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Position: Development Officer, Ontario Region
Organization: The Nature Conservancy of Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario


The Development Officer assumes a lead role in the coordination and delivery of fund raising and communications activities to further the mission of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and to maximize privately-sourced donor revenue support for sub regional projects. The incumbent plays a key role in increasing sub regional project and program revenues from individuals, foundations, and corporations; works with and supports sub regional Program Directors; leads and supports program staff and fundraising volunteers in the recruitment, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of project donors; and authors and distributes communications materials whose goal is to maximize revenues for sub regional projects. As a member of the Ontario development and communications team, the Development Officer mentors other staff in donor solicitation and recognition, and ensures that sub regional development and communications activities conform to national standards and policies. These responsibilities are carried out within assigned development department, sub regional and project-related expense budgets.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Sub Regional Project and Program Fundraising

  • Achieve annual fund raising targets to meet goals set with the Director of Development and Communications, the Manager of Major Gifts, and Program Directors as laid out in the annual regional business plan, and as determined during the year as opportunities arise, by:
    • Meeting personally, telephoning and otherwise corresponding with Ontario donors and prospects;
    • Coordinating Ontario Board members and other lead relationship-building volunteers;
    • Preparing presentation materials, developing strategy, and attending requests for funding meetings with private individuals, foundation representatives, and corporate donations staff;
    • Researching, writing and designing proposals to foundations, corporations and private individuals;
    • Preparing reports for donors;
    • Delivering public speeches and attending events hosted by like-minded organizations;
    • Organizing small group tours of NCC properties and small social events, with the support of the Development Officer responsible for events;
    • Coordinating targeted mailings related to a particular Ontario property or sub regional program;
    • Developing fundraising reports for presentation to the Ontario Board;
    • Developing fundraising plans to substantiate internal loan applications;
    • Assist with the completion of closing forms for land acquisition projects as needed.
  • Work with and support the Senior Development Officer on coordinated approaches to major donors in areas of geographic overlap.

2. Donor Stewardship

  • Coordinate update mailings and phone calls for donors who donate to assigned sub regions on a regular basis:
    • Assemble the appropriate combination of program, property and donor information;
    • Generate letters, make phone calls, send e-mails or other forms of correspondence;
    • Forward packages to volunteers for personalization;
  • Track donor stewardship to ensure timely follow up with assigned donors.

3. General Administration and Support

  • Provide administrative and other support as required, including fielding general enquiries from donors, potential donors and volunteers;
  • Maintain timely electronic notes of all communications with or about donors and prospects;
  • Process invoices;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Development and Communications, Manager of Major Gifts, or Regional Vice President, Ontario.

Skills and Aptitudes:

  • Post secondary education required;
  • 2-4 years demonstrated successful experience in a development and/or communications role, including proposal writing, media relations, and volunteer and event coordination;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills including a proven track record in public speaking and small interpersonal meetings;
  • High level of attention to detail;
  • Ability to support a decentralized delivery of organizational goals and objectives;
  • A strong sense of self-confidence, particularly when dealing with high-level supporters;
  • Strong project management skills with a demonstrated ability to prepare and manage timelines, goals and expectations wisely;
  • Proficiency in both the Adobe suite and MS suite;
  • Proficiency in Raisers’ Edge;
  • Excellent ability to create, organize and maintain effective and efficient record keeping systems;
  • Ability to obtain pertinent information from a variety of sources;
  • Experience in fund raising, preferably in a major campaign, will be considered a definite asset;
  • A demonstrated awareness of conservation issues in Ontario;
  • Understanding of and commitment to the role and mission of the Nature Conservancy of Canada;
  • Ability to work and travel within a flexible schedule, including occasional weekends and evenings;
  • A valid Ontario Drivers’ Licence is required.


Email your application to:

To be considered for this position, please ensure your:

- email subject line is "Development Officer - Ontario"

- cover letter is a maximum of one page long

- cover letter and résumé are saved together in one pdf file

- pdf file name is your: First name Last name (e.g. "Jane Smith.pdf")

Applications that do not fulfil these submission requirements will not be considered.

Application Deadline: December 8, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Late applications will not be considered.

No telephone calls please. We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) we strive to promote diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, we will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 26 2018    ID: 49413