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Posting Number: CPM-10845
Position Title: Senior Development Officer, AMPD
Department: Advancement - Development
Affiliation: CPM
Salary Grade: G
Hiring Salary Range: $96,722 - $108,812
Maximum of Salary Range: $132,992
Duration: Permanent Full-Time
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Or 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please Note: Applications for this posting will be accepted until 4:30 pm on Friday, January 19, 2018.

The Division of Advancement promotes York University’s teaching and research priorities by engaging our diverse community of alumni and friends to build long-term mutually-beneficial relationships to secure philanthropic support for the University’s students. Our team is comprised of three departments: Advancement Services and Operations leads efforts to support the Development and Alumni Engagement teams. Development leads efforts to promote and secure philanthropic support from alumni, donors, parents and friends. Alumni Engagement provides programs and services to over 295,000 York alumni worldwide. Our mission is to inspire and cultivate meaningful engagement and philanthropic support within our diverse communities to advance York University’s excellence in education, research and community service. We accomplish our mission through our values of accountability, collaboration and entrepreneurship.

The Senior Development Officer supports this mission by being responsible for the full scope of activities related to the cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship of a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors for The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) at York University. The incumbent works closely with the Dean(s)/academic leader(s) and the Advancement office to identify and qualify prospects and to strategically cultivate and solicit prospects and donors. The incumbent develops strategies to promote loyal giving and to upgrade donor giving, personally solicits gifts (both independently and in conjunction with senior administrators and senior fundraising volunteers), and stewards donors. The incumbent actively participates in planned giving, donor relations and stewardship, annual giving, alumni relations, and sound information management to advance York University’s cause.
A university education or equivalent combination of education and fundraising experience, specifically in an educational setting. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation required (or demonstration that candidate qualified to complete the CFRE certification process which must be complete within 3 years of their start date).
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in professional fundraising, with a focus on major gifts and with significant exposure to stewardship and planned giving. University fundraising and major campaign experience an asset.
Demonstrated experience and ability to activate ‘cold’ contacts through prospect outreach activity. Proven track record of closing major gifts and meeting gift goals. Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) in a concise, creative, and persuasive manner. Interpersonal skills in order to interact with a variety of individuals at many different levels. Ability to organize, motivate, and work constructively with staff, students, and volunteers. Ability to facilitate groups of people to work towards a common goal. Ability to provide project leadership to many individuals with diverse interests and objectives. Skills in diplomacy and negotiation to mediate between these individuals. Ability to fulfill the needs of the assigned unit while working as a team with other staff in the department. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Demonstrated ability to work with senior volunteers and senior organizational leadership. Strong analytical, research, interpretative and evaluation skills. A strong commitment to customer service. Strong ability to make highly effective formal and informal presentations to diverse groups, large and small. Ability to write and speak fluently in the English language and be able to write for the university and fundraising environment to advance fundraising cases for support and to develop strategic advancement plans. Demonstrates the ability to draft, and coach others to draft, proposals, gift agreements, stewardship reports and other written documentation as required. Excellent project management, prioritization and time-management skills are required to manage multiple on-going projects simultaneously. Ability to work independently and as part of team. Competency with word-processing and spreadsheet applications, fundraising and prospect management databases and Internet skills.
Additional Notes :
This position requires the candidate to produce a verification of degree(s), credential(s) or equivalencies from accredited institutions and/or international equivalents at the time of interview.
Cover Letter Required: Yes
Internal Posting Date: November 24, 2017
Internal Application Deadline: Posted until filled
Extended Posting Date: November 24, 2017
Extended Application Deadline: Posted until filled
External Posting Date: November 24, 2017
External Application Deadline: Posted until filled

Please Note: All applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the posted deadline date.


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