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Advisor, Major Gifts, Medicine Development, Office of Advancement

Job ID: 20977

Updated: July 31, 2020

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Medicine Development  within the Office of Advancement is currently seeking a Full-time Temporary Relief Advisor, Major Gifts for approximately 9 months.

The University of Calgary is Canada's leading next-generation university a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. The university has a clear strategic direction, Eyes High. We aspire to be Canada's most entrepreneurial university in the country's most enterprising city. To this end, we've launched Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High, a $1.3 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, which promises to positively charge our campus community, our city and beyond through philanthropic support for student experiences that unleash potential, research outcomes that benefit society and community connections that strengthen our ties. 

The Cumming School of Medicine's Development Office is a major business unit of both the University's Central Development Office and the Cumming School of Medicine.  Its role is to raise funds and steward donors on behalf of both the Cumming School of Medicine specific priorities and University of Calgary priorities. The school's fund development unit is an active, community-oriented team that enhances development efforts to support the school's strategic plan as well as the University's Eyes High strategy and supporting Academic and Research Plans.

This position reports to the Director of Development, Cumming School of Medicine and works closely with other members of both the faculty and the University Development Teams.  This position is responsible for developing and cultivating donor relationships to secure donations to help achieve philanthropic goals and objectives. High volume of work, with hours outside of a regular work day occasionally required.  The ability to prioritize multiple competing demands is required.

The Major Gifts Advisor will identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit prospects who will become donors to our current campaign and future philanthropic leaders at the University. Those prospective donors will be positively affected by interacting with this professional member of the development team, and by their engagement with the university regardless of the size of their gift.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Secure donations at the $10,000+ gift level
  • Develop prospect lists and qualify new donors in compliance with Prospect Management and University policies
  • Develop strategy and manage programs for alumni giving, student awards and memorial and commemorative giving
  • Work with the central Annual Giving team to plan and manage annual giving strategies
  • Ensure effective collaboration with University units, liaising with Medicine's and the University's internal committees, Student Awards Office, Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Central Development Office
  • Build strong relationships with donors; develop stewardship and cultivation plans
  • Work effectively in a large, complex, dynamic and sophisticated organization
  • Prepare written fund development materials including proposals, stewardship reports and other materials as required
  • Respect for confidentiality and strong sense of professional ethics
  • Plan to achieve fundraising targets, while recognizing that achievement of financial targets is not the only measurement of success for a fundraiser. Define and achieve other metrics with the Director of Development
  • Consult with Director of Development on all matters pertaining to fund development
  • Practice ethical fundraising in keeping with the University's mission and values and in accordance with charitable giving standards
  • Ensure ongoing personal development in fundraising and the post-secondary learning environment

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • University degree and minimum of 2-3 years prior experience in a fundraising capacity, preferably with some direct donor interaction or possessing a strong knowledge of donor engagement best practices
  • Self-motivated, proactive, energetic and goal oriented with strong interpersonal skills
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess good listening as well as sound judgment and decision making capabilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and interact with staff at all levels
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office applications
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Raisers Edge fundraising software an asset

Application Deadline:  August 10, 2020

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level 2 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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