Development Coordinator

University of Saskatchewan - Saskatoon, SK (30+ days ago)

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Development Coordinator (req5391)

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: University Relations
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Permanent
Employment Group: ASPA
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $48,334.00 - 75,523.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 1). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date: 1/14/2020
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings: 1

Primary Purpose: Do you want to help make a difference in a student’s life? Support research that can change the world? The Development Coordinator supports fundraising programs that invite alumni and friends to support people who are pursuing their purpose at USask and celebrates the impact that donors have on campus every day.

Nature of Work: The coordinator reports to the Director, Development Programs and is a member of the development (fundraising) team in University Relations (UR). The coordinator supports the work of the development team by using their creative, problem-solving approach to support the annual giving, planned giving, donor relations and communications programs with professional communications and project management assistance. In their work, the coordinator collaborates with internal and external stakeholders, including students, faculty, alumni and donors. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships is critical to success in the position.

The university environment is people-oriented, complex and fast-paced with concurrent priorities and deadlines. The position requires analytical thinking, discretionary decision-making and conceptualization in order to effectively support the university’s fundraising efforts. The work requires accuracy, confidentiality, and attention to detail. Some evening and weekend work is required.

UR is responsible for institutional advancement programs (alumni and external relations, communications and marketing, and development) and as such is dedicated to supporting the advancement needs of all colleges, units and the university as a whole. UR is comprised of specialized teams including Operations and Services, Alumni and Community Relations, Development, and University Communications. More than 100 advancement professionals work at various locations including the central UR office in the Thorvaldson Building and in colleges and schools across campus. The Development Coordinator is located in the central UR office.

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority. In support of this priority, the position will work in a team environment which recognizes and supports the importance and value of diversity in achieving the mission of the university, and actively seek out those with diverse cultural backgrounds, perspective and experiences to support the mission.

In University Relations, the nature of work centres on its guiding principles of being:

Creative: We embrace change and take strategic risks by seeking bold ideas with curiosity and enthusiasm.
Open: We nurture relationships with each other, on campus and with community partners that respect and honour different and diverse perspectives.
True: We communicate clearly, keep our promises and focus on achieving amazing results

Maintain an understanding and awareness of the university’s fundraising programs, strategies and campaigns and work with team members to support project goals;
Receive and triage incoming inquiries from donors through multiple channels (web, email and telephone), create a positive first point of contact for stakeholders and independently make judgements on how to direct inquiries;
Research, conduct interviews, write, and edit a variety of communications collateral for print and online, including advertisements, social media posts, stories, newsletters, emails, invitations, plaques, greeting cards, direct mail and donation acknowledgement letters, video and telephone scripts, brochures and key messages;
Supports the execution of donation announcements and donor events in collaboration with colleagues across campus;
Manage and coordinate timely updates to the development website (, including copywriting, assembling appropriate images and marketing the website in fundraising materials;
Seek out opportunities for the development team to use Usask websites in the promotion and celebration of philanthropy and repurpose existing Usask web content that would of interest to donors and potential donors on;
Liaise with the marketing team to facilitate graphic design and production of communications materials, ensuring that team members are appropriately involved in proofing and approval processes;
Identify people or projects that illustrate the impact that donors are having on campus and look for ways to publicly recognize and report back to donors;
Evaluate the success of projects to ensure continuous learning and recommend improvements;
Ensure that development communications adhere to university editorial and visual standards and maintain an understanding of university policies and procedures related to marketing, communications and fundraising;
Build collaborative relationships and partnerships that positively affect fundraising at the university;
Support team members reporting to the Director, Development Programs by participating in team projects and decision-making;
Participate in UR meetings, Development team meetings, Communications team meetings and Development Programs team meetings as required; and
Other duties as assigned.


Education: An undergraduate degree, preferably in in marketing, communications, business or a related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Experience: One to two years related experience in a post-secondary, not-for-profit, or similarly complex environment, ideally in the role of fundraising, campaigns, donor relations and/or communications activities; experience in managing projects from conception to completion; knowledge of the University of Saskatchewan, membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals and/or the International Association of Business Communicators will be considered assets.

Skills: Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to identify and communicate relevant messages to the appropriate audience; excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills, and ethics including diplomacy, tact and professionalism; demonstrated project and time management skills and the ability to take initiative and make effective decisions while responding positively to challenges; effective organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to achieve results both independently and collaboratively within a team environment that includes internal and external stakeholders; demonstrated ability to balance a demanding workload, multitask and adjust to changing priorities; creativity and keen attention to detail; proficiency with web-based applications, word processing and desktop publishing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Applications will be reviewed on January 31, 2020 and accepted until filled.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Christy Miller at 306-966-8917.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.