Posted On: 2017-03-13
Closing On: 2017-05-01
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: June 2017
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada - Development Manager


WCS Canada is seeking an energetic, organized and talented Development Manager to lead our annual giving and small grants program and its associated communications for fund development purposes. This position will work closely with WCS Canada’s Director of Development and the President to develop and implement annual giving and associated communication strategies that make our conservation work to protect wildlife and wild places in Canada come alive for various audiences.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a passionate team of leaders in conservation science and policy to help us increase our base of support from small private foundations, corporations and individuals and tell our stories to Canadians. Both personal and professional growth are encouraged and supported at WCS Canada.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee WCS Canada’s annual donor program including: soliciting donations, processing and managing data, donor stewardship, generating reports, and analysing results.
  • Develop and implement fundraising and donor engagement strategies, including seasonal and annual donor campaigns.
  • Co-ordinate and manage the grants and reporting schedule for WCS Canada.
  • Work closely with field staff to help deliver on our WCSC Canada mission and to tell compelling stories about our science and conservation achievements for key audiences. 
  • Use a donor management and email management systems, social media and reporting systems to inform strategies to attract new donors and elevate current donations.
  • Oversee small private grants; research and write/co-write proposals and reports.
  • Assist the Director of Development with the major gifts program.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of three years’ fundraising experience in the charitable sector.
  • Experience with individual and foundation fundraising including donor stewardship.
  • A natural talent as a communicator and relationship builder with excellent verbal and written skills to deliver concise and compelling messages.
  • A collaborative and positive spirit keen to work effectively with WCS team members.
  • Creative and innovative results-oriented thinking with excellent aptitude and sound judgement.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, can initiate tasks, meet deadlines, multitask and prioritize work while keeping an eye on the details.
  • Experience working with fundraising databases to manage donors, gifts and grants, generate reports and perform analyses to manage fundraising strategies.
  • Experience implementing a digital engagement strategy designed to cultivate key audiences using web- based communication tools including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and website.
  • Financial planning, budgeting skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and email marketing software.
  • An understanding of CRA and CASL regulations.
  • A commitment to the mission and values of WCS Canada.

To apply:

Please send cover letter, resume and a brief and relevant example of your writing in one PDF by email to

WCS Canada offers an employee benefits package and professional development support. Only applicants who are invited for an interview will be contacted.

About WCS Canada

WCS Canada was established as a Canadian conservation organization in July 2004. Our mission is to conserve wildlife and wild places by improving our understanding of and seeking solutions to critical problems that threaten key species and large wild ecosystems throughout Canada. We implement and support comprehensive field studies that gather information on wildlife needs and then seek to resolve key conservation problems by working with a broad array of stakeholders. We also provide technical assistance and biological expertise to local groups and agencies that lack the resources to tackle conservation concerns. WCS Canada is independently registered and managed, while retaining a strong collaborative working relationship with sister Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) programs in more than 60 countries.