Vacancy #: AP 55/2013

Advancement Research Officer
Development and Donor Relations, University Advancement

Term Full-Time (12 Months) with possibility of renewal
(Job Group K)

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 to Associate Director, Advancement Services, the Advancement Research Officer carries out research to identify major gift prospects; assists in creating and maintaining an ideal “fundraising” database for alumni and friends; recommends methods for storing, retrieving and updating prospect files; assists in identifying and qualifying prospects; tracks moves management activities; and assists in coordinating the prospect clearance protocol amongst the advancement team members.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Identifying and qualifying new prospective donors capable of significant financial support
• Utilizing best practices of Advancement Research to identify and qualify new prospective donors at the major gift level through online search engines, etc. for major projects in support of the University’s strategic plan
• Participating in the development of and management of Prospect Clearance protocols and meetings
• Providing primary support for prospect management committee
• Utilizing best practices in prospect management and recommendations, consulting with fundraising units on cultivation and solicitation strategies, including participation in prospect review sessions
• Conducting biographical and financial research on donors and prospective donors, utilizing various research sources
• Writing confidential research profiles on both individual and institutional donors and prospective donors for meetings and strategy planning, and preparing background briefings for development events
• Proactively managing research workflow, including tracking and ensuring timely completion of requests, and working with supervisor to prioritize work as necessary
• Maintaining up-to-date central donor/prospect files

The ideal candidate will have:
• An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline
• Several years of relevant and applicable experience in research and advancement/development, including major gifts and capital campaigns or the equivalent combination of education and experience
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in an environment with sensitive and confidential information and situations
• Solid computer competency including word processing, spreadsheet, database, web applications and web maintenance, social media, internet search engines (e.g. Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Outlook); proficiency with database administrative and research knowledge (e.g. Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge)
• Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills and the proven ability to work independently and collaboratively with various stakeholders
• Strong analytical and research ability, with the demonstrated ability to simplify, organize and communicate information in a clear and concise manner
• Strong initiative, time management and ability to prioritize and meet deadlines with extreme accuracy and attention to detail
• Demonstrated Knowledge of PIPEDA/FIPPA, CRA guidelines as they relate to donors, and APRA fundraising statement of ethics
• Demonstrated experience in the post-secondary education setting or another large organization (an asset)
• Master’s Degree in Library Science (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 October 8, 2013.

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

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

Brock University is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environment. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Human Resources Department to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measure will be addressed confidentially.

*The salary range indicated is representative of all positions evaluated at this level. Actual salary is determined by examining related skills, experience, budgetary restrictions and both internal and external equity comparators.