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Senior Development Officer, Community Relations and Advancement

Closing Date: 
Thu, 01/02/2014 - 5pm
Full Time
Posting status: 

This is a replacement recruitment of an existing position.

Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Senior Development Officer (SDO) is responsible for the development and implementation of plans and strategies focused on building relationships and raising funds with individuals, corporations and foundations.  An active member of the Community Relations and Advancement team, the SDO will contribute directly to the planning and implementation of the overall advancement program of the university.

The SDO has primary responsibility to match major gift and planned giving prospects, donors and funders’ interests to university priorities, including areas such as student awards, capital and infrastructure development, endowments, and others as they emerge.  Key to the SDO’s role is the building of strong, trust relationships with prospects and key constituents, including those in the RRU alumni and military heritage community.

The SDO stewards gifts to maintain donor and funder involvement, interest and support. The SDO is actively involved with key members of the Royal Roads University community including Board of Governors, advisory council members, senior leaders, faculty, students, alumni and professional staff.

The SDO will practice to the standards advocated by nationally designated professional fundraising associations, such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Certified Fundraising Raising Executives (CFRE), Canadian Association of Gift Planners and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). 

To be well suited to the role you will possess the following qualifications and competencies:
• University degree in marketing, business or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Minimum of 3-5 years experience in a staff fundraising role, preferably within an academic fundraising environment
• Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation considered an asset
• Track record of successful major gift and planned gift solicitation and proposal writing
• Current knowledge of major gifts, planned giving vehicles and the tax aspects of these vehicles
• Experience with prospect and donor stewardship management
• Experience with corporate and foundation giving in Canada and the USA
• Ability to motivate volunteers and donors, previous experience with senior volunteer boards and committees
• Excellent communication and presentation skills
• Solid relationship building across diverse markets, negotiating, and ‘closing’ skills
• Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to think creatively to solve problems
• Strategic thinker with ability to influence and inspire others
• Strong leadership skills and ability to take initiative to manage multiple projects, resources and initiatives in a deadline driven environment
• Ability to demonstrate professionalism, integrity, diplomacy and tact
• Demonstrate a positive attitude and have the ability to promote and maintain a positive and collaborative team environment in a fast-paced, dynamic environment as well as to work independently
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Outlook) and Raisers Edge
• Knowledge of the University, its heritage aspects, its programs, and the RRU learning experience considered an asset

This is a regular full-time position working 37.5 hours per week and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Royal Roads University is also pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package.

Please forward your cover letter and resume (preferably in electronic format) to:

Competition #13-091-P0128
Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC   V9B 5Y2
Fax:  (250) 391-2570 Tel:  (250) 391-2511

The competition will begin on December 12, 2013 and will close on January 2, 2014; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found. 

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted.  RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

Please note that two of our heritage buildings, including Hatley Castle, have some areas that are not easily accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.  Please call 391-2511 for information and assistance if you are dropping off your application in person.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe pdf. format.

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