Development Officer (Maternity Leave Coverage)

SAIT is a global leader in applied education and an institution that empowers employees to make a difference in the lives of our students.

Building on more than a century of history, we are looking for innovative employees wanting to create a future with us. As part of our team, you are encouraged to be bold and inventive, bringing new ideas to the table. Change excites you.

Along with competitive benefits, gourmet on-campus restaurants run by our culinary program and an unparalleled view of downtown Calgary, SAIT offers the chance to do work with a purpose — preparing the next generation of industry leaders, entrepreneurs, advocates and explorers. We develop leaders in the classroom and our workspaces, encouraging lifelong learning for both students and employees.

Your future starts now … at SAIT.

The Opportunity

The Alumni and Development department is hiring a Development Officer to cover a Maternity Leave. SAIT is fortunate to receive financial support from our alumni family, industry and community at large. If you’re passionate about sharing SAIT’s story, connecting donors to incredible people, and original projects and experiences, we want to meet you. Don’t miss out, apply today.

As a key member of the Development Team, the Development Officer is responsible for the creation and implementation of strategies to nurture, solicit, close, and steward individual, corporate, foundation, and association leadership giving prospects for donations up to $100,000, assist the Senior Development Officers, and the Student Awards team. The Development Officer’s efforts will be primarily focused on advancing SAIT strategic priorities. Utilizing the Moves Management fundraising philosophy, the Development Officer manages a prospect/donor portfolio requiring ongoing cultivation, timely visitation, and solicitation efforts. The Development Officer spends significant amounts of time in direct interaction with donors, helping these constituents fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. This position reports to the Associate Director, Development and works closely with other members of the Development team.

The Role

•Manage and actively maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects; implement key strategies to raise funds for SAIT’s key priorities
•Build and steward relationships with SAIT’s current and prospective donors. Secure major gifts up to $100,000 in value from corporations, individuals, associations and foundations with an emphasis on both corporate and individual philanthropic gift fund-raising. Including gifts-in-kind and legacy/planned gifts.
•Prepare and deliver high quality proposals (cases for support), presentations and other communications materials for major gift prospects and donors.
•Actively lead and participate in calls with key prospects.
•Cultivate, support, communicate and manage leadership volunteers assigned to the development process.
•Take an active role in the implementation of appropriate donor recognition and stewardship strategies, policies and procedures, for accounts within portfolio.
•Direct the preparation of research to support key accounts within portfolio and participate in prospect identification and evaluation of prospects.
•Work closely with fellow Development Officer, Senior Development Officers and Prospect Research Team to identify and build detailed gift plans for key prospects
•Record the relationship building process with contact reports filed in a relationship management system to facilitate open communication and team based fundraising environment.


•Post-Secondary education in business, marketing, communications, non-profit management of related field. A diploma meets this requirement; relevant experience in lieu of a formal credential will be considered.
•Minimum one (1) year of experience in major gifts fundraising. Three (3) years of relevant fundraising experience is preferred.
•Familiarity with Fundraising database systems and spreadsheet applications.
•Experience in soliciting philanthropic gifts.
•Must have valid Alberta Driver’s license.
•Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills.
•Able to handle and prioritize multiple tasks.
•Must be able to work under pressure, set deadlines and collaborate with other team members to schedule deadlines accordingly.
•Must be able to work under pressure and manage complex and often competing priorities.
•Understanding of Canada Revenue Agency guidelines for tax receipting of charitable gifts.
•Strong communicator who is comfortable working with a variety of stakeholders including community leaders, faculty and leadership, and other development team members.
•Evidence of ongoing education in fundraising practices is an asset.
•Previous post-secondary fundraising experience and knowledge of post-secondary culture and operating procedures is an asset.
•Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation desirable.
•Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and in good standing is preferred.

Why Work at SAIT

Enjoy a stimulating work environment, a beautiful campus overlooking downtown Calgary and a great benefits package including: comprehensive health and dental coverage, a defined benefit pension plan, professional development programs, generous paid time off, free access to our Wellness Centre, transit subsidies and more.


This posting is for a 12 month Maternity Leave coverage. Position term is ending August 15, 2022.

SAIT is committed to equity and diversity within its community and invites applications from all qualified applicants.

APT: This position is union exempt in our Administration, Professional and Technical group

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Conditions of Employment

In order to ensure and maintain a safe and secure working and learning environment, all applicants to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology must complete and pass a police security clearance before employment is confirmed. Employment is conditional until a satisfactory police security clearance is obtained and confirmed. Employment with SAIT will not commence until the results have been provided and confirmed.

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