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Philanthropic Development and Alumni Relations

Status: Permanent full-time professional position
Workplace: 385, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal (Québec) H2X 1E3

About the Foundation

Through philanthropic development and alumni relations, the INRS Foundation accelerates the growth of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and helps it contribute even more to the economic, social and cultural development of Quebec.

Created in 2020, it contributes to the Institute's influence in the business and philanthropic communities. It creates and seizes opportunities to mobilize volunteers and donors in order to foster the conditions necessary for the INRS scientific community to increase its impact on issues crucial to Quebec society. To do so, the Foundation promotes its scientists, students and graduates, creates meetings, builds relationships that lead to partnerships and solicits, administers and distributes the funds raised.

A key role awaits you

You will be responsible for implementing fundraising strategies and building and maintaining close relationships with our donors, volunteers and alumni to increase their philanthropic commitment to the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and its foundation.

You will implement various approaches to prospecting, awareness, solicitation and retention, primarily with individuals, corporations and foundations, for the development of major gifts, planned giving and annual campaigns.

Your team

The INRS Foundation is in full development, governed by a board of thirteen business and philanthropic leaders, driven by the efforts of a professional team of four people and animated by a community of over 3,500 graduates and 1,500 scientific, student and staff members of INRS.

Your contribution to our mission

  • More specifically, you will identify groups of graduates to be mobilized, develop strategies and implement initiatives to promote and maintain a close relationship with them in order to enable them to become involved with INRS and thus contribute to the achievement of the Foundation's objectives.
  • You will develop, implement and follow up on effective and evolving fundraising strategies, in particular by designing and deploying research, qualification, solicitation and loyalty methods corresponding to different donor profiles.
  • You will identify potential new partners, define approach strategies, canvass them, develop proposals and ensure the negotiation and conclusion of agreements.
  • You will participate in the development of an annual action plan including the development and implementation of various strategies and programs related to the development of the Foundation's funding and outreach and its contribution to the INRS mission.
  • You will collaborate in the definition of performance indicators in order to evaluate the effectiveness of all fundraising activities and perform the required follow-ups. Produce reporting tools.
  • You will create and update fundraising solicitation, retention and analysis tools (including databases) and other tools required as part of your job.
  • You will participate in the development and implementation of a donor recognition and retention plan including letters, calls, meetings, events, etc.
  • You will establish, maintain and deepen ongoing relationships with alumni, volunteers, donors, the Board of Directors and the business and philanthropic community to develop and expand the donor base and renew their gifts.
  • You will plan, organize and facilitate outreach and training sessions to share best practices and engage the INRS community to contribute to philanthropic development.
  • You will contribute to efforts to promote and communicate the Foundation's mission and impact, including populating the website and social media and writing content, developing presentations, reports and publications.
  • You will work closely with other members of the Foundation and INRS to optimize results and ensure a rigorous follow-up of the various actions related to the objectives.
  • You will participate in various internal and external activities and events in order to establish and maintain close relationships with current and prospective donors.
  • You will carry out any other related work necessary for the proper functioning or the achievement of the Foundation’s objectives.

Your background

  • You hold an undergraduate degree in communications, management, philanthropy or a relevant discipline.
  • You have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in a similar setting.
  • You have experience in dealing with and soliciting major donors.

Your skills

  • Excellent communication skills in French and English, both oral and written.
  • Mastery of computer tools in general, including the M365 environment and databases and software related to fundraising and donor relations (e.g. Prodon).
  • Good knowledge of the business and philanthropic community.
  • Established and extensive network of contacts related to science, health, energy, environment or any other relevant field an asset.
  • Excellent judgment, impeccable ethics, integrity, maturity, autonomy, efficiency and thoroughness; constant concern for the quality of work and the achievement of results.
  • Initiative, proactive attitude, ability to anticipate, creativity, problem-solving skills and great ability to adapt to change.
  • Strong comfort level and ability to work in a small team environment in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional customer service, communication and interpersonal skills; strong listening skills
  • Strengths in strategic development and working with financial data.
  • Analytical, synthesis, writing and evaluation skills.
  • Organizational and priority management skills, respect for deadlines and ability to work simultaneously on various files and under pressure.
  • Ability to promote a vision, mobilize stakeholders and generate concrete commitment in support of INRS development projects.
  • Occasionally, willingness to travel to meet with our stakeholders on the various INRS campuses and to work outside regular office hours.

We offer

  • Competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits.
  • 23 vacation and personal days, 15 statutory vacations, extra time off during the holidays and a light summer schedule.
  • Work-life balance and an employee assistance program.
  • A modern and collaborative workspace.
  • A stimulating environment where you will have fun making your mark, work that makes a difference, a committed and collaborative team, and a community on a human scale dedicated to the scientific, economic, social and cultural development of Quebec.

Do you see yourself striving in such an environment?
Apply today by sending a cover letter and resume by email to the following address:


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