Leadership Giving Officer

University of Victoria - Victoria, BC (30+ days ago)

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Curious about what motivates people to give back to their community? Enjoy building new relationships? Passionate about philanthropy? Join the new Leadership Giving team within Alumni & Development at the University of Victoria as we expand to support a five-year plan to grow our fundraising program from an average of $15 million per year to $25 million.

We are currently exploring exciting directions in Alumni & Development at UVic and have an immediate opening for a Leadership Giving Officer to support the new Leadership Giving program.

Alumni & Development is the division of the university responsible for creating strong relationships and building philanthropic commitment between UVic and its alumni and friends by promoting the UVic Edge – a combination of dynamic learning, vital impact and an extraordinary academic environment that can’t be found anywhere else.

UVic has been chosen as one of BC’s top employers and one of Canada’s best diversity employers. Together we are more than 5,000 dedicated faculty, librarians and staff supporting the University of Victoria’s diverse academic programs, world-class research and commitment to civic engagement.

The Leadership Giving team works with other alumni and development colleagues as well as faculties and departments to identify opportunities where donors can be instrumental to enhancing the university's programs, research and student support. The Leadership Giving Officer is responsible for renewing, recovering and acquiring annual leadership gift donors who give in the range of $1,000 - $24,999.

In collaboration with your annual giving, planned giving and major gift colleagues, you will devise innovate opportunities for identifying and engaging donors and prospects with a personal goal of raising $250,000 annually to support UVic’s strategic priorities.

If you have experience in front line fundraising, please consider joining the Leadership Giving team. The Leadership Giving Officer will have responsibility for:
soliciting donors and qualifying prospects,

drafting and editing correspondence, proposals, gift agreements and other communication pieces,
conducting prospective donor research,
undertaking stewardship activities,
maintaining and updating confidential files and information systems;
and liaising with Central Development, Major Gift Officers, and Planned Giving and Annual Giving colleagues regarding coordinated giving strategies, gift processing, planned giving, and terms of reference for awards, scholarships and bursaries.

The salary range for this position is:
Recruitment range: $62,447 - $70,284 starting salary determined by the PEA Collective Agreement.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $81,631 is available through annual performance increase.

Job Summary
The Leadership Giving Program of the Development Department conducts fundraising programs for the faculties and units for gifts between $1,000 -$24,999. The Leadership Giving team reaches out to alumni, donors, employees, and friends of the university to promote the scholarships, bursaries, and initiatives that support our current and future students and researchers, and better our community.

Reporting to the Manager, Development, the Leadership Giving Officer is responsible for executing UVic’s Leadership Giving program. Working directly with the Development Manager, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, and other members of the fundraising team, the Officer builds and maintains relationships with leadership level donors through high-value engagement activities. The Leadership Giving officer is responsible for building a pipeline of prospects and engaging them to further the mission of UVic. The Officer is responsible for raising $250,000 annually to support UVic strategic priorities.

The Officer manages a personal portfolio of donor prospects with the goal of identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding leadership gift ($1,000-$24,999) prospects, as well as working collaboratively with Development Officers in identifying and qualifying major gift ( $25,000) and planned giving prospects in order to build these major gift portfolios. In managing their own leadership giving portfolio, the Officer observes ethical fundraising practices, and develops a prospect portfolio. The Officer executes a leadership giving plan to upgrade current and past leadership level donors, and acquire new $1,000-$24,999 donors primarily through independent personal contact.

Job Requirements
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree plus three years of experience in a front line fundraising position.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Experience requirements:
Proven track record of identifying, cultivating, soliciting and closing gifts of $1,000+ range.
Experience writing successful and impactful fundraising appeals, case statements and promotional materials.

Knowledge requirements:
Knowledge and awareness of fundraising best practices and trends.
Knowledge and awareness of setting and implementing strategic fundraising plans for individual prospects.
Knowledge of volunteer engagement best practices in peer-to-peer solicitations.

In addition this position requires:
Excellent leadership, interpersonal, organizational, and motivational skills are essential.
Excellent time management skills and ability to juggle many projects at once.
Superior communication skills, including the ability to write and speak clearly and effectively, and to listen, and the capacity to engage, inspire, and persuade.
Ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with all stakeholders.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
Ability to engage faculty, staff, and volunteers in donor visits and to earn and maintain their confidence.
Proven track record achieving project goals on time and produce deliverables of a high quality.
Ability to work effectively with a diverse population and with all levels of university personnel.
A self-starter - creative team player who takes initiative and has the ability to work collegially with a broad spectrum of personalities.
Proficiency with database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel)

Assets or Preferences:
Experience working in higher education institution.
A strong working knowledge of the policies and procedures of the University, Development Office, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services, and the respective Faculties and Units.
University of Victoria alumni experience or background.
Familiarity with The Raiser’s Edge.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement here: www.uvic.ca/equitystatement.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Belinda Fontes, HR Programs and Project Manager, at uviccareers@uvic.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Additional Information
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