Development Officer – Major Gifts

Development Officer – Major Gifts

  • Support Staff
  • Vancouver

Position: Development Officer – Major Gifts

Department: Advancement

Reports to: Director of Advancement

Starting date: ASAP

Closing date: August 8, 2022

The person in this position works collaboratively as a key member of the Advancement Team on the development and implementation of major gift fundraising strategy for the School, including the setting of philanthropic priorities and goals, while researching, identifying, and soliciting potential donors.

This individual embodies the following core competencies: empathy, integrity, humility, respect, responsibility, and resilience, and is an important force for community-building.


Your Qualifications:

  • University degree or a combination of education and progressively responsible experience in fundraising.
  • Experience in fundraising in a not-for-profit or comparable organization an asset. 
  • A candidate with less experience but exceptional potential, enthusiasm, and desire to learn may also be considered.
  • Demonstrated record of success in one-on-one personal gift solicitations or comparable and transferable experience.
  • Dynamic and energetic individual who wishes to work in a highly focused environment.
  • Superior interpersonal, engagement, and relationship building skills.
  • Outgoing, inclusive, and welcoming in nature.
  • High level of sound and independent judgment, reasoning, and discretion
  • Well organized and attentive to detail.
  • Superior writing, grammar, and editing skills.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge NXT or comparable databases. 
  • Key competencies and EQ in the following areas: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, social expertness, initiative, and accountability.
  • Valid BC driver’s license and flexibility to travel locally and work flexible hours when required. CFRE qualification preferred. 


How You will Use Those Qualifications:

  • Apply educational background in every aspect of your job.
  • Bring your varied experience in school, work, and volunteer activities to this job.
  • Support the unique culture of an independent school.
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of active major gift prospects and donors in support of the ONE+ Campaign, Annual Fund, and Endowed Funds.
  • Create goals and oversee the solicitation of funds to meet these goals.
  • Manage all aspects of the donor gift cycle – donor identification and qualification/prospecting; initiating and managing contact; development of cultivation strategies; solicitation and donor stewardship. 
  • Develop major gift fundraising strategies relating to the School’s Advancement program and priority projects including the current ONE+ Capital Campaign.
  • Link with members of the School Leadership Team in relation to any major gift fundraising and promotional work, including development of ‘ambassadors’ for St. George’s School.
  • Research and assess the feasibility of new methods of generating income for major gifts.
  • Personal solicitation of prospects and ability to effectively communicate the philanthropic – and overall – mission of the School.
  • Stewardship of major donors in collaboration with the Advancement team including the Stewardship and Donor Relations Officer.
  • Responsible for developing major gift opportunities and writing support materials, including proposals, when necessary.
  • Provide regular progress reports to the Director of Advancement.
  • Maintain up-to-date electronic database records relating to prospect and donor activity.
  • Research and assess the feasibility of new methods of generating income for major gifts.
  • Work as part of a team every day but also have the ability to manage work independently.
  • Be engaged in the life of St. George’s School.


Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

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