Posted On: 2017-03-30
Closing On: 2017-04-30
Location: Markham, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior

Job Description

Careers that make a world of difference!

When you make a decision to work with Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) you’re not just doing something great for your career, you are also saying you care about positively impacting the lives of children, their families and communities around the world. We know there are lots of career options for talented, top performers like you, but not many offer the opportunity to make a lasting difference.

The Development Officer, Planned Gifts & Major Gifts is a results-oriented, front-line fundraiser with a portfolio of Planned Gift and Major Gift prospects.  This individual is responsible for building relationships and securing Bequests and other Planned Giving philanthropic commitments from individual donors. The incumbent is also responsible for a Major Gift portfolio - building relationships and securing donations at the $5,000+ giving level.

Reporting to the Director, Major and Planned Giving, the Fund Development Officer works closely with the Director on initiating, cultivating, and soliciting prospective and existing donors, in order to meet targets.

This role includes, but not limited to:

  • Directly manages a portfolio of planned gift prospects with objective of achieving a planned gift expectancy.
  • Also manages a portfolio of major gift prospects with the general capacity to make gifts of $5,000+ with a focus on building sustainable relationships.
  • Manages this portfolio of prospects through the cycle of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship achieving annual revenue targets.
  • Implements strategies to mine the database for prospects, developing individualized strategies to engage them for the various priority fundraising programs.
  • Provides fundraising support as required to Director, Major and Planned Giving to achieve revenue goals.
  • Participates in regular prospect clearance meetings with Director, Major and Planned Giving and other members of the FD&C team (where appropriate).
  • Responsible for prospect tracking and pipeline management using moves management best practices.
  • Comply with all CCFC policies and procedures.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Required qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree/diploma or equivalent education and proven relevant experience.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience managing or communicating with a portfolio of donors about Planned Giving and with a proven record of obtaining commitments and/or gifts while meeting established targets.
  • Ability to establish strong, sustainable relationships that translate into revenue.
  • Outstanding inter-personal communication skills (verbal and written). Ability to engage donors.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking – ability to establish priorities.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and fundraising database tools. Basic research skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative, diplomacy, sensitivity to confidential information, and sound judgment.
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative, team environment as well as independently.
  • Valid driver’s license and consistent availability of own vehicle.
  • Demonstrated commitment to CCFC's Vision, Mission and Values.


  • Persistent. Goal-oriented. Commitment to excellence in the donor experience.
  • Knowledge of, or work experience in, the international development sector.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial processes related to Planned Giving and personal donations.
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation (or working towards)
  • Ability to speak and/or write in either French or Spanish will be considered an asset

Attitudes, Behaviours, Traits:

  • Accountability for results;
  • Self-starter; tenacious in meeting targets and deadlines;
  • Exhibit a high level of maturity and aptitude for working in a fast paced environment;
  • Creativity and innovation to identify and develop new opportunities;
  • Proven team player; ability to collaborate with and engage all internal/external stakeholders;
  • Commitment to continuous learning and improvement.

Application Process:

If you believe you have that unique combination of a not-for-profit heart combined, skills and interest, then you will want to apply for this opportunity by going to CCFC's Careers website:

Search under Job Title for "Development Officer" or under Location for "Markham".

Follow the application process stated on the specific job posting and submit your résumé and covering letter.  In the covering letter, please state your salary expectations.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

Consistent with our Child Protection Policy the successful candidate must receive clearance by a Canadian criminal record check.

CCFC is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.  CCFC is committed to providing workplace accommodations. If you require an accommodation, inform us and we will work with you to meet your needs.

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.