Vacancy #: AP 22/2013

Senior Advancement and Communications Officer
Faculty of Humanities

Permanent Full-Time
(Job Group N)

Why Brock?

Our unique philosophy takes students beyond the pursuit of academic excellence. To achieve this philosophy we endeavour to take our employees beyond the pursuit of just a career. Brock is a place where left-brain and right-brain thinking come together. We encourage our employees to utilize their rational/analytical thinking in concert with their emotional/creative sides in order to have an engaging and rewarding career. We’re one of the fastest-growing universities in Ontario, with hundreds of millions of dollars committed to new construction and programs. We’re small enough to be intimate and big enough to attract world-class minds. Located at the centre of Canada's beautiful Niagara Peninsula, Brock offers an exciting work environment with strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs and a vigorous research culture. We are looking for qualified people who will bring their expertise and dedication in support of the University’s goals and objectives.

The Opportunity

Reporting directly to the Dean, Faculty of Humanities, and working collaboratively with the Office of University Advancement, the Faculty Advancement and Communications Officer is responsible for all fundraising, development, alumni, external community, recruitment & liaison, and communication activities within the Faculty. The successful realization of advancement goals will require effective collaboration with the Dean and Associate Deans and relevant Departments, Centres, and faculty members within Humanities.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Working in accordance with all Board of Trustees’ policies and with established advancement protocols with regard to prospect clearance
• Supporting the vision and priorities of the Faculty of Humanities by developing and implementing a long-term fundraising, alumni and communication strategy to promote the academic mission of the Faculty of Humanities
• Planning and managing all philanthropic and sponsorship activity of the Faculty of Humanities
• Building and cultivating relationships with respect to development with the following constituencies: donors, alumni, key community stakeholders, and members of the community
• Managing, prospecting and developing an active major gift portfolio and ensuring a continuous stream of potential major gift prospects are identified and researched
• Assisting with the central University’s Annual Fund activities
• Communicating and coordinating the Faculty of Humanities alumni activities with the Office of Development and Donor Relations and attending Alumni Relations events
• Promoting estate planning and planned giving initiatives
• Engaging Faculty donors and prospects in University donor recognition activities
• Coordinating, attending and representing the Faculty of Humanities at internal and external events with Faculty VIPs, prospects and donors
• Developing and updating an evolving strategic plan in the area of development by setting short-term and long-term development goals, in concert with the Dean and Development Office
• Preparing and writing major gift proposals, regular departmental gift activity and quantitative reports
• Providing ongoing stewardship of all past and current major gifts
• Managing fundraising resources and ensuring ongoing familiarity with current trends in fund development
• Developing a communication strategy and alumni strategy and key messaging for the Faculty of Humanities
• Providing Public Relations and Media coordination in support of the Faculty and Dean’s activities, including: announcements, public presentations, interviews and special events

The ideal candidate will have:

• A university degree in a related field
• Several years of fundraising and communications experience in a post-secondary education setting
• Demonstrated experience in major gift ($100,000+) solicitations and a reputation for developing cooperative and mutual relationships with stakeholders at all levels (strongly preferred)
• Demonstrated experience in communications (media, PR, marketing)
• Excellent verbal and written communication abilities with demonstrated networking ability
• Demonstrated ability with website design and maintenance
• Sound judgment and decision-making capabilities and the ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Creative and innovative strategic planner with excellent organizational and time management skills
• Well-developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to coach and train people in the area of fundraising
• A comprehensive understanding and knowledge of fundraising principles, strategies and execution of contact strategies
• Strong relational database and report writing experience
• Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification (an asset)

Notes / To Apply :

This position includes full comprehensive benefits coverage, including tuition waiver. Applicants are invited to submit a resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, by applying online below by Tuesday, May 7, 2013. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.

We appreciate all applications received; however, due to volume we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview.

Brock University is an equal opportunity employer.