Senior Development Officer

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 Senior Development Officer. 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!

The Senior 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 gifts of $100,000 or more.  Utilizing the Moves Management fundraising philosophy, the Senior Development Officer manages a prospect/donor portfolio requiring ongoing identification, cultivation, stewardship, timely visitation, and solicitation efforts.  This role spends significant amounts of time in direct interaction with donors, including executives, helping these constituents fulfill their passions and interests through their philanthropic aspirations to SAIT.  This position reports to the Associate Director.

The Role
Major Gifts Fundraising:
•Manage and actively maintain a portfolio of (75 to 125) 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 of $100,000 or more from individuals, corporations, and associations/foundations.
•Prepare and deliver high quality proposals and 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 other Senior Development Officers 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.
•Facilitating systematic cultivation and solicitation for the major gift portfolio for SAIT and liaise with Deans and Directors of the SAIT community, working with individual and corporate donors and prospects.
•Work closely with SAIT faculty/staff and leadership as appropriate
•Some gift planning/legacy (planned) giving work with individuals as appropriate

Team Participation:
•Participate as a valued collaborative member within SAIT’s team of Senior Development Officers and Development Officers within the Alumni & Development Team.
•Help develop and implement SAIT’s “best practice” and innovative fundraising strategy.
•Active participation in SAIT’s Prospect Management (PMC) process.

•Minimum post-secondary diploma in business, marketing, fund raising, communications or related field.
•Minimum five (5) years in major gifts fundraising. Fundraising experience at a post-secondary institution is preferred.
•Eligibility for membership in AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) is required.
•Must have Alberta Class 5 driver’s license and own vehicle.
•Ability to travel and to conduct evening and weekend work.
•Fluency in English is required in reading, writing and speaking.
•Successful, proven gift solicitations of $100,000 or more.
•Familiarity with Fundraising database systems and spreadsheet applications.
•Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation is an asset.
•High degree of business literacy.
•Evidence of ongoing upgrading of skills in communications, marketing, business, gift planning or fundraising.

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.

SAIT’s vision is to be a global leader in applied education.

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