AESES - Development Specialist 1 (Fundraising)

Revision Date: August 2005

Classification: Development Specialist 1
Hay Point Range: 332 – 382


Fundraising projects at the university require the knowledge and approval of the Department of Private Funding, a unit responsible for acquiring funding from corporations, foundations, faculty, staff, students, alumni, individual donors and non-operating government support.

Development Specialist positions at this level provide responsible support to university units (faculties, departments) in their campaign initiatives. Responsibilities may involve handling general administrative details related to the specific campaign components of a unit within the overall capital campaign activities of the university. The development of campaign plans are made in consultation with a supervisor. Normally, assignments at this level are comprised of two or more small to mid-size campaigns. Under general direction, incumbents are required to exercise initiative and judgement in fulfilling their responsibilities. Incumbents are accountable to the supervisor and senior volunteers (possibly deans/directors).


  • In consultation with the supervisor, develops a comprehensive campaign plan and schedule for a University unit (faculty or department).
  • Makes campaign implementation decisions in consultation with the supervisor.
  • Liaises with deans, directors, department heads, senior volunteers to plan and implement effective fundraising programs. Communicates with alumni and corporations, foundations and organizations to cultivate prospects and solicit gifts. Works with senior level volunteers to plan and implement development initiatives.
  • Implements approved plans and deploys resources.
  • Is responsible for conducting volunteer canvasser training sessions. Provides support, and facilitates team building among volunteers. Monitors campaign progress, evaluates activities, and develops strategies to achieve goals.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.


The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • University Bachelor's degree.
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation an asset.


  • Three years directly-related experience in fundraising.
  • An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Skills and Abilities

  • Skilled in dealing effectively with all levels of the University community, the public, and outside organizations and agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative.
  • Demonstrated organizational abilities.
  • Above average communication skills, both verbal and written, with public speaking skills.
  • Skilled in computer applications.

Physical Requirements

Capable of performing the duties as assigned.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.