Posted On: 2018-06-29
Closing On: 2018-08-03
Location: Toronto
Effective: August 20th or sooner
Employment Type: Contract
Level: Senior
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Job Description

Foundation for Environmental Stewardship (FES) is a youth-serving sustainable development organization. FES is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation whose registered charity number is 801430307 RR0001. FES is an accredited
organization by the United Nations who has a special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. FES is home to two signature programs: 3% Project and SDGs Youth Training. Visit for more information.

3% Project mobilizes 1,000,000 Canadian youth - that's 3% of Canada - through 5 national tours across 600 highschools. 70% of our tour route is in Indigenous and rural communities with a population of less than 100,000. It provides youth-friendly education on climate solutions in the holistic context of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Fourth Industrial Revolution themed: "The Future We Want." Students identify, analyze, and develop solutions to their community's Biggest Sustainability Challenge, exercising the muscle for sustainability problem-solving skills to make it a core competency of our generation. Our 5 full-time Regional Coordinators across Canada provide 30 hours of mentorship for every school to empower the students to take climate action in their local communities today. In essence, 3% Project empowers the final generation who can solve climate change. Visit for more information.



FES is seeking a dynamic and motivated fundraising professional to support its major gift fundraising activities from individuals, corporations and grants from Foundations and Institutional sources. In this inaugural role, the Senior Development Officer will be instrumental in ensuring the vitality and growth of FES —including gathering data and stories that tell FES’ impact in Canada, compelling grant proposals and reports, drafting meaningful stewardship communication, and setting forth a vision and strategy to expand the individual and institutional giving base. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to individually manage a major grants portfolio and an interest in supporting fundraising efforts across giving streams. The Senior Development Officer reports directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with him and the Board on major gift prospecting, cultivation and solicitation strategies.

Development (45%)

  • Serves as the primary development officer for gifts under $10,000.
  • Manages a portfolio of donors in the upper end of this range.
  • Ensure appropriate donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies and plans are in place for gifts over $10,000 working in concert with the Executive Director and fundraising committee of the Board.
  • Conducts research to identify and qualify new prospects and solicitation strategies to build a robust pipeline of major gift donors.
  • Support and prepare senior leadership for meetings with donors and prospective donors and participate in meetings and phone calls as assigned
  • Prepare and coordinate fundraising materials such as proposals, briefing notes, speaking notes, and call reports


Grants Administration (45%)

  • Serves as the primary grant writer and manages all phases of the grant cycle. Proven ability to write persuasive grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations, persuasively communicating FES’s mission and impact.
  • Assemble and submit grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations
  • Establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts and program officers
  • Conducts research to surface new funding opportunities, including national foundations, government funding, major in-kind donations, and collaborations
  • Support and prepare senior leadership for meetings with donors and prospective donors and participate in meetings and phone calls as assigned
  • Maintain calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports
  • Ensure prompt acknowledgement of foundation gifts and meaningful follow-up stewardship
  • Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals


Organizational Support (10%)

  • Provides assistance and support for FES events and programs as required.
  • Monitor progress towards financial goals and proactively identify opportunities/constraints to achieve targets.
  • Follow protocols for recording prospect and donor interactions
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • 4-6 years aligned professional experience in a non-profit organization and a demonstrated ability to produce successful fundraising outcomes
  • Comfortable in a new organizational setting, thrive in a dynamic environment and desire to be part of a small team
  • Ability to self-start and operate successfully in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to self-start and reprioritize as required
  • Proven ‘hunter’ for prospects and ability to build the pipeline
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and a positive attitude to work effectively and collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders such as volunteers, donors and colleagues
  • Flexible and able to work under pressure in a fast paced and results-oriented environment
  • Proficiency with G Suite and MS Office including Word, Excel and Outlook and high degree of comfort working with donor databases
  • Knowledge of youth, education, and environmental background considered an asset.
  • Fluent in English
  • Fluency in French considered an asset