Position Description

Alumni Officer, Leadership & Annual Giving
Job Code 1852
Department Development & Alumni Relations
Employment Type Permanent
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Please note that internal job postings are open only to current permanent OPSEU Local 576 Unit 1 employees and temporary OPSEU Local 576 Unit 1 employees with one year of continuous service.


Reporting to the Director, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, the Alumni Officer, Leadership & Annual Giving is responsible for developing alumni and donor programming which encourages the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of annual giving donations. This function also has responsibility for a portfolio of annual giving prospects and donors, as well as responsibility for scholarships and bursaries. 

The Alumni Officer, Leadership & Annual Giving helps foster a culture of philanthropy among OCAD University (OCAD U) graduates, staff, faculty, and friends and supports Development to build a major gift pipeline. This position has direct fundraising responsibilities including in-person solicitation of donors.


Summary of Responsibilities :

  • Work in collaboration with Faculties to develop opportunities to engage alumni in programming and fundraising efforts on behalf of OCAD University (OCAD U)
  • Assist with planning for donor and alumni leadership level engagement, utilizing prospect research, target analytics research, and existing data on prior giving behavior
  • Assist with allocating and monitoring the alumni and annual giving budget, goals and work plans, including the design and delivery of related KPI reports
  • Plan and manage integrated direct mail and digital campaigns that include print, web, and social media materials for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of existing and new leadership and annual donors
  • Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the case for support for priority fundraising initiatives at OCAD U
  • Engage Board of Governors, faculty, staff, alumni and students in leadership and annual giving campaigns as appropriate
  • Develop written solicitation pieces, packages/letters and proposals as necessary
  • Cultivate, steward and upgrade existing annual donors for renewed gifts and solicit a pool of leadership-level donors (annual gifts of $1,000 – $4,999)
  • Operate scholarship and bursary activities in collaboration with the Student Financial Aid Office
  • Cultivate prospective donors and maintain contact history of donor interactions using the Raiser’s Edge database
  • Collaborate effectively with OCAD U faculty, administration, staff and development colleagues to maximize results
  • Respond to individual alumni and donors assuring that their needs are being met and processed immediately upon request
  • In collaboration with the Manager, Stewardship, work with the Coordinator, Advancement & Donor Services to implement annual giving campaigns
  • Support the Director, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving in related duties that contribute to the successful operation of the department


Qualifications :                      

  • Post secondary degree, or equivalent
  • A minimum of three (3) years of Annual Giving and/or experience in a fundraising organization
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation, or currently working towards completion of CFRE exam and requirements preferred
  • Experience working with internal and external constituents, as well as engagement with volunteers or other fundraising oriented committees
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising related databases; proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, the ability to meet strict deadlines and work effectively under the pressure of high volume and competing priorities
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and experience promoting a respectful work and learning environment for students, staff and faculty
  • Occasional weekend and evening work required


Compensation:    OPSEU Unit I, Appendix B, GRADE B2; $62,427.46 to $82,046.47 per annum

Hours of Work:  Monday to Friday, for a total of 35 hours per week.


Interested internal permanent OPSEU Local 576 Unit 1 or temporary OPSEU Local 576 Unit 1 employees with one year of continuous service applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with cover letter by selecting “Apply Now” below, no later than Friday, July 3, 2020.



As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire .

In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous administrators, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

OCAD University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities .

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.


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