Posted On: 2019-03-26
Closing On: 2019-04-16
Location: SW Ontario
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description



(1 year contract)


Are you outward focused and fearless? An introvert or an extrovert? Think like an entrepreneur? Are you always matching individual’s needs to your charity’s vision? Do you love events or love major gift calls more? Do you know how to move a donor through the pipeline from events to major gifts?

If you answered yes to any of these questions above, we want to talk to you!

Our high impact charity has an amazing 70+ year history of innovation to make Ontario more accessibly and equitable. We support people living with spinal cord injuries to live the life they choose in a fully inclusive Ontario.

What we do

Every day, our staff works towards SCIO’s vision of making Ontario a more accessible and inclusive community. We believe in the power of choice, for all, and we want to change the way the world sees people with disabilities. Our founders envisioned a better, healthier, more inclusive life for people with spinal cord injury and set out to make it so. We are honoured to carry forth that tradition every day in Ontario, as we work for and with people with SCI to live the life they choose.

Job Summary

As part of our dynamic provincial team, the 1-year contract position (with opportunity to become permanent) of Development Officer, SW (Windsor, London, KW, Hamilton) plays a key role in supporting SCI Ontario’s strategic direction. Which is for fund development to maintain and grow the donor database within the major giving & planned giving portfolio. This includes the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual and corporate donors. The site for this position will be determined, depending on the location of the successful candidate.

Reporting to the Director, Resource Development you will:

  • Develop and execute regional Major Gifts and Gift Planning strategies, with support from Director, Development;
  • Prepare prospect and donor-related communication including major gift proposals, letters, briefing notes, call reports, agreements and required reports;
  • Co-ordinate and implement donor stewardship through the Raiser’s Edge database, tracking consistently and accurately;
  • Support Annual Giving efforts in the region;
  • Responsible for event support, recruiting volunteers, meeting with donors and prospects in the region;
  • Collaborate with team members to lead events which raise awareness of SCI Ontario and help fill the pipeline by converting event participants to annual and major gift donors;
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Director, Resource Development.


  • Post-secondary education in a related discipline;
  • 3 – 5 years relevant fundraising experience with a focus on individual giving;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the concept of donor centered fundraising;
  • Proven ability to identify and secure meetings with new prospects and proven success with soliciting gifts;
  • Excellent verbal, and written communication skills;
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and fundraising databases, specifically Raiser’s Edge, RE NXT, and Luminate Online, and research tools;
  • Exceptionally well organized, with superior time management skills;
  • Ability to travel, access to a reliable vehicle and a valid driver’s license; and
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, as may be required.

If you would like to make a meaningful contribution to people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities, we look forward to receiving your application.  We offer a great working experience that takes into consideration a work-life balance.  

Given the essence of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, people with a spinal cord injury and/or family members of people with an SCI are considered an important criterion among the criteria that are part of any given search. SCI Ontario is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to achieving accessibility in employment for persons with disabilities, while ensuring inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments.

Reasonable and appropriate accommodation will be provided during the recruitment process upon request and addressed confidentially. We thank all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Upon request, this position will require a Criminal Reference Check and credentials verification.  If you would like to join our team, please forward your resume and corresponding cover letter, outlining your professional competencies and salary expectations in confidence by April 16, 2019: Human Resources, SCI Ontario, 520 Sutherland Drive, Toronto, ON M4G 3V9, Fax: 416-645-3265, E-mail: We thank all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.