Senior Development Officer, Sports & Recreation Services - Western University

Post date: Mar. 12, 2018

Application Deadline: Apr. 12, 2018

Position Start Date: May. 1, 2018

About Western
Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth.  We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.
About Us
Western provides the best academic experience among Canada’s leading universities. Participating in athletics as a Western Mustang enhances the student experience by:
i. Fostering leadership skills
ii. Developing teamwork and goal-setting skills
iii. Realizing achievement through hard work
The “Mustang experience” is truly all encompassing—linking the academic mission of the University to the larger community and promoting values beyond sport itself. Western’s student-athletes serve as role models for youth and as ambassadors for the University.
Alumni Relations & Development plays a leading role in strengthening awareness of and support for the University’s mission and goals. The department seeks to build enduring alumni and public trust through understanding and support for Western University through a coordinated campus-wide effort.
The Senior Development Officer position is a key role in Sports & Recreation Services (SRS) and the department of Alumni Relations & Development (AR&D). The incumbent is responsible for the full scope of development activities within their portfolio relating to the discovery, cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship of a portfolio of prospects and donors to the department. The incumbent will design, develop, implement, evaluate and manage effective, innovative and transformational fundraising strategies supporting the goals of the department. The activities of the incumbent match Sports and Recreation Services’ and the University’s academic and alumni and community engagement objectives and financial needs with the highest philanthropic aspirations of donors.
University Degree preferably in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications or related discipline preferred 
Accreditation through Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is preferred
5 years' experience securing six and seven-figure financial agreements within the private sector or similar levels of major gifts in the charitable sector
Demonstrated record of donor strategy development, implementation and evaluation 
Experience successfully managing multiple projects from conception to completion within tight prescribed deadlines
Demonstrated experience in compiling cases for support
Experience fundraising within a university or other complex non-profit environment is preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Demonstrated success in confirming principal and major gifts preferably in an academic setting
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on proposal development and presentation to internal and external contacts
Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office and a client/donor relations management software
Strong project management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at once from conception to completion with tightly prescribed timelines
Ability to establish and build healthy working relations and partnerships with clients, peers and external stakeholders
Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage activities both for self and others effectively
A well defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution and people management skills
Flexible, resourceful, creative and pro-active work style with a can-do, enthusiastic attitude
Emotional Intelligence (self-knowledge, self-management, empathy, social skills) to ensure own work-life balance, healthy and energy, and good collegial relationships are maintained
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning and professional development to stay informed about fundraising initiatives and the unit’s missions and objectives
Western Values Diversity
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. 
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.
Please Note
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.
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Type of Position: Full Time
Employment Type: Employee
Salary Range: 

Contact Details

Contact Name: Maija Craig
Location: London, Ontario
Western University
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London, ON N6A 3K7
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