Although Mount Royal University’s history dates back more than 100 years, our transition from college to university is relatively recent, bringing with it unique and exciting fund development opportunities. We began our last $250 million transformative campaign as a college but finished it as a university. The new strategic plan for the University places a priority focus on fundraising and sets very ambitious targets to triple the total value of scholarships available to students, more than double the size of the endowment portfolio and increase alumni philanthropy exponentially in the coming years. A new and exciting campus master plan will guide the construction of new facilities on campus for the next 20 years
About the Role
The Development Officer reports to the Executive Director of Development. The Officer is responsible for building relationships with major gift prospects and donors and in so doing developing and executing strategies that result in donations to Mount Royal University. The Development Officer carries an integrated portfolio of individual, corporate, and foundation donors for annual, major and planned gifts. The incumbent works with the Executive Director of Development, senior administration and faculty on the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors within this portfolio. The focus will be on securing gifts of $10K-$15K.
Create and execute strategies for major gift donor identification, cultivation, and solicitation of new donor prospects
Cultivate relationships with Donors (individuals, corporations, foundations, community organizations and service groups) to identify the alignment of their interests with the institutional priorities
Network to meet with new and existing and potential donors - out in the community in a stewardship role with existing and prospective donors
Develop and initiate donor appropriate stewardship plans
Cultivate internal relationships in order to coordinate participation of institutional leaders, faculty and volunteers in cultivation and solicitation calls
Build and manage an integrated portfolio of major gift donors, endowed and annual scholarship donors, and planned gift donors
Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the case for support for priority fundraising initiatives at Mount Royal
Understand and promote institutional priorities in all fund development activities
Cultivate and steward existing donors for renewed gifts
Work with internal partners/colleagues and volunteers to prepare them to make solicitations - coaching internal colleagues and volunteers, preparing call briefings and debriefings
Significant role to play in conducting research (completing and guiding) and supplementing research component
Participate in regular fundraising strategy meetings with fund development colleagues Monitor and track gift agreements, development and execution (follow up can take weeks or even months)
Ensure relevant correspondence in donor file
Manage prospect/donor relationships and maintain contact history using database
Why Work for MRU
At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace where each person's individuality is appreciated.
Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, a health spending account, paid vacation, Christmas leave, personal days and a free membership to our fully equipped recreation centre.
Equivalent to Completion of a University (Bachelor) program
Professional fundraising designation is preferred
3-6 years of experience
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Understanding of various fundraising and donor management techniques.
Exceptional interpersonal skills
Internal Number: 997682.1
About Mount Royal University
Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University has built a reputation on a strong, liberal education foundation. Our vision is to provide an exceptional undergraduate educational experience for our students.
We are a community of engaged citizens, providing personalized, experiential and outcome-based learning in an environment of inclusion, diversity and respect. Through our focus on teaching and learning informed by scholarship, we are preparing our graduates for success in their careers and lives.
Mount Royal University presently offers 12 four-year baccalaureate degrees with 32 majors, with a view to grow this mix to 15 degrees and 50 majors by 2025. Current degree offerings are unique, and include four-year bachelor degrees in interior design, midwifery, child studies and health and physical education, as well as arts, criminal justice, business administration, communication, computer information systems, education, nursing and science. Mount Royal also offers robust continuing education programming as well as an internationally-renowned music conservatory.
More than 13,000 credit students attend Mount Royal University annually, with more th...an 90,000 Mount Royal alumni contributing to their communities worldwide.
Our faculty provide a teaching and learning environment that welcomes challenging ideas. Our staff are dedicated to supporting our campus so that students are provided with an exceptional educational experience. Our management team provides leadership throughout the University, and inspires others at all levels to be leaders in their own important sectors.
In support of our students, and in response to our broader community, we know that investing in our employees benefits the University as a whole. Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. Our faculty, staff and management are united in creating a thriving learning environment for our students.
Mount Royal University is an exceptional community focused on our people.