Development Officer

ENG Dean Of Engineering

Competition No.  -    A107449235
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 Temporary Librarian, Administrative and Professional Staff (TLAPO) Agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found on our Benefits Overview page and annual salary range of $65,906 to $109,772. This position has an initial appointment of 18 months from the date of hire.

Location: This role is hybrid with a mix of remote and in-person and work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton.

This position is located in the Faculty of Engineering in the Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering on the University of Alberta North Campus, Edmonton. 

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Department/Faculty Summary

The Faculty of Engineering is looking for a relationship builder to join our team of dynamic, passionate, and effective advancement professionals. Reporting to the Assistant Dean, Development, the Development Officer will be responsible for engaging prospective donors, alumni and friends to build support for the Faculty of Engineering.

Position Summary

The Development Officer works collaboratively with faculty leaders and members of the Engineering development team to build and advance strong personal and professional relationships that result in alumni engagement in Faculty of Engineering priorities and philanthropic contributions. The incumbent will manage a portfolio of approximately 100 prospective donors with the capacity to make commitments at a major gift level. As part of our culture of philanthropy, the Development Officer 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 collaborating and communicating with colleagues and senior executives across the institution, the Dean of Engineering, volunteers, stakeholders, and supporters.

If you are an authentic leader with the right attitude, the Faculty of Engineering is looking for you.

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter that outlines why you believe you are the right person for this opportunity. Also, in your cover letter, please provide a detailed answer to the question:

"How will you contribute to a culture of trust, effectiveness and execution in the Faculty of Engineering?"

Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications received with a cover letter that does not specifically address these important items will also not be considered. We look forward to reading about you and your thoughts on how we can work together.

In all facets of this role, the Development Officer endeavors to integrate and advance the University’s commitments to equity, diversity and inclusivity.

This position understands, fulfills, and promotes the health, safety and environment responsibilities identified in university policy.


Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Contributes to strategy development, annual fundraising targets, and operational plans
  • Maintains a major donor/prospect portfolio
  • Meets annual metrics for visits, gifts, and proposals and leads project specific campaigns within the Faculty.
  • Tracks, documents and communicates fundraising activity in the Advance database and shares information with colleagues 
  • Identifies and engages volunteers as advisors to the faculty fundraising strategies 
  • Supports the activity of the Engineering Development team, identifying potential major gift prospects and moving the relationship 
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Dean, Development, works collaboratively with all University Development and other External Relations central partners with responsibilities related to the Faculty of Engineering
  • Collaborates regularly with the Office of Development in External Relations on prospect identification for faculty-based fundraising priorities
  • Supports annual giving strategies for the faculty and works with Office of Development in External Relations to evaluate results

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in a related discipline
  • Proven experience in frontline fundraising
  • Ability to develop strategies for and implement annual gift solicitations; ability to work autonomously on a multitude of relationships, tasks, and areas simultaneously
  • Knowledge of a variety of fundraising tools and strategies as well as experience with the giving cycle
  • Ability to understand the needs and interest of donors and to transform alliances into relationships
  • Dedication to promoting the university's fundraising priorities through a passion for higher education
  • Superb interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
  • Committed to being an outstanding, contributing, interdependent team member with a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness 
  • Excellent problem solving abilities, judgment, and discretion
  • Ability and willingness to travel, when possible.

You will have the opportunity for professional growth at one of the world’s top universities, the chance to work in a world-renowned, innovative and dynamic department, access to an outstanding benefits package (Benefits Overview page), and the ability to build your professional network with meaningful relationships within the U of A community. Additionally, all members of the Faculty of Engineering have the opportunity to participate in the Faculty’s staff learning and development program, which includes such offerings as The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Inspiring a Culture of Trust.

Thank you for your interest in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. Please note that only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. 

How to Apply

Apply Online

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

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. 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.