Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 14,000 credit students choose from 12 bachelor degrees and 36 majors.
Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.
About the Department of Development
Although Mount Royal University’s history dates back more than 100 years, our transition from college to university is relatively recent, bringing with it unique and exciting fund development opportunities. We began our last $250 million transformative campaign as a college but finished it as a university. The new strategic plan for the University places a priority focus on fundraising and sets very ambitious targets to triple the total value of scholarships available to students, more than double the size of the endowment portfolio and increase alumni philanthropy exponentially in the coming years. A new and exciting campus master plan will guide the construction of new facilities on campus for the next 20 years.
About the Role
Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Senior Development Officer is responsible for building relationships with major gift prospects and donors and in so doing developing and executing strategies that result in donations to Mount Royal University. The Senior Development Officer carries an integrated portfolio of individual, corporate and foundation donors for annual, major and planned gifts.
Create strategies for major gift donor identification, cultivation and solicitationand build relationships with Donors (individuals, corporations, foundations, community organizations and service groups)
Meet with new and existing potential donorsand build internal relationships with institutional leaders, faculty and volunteers
Support priority funding initiatives and understand and promote institutional priorities in fund development activities
Build and manage an integrated portfolio of gift and annual scholarship donors and sponsors
Develop and initiate donor appropriate stewardship plans
Cultivate and steward existing donors for renewed gifts
Prepare and coach internal partners/colleagues and volunteers on executing solicitations
Monitor and track gift agreements, development and execution
Maintain donor file with relevant correspondence and contact history
Develop call briefings and debrief memos
Provide leadership to a specific fundraising area (e.g. Pearls of Wisdom, Conservatory Building, Student Awards, Planned Giving)
Attend fundraising training and conferences when needed and keep current with fundraising issues and strategies
What We Offer
Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.
At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.
Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, Christmas leave, personal days and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre.
Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, fitness classes, climbing, aquatics, sports, tournaments and certifications for students, employees and the public.
Closing Date: Open until a suitable candidate is found
Bachelor Degree or equivalent in combination with 6 – 10 years of experience in major gift fundraising at a complex organization
Experience working with committees, volunteers, sponsors and donors
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated interpersonal skills
Pro-active self-starter with the ability to work as part of a team and independently
Ability to anticipate requirements and assess outcomes
Excellent planning and organization skills to manage multiple projects/ programs and prioritize tasks
Strong attention to detail
Internal Number: 997840.1
About Mount Royal University
Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University has built a reputation on a strong, liberal education foundation. Our vision is to provide an exceptional undergraduate educational experience for our students.
We are a community of engaged citizens, providing personalized, experiential and outcome-based learning in an environment of inclusion, diversity and respect. Through our focus on teaching and learning informed by scholarship, we are preparing our graduates for success in their careers and lives.
Mount Royal University presently offers 12 four-year baccalaureate degrees with 32 majors, with a view to grow this mix to 15 degrees and 50 majors by 2025. Current degree offerings are unique, and include four-year bachelor degrees in interior design, midwifery, child studies and health and physical education, as well as arts, criminal justice, business administration, communication, computer information systems, education, nursing and science. Mount Royal also offers robust continuing education programming as well as an internationally-renowned music conservatory.
More than 13,000 credit students attend Mount Royal University annually, with more th...an 90,000 Mount Royal alumni contributing to their communities worldwide.
Our faculty provide a teaching and learning environment that welcomes challenging ideas. Our staff are dedicated to supporting our campus so that students are provided with an exceptional educational experience. Our management team provides leadership throughout the University, and inspires others at all levels to be leaders in their own important sectors.
In support of our students, and in response to our broader community, we know that investing in our employees benefits the University as a whole. Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. Our faculty, staff and management are united in creating a thriving learning environment for our students.
Mount Royal University is an exceptional community focused on our people.