The Advancement team plays a vital role in the future of Royal Roads University, guiding fund development activities that support Royal Roads’ vision to connect people, ideas, experiences and cultures to change lives and the world.
Royal Roads’ integrated fund development program supports institutional priorities, building on the university’s commitment to provide exceptional learning and research opportunities that solve problems and create opportunities in the world.
The incumbent is a fundraising professional who has the ability to lead a strategy to cultivate and solicit major gifts, to contribute to developing Royal Roads’ own unique engagement opportunities and to continually enhance our best practices.
With experience in raising major gifts ($25,000 or more) and the skills to work effectively within a learning organization, the Senior Advancement Officer will be adept at engaging stakeholders both inside and outside of the organization.
Reporting to the Advancement Manager, the Senior Advancement Officer applies superior organizational and interpersonal skills to identify, build and enhance a robust network of individuals, corporations and foundations that support the mission, vision and values of Royal Roads University.
As Senior Advancement Officer, you will be responsible for developing and implementing a wide range of engagement strategies that create opportunities for philanthropic and sponsorship revenue. Under the general guidance of the Advancement Manager, you will be primarily responsible for identifying and then nurturing donor relationships, writing partnership agreements and student award terms, and managing funds using Royal Roads’ internal policies and procedures.
This key role also brings experience of fundraising programs, appeals and communications to developing Royal Roads’ own unique engagement opportunities and to continually enhancing our best practices. You will take the lead on special projects or assignments, assess fundraising data, conduct research, contribute to donor-centric communications and have a key role in designing, planning and organizing appeals, programs, special events and other activities. You may mentor or coach team members and will contribute to best practices in a learning organization.
You will consult with faculties and departments and identify opportunities where donors can be instrumental in enhancing the university's programs, applied research and student support.
The Senior Advancement Officer presents and promotes a consistent image for Royal Roads as a unique university of international calibre at the service of the community.
Personable and engaging, this is the role of a dedicated and collaborative team player. You will listen actively to input and make meaningful contributions to Royal Roads’ integrated advancement, alumni and communications initiatives, in support of business results and goals.
You will practice standards advocated by nationally designated professional fundraising associations such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and Certified Fundraising Raising Executives (CFRE).
People who work at Royal Roads know that they are part of something larger than themselves; they use their strengths to help create meaningful, life-changing opportunities that help shape our world and touch the lives of many.
The role requires working independently and demonstrating a high level of initiative while being in a dynamic team environment where flexibility and multi-tasking is essential; it includes other similar duties as they may arise. Some travel and occasional work in evenings and weekends is required.
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a staff fundraising role, preferably within an academic fundraising environment
University degree in marketing, business or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience in fundraising
Track record of successful major gift ($25,000 or more) solicitation and stewardship.
Working understanding of the principles of tax-effective giving (cash, gifts in kind, wills, securities, etc.)
Experience with prospect research, identification, qualification and donor relations management
Excellent communication and presentation skills, especially donor-centric communications including proposals, stewardship reports, thank you letters, appeals and storytelling
Solid relationship building across diverse markets, negotiating, and ‘closing’ skills
Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to think creatively to solve problems
Strategic thinker with ability to influence and inspire others
Ability to motivate and coach team members and other staff in fundraising and to accompany, prepare and assist senior staff or executive on fundraising calls
Strong leadership skills and initiative in managing multiple projects, resources and initiatives in a deadline driven environment
Ability to demonstrate professionalism, integrity, diplomacy and tact
A positive attitude and demonstrated ability to contribute to a positive and collaborative team environment in a fast-paced, dynamic environment as well as to work independently
Experience with corporate and foundation giving in Canada and the USA is an asset.
Working towards (or openness to) Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation considered an asset
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Outlook). Proficiency in Raisers Edge (or a similar CRM software) is an asset
Proficiency in Adobe InDesign or other graphic software is an asset
Knowledge of the University, its heritage aspects, its programs, and the RRU learning experience is considered an asset
Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends; some travel is required
This is a regular, full-time position working 37.5 hours per week. This position has been evaluated at Grade 4 and the recruitment range starts at $56,906 per annum. The University is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefit package. Royal Roads University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty and staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. This posting closes February 20, 2019. For complete details please visit our website.
While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates shortlisted for further consideration will be contacted. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. ALL COMPETITIONS WILL CLOSE AT 10.00 P.M. ON THE DATE OF CLOSING.
Additional Salary Information: The University is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefit package.
Internal Number: P0316
About Royal Roads University
Royal Roads University (RRU) is situated on a National Historic Site just minutes from downtown Victoria, British Columbia surrounded by old growth forest and awe inspiring ocean and mountain views. RRU is a special-purpose university that delivers high-quality applied and professional programs. Established by the provincial government in 1995 through the Royal Roads University Act, RRU was created with a unique mandate and governance structure to respond to the labour market needs of British Columbia. RRU has over 20,000 alumni in 65 countries. With a reputation for innovation, RRU is a leader in the delivery of blended learning programs, which combine intensive residency experiences with online course work.