Development Associate

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 23 Jan 2023

This posting is open to current employees at the University of Alberta only. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

In accordance with the Temporary Librarian, Administrative and Professional Officer (TLAPO) Agreement , this position has an initial appointment of one year and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits  and annual salary range of $74,723 to $124,718.

Location: This role is hybrid with a mix of remote and in-person and work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton.

Working for the University of Alberta 

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Department/Faculty Summary

Development/External Relations & Alberta School of Business

Ideas. Talent. Purpose.

At the University of Alberta, we begin with people - people with ideas, talent, and purpose.

Every generation is called upon to build a university poised to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow. The University of Alberta meets those challenges grounded by our roots — yet spurred forward by our profound responsibility to seek truth, solve problems and shape a future unhampered by fixed tradition.

We seek out challenges so we can create change. We question and test the status quo and then innovate on it. We collaborate and integrate. We overcome barriers so our ideas can collide and grow.

And, together, we create a new purpose.

A career in Development at the University of Alberta positions you as a key player in creating this future. Bring your passion for relationship building and your belief in the power of philanthropy to the University of Alberta, and help deepen our dedication to excellence and extend our record of public leadership by playing a lead role in building a better province, a better Canada, and a better world.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean, Development, the Development Associate will be responsible for building relationships with individuals, corporations, associations, and foundations who are interested, able and willing to support the Alberta School of Business.

Position Summary

The Development Associate works collaboratively with faculty leaders and members of the Alberta School of Business Development team to build and advance strong personal and professional relationships that result in alumni, donor, and community engagement with the Faculty’s philanthropic priorities. The Development Associate will align donor interests with institutional and faculty priorities, develop funding proposals, and negotiate and structure complex gifts to the Faculty. The successful candidate will be comfortable interfacing with colleagues and senior executives across the institution, the Dean of the School of Business, volunteers, stakeholders, and supporters.


  • Participates in strategy development and execution for faculty fundraising; working with the Dean of the School of Business, Assistant Dean, Development, and faculty leaders to develop and support faculty fundraising priorities 
  • Works with the Assistant Dean, Development, to establish and evaluate annual fundraising targets and operational plans
  • Cultivates and nurtures a major donor/prospect portfolio of relationships and personally visits major gift prospects/donors regularly and as required
  • Works in partnership with Development and Alumni Relations on fundraising program, alumni engagement strategies, prospect identification, and annual giving strategies for the faculty
  • Partners with the Office of the Recording Secretary on gift processing (including agreements, terms of reference, etc.) and appropriate gift acknowledgement and jointly manages and coordinates stewardship of major donors with Donor Relations
  • Collaborates with the Assistant Dean, Development and External Relations colleagues on writing projects such as cases for support, proposals and stewardship reports
  • Collaborates with other faculty-based and central fundraisers, faculty-based academic leaders and senior university representatives
  • Participates in Development community activities, training opportunities, information sharing and implementation of joint initiatives
  • Assists in creating and executing plans that involve the Dean in the faculty fundraising goals and visits with their top prospects and donors
  • Prepares and provides briefing materials to Dean, Assistant Dean, Development and faculty leaders to execute strategies with donors
  • Participates in coaching and leadership as necessary to engage faculty members in strategic fundraising activities, including appropriate preparation and follow-up
  • Schedules and plans travel as necessary to facilitate personal visits with top prospects

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree is required; advanced degree is considered an asset
  • Minimum of five years of experience in major or planned gift fundraising with a track record of closing gifts of $50,000 and greater, preferably in higher education. Related experience in sales, financial services and business development would be considered
  • Proven ability to develop strategies for and implement major gift solicitations
  • Ability to prepare, coach and brief academics and faculty-based leaders for fundraising activities
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and to handle multiple accounts simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to be a contributing member of multidisciplinary teams
  • Knowledge of a variety of fundraising tools and strategies and demonstrated experience with activities throughout the giving cycle, including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of major gift donors to develop relationships between them and the University of Alberta
  • Interest in all aspects of business and a dedication to promoting the university's fundraising priorities through developing excellent relationships with faculty and academic leaders, volunteers, and representatives from External Relations
  • Demonstrated project management, organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to meet deadlines and juggle competing priorities in a high paced environment
  • Regular travel to visit donors and prospective donors is required
  • Possession of a CFRE certification is considered an asset

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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