizational abilities with sound project management skills;
  • Ability to prioritize competing projects and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to think strategically;
  • Ability to plan and execute exclusive events of high calibre and quality.

Preferred or Asset Skills:

  • 2-3 years of experience in a fundraising setting preferred;
  • Certificate in development, fundraising or event planning an asset;
  • Previous experience in an alumni and development office.


Salary and Benefit Information

  • Job Grade L; Minimum $56,385.00 – Maximum $76,933.00

What we offer you:

Engaging Culture: Farmers market, varsity sporting events, Homecoming weekend, festivals, reunions and volunteer opportunities (these will resume when it is safe to do so!)

Protecting your Income: Support during approved medical leave, including short-term sick benefits and long-term disability benefits.

Building your retirement income: Hybrid DC & DB pension plan

Vacation time: 15 vacation days per calendar year in addition to University observed holidays.

Your health is important to us: Extended health and dental coverage with no waiting period, employee family and assistance program, and travel insurance.

Lifelong learning: Educational assistance and tuition waiver for eligible employees and their dependants as well as reimbursement for fees associated with professional designations (ex. CFRE)


  • Due to the impact of COVID-19, the successful incumbent will be offered to work remotely at this time. At a time when it is safe to do so, the successful incumbent will work on campus however remote work options can be discussed with the Director, Development and Stewardship.

Interested candidates please apply online.