Development Officer, Surrey Libraries

Who We Are

Surrey Libraries is an innovative and award-winning library system that provides a wide range of materials, programs and information services to the community. We are a growing library system, recognized for our ability to respond creatively to our active and diverse community through outreach to community groups and partnerships with agencies. In addition to our collections, progressive use of technology and a wide variety of online resources, we specialize in genealogical materials and multilingual collections in 16 languages.

The Position

This is a regular part-time position, working 21 hours per week

Under the direction of the Manager of Fund Development, the Development Officer plays a supportive role in achieving Surrey Libraries fund development goals and objectives. The incumbent is responsible for supporting the planning, organizing, and carrying out of direct mail campaigns, securing sponsors, grant writing, donor recognition, and other fundraising-related events and programs for the library.

Candidates must have good working knowledge of fundraising principles and practises, computer database management programs, and software applications. Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge is an asset.

Regular hours of work will be three consecutive days within the work week as scheduled but may be subject to change as needed to support special events.


  • Carries out and delivers various library fundraising programs and campaigns
  • Maintains a fundraising database, and conducts routine communication with donors and potential donors. Coordinates data input for campaigns
  • Carries out donor recognition program, in accordance with the Donor Recognition Policy
  • Assists in securing sponsors for fund development events and programs
  • Assists in the development of Major Gifts and Planned Giving programs
  • Assists with the planning and organization of Capital campaigns
  • Assists with the planning and organizing of fundraising events
  • Liaises with media, where appropriate
  • Assists in the development of web-based fundraising opportunities
  • Prepares analytical reports on fundraising activities and reports on revenues and expenditures
  • Provides assistance to Community Relations activities and promotions
  • Performs other related duties as required


  • Completion of a diploma or certificate in fundraising or a related discipline from an accredited post-secondary program or an equivalent combination of directly related work experience and education
  • Accurate keyboarding speed of 35 words per minute
  • 1 to 2 years related working experience

Required Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software applications related to the work performed
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of promotional techniques and marketing trends
  • Ability to communicate effectively, spoken and written
  • Ability to deal courteously and effectively with corporate and media representatives, existing and potential donors and sponsors
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships with staff
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and stressful environment, with limited supervision
  • Knowledge of Library operations and programs would be considered an asset
  • Ability to think outside the box with innovative problem-solving ability
  • Advanced computer literacy in MS Office
  • Experience in Raiser’s Edge or a similar fundraising database

We are an organization that highly values its staff, and are committed to working as a team towards realizing the vision and mission of Surrey Libraries.

To learn more about Surrey Libraries, please visit To learn more about the City of Surrey, please visit

A criminal record check is a condition of employment. If you are interested in pursuing this unique and exciting opportunity, please forward your resume and a letter of introduction, in confidence, to by February 16, 2018.

We thank in advance all applicants who apply and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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