Development Communications Manager – UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

As an integral member of the Engagement Services team, you will support the department’s ambitious fundraising targets, and work collaboratively across the department, creating and managing high-value donor proposals, in support of the University’s funding priorities and AA&D’s goal of attracting $50-million in philanthropic support each year.

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Advancement Marketing and Communications, you will work closely with the front-line advancement team, creating “prospect tailored” branded proposals and key messaging through the solicitation phase, researching all aspects of the proposal and ensuring appropriate approvals are obtained. You will also lead the development of strategic fundraising collateral, such as case for support documents and presentations, in line with current fundraising priorities of the University. The purpose of these documents is to inspire and guide prospects in consideration of major philanthropic support at the University of Guelph.  Salary Range:  Minimum: $64,806 – Maximum: $97,208

Posted On:  March 7, 2023

Closing On:  March 27, 2023

Location:  Guelph, Ontario

Employment Type:  Temporary, Full Time Position

Job Experience:  Junior

Salary Range:  Minimum: $64,806 – Maximum: $97,208


Temporary, full-time position (March 2023 – March 8, 2024) – Guelph, ON

In our work, at the department of Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D), we advance the mission of the University of Guelph by building lifelong relationships with our community: alumni, donors, and friends. Our vision is for the University of Guelph to be personally relevant in the lives of our community members. Through these relationships, we amplify the impact of philanthropy to create unique solutions for the challenges facing our world. As Development Communications Manager, you will be part of this campus-wide team and, as such, epitomize the department’s shared values of respect, empowerment, integrity, appreciation, and forward focus.

More specifically, you will be expected to:



To assume the role of Development Communications Manager, you should be an experienced and highly skilled writer who can think and act quickly under pressure, and whose profile includes:

A university degree in communications, marketing, or a related discipline, with five (5) years’ experience in fundraising communications and a track record of securing major gifts.


The University of Guelph (www.uoguelph.cais one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to improve life.

To view a detailed posting for the role of Development Communications Manager, including application instructions, please go to our website at, quoting Hiring #2023-0153, must be sent to:

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.