Project Manager, Annual Giving

by Western University

Reference #: 33089
Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Nov 13, 2023
Western University

Job Description

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 35

Salary Grade: 15

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 University Advancement division plays a leading role in strengthening awareness of and support for the University’s mission and goals by leading alumni relations and fundraising efforts across campus and beyond. All departments within the Division build enduring alumni and public trust through understanding and support for Western University in a coordinated campus-wide effort that results in the engagement and funding needed to make an impact. There are 3 departments within the Division – Departments of Development, Alumni Relations, and Advancement Operations.


Within Annual, Leadership & Legacy Giving, the Project Manager, Annual Giving is responsible for the implementation and evaluation of broad-based and unit-specific annual giving appeals, and for supporting mass stewardship activities directed to annual and leadership prospects to Western, through the use of tools including direct mail, email and digital outreach. The role will lead and provide project management support and oversight related to annual appeals that match the University’s academic objectives and financial needs with the highest philanthropic aspirations of donors. Finally, the Project Manager will support the mass outreach activities of the Legacy Giving program with the intent of supporting the identification of legacy prospects.


-    Undergraduate Degree; major in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations or related discipline is preferred
-    Formal project management training an asset

-    5 years’ experience in Annual Giving successfully managing multiple projects with a strong working knowledge of direct response and stewardship activities
-    Experience fundraising within a university or other complex non-profit environment preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
-    Demonstrated expertise in planning and executing fundraising strategies
-    Knowledge of project management techniques and tools
-    Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and changing priorities simultaneously through demonstrated project management skills
-    Capacity to think and act at a strategic level and achieve operational requirements
-    Project reporting and writing skills with the ability to facilitate stakeholder meetings
-    Superior verbal and written communication skills with a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues and opportunities
-    Possess a reputation for resourcefulness with a strong sense of accountability and initiative
-    Judgement, analytical and problem solving skills with a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues and opportunities
-    Able to build and maintain lasting relationships within the department, external and university-wide
-    Creative problem-solving skills and sound professional judgement
-    Positive, outgoing attitude with an unwavering commitment to customer service and teamwork
-    Advanced computer skills including spreadsheet design, work processing, creating presentations and database management

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 or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

Interested applicants are asked to visit for further information and to apply online referencing job #33089 by midnight on November 29th 2023. 
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.