Posted On: 2018-10-09
Closing On: 2018-10-30
Location: Toronto
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate
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Job Description

Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation

The Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital as well as their respective research arms, Toronto General Research Institute and the Krembil Research Institute. The Hospitals and the Research Institutes are members of University Health Network, which also includes Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the Toronto Rehab Institute, and The Michener Institute.

University Health Network (UHN) is a major landmark in Canada’s healthcare system and a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. Building on the strengths of this remarkable Hospital network, the organization brings together the talent and the resources that make it an international leader in healthcare. The Foundation’s vision and mission is to enable global leadership and innovation in healthcare by developing strong relationships with University Health Network stakeholders. Our values are excellence, integrity, accountability, collaboration and donor-centered.

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is a unique, community based agency mandated by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care as an organization designed to raise awareness and to provide education, support and referral for eating disorders, food and weight preoccupation and related issues.

On behalf of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre, the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation is currently seeking a Development Officer to join the team.


Development Officer:  National Eating Disorder Information Centre


Job Summary

We are currently seeking a Development Officer to join the Foundation team working specifically on the needs of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre.  Reporting to the Director, Major Gifts, day to day direction will primarily be from the Manager of NEDIC.  The incumbent will be responsible for leading the development of a diversified fundraising campaign (with the specific goal of raising approximately $250,000 annually) including sponsorships, special events, and identifying and gaining/enhancing the interest and involvement of individuals, corporations and foundations who directly, or through other sources, will support NEDIC through annual giving.  The Development Officer will be responsible for all aspects of the management and delivery of these campaigns including working closely with staff and volunteers. In addition to building relationships and soliciting sponsorship/gifts the incumbent will also ensure proper stewardship takes place following a sponsorship/gift to maintain the donor’s involvement, interest and support.  This opportunity offers a unique and stimulating challenge for the right candidate. It is important that he /she be committed to success, but also understands the philosophical and ethical practices of NEDIC and be comfortable in any setting and sensitive to nuance and making the right approach in each circumstance.  The ability to work independently while maintaining commitment to NEDIC and the Foundation as a whole is essential.


Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will develop and implement a program directed towards gaining financial support of donors and sponsors as well as raising funds through grant submissions, signature annual event, biennial conference and any other fundraising activities.  This will be accomplished by:

  1. Building a strategic annual fundraising plan and implementing it.
  2. Stewarding, retaining, renewing and growing existing donors and sponsors.
  3. Identifying new potential sources of funding appropriate for NEDIC.
  4. Lead the successful execution of the annual Zest for Life Event with a goal of raising a minimum of $60,000.
  5. Ensuring appropriate research is undertaken to ensure a good fit between corporations or other potential donors and NEDIC’s philosophy.
  6. In consultation with others involved with a prospect determine the appropriate timing for solicitation.  For sponsorship, foundation and individual solicitation requests ensures that proposals and applications are accurate and meet deadlines.  For face-to-face solicitations ensures that canvassers are properly briefed and participate as appropriate.
  7. Works with Communications team to prepare written materials including case statements, tailored proposals, correspondence and progress reports and planning documents plus Quarterly Reports as appropriate to area of responsibility.
  8. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of fundraising vehicles to ensure maximum opportunities to develop resources for NEDIC.
  9. Performs cross-functional duties, as assigned.
  10. Performs other duties consistent with the job classification, as required.



  1. University degree or equivalent experience.
  2. 3-5 years involvement in a staff fundraising role with a proven track record of success.
  3. Demonstrated fundraising experience including grant writing, sponsorship, donor development and special events, and familiarity with planned giving.
  4. Strong organizational and analytical skills. Evidence of leadership and initiative, tact, diplomacy, attention to detail, creativity.
  5. Computer literacy: Microsoft Word, database software and spreadsheet programs, familiarity with Raiser’s Edge an asset.
  6. Proven ability to motivate and manage others, i.e., volunteers and staff.
  7. Exceptional personal and communication skills.
  8. Ability to work in a busy and results oriented environment.


Main Contacts

Internal:               a) Frequent contact with Senior Foundation and Hospital administrators and NEDIC staff and volunteers.

                             b) Sharing of information with peers to maximize impact.

External:              Corporate and community leaders to encourage financial support and/or volunteer assistance.



Direct:                   General direction is received from the Manager of NEDIC, and Director, Major Gifts, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation but a high degree of autonomy, initiative and responsibility is expected.

Indirect:               Vice President, Major Gifts, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation


Work Environment

  • Busy, service and results oriented environment.  Some activity outside the office in meetings with prospects and volunteers.
  •  Regular daily hours of work with occasional evenings.  Some mandatory hours at NEDIC each week.
  •  Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues in all positions throughout NEDIC and the Foundation.
  •  Shared commitment and support of the overall NEDIC and Foundation goals.



Jennifer Tupan

Development Associate, Major Gifts




Closing Date:   October 30, 2018


University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.