Development Research Officer - Brock University, St. Catherine's, Main Campus

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This position is part of the Employee Group Administrative Professional (Employee Group) 

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Post End Date: Note to all candidates: This posting will close at 12:01 am on November 29, 2018

A Day in the Life…

The Development Research Officer supports the Advancement Services team and the Development team by conducting research and providing analysis in support of prospect pipeline activities and the department as a whole.

As the Development Research Officer you will:

  • Conduct biographical and financial research on prospective donors, evaluating their financial capacity, ability, willingness to give, and charitable interests; produce comprehensive prospect reports and contribute in the development of prospect clearance protocols
  • Identify and outline individual, corporate, foundation, and research prospects for major gifts, endowed gifts, and special project funding
  • Manage the Advancement calendar and plan research work based on deliverables
  • Provide guidance and support to ensure fair and appropriate investigations occur
  • Actively seek and recommend optimal research techniques and resources
  • Attend and participate in Prospect Management Committee meetings, providing research and information on prospects to be reviewed
  • Participate in Business Rules meetings and decisions; create and manage the agenda, and create or modify documentation as required to support this committee
  • Track and measure analytics, Update information in the Raiser’s Edge database as required
  • Provide support and project analysis to the Advancement Services team

What you Need to Succeed…

  • A post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline, with a strong research component
  • 3-5 years of relevant and applicable research experience with Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in advancement research
  • Strong analytical and research ability, with the demonstrated ability to identify prospects and generate research profiles
  • Advanced computer competency including word processing, spreadsheet, database, web applications and web maintenance, social media, internet search engines
  • Advanced writing, proofreading and editing skills
  • High ethical standard, with a focus on donor privacy standards
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with various stakeholders
  • Knowledge of and ability to identify new indicators of capacity to donate and affinity to the University
  • Demonstrated advanced-level knowledge of Raiser’s Edge NXT and Excel

Preferred or Asset Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in the post-secondary education setting
  • Experience in the advancement/development field, including major gifts and capital campaigns

Salary and Benefit Information

  • Salary Range is $50,707.00 - $68,268.00 *
  • This position includes full comprehensive benefits coverage, including tuition waiver (if applicable).

* The salary range indicated is representative of all positions evaluated at this level. Actual salary is determined by assessing related skills, experience, internal equity and market competitiveness, subject to available budget. 


Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 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 selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy Please advise: Patricia Mosca, Manager, Talent Acquisition at pmosca@BrockU.CA to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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

We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview with be contacted.  

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