Posted On: 2018-11-16
Closing On: 2018-12-09
Location: Toronto
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior

Job Description

Indspire is an Indigenous-led national registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of them, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education. Through Indspire’s K-12 Institute, it provides resources to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 success for Indigenous youth. In 2017-18, Indspire awarded $14.2 million to through over 4,900 bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous youth, making it the largest funder of Indigenous post-secondary education outside the federal government. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people that is broadcast nationally.

Never has there been a better time to join this national leader. The Development Team is recruiting for a Senior Development Officer, Individual Giving. This position plays a leadership role in the expansion of private support for Indspire. You will utilize your extensive experience in developing long-term relationships with supporters and actively work to achieve annual revenue goals to support programs and events.

The position responsibilities of the Senior Development Officer, Individual Giving include:

Key Duties

  • Reports to and works closely with the Director, Individual Giving and Donor Relations to develop and execute leadership and major giving fundraising campaigns, programs and initiatives aimed at engaging and involving individuals and family foundations with Indspire;
  • Performs prospect research to identify and qualify potential leadership ($1k to $25k) and major gift ($25k or more) donors and upgrade leadership donors, as well as cultivates and solicits prospects in keeping with Indspire’s priorities and fundraising strategies;
  • Maintains a leadership giving portfolio of approximately 100 prospects, including new and existing; conducts a minimum of 30 face-to-face visits or calls per year with the goal of presenting a minimum of 100 proposals and closing a minimum of 40 leadership gifts per year;
  • Collaborates with other departments to develop creative funding opportunities and produces proposals for presentation to donors and prospects;
  • Works closely with Development colleagues to ensure successful execution of fundraising and stewardship strategies and programs to maximize revenues;
  • Achieves annual leadership giving fundraising goals;
  • Creates donor communications materials including customized funding proposals/packages, pre-proposals, gift agreements, case for support documents, briefing notes for solicitation, newsletters, stewardship reports, presentations and other fund-raising materials as required;
  • Produces reports, analyzes results, recommends changes as required to maximize revenues;
  • Participates in activities to develop and share new ideas that will result in better work practices and collective, team-based success to achieve increased fundraising results.
  • Manages the donor stewardship cycle by ensuring leadership and major gifts are acknowledged in a timely and personal manner. Arranges prospect and donor visits, events and tours.
  • Records donor contacts in the fundraising database and maintains accurate electronic and hard copy files on all leadership and major gift donors;
  • Supports the planning and implementation of leadership and major gift strategies, processes, procedures and policies, campaigns and annual budget, goals and workplans;
  • Provides support at fundraising events and for fundraising projects as required with the aim of enhancing the leadership and major gifts program;
  • Attends functions as appropriate to promote Indspire and its programs to donors and prospects.


  • Completion of a Post-secondary degree or equivalent.
  • Progressive experience with a minimum of five years’ experience ofdemonstrated success in the not-for-profit sector in leadership or major gift fundraising from individuals.
  • Knowledge of and experience in Indigenous communities preferred.
  • Demonstrated openness to learning and willingness to engage in cultural competency training.
  • A solid understanding of the fund development and moves management process.
  • Working towards or having attained CFRE an asset.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and public relations skills and the ability to cultivate relationships with and communicate effectively with all donors, volunteers and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate multiple projects, deadlines and priorities.
  • Team player that displays initiative.
  • Highly computer literate and the ability to work effectively with database.
  • Ability to work with sensitive information with complete confidentiality.
  • Ability to work in French is an asset.
  • Occasional travel between Six Nations and Toronto offices is required.
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends and possess a willingness to travel within Canada.

How to Apply

This is a full-time position based in Indspire’s Toronto office. The salary range is $76,223 to $95,278 with a good benefit package, including pension plan. We are an Indigenous-led organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We encourage applications from qualified Indigenous persons and all others interested in the position. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. To learn more about Indspire, visit

To apply, please forward your résumé, and cover letter to:

All qualified candidates will be contacted directly.

No agency calls please.

Deadline for Applications: December 9, 2018