Philanthropy Officer

Our Background

At the University Hospital Foundation, we want to help people live longer, and better – especially those who would benefit from a new form of treatment, or life-saving surgery.

As agents of hope, we boldly seek solutions to seemingly insurmountable challenges, matching the determination and purpose-driven intensity of the healthcare teams we support.

In the past ten years, generous donations from individuals and our corporate and strategic partners have contributed nearly $220 million dollars to advance world-leading patient care at the University of Alberta Hospital, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and Kaye Edmonton Clinic, as well as ground-breaking research at the University of Alberta.

Your Purpose

Under the guidance of the Director of Philanthropy, you will assume a versatile role dedicated to establishing and nurturing philanthropic relationships with potential donors, sponsors, and prospects while actively participating in securing major and transformational gifts. This role centers on, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of primarily major gift prospects with a vested interest in providing financial support to the University of Alberta Hospital site. Demonstrating adeptness in soliciting individual and corporate donations through various mediums, including face-to-face meetings, telephone calls, and correspondence, is essential. As Philanthropy Officer, you will strategically coordinate efforts to advance the University Hospital Foundation’s financial objectives, collaborating effectively with stakeholders across the University of Alberta Hospital, the academic campus, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic. This role demands both independent initiative and collaborative expertise in securing philanthropic investments exceeding $10,000.

Your Role

As the Philanthropy Officer, you share a passion for a career that’s all about making a difference.

Your primary responsibility is to manage a diverse portfolio of approximately 150-175 prospects and donors, where you will cultivate strong and trusted relationships. You will be tasked with developing tailored solicitation strategies for major and planned giving initiatives. Your role extends to working closely with our Donor Experience Team to ensure effective stewardship and recognition of donors within your portfolio. You will develop moves management plans to include comprehensive cultivation and solicitation plans for your donor pool while maintaining meticulous records of donor interactions and progress. Your commitment to understand the areas of care and research we support, and staying informed about industry trends and news will be integral to your success in generating revenue and contributing to the Foundation’s annual revenue generation budget. Join us in telling impactful stories and driving positive change at the University of Alberta Hospital sites!



  • University degree (or equivalent) in business, communications, community development or non-profit management is preferred. A combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is an asset or willingness to work toward certification.


  • Minimum three years’ successful experience in fund development including donor management, cultivation, strategy development and personal solicitations.
  • Proven ability to prioritize new major donor prospects, with comfort in contacting and cultivating relationships, alongside exceptional interpersonal skills for stewarding existing donors
  • Demonstrated success in securing major or planned gifts, independently securing five and six-figure contributions.
  • Experience working with volunteers in a fund development setting
  • Understand the role and support of working with a Prospect Research Management Team
  • Previous experience in healthcare is considered an asset


  • A high degree of comfort in contacting and developing new major gift prospects as well as superior interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated track record of major and/or planned gifts, including independently securing five and 6-figure gifts
  • Proven skill in creating and implementing fundraising plans, including strategies for immediate and long-term growth
  • Strong public speaking skills desired
  • Strong networking skills
  • Knowledgeable in best practices and performance metrics related to fundraising
  • Demonstrates philanthropic spirit
  • An outgoing, positive, group-win approach with a willingness to learn, teach and share – bringing new skills and developing one’s own skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal and influencing skills, tact, and diplomacy with the ability to develop and maintain cooperative and successful working relationships with volunteers, staff and all donors; ability to serve as a team player and leader
  • Must follow The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Code of Ethical Standards and understand The Donor Bill of Rights
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge NXT or similar donor database management system considered an asset
  • Knowledge of the University of Alberta Hospital considered an asset

A combination of education and experience will be considered.

What We Offer

We respect and value diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity committed to building an inclusive environment for all applicants and team members

As an outcome-focused organization, UHF offers a flexible hybrid work environment where employees have the opportunity to collaborate on site a minimum of 2 days per week with the flexibility to work remotely up to 3 days per week.

Apply Now to Make a Difference! Visit, and attach your cover letter and resume into one PDF. We thank all candidates who apply; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. As part of our recruitment process, you will be invited to participate in a Culture Index Questionnaire to help us get to know you better and will also be required to provide a Police Information Check.

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Job Category: Philanthropy
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Edmonton

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