Senior Development Officer – UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

The Senior Development Officer (SDO) plays a critical role in developing and stewarding University of Waterloo relationships; in securing private sector gifts; in advancing fundraising strategies and programs; and in managing/orientating senior volunteers. The Senior Development Officer will work closely with staff, faculty members, alumni and volunteers to plan, coordinate, manage, implement, and evaluate fundraising projects. The Senior Development Officer may manage Faculty specific or University wide fundraising initiatives, and special projects. Salary Range: $69,405 – $94,726 commensurate with experience

Posted On:  February 28, 2023

Closing On:  April 14, 2023

Location:  Waterloo, Ontario

Employment Type:  Contract – Term:  2 years

Job Experience:  Junior

Salary Range:  $69,405 – $94,726, commensurate with experience


Under the direction of the Director of Major Gifts, the SDO works closely with academic and administrative leaders and volunteers to identify and qualify prospects and to strategically engage cultivate and solicit financial support for university priorities that align with donor interests. The incumbent develops strategies to promote ongoing and/or increased giving; this includes personally soliciting gifts, sponsorship and funding independently, and in concert with University Executives, volunteers, faculty and staff, appropriate to donor interests and university policy. The SDO will actively use planned giving, donor relations and stewardship, annual and leadership giving, and information-based systems to advance the University.

A full job description of the position can be found here:

Apply: Please include a resume and cover letter. Apply online at uwaterloo.ca


Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within our Office of Indigenous Relations.

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuk (Inuit), Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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