Posted On: 2019-04-09
Closing On: 2019-04-30
Location: Brampton
Effective: TBD
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description


Our ideal candidate is a skilled researcher with an inquisitive mind and desire to seek out and translate information into timely, accurate and actionable insights. Our ideal candidate has demonstrable strength in managing and reporting on large volumes of information, and driving prospect research processes in support of fundraising activities.


William Osler Health System Foundation (Osler Foundation) builds and fosters relationships within the community to raise funds to support the equipment and capital needs of Etobicoke General Hospital, Brampton Civic Hospital, and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.

Serving one of Canada’s largest multi-site hospital systems, we pride ourselves in leading innovative campaigns and programs to inspire our fast-growing community. The William Osler Health System covers an area with over 1.3 million people, and our community is one of the most culturally-rich and ethnically diverse regions in Canada. The secret? Our team has heart. We’re innovative, we love new ideas and we work together to get the job done.

Osler Foundation has just launched our new five-year strategic plan titled Going Beyond: Together.  This exciting roadmap will elevate our fundraising programs in support of exceptional patient care in our communities. With the launch of this new strategic plan, Osler Foundation is now ready to hire for this integral position.


The Research Associate is a key member of the Major Gifts team at Osler Foundation, providing strategic and actionable information to support staff fundraising efforts.  This role is responsible for managing the prospect portfolio of Osler Foundation, from prospect identification to pipeline management and reporting.  Specifically, this position drives the prospect identification activities of Osler Foundation, and supports the Major Gifts team in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation process.



  • Proactively identify and rate major gift prospects using internal and publicly available sources of information, with priority given to identifying prospects at the $100K+ level. 

  • Execute prospecting activities as identified in the annual prospecting calendar.

  • Proactively identify and execute database segmentation strategies designed to identify the most likely major gift prospects.

  • Create customized lists of potential high-level prospects for review with senior volunteers and board members.


  • Assess the philanthropic capacity, interest, and affinity of potential donors through the preparation of confidential research profiles for the major gifts team. 

  • Provide strategy on newly identified and current major gift prospects to support their successful cultivation and solicitation.

  • Enter research and prospect information into the Foundation’s Raiser’s Edge database; handle confidential information in a sensitive, ethical manner. 

  • Complete special research requests – i.e. community demographics – as needed.

  • Monitor and timely disseminate news, events, trends, and issues that impact the Foundation’s strategies and the philanthropic environment.   


  • Monitor the major gift pipeline regularly to ensure compliance with major gift benchmarks; proactively provide solutions to identified gaps.

  • Conduct regular meetings with major gift fundraisers to support prospect activation and ensure the pipeline is reflected accurately in Raiser’s Edge.

  • Prepare analytical reports on the status of the major gift pipeline.

  • Support the major gift budget reforecasting process.


  • Report on major gift performance to various levels of management according to set fundraising metrics and arm leadership with fundraising performance data to drive operational decision-making.

  • Proactively monitor and correct inaccurate solicitor assignments in Raiser’s Edge.

  • Support prospect identification efforts of all fundraising staff through providing customized training on prospect ID, Raiser’s Edge and other topics, as needed.

  • Manage research budget including online research tool vendors, ensuring cost efficiency is achieved.

  • Use professional development sources on an ongoing basis to proactively and continually improve strategy and research practice.  


  • Post-secondary education in the field of library sciences, business or a related field, and fundraising.

  • Two or more years of full-time relevant research experience, preferably within a fundraising context.

  • Demonstrated understanding of prospect research techniques and sources including constituent and electronic databases, property records, and securities filings.

  • Experience in prospect management, including prospect clearance and tracking.   

  • Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills required with the ability to analyze and interpret data, make connections, and identify trends.

  • Proficient computer skills with Raiser’s Edge knowledge.

  • Proven ability to set priorities, complete work with minimal supervision and meet deadlines.

  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.

  • Superior attention to detail.


Please submit a cover letter and resume to Corinne Shannon, Director, Strategy, Research & Processing via  by April 30, 2019 at 5pm

We thank all candidates for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential.

Interviews will be scheduled as resumes are received.