Donor Relations Associate
Mount Royal University
Calgary, AB, CA
4d ago

About the Role

The Donor Relations Associate provides support to the Advancement Team to reach its strategic fundraising engagement goals for Mount Royal University.

  • The scope of work will include : writing, editing, and reviewing stewardship materials; planning and managing strategic stewardship projects, events and initiatives;
  • maintaining collegial relationships with fundraising staff and MRU Departments. This position reports to the Senior Strategist, Donor Relations.


  • Write, maintain and manage online and visual content through various communications vehicles
  • Research and keep up-to-date on campus activities to help feed the pipeline on story opportunities that can be of value to the Foundation community
  • Source and collaborate with content experts and assigned Marketing and Communication Strategist(s) to coordinate supporting materials such as photography, for Foundation communication pieces
  • Coordinate delivery of various communication pieces including endowment reports, impact reports and quarterly e-newsletters
  • Work with fundraisers to implement stewardship strategies that will establish and strengthen relationships with all Foundation supporters
  • Identify best practices at other organizations for stewardship planning and operation
  • Attend stewardship and cultivation events as needed
  • Work with the writers and other Foundation team members to ensure consistency among various stewardship materials
  • Events

  • Support the planning and presentation of events and post-event follow up. Examples include high profile donor engagement, gift announcements, and fundraising events.
  • Support organizing speakers and ensuring that leaders from your organization are present at the events.
  • Create event briefs for senior leadership, administration, faculty and foundation staff
  • Prepare impact reports, providing analysis and recommendations for future actions and improvements
  • Works collaboratively with other members of the advancement team to track alumni and donor event activities in University Advancement calendars and Raiser’s Edge to enhance relationships and increase the likelihood of continued contributions & engagement from alumni.
  • Adheres to all policies regarding the integrity, security and appropriate use of information pursuant to the wishes of all constituents and relevant privacy legislation
  • Develop productive working relationships with campus and community resources
  • General Support

  • Ensure Raiser’s Edge is kept up to date with pertinent donor actions that advance their relationship with MRU
  • Pull lists and complete thank you calls / notes to donors on a regular basis
  • A resource for all of University Advancement team in relation to institutional priorities
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Two to three years of related experience
  • Undergraduate Degree in English, journalism, public relations, or related field, or equivalent
  • experience
  • Highly organized, conscientious and detail-oriented
  • Solid decision-making skills, ability to set priorities, solve problems and remain calm in stressful situations is critical
  • Time and fiscal management, creativity and attention to detail are required
  • Should be a pro-active self-starter with the ability to work as part a team and / or independently
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are required
  • Experience in working with committees, volunteers, partners, sponsors and donors
  • Comfortable in a fast paced environment and able to manage multiple projects and programs
  • Ability to work early mornings, evenings and weekends as required, must be flexible
  • Effective January 1, 2022, Mount Royal University will require all employees to be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine.

    Currently, employees must be either vaccinated or provide rapid test results twice a week.

    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, fitness classes, climbing, aquatics, sports, tournaments and certifications for students, employees and the public.

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