Posted On: 2019-05-02
Closing On: 2019-05-22
Location: Black Creek Pioneer Village - 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, Ontario
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description


With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.

The mission of Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation (formerly The Living City Foundation) is to raise funds for the initiatives undertaken by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Established in 1961, the Foundation has raised more than $50 million for conservation work in the Greater Toronto Area.


Reporting to the CEO of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Board of Directors of Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation and working closely with the CFOO and senior staff at TRCA and volunteers, the Executive Director, Development will provide strategic leadership and effective management to guide the Foundation’s fundraising activities and campaigns, with a focus on major campaigns related to The Meadoway, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Bolton Camp and Tommy Thompson Park.

The incumbent will use their experience in fundraising and strategic planning for charitable organizations to develop a comprehensive and cohesive fundraising program that builds the Foundation’s donor base and meets or exceeds annual revenue targets. This position leads the Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation team and is responsible for directing and participating in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and ongoing engagement of individual, foundation, government and corporate prospects and donors while overseeing the Foundations’ staff team and volunteers.


  • Creates and manages fund development strategies to guide annual giving, major gifts, planned giving and other targeted giving programs as well as donor relations, communications and stewardship activities.
  • Working closely with TRCA’s CEO and CFOO, manages, deploys and evaluates a comprehensive annual and multi-year fundraising strategy, work plans and tactics to elevate the organization’s fundraising.
  • Develops and manages fundraising and operational plans to determine program goals and objectives, tactics, timelines and reporting measures.
  • Develops and implements protocols and procedures to ensure continued compliance with all pertinent fundraising regulations, standards, and principles.
  • Responsible for cultivating a large portfolio of donors as well as providing strategy and oversight for all relationship management activities of the Foundation.
  • Solicits major gifts from individuals, Foundations and government and negotiates terms of support. Expected to meet annual fundraising targets and engages in regular face-to-face meetings with prospects and donors.
  • Oversees and leads the development of TRCF’s major gifts program and fundraising campaigns that enhance and support the strategic direction of the Foundation.
  • Responsible for managing Foundation staff team and TRCF volunteers. Provides guidance, oversight and strategic direction. Ensures that major projects and activities align with TRCA’s strategic plan
  • Identifies and recruits staff and volunteers, and provides leadership, direction and coaching.
  • Oversees budget management and carries out administrative and reporting tasks, including preparing call reports and updating Raiser’s Edge in a timely manner; and preparing reports and presentations (including Annual Report and status update reports on initiatives prior to finalizing and posting online) for the CEO and TRCF Board of Directors.
  • Builds professional network to advance the fundraising initiatives of TRCA through participation in professional organizations, associations, committees, and/or boards. Travels locally and out-of-town as required for professional meetings and events.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of training and experience in Philanthropy, Business, Communications or related area of focus; Master’s Degree considered an asset.
  • Accreditation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
  • A minimum of eight (8) to ten (10) years of progressive experience in fundraising, with at least five (5) years of demonstrated success in a senior management role.
  • Significant progressive experience in major gifts fundraising and campaign development.
  • Fundraising experience in the environmental sector preferred.
  • Proven experience developing and implementing strategies and plans resulting in increased revenue.
  • Significant experience building integrated fundraising programs and writing annual operational plans.
  • Demonstrated experience in budget planning and monitoring financial progress.
  • Demonstrated experience with fundraising and relationship management solutions (i.e. Raiser’s Edge or equivalent software). Overall strong computer skills with proficiency in MS Office.  
  • Demonstrated major gift development or campaign experience resulting in the acquisition of gifts at $1,000,000+ range.
  • Valid Ontario “G” class driver’s license and access to a vehicle.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills to manage key relationships and interact with donors, staff and volunteers. Proven ability to cultivate meaningful relationships with individual donors, government officials and Foundation partners.
  • Exceptional networking ability, demonstrated tact, diplomacy and creative problem-solving capabilities.
  • Strong strategic and operational skills with the ability to work together with staff and volunteers to achieve success.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills – to prepare persuasive proposals and related fundraising materials.
  • Ability to work at the detailed level with a high degree of accuracy and quality.
  • Resourceful and well organized; able to manage conflicting priorities, complex situations and deadlines.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, with proven interpersonal savvy and a keen sense of diplomacy.
  • Ability to communicate the mission and goal of TRCF both verbally and in all forms of written communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and effectively evaluate high-level strategies and detailed execution plans.
  • Proven ability to influence with integrity and to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and effectively evaluate strategic, coherent, persuasive proposals and related fundraising materials.

Please apply to this posting via our website at​. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting #TRCA-164-19 prior to midnight on May 22, 2019.

While TRCA thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised successful incumbent(s) who are not presently permanent TRCA employees may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector and/or driver’s abstract check.

TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the Authority. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.