Posted On: 2019-03-26
Closing On: 2019-05-31
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: Immediate
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Position:        Leadership Gifts Officer, Canada               

Location:       Toronto, Canada

Category:      Full-time

Reports to:   Executive Director, Canada

Facing History and Ourselves is an international non-profit organization/NGO that equips educators with the content, skills, and tools to teach middle and high school students about the consequences of racism, antisemitism, and violence. Our Toronto-based office has provided professional development to Canadian teachers since 1981, becoming a Canadian registered charity in 2008.

As communities across Canada become increasingly diverse, educators are asking for tools to promote empathy, respect, and create a safe classroom environment that encourages conversations about difficult issues. Our invaluable partnerships with school board administrators and educators enable us to provide educators with the tools, strategies, and resources for students to explore themes of prejudice, judgment and justice, and civic responsibility.

To expand the work of Facing History across Canada, we are seeking a Leadership Gifts Officer. This position will play an integral role in strategically building the development effort to meet and exceed our ambitious fundraising goals. This position will work with development leadership, Advisory Board members, and other staff to initiate, plan, and manage all of our fundraising efforts, including donor research and cultivation, gift solicitation, stewardship, Advisory Board activities, and fundraising events including our signature spring benefit.

S/he will be responsible for a portfolio of donors with capacity to give gifts of $10,000 and above. S/he will also work collaboratively with our development team to build our pipeline of donors at all levels to ensure a growing stream of revenue, and advance Facing History’s visibility and profile.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as primary manager for a portfolio of current and potential major donors, including individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Participate as part of a local and international team to carry out the organization’s fundraising strategy in Canada and on behalf of the work across the organization.
  • In coordination with the Executive Director and team, manage the planning and execution of fundraising events.
  • Fulfill targets on annual revenue goals and fundraising plans.
  • Engage targeted constituencies through development and management of additional programs and activities that deepen donor engagement and revenue growth; including private individual and corporate events and Community Conversation lectures.
  • Work with the Executive Director and other Development staff on stewardship and support for the Canadian Advisory Board and committee activity.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential skills/qualities:

  • BA/BS degree.
  • 3-5 years of moves-management fundraising required.  Must be able to demonstrate past successes as a major gift fundraiser.  
  • Knowledge and experience in key fundraising areas including annual fund, special events and stewardship is required.
  • Creative, flexible and organized professional with demonstrated team-based fundraising success.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven successful project management and relationship-building skills.
  • Creative self-starter able to work both individually and as member of consensus-seeking teams.
  • Manage multiple needs and assignments in a fast-paced non-profit setting.
  • Familiarity with the local non-profit and educational communities.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite; experience with Salesforce or other fundraising databases a plus.
  • Genuine commitment to the mission of Facing History and Ourselves and ability to articulate the importance of the organization’s work.


Please apply online.

Facing History proudly values diversity and is proud to offer equal employment opportunities. 

If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know.

PLEASE NOTE: the default application will ask if you are legally eligible to work in the US. Unfortunately, we can not change that at this time to reflect Canada. However, you should answer it as if you were being asked if you are legally eligible to work in Canada. We apologize for any confusion.