Posted On: 2018-05-30
Closing On: 2018-06-17
Location: Mississauga
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description

Interim Place
Development Manager
Reports to Executive Director

The opportunity: In the era of #MeToo, it’s heartening to see that things are finally starting to change. But the need to support women and children fleeing violence is still all too urgent. As the new Development Manager at Interim Place, you’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference at a vulnerable time in a woman’s life.

You’ll work with an Executive Director who participates in and “gets” fundraising and senior volunteers who are passionate about and willing to be engaged in fundraising. With the basics of a fundraising infrastructure already in place; a fundraising plan developed with a leading consultant; new, innovative ideas and creative additions to existing initiatives, you have the foundation upon which to build and grow the fundraising program. If you think you’re the right person to help Interim Place grow and innovate, keep reading.


The organization: Interim Place is the only emergency shelter in Mississauga where women can receive the support and services they need to live free from violence. That means there are only two shelter locations for a population of over a quarter of a million women!

Leaving an abusive situation is one of the toughest things any woman or child has to face. Interim Place provides the support that families need to get their lives back on track by offering shelter, support, counselling and advocacy. They help abused women and their children break the cycle of abuse and provide services in a way that honours the diversity of women and children.

Interim Place is a dynamic anti-violence organization providing shelter, counselling and advocacy supports for women, youth and children experiencing violence in the Region of Peel. Interim Place offers a positive work environment for its employees and service excellence to its clients. We are committed to ending violence against women by acknowledging and addressing the multitude of barriers facing women who have experienced violence and by providing crisis intervention and a range of supports and services. Interim Place works within a feminist, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, queer and trans positive, disability positive, harm reduction framework.

To learn more about Interim Place, visit:


You’re the ideal candidate if you:

  • have a history of bringing creativity and best practices to an organization that is aiming for growth; and you can think strategically and execute tactics. This is a one person fundraising shop, after all!
  • are a versatile fundraising generalist, with a track record of securing major or leadership gifts, managing and/or overseeing annual appeals, events, stewardship, grant writing, and communications.
  • have a working knowledge of using technology in support of a revenue generation program.
  • have experience working in a social service/social justice organization, and in particular have sensitivities to working in an environment where there are survivors of abuse.
  • write well and are able to communicate effectively and tactfully with a wide variety of individuals in person, by email, via digital media and over the phone.
  • understand that leadership includes following as well as leading and the importance of learning from those with skills and competencies different than yours.
    • are a self-motivator and can work collaboratively; are willing to pitch in and carry out all levels of the task at hand.
  • can motivate and inspire both staff and volunteers to achieve great things.
    • a problem solver, able to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
    • have a related post-secondary degree and/or equivalent combination of other education and work experience; and at least 5 years related experience as a fundraising professional.
    • are curious; committed to life-long learning and professional development.
    • have knowledge of how to work from a feminist, anti-racism and anti-oppression framework
  • have a good sense of humour. You take your work seriously, but not yourself.


Key Responsibilities: 

We could list key responsibilities with a percentage break down of each, but Interim Place has a small fundraising shop and if you know small fundraising shops, you know you have to do everything and be the resident expert in each of the fundraising methods used.

The current program consists of a direct mail campaign (three times annually), modest success in securing foundation grants, success in its corporate giving program and three annual events: one is a community-engagement event, one is a traditional gala with stable income and the Purple Tie luncheon. We anticipate there are growth opportunities in the latter, opportunities for introducing a multi-channel approach to the direct marketing program and potential in leadership giving from individuals, including bequests.

Of course, all of the usual supporting functions are also required: good database management (we use Raiser’s Edge) and financial reporting; communication; volunteer management, among others.

We know we need to be more mindful about stewardship and get more proactive about the use of digital media. In our written materials, we need to strike a balance between professionalism and reflecting the warmth and compassion that is evident in our work.

We’re looking for someone to help us improve what we already do well and help us achieve the growth we think is possible. In addition to having all the right skills, the right person will be a team player, sensitive to the unique needs of the population we serve and willing to roll up sleeves and pitch in when needed. We’re looking for the right person to help us succeed and we don’t have preconceived notions about how that success will be delivered. If you’re that person, we want to speak with you. We offer competitive compensation and benefits.


Scope & Accountabilities:

The Interim Place fundraising team (Board of Directors, ED, Development Manager, Leadership Team and fundraising volunteers) will work closely together.

Permanent, Full Time job (37.5 hours per week). Occasional evening and weekend work when required.


To apply:

Please forward a resume and customized cover letter in PDF format, subject line: “Development Manager” to: Sharon Floyd, Executive Director, Interim Place: Please include your compensation expectations and why you’re the right person to help us succeed in our new fundraising efforts.

Early submission is encouraged, as applications will be reviewed as they arrive.  Notwithstanding, all applications must be received by 11:59pm on June 17, 2018.

No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for applying however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Candidates will be required to participate in a skills-demonstration exercise.  We will provide employment accommodation (i.e. an accessible location, technical aids, accommodation during the interview, rescheduling of interviews that fall on religious holidays, etc.) if we are advised of an applicant’s needs in advance of any part of the selection process. Please advise us of those needs if you are contacted for an interview.

Interim Place is committed to the development of an organization that reflects the community and women it serves. Applications from Aboriginal Women, World Majority Women/Women of Colour, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Women, Consumer Survivors and Women with Disabilities are strongly encouraged.