TRU's Advancement Office provides a critical role of philanthropy.
The Office is charged with maximizing the financial gift support to
the institution by seeking private contributions in order to
increase the margin of excellence of its educational and research
The Director of Development will work with the Dean, senior
leadership and faculty team to provide strategic vision and
leadership for fundraising strategies, building towards a major
gift portfolio and large scale campaign for a specified School,
Faculty or Division.
As the role is responsible for bolstering philanthropic support and
inspiring greater student, alumni and community engagement, they
will manage the effective and efficient operation of development
activities, including fundraising campaigns, prospect research,
alumni relations and donor stewardship. The role identifies
prospective supporters, builds relationships and makes face-to-face
contact both independently and in conjunction with faculty.
This Director of Development requires an ability to identify, build
and maintain strong and cooperative relationships with individuals,
corporate donors, advertising and marketing agencies. The Director
must keep informed of trends and best practices in philanthropy and
fund development as well as the general fields of management and
the not-for-profit sector.
The work scope includes, but is not limited to, advisory roles,
research, the development of prospect lists, cultivation and
stewardship planning and execution well as making medium to major
gift asks for the Thompson Rivers University. The Director of
Development will be responsible for developing and implementing
comprehensive strategies and tactical plans for identifying,
cultivating and securing short-term and long-term revenue channels
for the overall sustainable financial growth of a specified School,
Faculty or Division.
As an integral member of the Faculty leadership team, the Director
of Development provides leadership, support and direction across a
wide range of areas:
- Creating collateral, proposals and cases for support to
detail and market the fundraising initiative of the related faculty
- Develops and implements a plan for identifying, cultivating,
soliciting and stewarding prospects and donors.
- Writes proposals, donor solicitation letters and grant
application forms to secure funding for student awards, operations
and Faculty initiatives.
- Identifies prospective supporters, builds relationships and
makes face-to-face calls both independently and in conjunction with
- Liaise with the Dean, senior leadership and faculty members
to identify key alumni, individuals and businesses for the purpose
of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
- Develops a working list of 100 prospects and maintain a data
base on cultivation activity and moves, and updating the Vice
President Advancement of progress with these prospect on a weekly
- Responsible for making a minimum 5 asks per month and having
12 face to face meetings with prospects per month and ensuring
fundraising targets are met and relations with alumni and employers
of specified School or Faculty grads are fostered.
- Responsible for ensuring a targeted number of prospects
attend Foundation fundraising events.
- Creation and cultivation of relationships with prospects and
donors, through one on one introductions and participation in
- Liaise with Advancement staff in a prospect clearing process
to ensure prospects aren't receiving multiple asks from various
departments at TRU, this is to occur in person on a weekly
- University degree in a related field
- 6 years or more experience in fundraising including successful
management of a portfolio of major gift prospects