Posted On: 2018-05-01
Closing On: 2018-05-22
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description

Our Mission:
Parkinson Canada is the voice of Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease. Our purpose is to transform the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. We do this through research leading to the end of Parkinson’s, advocacy bringing the voices of Parkinson’s to the forefront and support that helps people live well with Parkinson’s through education and services. 

Position Summary: 
Parkinson Canada is looking for candidates who are newer in their fundraising careers and eager to learn and grow. 
Reporting to the Manager, Direct Marketing, the Development Officer will be responsible for the identification, qualification, cultivation, engagement, solicitation and stewardship of donors and prospects 
(individual, corporations, and foundations) at the $9,999 and under level associated with the annual giving program through a variety of channels including but not limited to:  direct mail (off-line and on-line), general giving, telephone and face-to-face solicitations, monthly giving, tribute and memorial giving and other associated digital fundraising campaigns and appeals. 

Major Responsibilities: 

  • Assist in planning and implementing effective long-term fundraising goals associated with the annual giving and mid-level gifts portfolio including; the development of gift strategies through all stages of the donor life cycle for individual, corporate and foundation donors who fall within the mid-level giving ceiling range ($9,999) of the annual giving portfolio;
  • Assist with planning for mid-level engagement, utilizing prospect research, wealth screening information, and existing data on prior giving behaviour of Parkinson Canada’s mid-level donors,
  • Assist with the development, and monitoring of the annual giving budget and work plan, including the provision of reports pertaining to such as needed;
  • Undertake prospect research as required;
  • Support the identification of major gift prospects within the mid-level donor portfolio and works with colleagues to transition the stewardship of these prospects;
  • Provide rapid response to opportunities for engagement with mid-level donors in Parkinson Canada’s affairs following relevant news articles, organizational successes, events and activities, and other key moments that arise throughout the year;
  • Solicit targeted donor segments through strategic appeals and activities with a goal of donor acquisition, reactivation, retention and growth;
  • Respond to individual donors assuring that their needs are being met and processed immediately upon request;
  • Prepare written materials and oversee the production of mid-level donor communications and related documents;
  • Acknowledge and steward mid-level donors to ensure efficiencies and attention to detail and timeliness, working with the donor services team and colleagues as required;
  • Record all donor contacts and interactions with Mid-level donors in Parkinson Canada’s donor data base;


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in fundraising, specifically with an annual giving background and experience working with prospects and donors;
  • Relevant Post-Secondary Degree or Diploma with Fundraising Certification or equivalent combination of skills and experience;
  • Solid understanding of Philanthropy and practical experience with the principles of effective donor cultivation and solicitation, and CRA regulations;
  • Exceptional customer service orientation with the ability to interact with prospective and current donors with skill, tact, discretion and compassion and a comfort level soliciting gifts in the $250-
  • $9,999 range;
  • Solid proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and ability to use advanced spreadsheet functions to analyze donor trends and fundraising results, and develop reports;
  • Previous experience using Raiser’s Edge (CRM) and Luminate On-line (CSM);
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Organizational, analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization, and experience in prospect research and donor segmentation;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Proven ability to continually develop skills related to the use of rapidly changing technology and communications and fundraising best practices;
  • Experience building relationships with external stakeholders;
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment;
  • Strong preference for someone who is bilingual (English and French);
  • Able to travel occasionally with some evening and weekend work necessary;

If you are a strong communicator, goal orientated and are interested in joining a team that makes a tremendous difference in the lives of Canadians living with Parkinson’s, please send your resume stating salary expectations by 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Parkinson Canada 
4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316 
Toronto, ON M2P 2A9 

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Parkinson Canada is an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code.  Parkinson Canada will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  Please indicate accommodations as required if contacted.