Development Officer – QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY

Reporting to the Director, Operations, Advancement, & Communications in the Faculty of Education, and with dotted line reporting to the Executive Director, University-Wide Development in the Office of Advancement, the Development Officer provides expertise and strategic advice for the Faculty’s advancement portfolio. The Development Officer brings strategic experience gained from working in a progressive fundraising environment to lead philanthropic development activities. The incumbent has the key responsibilities of securing funds to support the initiatives of the Faculty and engaging alumni and friends to grow the base of support.  Salary Range:  $63,762 – $77,750

Posted On:  November 18, 2022

Closing On:  November 28, 2022

Location:  Kingston, ON with hybrid/remote options

Employment Type:  Full Time

Job Experience:  Intermediate

Salary Range:  $63,762 – $77,750


About Queen’s University

Queen’s University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience. Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting. We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more.

We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society.

A Brief Overview

Through the process of identifying, evaluating, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a diverse portfolio of accounts and donor relationships at the annual and leadership giving levels ($1-$49,999), the Development Officer will build deeper alumni and student engagement through the development, execution, and evaluation of annual and leadership giving programs. The incumbent is responsible for meeting with prospects and donors; developing strategies for engagement, solicitation, and stewardship; and leading strategy for alumni communications and events.
This position recommends, creates, and implements key aspects of development programs, including developing and implementing goals and strategies to maximize funding for priorities. This position identifies, evaluates, and recommend approaches to gaining or deepening relationships with current and prospective donors.

Job Description

What you will do

  • Recommends, develops and implements communication and donor engagement strategies with various donor groups.
  • Supports senior staff on development decisions throughout the donor engagement lifecycle.
  • Identifies, evaluates, and recommend approaches to gaining or deepening relationships with current and prospective donors.
  • Develops objectives, discusses strategies for meeting objectives and executing annual plans, and resolves barriers to implementation.
  • Identifies, evaluates, and solicits prospective donors (individuals, corporations and foundations).
  • Creates and maintains print, email and web content to support departmental priorities.
  • Updates all contact and solicitation activity in the database.
  • Writes case statements and donor proposals in support of key solicitation/engagement opportunities.
  • Identifies, recruits, trains, and manages volunteers and coaches to assist with alumni communication, engagement and fundraising efforts.
  • Coordinates fundraising volunteer meetings, recognition, communication and engagement opportunities.
  • Collaborates with other Advancement staff to plan and facilitate development activities.
  • Oversees event budgets, timelines and other aspects of the event project.
  • Other duties as required in support of the department and/or unit.

Required Education

  • Four-Year Bachelor Degree or equivalent. In addition, requires trade certification, qualification, or on-going learning to remain ahead of changes in technology or emerging fields.

Required Experience

  • More than 3 years and up to and including 5 years of experience.
    • Knowledge of relationship building, fundraising and stewardship considered an asset.

Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Job Knowledge and Requirements

  • Knowledge of concepts and principles in a specialist field that is typically acquired through a combination of advanced professional or academic qualifications and/or substantial work experience.
  • Provide effective consultation and advice on non-straightforward and/or complex issues.
  • Interaction with others requires interpersonal skills and the ability to understand and influence.
  • Adapt messages to meet the different needs of different audiences.
  • Builds relationships, trust and credibility.
  • Prioritize and distribute work to deliver objectives on time and to the highest standard.
  • Identify in advance when the intended results may not be achieved and develops a plan to address the gaps.
  • Actively participate in project team meetings and develop individual and unit project plans.
  • Lead procedural or technological change within a unit.
  • Identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of work processes.
  • Seek information and input to fully understand the cause of problems.
  • Appropriately assesses risks before making a decision.
  • Contribute to the creation and evaluation of possible solutions.
  • Take action to remove obstacles and address problems before the impact performance and results.
  • Apply equity, diversity, accessibility, inclusion and Indigenization considerations to decision making and planning.
  • Promote a work environment that is free from sexual violence, harassment and discrimination, and the ability to show empathy for those who have experienced trauma.

Employment Equity and Accessibility Statement

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at