Posted On: 2017-02-27
Closing On: 2017-03-24
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: April 2017
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior

Job Description

Position Type: Full-time, permanent

Date AD Posted:  February 27, 2017

Salary:  Under Review

Application Deadline: March 24, 2017

The George Brown College Foundation was established in 1984 and is the primary fundraising vehicle for the College. The mission of the Foundation is to support George Brown College (GBC) and its commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and to further the career and life-long goals of its students. The Foundation launched Success at Work, a comprehensive fundraising campaign with a target to raise $60-million in private donations as part of a $250-million expansion vision for the College. The Success at Work campaign will expand capacity by funding capital expansion projects and increasing scholarships and bursaries

Summary of Position:

The Senior Development Officer, Corporate and Foundation Giving will report directly to the Director of Development and Communications. The candidate is someone who is passionate about putting our donors first, and a self-directed, self-motivated individual with proven, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. A writer and editor, the incumbent is a passionate storyteller who can craft language to spark connection and build relationships between George Brown College Foundation and its donors and prospective donors.  She/he will create donor communications that demonstrate impact and encourage donor engagement.

This position is a key contributor to the annual revenue goals of George Brown College Foundation, and the candidate will primarily be responsible will be responsible for all the solicitation of philanthropic support from corporations and foundations. The incumbent will focus on building relationships with corporate and foundation partners and donors at a major gift level, and should expect to spend 80% of his/her time writing proposals, grants submissions and all other solicitation documents.  In carrying out this objective, the individual will be responsible for developing and implementing a solicitation strategy that includes prospect identification, research, and proposal/grant writing. She/he will also take a role in executing our social media donor communications.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to Foundation’s annual revenue goals by securing partnerships and fundraising donations from corporations  and foundations at the major gifts level, (defined as $25,000 and above with a primary focus the $100,000 level and above);
  • Collaborate with the other members of the Foundation to research profiles, contribute to developing partnerships, funding proposals, and other donor communication materials and ensure the highest standard in the management of donor communications;
  • Strategically align corporate and foundation partner priorities with those of  George Brown College and George Brown College Foundation to support major priorities, programs and projects across the college;
  • Works with other staff across the College to develop funding proposals and carry out all of the documentation required by prospective funders;
  • Build key relationships across the College to facilitate timely information gathering for proposal development; and establish systems to build current proposal information library;
  • Establish a proposal schedule and work plan, as well as collecting and organizing proposal content;
  • Work in collaboration with the team to develop annual work plans and budgets to ensure that the Foundation meets its annual targets;
  • Effectively communicate Foundation`s vision and communicate to partners/donors the fund raising priorities and donor impact through storytelling;
  • Support with the development of copy for regular stewardship communications (including newsletters, holiday campaign, family campaign, and events);
  • Support with social media communications for the Foundation (including Food Court Social);
  • Support with strategic planning for annual communications calendar;
  • Works in collaboration with George Brown College communications staff to develop consistent campaign messages and collateral materials;
  • Supports the Foundation team on the creation and editing of all external copy;
  • Support the execution of and attend major donor events and cultivate and steward relationships with the attendees;
  • Work with the other members of the team to ensure the maintenance of the Raiser’s Edge database for the incumbent’s assigned prospects and partners/donors including records inputting, updating, reporting and moves management actions tracking;
  • Performs other similar and related duties as required or as assigned;
  • Provide writing support for other stewardship related donor communications and projects as required.

Key Qualifications and Skills:

  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to learn on the ground, in a fast paced, busy work environment. We are seeking an individual who is highly organized, with a keen eye for detail, and has the right combination of initiative and team-working skills. 
  • The ability to provide excellent customer service and support is integral to this position.  Experience and education in writing grants, proposals, donor reports and related donor communication materials is an asset.

In addition, the candidate should demonstrate the following:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in communications and/or equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered;
  • Minimum of five years of fundraising experience, preferably in corporate partnerships, corporate fundraising, major gifts, or equivalent experience;
  • Previous related experience in a not-for-profit organization is preferred;
  • Excellent Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft suite of software, e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, required;
  • Excellent written, verbal and listening communications skills required. Aptitude for detail and accuracy, and ability to maintain confidentiality of information, exhibit tact, diplomacy and good judgment a must;
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple responsibilities with competing and changing priorities;
  • High degree of professionalism and integrity;
  • Work comfortably in a highly collaborative environment and yet also work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to take initiative and approach work in a proactive manner;
  • Ability to occasionally work beyond normal business hours to attend Foundation events, including evenings and weekends.

The Foundation requires proof of degrees, credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post-secondary institutions and/or their foreign equivalents.  Credentials may require validation at the time of interviews.

To Apply: please send covering letter and resume in PDF via email by Friday, March 24, 2017:

The Foundation wishes to thank all for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. For additional information visit George Brown College Foundation