Maura Doyle knows what she likes most about her job: its many hats. “You get to wear a million hats all the time,” she says happily, “and you get to put them on and take them off without notice!”
As Development Coordinator with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Doyle is used to juggling people, projects and ideas. She often plays the role of hub or link between people and offices, connecting the senior management team within her home faculty with the university’s chief administrators and central development team.
“I love fundraising work. It really gets into your blood.”
She’s also one of the points of contact for people wanting to make donations to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. As such, Doyle is constantly working to build warm relationships with both prospective donors. Should one decide to visit the campus, Doyle assists with the important behind-the-scenes work to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Before arriving at Queen’s in early 2012, she honed her development skills with a major not-for-profit in Kingston. “I love fundraising work,” she explains. “It really gets into your blood.” Doyle knew, however, that she wanted to work at Queen’s. “It has an unbeatable reputation in the city,” she says. “Everyone I knew who worked here said ‘you have to come and work for Queen’s’.”
Now that she’s landed on campus, Doyle says she sees herself sticking around for the long haul. “I am hoping I can move up the ranks,” she says genuinely.
For now, she’s enjoying every day – especially the people she gets to meet as part of her job. She describes a recent chat with a 90-year-old Alumnus who told her about how Queen’s shaped his life, helping him become an engineer and instilling him with a passion for the profession that he passed down to both his son and grandson.
For Doyle, it was a moving moment, reaffirming her commitment to both her work and to Queen’s. “While he talked I got teary eyed and thought, yes, that’s why I’m here!”