Posted On: 2018-01-02
Closing On: 2018-02-05
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior
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Title/Reference Number: Senior Development Officer/ (CSYVSDO-006) 

Job Description
Canadian Society for Yad Vashem (CSYV) is currently seeking a Senior Development Officer (SDO) to join our next exciting stage of development.

About the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem

Established in 1986, the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem (CSYV) has worked for over 30 years to educate Canadians about the Holocaust through educational and commemorative programs while sharing knowledge and universal lessons of the Shoah (Holocaust).

CSYV is a national organization with a core group of significant donors, volunteers and professional staff who are committed to the vision of advancing education and commemoration of the Holocaust. CSYV supports its mission by developing philanthropic support from individuals, families, foundations, government agencies and the business community.

Our vital educational programs focus on educating future generations of Canadians about the Holocaust. Our annual programs include:

  • The CSYV Holocaust Scholarship Program - the program awards scholarships to selected Canadian educators to participate in a three-week seminar at the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. Upon their return from the seminar, our scholarship recipients implement what they have learned about the Shoah in their classrooms.
  • The Ambassadors of Change Program- taking place in Ottawa, the program helps create a more tolerant and inclusive society by bringing together high school students and Holocaust survivors for guided group sessions about the Holocaust and its relevance today.
  • The Twinning Program- the program provides a Bar/Bat Mitzvah child with a unique opportunity to learn about the Holocaust through a life story of a child who perished in the Shoah. Pairing a Bar/Bat Mitzvah child with a child Holocaust victim creates a special bridge between the past and present.

Canadian Society for Yad Vashem holds a tradition of excellence in bringing together the community for the purpose of remembering and learning about the Holocaust, which is fundamental to increasing the knowledge of Canadians about the Shoah so that they can then proceed to make significant contributions to Canadian Society.

Guided by a mission to remember the past and shape the future, CSYV offers educators, diverse ways to teach the holocaust through experiential learning opportunities that are practical, innovative and socially conscious. For example, CSYV maintains a digital archive of Righteous Among the Nations stories and Testimonies of Canadian survivors that are available to teachers and students as a learning tool. CSYV is constantly evolving and is currently developing a new Youth Holocaust Education program to facilitate learning about the Holocaust through the CSYV Holocaust Memorial Site. This program aims to integrate Holocaust learning experiences into the program of study of both Jewish and non-Jewish schools. On occasions, CSYV also brings mobile exhibitions on the Holocaust, to Canada.

CSYV’s Holocaust commemorative programs include ceremonies on the national and provincial levels. The National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa, held on behalf of the Government of Canada, is attended by hundreds of dignitaries and is open to the public. The Queen’s Park Tribute to Holocaust Survivors, in affiliation with the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Legislature, recognizes the outstanding achievements of Ontario’s Holocaust Survivors.

In addition, the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem is the only organization in Toronto to have a memorial site enabling the community at large to commemorate victims of the Holocaust and honour survivors. The (CSYV) Holocaust Memorial Site, located at Earl Bales Park (4169 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M3H 3P7), stands at the heart of our mission to educate Canadians about the Holocaust. With a dedicated memorial site specifically focused on the core fundamentals of Holocaust education and commemoration, CSYV is uniquely positioned to raise awareness and advance the collective knowledge about the Holocaust while helping meet the challenges of preserving the Shoah’s legacy.

CSYV works closely with Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Centre and has access to its expertise and resources. CSYV’s numerous educational and commemorative programs bring world-leading Holocaust knowledge and expertise to multicultural Canadian audiences. As generations change, the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem is dedicated to advancing and expanding its important mission.


Reporting to the National Executive Director, the Senior Development Officer will be responsible for the following functions:

  • Develop fundraising strategies and timetables, in collaboration with and under the guidance of the National Executive Director to secure annual gifts ($1,000-$24,999) and special gifts ($25,000-$99,999) from prospects. This includes providing strategic development support for visits by the National Executive Director.
  • Develop strategic annual plan for approval and provide progress performance report towards goals.
  • Manage a prospect portfolio (Approx. 120-150) and carry out significant steps (moves) in accordance with a strategy designed to result in increased philanthropic support for CSYV.
  • Identify, research, cultivate and solicit prospects capable of contributing annual gifts ($1,000-$24,999) and special gifts ($25,000-$99,999). Through personal visits (face –to-face meetings), identify and qualify individuals to determine capacity, inclination and interests in providing gift support to the CSYV. Evaluate and recommend appropriate next steps for newly qualified potential donors and current donors.
  • Design and execute development / fundraising plans for CSYV’s Holocaust education & commemoration programs. These may include online giving strategies, donor naming opportunities, cultivation visits, solicitation visits, phone, and email outreach. Implement development / fundraising plans geared to increase awareness of CSYV’s mission and encourage sustainable philanthropic support.
  • Participate in the organization and implementation of special events. Plan and execute targeted stewardship events in order to enhance ongoing relationships with prospective donors.
  • Participate in fundraising/development committee meetings. Work with volunteer networks that assist in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects.
  • Work in collaboration with writer and also independently to develop messages and communications (case statements, proposals, website updates, donor reports). Make sure messages and communications are consistent with the CSYV’s case for support and fundraising priorities.
  • Participate in Prospect Management System; File timely and appropriate contact reports, recording of proposals, etc.
  • Undertake special projects & other tasks as required.
  • Be able to work occasional weekends and after hours.

Qualifying Skills and Abilities

  • Proven experience in fundraising, preferably in a higher education.
  • Results-driven and client-focused professional with the ability to solicit, negotiate, maximize and close gifts and to identify and develop relationships with new top prospects.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and motivate others and to work autonomously and as a part of a team with excellent interpersonal skills and savvy.
  • Ability to identify, recruit, and manage a network of key fundraising volunteers.
  • Strategic thinker with an ability to develop and implement plans and carry on multiple projects simultaneously, and to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to interact with top donors while maintaining a high level of confidentiality.
  • Superior written communication and proposal writing skills, and experience in prospect research.
  • Excellent problem solving, priority setting, analytical and organizational skills.
  •  Ability to work in a PC environment, using MS Office, and client-server database software.
  •  Fluent in written and spoken English. Additional languages are an asset.
  • Knowledge of the Jewish community is an asset.

Education and Experience:  Undergraduate degree; Minimum five (5) to eight (8) years’ related experience.

Full-time position (40 hours per week). Working hours are Monday through Friday 9am-5pm. If required, be able to work occasional weekends and after hours.

To apply:

Candidates are asked to forward resume and letter of interest to by February 5, 2018, stating the following Title/Reference Number: Senior Development Officer (CSYVSDO-006). 

Applications will be held in strict confidence.

Open until filled.

While the CSYV appreciates all applications, please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.