• Full Time
  • Windsor

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 35

Salary Grade: 16

Please note, candidates may be located in London, Toronto or Windsor.

About Western

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth.  We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the “Western Experience” – an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

About Us

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry provides outstanding education within a research-intensive, distributed learning environment where tomorrow’s physicians, dentists, health researchers and other scholars learn to shape the future of healthcare in our community and around the world.  With a goal of becoming a global leader in optimizing lifelong health through innovation in education, research and active engagement with our community, it is a very exciting time to join our exceptional team of development professionals.


The Senior Development Officer position is a key role in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Office of the Dean and the department of Alumni Relations & Development. The Senior Development Officer (SDO) is responsible for the full scope of development activities within their portfolio relating to the discovery, cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship of a portfolio of prospects and donors. This includes designing, developing, implementing, evaluating and managing effective, innovative and transformational fundraising strategies supporting the goals of the department. The activities of the role match SSMD and the University’s academic, alumni and community engagement objectives and financial needs with the highest philanthropic aspirations of donors.

The SDO works closely with individuals, community groups, and corporations who have a passion for healthcare, higher education and research; as well as staff in the departments of External Relations to define major gift strategies; identify, coordinate and engage prospective donors; strengthen loyalties of current donors; and develop meaningful programs to engage Western Alumni and local, regional and national communities.  The SDO will also ensure that all activity and strategies are coordinated in conjunction with the Executive Director, Development to ensure robust integration and efficiencies between the department and the activities across campus and within the department of External Relations.


–   University Degree
–   Honours Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications or Public Relations preferred
–   Accreditation through Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation preferred

–   5 years’ experience securing six and seven-figure financial agreements within the private sector or similar levels of major gifts in the charitable sector
–   Demonstrated record of donor strategy development, implementation and evaluation
–   Experience successfully managing multiple projects from conception to completion within tight prescribed deadlines
–   Demonstrated experience in compiling cases for support
–   5 years’ experience fundraising with a university or other complex non-profit environment is preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
–   Demonstrated oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on proposal development and presentation to internal and external contacts
–   Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office and a client/donor relations management software
–   Strong project management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at once from conception to completion with tightly prescribed timelines
–   Ability to establish and build healthy working relations and partnerships with donors, peers and external stakeholders
–   Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage activities both for self and others effectively
–   A well defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution and people management skills
–   Flexible, resourceful, creative and pro-active work style with a can-do, enthusiastic attitude
–   Emotional Intelligence (self-knowledge, self-management, empathy, social skills) to ensure own work-life balance, healthy and energy, and good collegial relationships are maintained
–   Demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning and professional development to stay informed about fundraising initiatives and the unit’s missions and objectives

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at hrhelp@uwo.ca or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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