Posted On: 2017-10-04
Closing On: 2017-10-17
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Are you a diplomat, a salesperson or an administrator? Do you have outrageous personal goals? Are you outward focused and fearless? An introvert or an extrovert? Think like an entrepreneur? Are you always matching individual’s needs to your charities vision? If you answered yes to any of these questions above we want to talk to you!

Our high impact charity has an amazing 72 year history of pushing the boundaries to make Ontario more accessible. We support people living with spinal cord injuries to live the life they choose in a fully inclusive Ontario.

The Organization

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCI Ontario) has 72 years of collective expertise in the area of spinal cord injury, establishing the organization as a leader in its field.  SCI Ontario’s mission is to “deliver and champion excellence in serve, support, and advocacy for people with spinal cord injuries”. SCI Ontario is a vibrant organization with 16 regional offices offering various programs and services including peer support, advocacy, community navigation, employment and attendant services. SCI Ontario values and recognizes the contributions of its employees and takes pride in supporting a personal work-life balance and being a workplace of choice.

Job Summary

As part of our dynamic provincial team, this one year contract position (with opportunity to become permanent) of Senior Development Officer plays a key role in supporting SCI Ontario’s strategic direction for fund development to maintain and grow the donor database within the annual giving portfolio, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual donor relations, stewarding relationships with individuals, and sponsorships, direct mail, and on-line fundraising. The site for this position will be determined, depending on the location of the successful candidate.

Reporting to the Director, Resource Development you will:

  • Develop and strengthen new and existing relationships in order to secure and grow annual and major giving donor support
  • Support the plan to execute an individual annual & mid-level giving fundraising strategy
  • Collaborate with team members to plan events which raise awareness of SCI Ontario and help fill the pipeline by converting event participants in to annual and major gift donors
  • Prepare prospect and donor related communication including major gift proposals, letters, briefing notes, call reports, agreements and required reports
  • Respond to donor inquires and stewardship requests in relation to online fundraising tools, mailings and events
  • Co-ordinate all aspects of the direct mail program including:  prospecting, renewal, recognition, upgrading, list segmentation, monthly giving options, and production
  • Co-ordinate and implement donor stewardship through the Raiser’s Edge database, tracking consistently and accurately
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Director of Development



  • Post-secondary education in a related discipline
  • 3 – 5 years relevant fundraising experience with a focus on individual giving,    
  • Demonstrated understanding of the concept of donor centered fundraising
  • Proven ability to identify and secure meetings with new prospects and proven success with soliciting gifts
  • Excellent verbal, and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and fundraising databases, specifically Raiser’s Edge and Luminate, and research tools
  • Member of AFP, an asset
  • Well organized, with superior time management skills
  • Ability to travel, access to a reliable vehicle and a valid driver’s license
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, as may be required

Your positive relationship-building skills, coupled with a solid record of dependability, commitment and results-focused outcomes make you the ideal candidate for this position.

If you would like to make a meaningful contribution to people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities, we look forward to receiving your application.  We offer a great working experience that takes into consideration a work-life balance. 

Given the essence of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, lived spinal cord injury experience will always be considered an important criterion among the criteria that are part of any given search. SCI Ontario is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to achieving accessibility in employment for persons with disabilities, while ensuring inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments.

Reasonable and appropriate accommodation will be provided during the recruitment process upon request and addressed confidentially. We thank all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Upon request, this position will require a Criminal Reference Check and credentials verification.  If you would like to join our team, please forward your resume and corresponding cover letter, outlining your professional competencies and salary expectations in confidence by October 17, 2017 to: Human Resources, SCI Ontario, 520 Sutherland Drive, Toronto, ON M4G 3V9, Fax: 416-645-3265, E-mail: We thank all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.