Development Officer (MT7888, COM2C, GR4)

Job Category: 
Term positions for management and excludeds

Position Context:

Reporting to the Dean of SCS, the Development Officer in the School of Continuing Studies is responsible for securing Annual Fund Leadership and Special Gifts ($25,000 – 99,000) for the School, developing and managing a portfolio of prospects, developing and building relationships with alumni around professional and social networks, and building and managing a network of fundraising volunteers. Participate in the creation of new opportunities to steward and cultivate alumni and donors. Provide services to support, acknowledge donors and track philanthropic gifts to ensure compliance with University and government regulations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of annual fund leadership and special gift prospects and donors. Formulate, recommend and implement cultivation, engagement, solicitation and stewardship strategies to secure gifts from the prospect portfolio. Identify and qualify special, major and planned gifts prospects. 
  • Work in collaboration with the Dean to maximize opportunities for the School’s prospect pool at every level of giving. 
  • Prepare Campaign Plan, analyze trends and results and generate development strategies, annual plan, forecasts and other annual fund and special gift development-related matters. 
  • Prepare/draft materials and correspondence related to development activities such as briefing notes, donor correspondence, proposals, MOA’s. Collaborate with the School’s marketing and communications office on the creation of Communications material and ensure that all communications materials are vetted by the necessary department/unit and central UA partners. 
  • Participate in SCS and McGill events as part of an integrated approach to prospect identification, cultivation and stewardship. Provide support in the area of donor stewardship (i.e. coordination of donor cultivation and recognition events, acknowledgement letters, monitoring reporting process, etc.). Plan SCS involvement in Homecoming Weekend. 
  • Participate in the generation of written materials identified in the annual development plan, such as cases for support, proposals and correspondence, and collaborate on newsletters and special bulletins. 
  • Assist in managing volunteers including the Faculty Advisory Board and student groups. Organize follow-up communications to volunteers. Maintain close communication and act as School’s liaison with volunteers. 
  • Participate in Prospect Management System; file timely and appropriate contact reports, recording of proposals, etc. Prepare reports using James Database.
  • Work in close collaboration with colleagues in University Advancement central office and participate in McGill University Advancement Development activities. 
  • Undertake special projects and perform other related duties


Undergraduate degree

Three (3) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities:

Direct fundraising experience with a proven track record of success in the cultivation, solicitation, and closing of gifts preferably in an academic/higher education or in business development in the private sector. Results driven, a self-starter, and highly motivated with a demonstrated ability to build constructive and effective relationships. Client focused, with strong skills in listening, negotiating, planning, organizing, priority setting, analyzing, and problem-solving. Excellent interpersonal skills with strong presentation and written communications skills. Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to manage multiple projects within tightly prescribed timetables. Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team. Demonstrated ability to work in a PC environment, using MS Office, and client-server database software. English and French; 

spoken and written.

How to Apply:

*Internal candidates: Please provide your McGill ID number when applying.*

Please submit your curriculum vitae and cover letter, clearly indicating the reference number, via email to: hr.conted [at]

Applications must be received no later than July 25, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification.

School of Continuing Studies
Salary Range: 
(Grade 04) $49,800 - $62,300 (midpoint) - $81,000
33.75 (schedule of hours may vary, overtime and restricted vacation during peak periods; evening and weekend work, as required)
2 years
Reporting to: 
Dean, School of Continuing Studies
Reference no.: