Langara College

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Development Officer, Major Gifts and Planned Giving

Sep 21, 2018
Vancouver, British Columbia
Early Career

Please read the posting and application information carefully. Applications without the required documents (resume and cover) will not be considered.

Temporary, Full Time

October 1, 2018 – March 31, 2020

The Development Officer – Major Gifts and Planned Giving will be primarily responsible for working as a part of the Foundation team making essential contributions to the success of a campus wide campaign.  The emphasis of the position will be placed on fund solicitation, building and implementing strategies that cultivate relationships with both current and new donors, identification, cultivation, personal solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of donors and prospects with an emphasis on securing major gifts ($25,000+).

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Foundation, the Development Officer will also identify prospective donors and develops relationship to propose and solicit legacy gifts. This includes moving fundraising accounts through the donor cycle and/or planning and executing fundraising appeals, conducting research, developing strategies and preparing proposals. This role will support a broad range of organizational goals by aligning a major donor strategy with the Foundation and College’s strategic plan and growth initiatives.

For a copy of the position description, please click here.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business management, fundraising, or a related discipline.
  • Completion of or working towards completion of a CRFE certification an asset.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of related fundraising experience in securing major gifts and/ or legacy gifts, preferably in a post-secondary environment.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Experience with fundraising databases such as Raiser’s Edge and Banner.
  • Experience in writing development proposals and delivering presentations to a wide range of audiences.

Skills & Abilities

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and has the ability to communicate appropriately and effectively with donors, co-workers and other campus departments.
  • Ability to execute a variety of complex projects and meet imposed timelines.
  • Ability to work independently while exercising good judgment at all times.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, project management and strategy development skills.
  • Excellent organizational, project and time management skills.
  • Superior use of diplomacy and persuasive negotiating skills in contacts with donors and prospective donors.
  • High energy, with the ability to deal with multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Ability to interact successfully with diverse clientele, confidently selecting the correct approach.
  • Ability to establish performance goals and timelines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to secure five to six figure gifts
  • Exhibit high quality of donor/client service.
  • Achievement of established fundraising goals and overall objectives.
  • Quality and quantity of work performed.
  • Demonstrated success in creating and implementing innovative procedures to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and delivering effective presentations.
  • Ability to work independently and harmoniously within a team environment.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle and safeguard confidential information and exercise discretion and confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to act with independence of judgment with minimal supervision.
  • Intermediate working level with MS Office including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

Competencies Desired:

  • Collegiality – values and demonstrates inclusivity, openness, civility and respect
  • Problem solving and decision making – considers a wide range of information and perspectives to solve problems and make reasoned decisions; demonstrates a comfort with uncertainty and ambiguous conditions
  • Organizational awareness – understands and appreciates an organization’s internal culture and operating practices as well as the political and business climate in which the organization operates
  • Innovation – welcomes, generates, and implements new ideas and solutions that help to achieve and organization’s strategic goals
  • Student Focus – making decisions with the students in mind, focusing on providing the best possible experience for the student.
  • Integrity – acts with openness, honesty and respect to build and maintain an environment of trust
  • Professional maturity – demonstrates courage to take on issues and make tough decisions while managing self with aplomb and emotional maturity
  • Tenacity, resilience and patience – believes that own actions and efforts will overcome obstacles, make progress and attain successful results
  • Business awareness – considers and understand the financial, operational and human perspective and impact of decisions
  • Visioning and Strategic Thinking -  energizes people around the vision and keeps the bigger picture in mind
  • Team Leadership – creates team spirit and helps to direct individuals toward achievement of team and organizational goals. Inspires others to do their best, develop professionally and contribute to the success of the leadership team
  • Relationship management – builds and maintains a crucial network of contacts both internally and externally.
  • Communication – uses the power of personal interaction and language to effectively influence, inspire and lead others
  • Achieves results – goal-oriented individual who thrives on achieving outcomes through consultative and collaborate methods.

Working Conditions

  • This position may work non-traditional hours on days leading up to the event and on the day of the event.
  • Must have a current Class 5 BC driver’s license and access to a vehicle as there may be travelling required for donor meetings within the Lower Mainland, off-campus or possibly out-of-town.

Salary Range: $54,854 - $73,139* - $80,453 Annualized (Pay Grade 7).
*Compensation beyond the mid-point requires approval by the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat (PSEC). 

Employee Group:  ADMIN

Hours & Days of Work: 8:30am - 4:30pm. Monday to Friday, however, hours may vary according to the needs of the department.

Please note that internal applicants may be given first consideration.

Competition No.: A054-18

Closing Date: 4:30PM on September 21, 2018.

Application Information: Please read the posting carefully and ensure you have your documents ready prior to applying. Please submit your resume and cover letter by the closing date and time.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide proof of educational and professional credentials noted on their resume.

We thank you for your interest and advise that only those shortlisted will be contacted. Langara is committed to enhancing our diverse workforce.

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