Development Associate

SCI Science Development

Competition No.  -    A104848101
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

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

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this full time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range of $75,863 - $126,439.

Department summary

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 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.

Position Summary

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 Faculty of Science.

The Development Associate works collaboratively with faculty leaders and members of the faculty 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 Science, volunteers, stakeholders, and supporters.


  • Participates in strategy development and execution for faculty fundraising; working with the Dean of Science, 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


  • 5-7 years 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 Science, financial services and business development would be considered
  • Self motivated, proactive, energetic, creative, goal oriented
  • Undergraduate university degree required 
  • Proven ability to develop strategies for and implement major gift solicitations
  • Ability to prepare, coach and brief 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 interest of major gift donors in order to develop priorities relationships between them and the University of Alberta
  • Interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the university's fund-raising priorities through developing excellent relationships with faculty and academic leaders, volunteers, and representatives from the Office of Development
  • Demonstrated project management, organizational and time-management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and juggle competing priorities in a high-paced environment
  • Regular travel to visit donors and perspective donors is required
  • Possession of a CFRE certification is considered an asset

How to Apply

Apply Online

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

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.