Posted On: 2019-11-25
Closing On: 2019-12-13
Location: Toronto
Effective: As soon as possible
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description

The Dorothy Ley Hospice (“The Hospice”) offers both community and residential care to people living with a life-limiting illness or loss. Our goal is to enable individuals to live their life to the fullest in comfort, with dignity, meaning and hope. Our services, offered at no cost to the individual or their family members, address their physical, emotional, spiritual and practical needs. Last year, The Hospice staff and its more than 300 trained volunteers served over 2,500 individuals
The Hospice fundraises just over $1million a year, accounting for one-third of The Hospice’s operating budget. In addition, last year The Hospice launched The Dream Campaign, a comprehensive fundraising campaign with a target to raise $4 million in private donations as part of a financial sustainability plan and vision for expanding hospice programs.
Reporting: This position is permanent full time and reports to the Hospice’s Executive Director.
Position Mandate:
With a proven track record in meeting revenue targets, the Senior Fund Development Officer - Major Gifts is primarily responsible for the Hospice’s major giving, planned giving, corporate/foundation gifts, and fund development programs and capital campaigns. The Senior Development Officer - Major Gifts is responsible for the development and implementation of a donor stewardship plan. The Senior Development Officer - Major Gifts works with the Fund Development team and the Executive Director to develop and implement an annual fund development plan in support of the operations and strategic plan of The Hospice.


  • Initiates, plans and develops programs to lead the solicitation of major gifts (gifts of $2,500 or more) and foundation grants and gifts, including research, prospecting, and cultivation and stewardship activities
  • Identifies opportunities to increase donations revenue and decrease fund development expenses
  • Reviews and enhances the Planned Giving program
  • Supports any capital campaigns The Hospice undertakes
  • In cooperation with other Fund Development team members and the Executive Director, the Senior Development Officer – Major Gifts assists in the development of the annual fund development plan and budget
  • Participates in Fund Development Committee and Fund Development Team meetings
  • Participates as a member of the Leadership Team, provides a perspective on fundraising/development, and helps to build a strong philanthropic culture within The Hospice
  • Teaches and promotes the principles of philanthropy, which includes ethical and legal requirements to staff, volunteers and board members
  • Provides technical assistance for volunteers and staff to broach planned gifts or major gifts with donors and prospects
  • Maintains and builds donor and stakeholder relations through effective stewardship and donor recognition programs
  • Assists in ensuring The Hospice meets or exceeds all legal, ethical, professional and internal requirements for fundraising
  • Assists in developing and implementing policies and procedures related to Fund Developmentand Donor Relations
  • Assists with Fund Development communications, including, but not limited to, direct mail andother fundraising materials, donor stewardship letters, grant applications and reports, and speech writing for donor related events
  • Assists in maintaining the quality of the data in the donor database (Raiser’s Edge)
  • Prepares and analyses accurate and timely reports on donations for various Fund Developmentprograms
  • Maintains systems to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of development activities and adjusts plans to achieve optimum resource utilization and revenue maximization
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation an asset
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a lead fundraising role
  • Good computer knowledge, particularly Microsoft Office, Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge (or other fundraising databases), Luminate (or other online giving web pages), Adobe, desktop publishing software
  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising principles and techniques and knowledge of the technical aspects of planned giving vehicles
  • Excellent communication skills, including presentation, negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated tact and diplomacy in difficult or sensitive situations, including conflict management
  • Own transportation and valid Ontario driver’s license
  • Demonstrated knowledge of privacy legislation and adherence to donor privacy and confidentiality
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet multiple deadlines
  • Initiative, drive, enthusiasm and a genuine interest in other people
  • Ability to work flexible hours when required, including evenings and occasional weekend hours

Job Type: Full-time
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit (in electronic format) a covering letter and their resume, to Jim Linley, Director of Finance & Administration at Applications will be accepted until Friday December 13, 2019. We appreciate all applications received, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

The Hospice is committed to building an inclusive environment and will provide accommodations in accordance with the AODA – Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Please indicate in your application any ccommodations you will require throughout the recruitment process.

Alternatively please contact Jim Linley at 416-626-0116, x. 226.