Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University

Leadership Giving Officer



Job Title

Leadership Giving Officer

Requisition #


Job Type

Permanent (for any group)

Union or Employee Group



SPB05 - Public Relations Assistant

Position End Date (if applicable)


MRU Main Campus - Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 CA (Primary)


About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education, and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor's degrees and 36 majors.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina, and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.

About the Role

The Mount Royal University Foundation aims to create connection and meaningful engagement opportunities for those community members, alumni and organizations who support MRU students and programs through philanthropy. Our dedicated and passionate team of development professionals have helped donors and organizations to open minds and change lives through investment in MRU programs and students.

The Leadership Giving Officer is responsible for building and growing a leadership giving and annual giving pipeline which includes the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual giving donors with a focus on those at the leadership giving level. The Leadership Giving Officer (LGO) will be responsible for the renewal of annual awards, working closely with the Manager, Annual Giving and Gift Compliance, along with the Finance Officer. Working with the broader development team, the LGO will identify giving priorities and opportunities. Along with their face-to- face fundraising responsibilities the LGO will contribute to the overall work to engage, solicit and steward annual giving donors. The Leadership Giving Officer is a member of the University Advancement team and reports to the Manager, Annual Giving and Gift Compliance.


Responsibility 1 (50%): Leadership Giving

  • Develop and lead the leadership giving portfolio, including donor identification, acquisition, and solicitation
  • First point of contact for incoming student award inquiries
  • Maintain student awards within portfolio (annual and endowed awards)
  • Develop engagement strategy for leadership giving, including stewardship and ongoing engagement
  • Work closely with Donor Relations team to produce appropriate reports to steward donors
  • Work closely with Manager Annual Giving and Gift Compliance to ensure award process runs smoothly
  • Identify potential constituent groups for ongoing philanthropic engagement
  • Responsibility 2 (30%): General Annual Giving

  • Respond to Annual Giving inquiries (email, phone)
  • Assist with strategic planning for Annual Giving Team
  • Provide support for major campaigns
  • Responsibility 3 (20%): Administrative Tasks

  • Participating in regular fundraising meetings with colleagues and team meetings
  • Managing prospect/donor relationships and maintaining contact history using RENXT CRM
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Recent fundraising experience (ideally either in telephone or face to face fundraising), or related experience in a high end sales or business development role;
  • Educational background is required in business administration, nonprofit management or a certificate in fundraising and/or equivalency in education and professional experience;
  • Excellent communication skills, both spoken and written, with an ability to take a range of specialist information and translate it into compelling messages, and proactivity in using different communication methods to engage individuals;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to build relationships with a wide range of senior stakeholders, both internally and externally;
  • Resilience, adaptability and resourcefulness, including evidence of being goal oriented and persistent in achieving objectives;
  • The proven ability to think laterally and to develop creative and appropriate strategies to engage and build long term relationships with prospective and current supporters;
  • Ability to work independently and use independent judgment to troubleshoot issues;
  • Strong organizational skills, effective at managing multiple priorities and working against deadlines;
  • Research skills, ability to use and extrapolate data from RENXT
  • Additional requirements:

  • CFRE designation an asset
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and Word
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Experience working with databases, preferably RENXT or other CRM
  • What We Offer

    Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.

    At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.

    Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre.

    Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, climbing, aquatics, sports and certifications for students, employees and the public.

    Salary: $60,571 - $76,640 per annum

    Closing Date: February 15, 2024

    A cover letter and resume should be submitted in one .pdf document. Please title your .pdf document as follows: Last Name, Requisition Number, Document Title.pdf (ex. Smith, 999999, CV.pdf).

    If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify [email protected] and we will work together on the accommodation request.

    We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status of your application through your Career Centre. New career opportunities arise frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.

    Job details


    Leadership Giving Officer


    Mount Royal University




    February 09, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 15, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education

    About the employer

    Mount Royal University is a well-established public university which was founded in 1910. This is a Canadian university which was created following a charter by the Alberta provincial government. It became a post-secondary institution in 1931 as Mount Royal Junior College, which offered transfer courses to the University of Alberta and later to the University of Calgary. In 1972, it shifted its base to a new campus in Lincoln Park, which was previously an air force base. It is in the year 2009 that this institution was granted its university status. In 2017, this university was awarded the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation joining 44 universities which are excelling in the field of social innovation and change-making. The university currently offers 12-degree programmes and 32 majors with an average class size of 29 students.

    This university comprises various faculties, including a number of interesting fields of study. The Arts faculty of this university teaches subjects such as economics, justice, and policy studies, English, languages, and cultures, humanities, interior design, psychology, sociology and anthropology. The Bisset School of Business of this university specialises in subjects such as accounting, aviation, finance, general management, human resources, innovation and entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, social innovation and supply chain management. This university's School of Communication Studies focuses on subjects like broadcast media studies, information design, journalism and public relations.

    The university's Faculty of Health, Community and Education comprise Child Studies and Social Work, Education, Health and Physical Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery. The university's Faculty of Science and Technology includes child studies and social work, education, health and physical education, as well as School of Nursing and Midwifery. The university's Faculty of Science and Technology features biology, chemistry and physics, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics and computing. The university also has the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension. This university has numerous institutes, such as Institute for Community Prosperity, Institute for Environmental Sustainability, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and International Education.

    Its centres include the Centre for Community Disaster Research, Centre for Child Well-Being and Iniskim Centre. This university also has a library - Riddell Library and Learning Centre which was opened in 2017. With a seating capacity of 1,700 people, the library comprises 34 study rooms, 3-D printing facilities, and a cafe. This university also has a huge list of notable alumni which include Indo-Canadian Singer The PropheC, classical pianist Yuja Wang, Canadian actor Kavan Smith, Emmy-winning composer Dave Pierce, professional voice actor Kirby Morrow, motivational speaker Alvin Law, professional wrestler Bret Hart, and Emmy award-winning news anchor Chris Gailus

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