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(Senior) Development Officer, Science

Date: August, 2016
Reports to (Job Title): Director of Advancement, Science
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Dean of Science Office


Main Campus


USG 9 - 11
35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The (Senior) Development Officer (S/DO) is responsible for the full scope of development activities related to the discovery, cultivation, solicitation, recognition, and stewardship of a portfolio of prospects and donors to the Faculty of Science and collaboratively with the greater University of Waterloo community.

Under the direction of the Director of Advancement, and as part of a Faculty advancement team, the S/DO works closely with the Dean, Faculty leadership and volunteers to identify and qualify prospects and to strategically engage, cultivate and solicit financial support for Faculty priorities which 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 S/DO will actively use planned giving, donor relations and stewardship, annual and leadership giving, and information based systems to advance the Faculty and science, in the context of a highly collaborative Advancement team. 

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Portfolio Management


2.  Prospect Management



3.  Major Gift Fundraising

4.  Communication and Coordination

Position Requirements


University degree or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience, as well as appropriate fundraising experience.


5 +years Fundraising experience with extensive experience in securing major gift commitments


A track record of successful donor engagement and gift solicitation, including the ability to effectively marry donor philanthropic goals with Faculty priorities and activities


Superb communication and interpersonal, skills including the expertise to create promotional materials and complex proposals


A demonstrated ability to develop and implement advancement strategies for major gift development with a strong ability to successfully solicit, secure  and close major gifts, in a decentralized environment


A solid understanding of the university environment including the integration of research and in-depth understanding of Science is an asset.







Excellence in computing skills; and knowledge of and proficiency with Constituent Management Software (i.e. Raiser’s Edge) or similar applications, Website content management and HTML experience.  CFRE designation, or progress toward achieving CFRE designation is an asset.


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Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

This position has specialized work with minimal supervision, acts in collaboration with Advancement staff across many units, and may provide guidance to others. It represents the Faculty of Science and the Office of Advancement to internal stakeholders (collaborating units, faculty and staff).


This is an external facing position which requires significant amounts of networking and social engagement, supported by internal partners. Appropriate deportment, acumen and aplomb is required. Must be comfortable working with a variety of stakeholders including political and community leaders, executives, industry partners and volunteers.

Level of Responsibility:

This position has specialized and measured outcomes. It functions in a constructive team environment, but equally requires the ability to progress initiatives and to work independently with minimal supervision.  This is not a supervisory position but recommendations and/or guidance to colleagues is required.

Decision-Making Authority:

Independently makes decisions about prospect strategies, location and event strategies for engagement but works collaboratively with Advancement team.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal demands typical of a senior administrative position within an office environment.

Working Environment:

Travel Availability to travel; some travel within Canada and possible travel to International locations may be requested

Working Hours Regular working hours, some evening/weekend work required

Risks  – physical and psychological

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of a senior administrative position. Deadline pressures with demand for thoroughness and accuracy typical of program administration responsibilities.