Advancement Research Officer - University of Guelph

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Advancement Research Officer

Alumni Affairs & Development

Temporary full-time from March 2020 to March 2022
Hiring #: 2020-0102

Please read the Application Instructions before applying

The department of Alumni Affairs & Development (AA&D) is a central service at the University of Guelph, accountable for raising money for the institution’s strategic priorities through the identification and alignment of donors and prospective donors. The division has recently undergone a re-organization to support the vision to attract $50-million in sustained annual philanthropic support (over a five to eight-year period) and to be one of Canada’s most sought-after advancement organizations. As a member of Alumni Affairs and Development, the Advancement Research Officer exemplifies the recently defined department values of respect, empowerment, integrity, appreciation and forward focus.

Reporting to the Manager, Advancement Research, the Advancement Research Officer provides analysis and assessment of individuals, businesses, foundations and associations in terms of potential to give or to increase their level of giving to the University and provide guidance for the overall management of prospects within the department

The successful candidate will:

  • Assist the Manager, Advancement Research, in leading a project to develop/improve and manage overall prospect management systems for AA&D, support the design of an integrated fundraising framework, and identify and report on key metrics and KPIs.
  • Conduct prospect research and analysis in support of the University of Guelph’s fundraising activities, which will include:
    • Preparing detailed profiles and documents for strategy discussions, meetings and events.
    • Evaluating the financial capacity, philanthropic interest and affinity of potential donors.
    • Identifying and rating prospects using internal information, leads and external publicly available sources.
    • Providing recommendations on strategic approaches, in order to develop and maintain relationships with constituents.
    • Conducting data mining and statistical analysis of information and data.
    • Monitor media sources for relevant and timely information to share with fundraisers.

Requirements of the position include: a university degree (Master’s degree in library, information or social science preferred) combined with one (1) year of prospect research experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful applicant must have excellent communication skills, both written and interpersonal, with proven relationship building experience. They must be organized, resourceful, detail-oriented and be able to work independently. Exceptional computer skills, including proficiency with databases, Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and other research tools is a must.

Covering Position Number     393-040
Classification                           USW, Local 4120 Salary Band 5
Normal Hiring Range              $25.16 - $28.11 per hour

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Posting Date: 2020/02/26
Closing Date: 2020/03/04