Posted On: 2018-03-01
No closing date
Location: Toronto
Effective: Immediately
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

National Director, Major Gifts

If you are looking to make a real difference in the lives of more than 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), then we are the organization for you! As a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) employee, you will join a global leader in the search for an end to T1D. At JDRF, we realize that a cure is not just a destination but a journey. Our goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives. JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research working towards treating, preventing and eventually curing T1D.

JDRF is seeking an experienced and collaborative leader, with demonstrated success in managing national major gifts campaigns, to fill the newly created position of National Director, Major Gifts. The National Director will provide strategic leadership in the direction, planning and execution of major gift fundraising in order to generate maximum financial support according to the philosophy, objectives, annual budgets and campaigns of JDRF. 

Based out of our National Support Office in Toronto, and reporting to the Vice President, Philanthropy and Corporate Partnerships, the National Director, Major Gifts will also be responsible for leading an experienced team of staff located across Canada.

The National Director, Major Gifts’ key accountabilities would include:

  • Oversee and lead the development and implementation of Major Gifts programs that enhance and support the strategic direction of the program including goal setting, budgeting, measurement, reporting and evaluation
  • Provide leadership to the Major Gifts team, including strategic management, recruitment, setting goals and expectations, coaching, supporting high level performance, and recognizing success; cultivate a strong supportive environment to other members of the donor relations team
  • Support the achievement of the annual fundraising goal and In our Lifetime Campaign goals for JDRF
  • Promote a culture that is donor-centric, where requests from internal and external stakeholders are responded to with a high degree of urgency, professionalism and accuracy
  • Identify, recruit, develop and support senior major gift volunteers and committees
  • Apply best practices in major gift fundraising, execute national stewardship and move management plans to identify, research, cultivate, and successfully solicit qualified prospects for campaign gifts
  • Collaborate with regional staff and donor relations team in support of major gift and related fundraising and stewardship activities and goals; work collaboratively and effectively as a member of the Senior Management Team
  • Lead the development of an annual business plan and budget in concert with other members of the Major Gifts team that is in alignment with the Foundation’s strategic plan; regularly report on progress of business plan achievement and variances as requested ensuring timely communication to staff and major gift volunteers

Does this sound like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? Our ideal National Director, Major Gifts will have the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • CFRE an asset
  • Minimum 8 – 10 years progressive leadership experience in fundraising, business development, sponsorship, sales and/or marketing with a not-for-profit, a for-profit business or an agency
  • Experience leading a team of staff, specifically a remote team
  • Experience in major gift fundraising campaigns, including senior volunteer management is an asset
  • Experience building consensus and achieving results in a complex business environment is an asset
  • Understanding of type 1 diabetes or auto immune conditions and the process of peer-reviewed research is an asset
  • Proven ability to influence with integrity and the ability to articulate the mission and goals of JDRF to the community at large both verbally and in all forms of written communication
  • Proven interpersonal savvy and a keen sense of diplomacy with the ability to effectively manage key relationships with donors, corporate partners, colleagues, and volunteers to achieve success
  • Strong strategic and operational skills with demonstrated success in establishing and executing long-term plans while leveraging immediate opportunities and managing short-term objectives
  • Resourceful and organized; able to work independently and to manage competing priorities, complex situations and deadlines
  • Able to accommodate flexible hours for various meetings and events with staff, volunteers and donors and the ability to travel to meet with donors, volunteers and stakeholders as needed (approx. 30%)
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle is required

Ready to make an impact? Submit your resume and cover letter for consideration today! You can apply by visiting our careers portal. Applications will be reviewed as they are recieved and this position will remain posted until filled.

JDRF is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. A request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.