Posted On: 2020-06-11
Closing On: 2020-07-09
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior
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Job Description

The Opportunity

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is seeking a dynamic Director of Development who is passionate about human rights to lead our fundraising and donor relations activities. Working from our national office in Toronto, the Director will raise funds to support choice in end-of-life care and dying for people across Canada.

A key member of the senior leadership team, the Director of Development will be a highly strategic relationship manager and a skilled fundraising generalist who will bring experience cultivating and increasing individual giving at the $1000+ level. The Director will work diligently to build a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization and execute a strategic fundraising plan which will exponentially increase the current annual revenue of $1M. As the main driver of revenue development, the Director will build the fundraising program to a level where it will require a staff team to support this growth.

Reporting to the CEO and working cross-functionally with a national staff team to support and expand mission based activities, the Director will also work closely with the Board, Patrons Council, and the national network of DWDC Chapters and volunteers to promote our case for support across the country. 


About Dying with Dignity Canada

Dying With Dignity Canada is the national human-rights charity committed to improving quality of dying, protecting end-of-life rights, and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering.

  • We defend human rights by advocating for assisted dying rules that respect the Canadian Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • We provide personal support to adults suffering greatly from a grievous and irremediable medical condition who wish to die on their own terms.
  • We educate Canadians about all of their legal end-of-life options, including the constitutional right to medical assistance in dying (MAID), and the importance of advance care planning.
  • We support healthcare practitioners who assess for and provide MAID.


Additional Information


Key Duties & Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership & Planning

  • Champion the organization’s vision and strategic direction, and ensure all fundraising strategies and revenue generating programs align with DWDC’s strategic goals and direction.
  • Create and execute a bold annual and multi-year fund development plan incorporating appropriate KPIs and monitor regularly to ensure results.
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy across the organization by increasing Board, Patrons Council, staff and other key stakeholder engagement and knowledge in fundraising to ensure readiness for their roles as ambassadors.
  • Provide regular reports to the CEO and leadership team on fundraising progress and any associated risks.
  • Collaborate with the COO, Finance Manager and Database Specialist on database management to monitor KPIs, financial controls, and reporting.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of CRA policies and guidelines, as well as sector standards and best practices that pertain to charitable giving and fundraising.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of key fundraising policies, practices, and standards.
  • Lead the annual development of the fundraising program budget.



  • Build and creatively cultivate a pipeline of existing and new DWDC donors towards increased levels of giving.
  • Develop and strengthen the mid-level, major donor and planned giving portfolios, deepen relationships, identify new prospects and collaborate with the CEO on strategy.
  • Implement a competitive donor relations program to include customized strategies to successfully cultivate, solicit and steward donors in an effective and meaningful way.
  • Work collaboratively with communications and government relations staff to ensure inclusion of DWDC’s strategic priorities in the creation of all philanthropic communication materials, connecting organization needs to donor priorities to build a strong case for support.
  • Work efficiently and cross-functionally to develop mission-driven fundraising campaigns, initiatives, materials, and communications to donors. 
  • Hold and successfully manage a personal portfolio of high-value prospects and donors, individually and/or in collaboration with the CEO.
  • Work with the communications team to develop donor correspondence, briefing notes, proposals, reports, and other materials as required for development activities.
  • Manage third parties supporting fundraising objectives.

Senior Leadership Team

  • Represent fundraising and donor interests on the leadership team and provide strategic counsel and guidance to the CEO in regard to the fundraising program.
  • Participate as part of the senior leadership team to support the effective management of DWDC and its progress related to mission.


Qualifications & Competencies

  • Progressive experience as a fundraising generalist with a focus on planning and implementing successful and measurable strategies and programs that target gifts from individuals.
  • Skilled at translating organizational priorities into an inspiring, donor-centric case for support.
  • Ability to build credibility and trust with internal and external audiences including the Board, staff, volunteers, donors and other stakeholders.
  • Experience managing, coaching, supporting, and collaborating with Board members and other senior level volunteers to support fundraising success.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills. 
  • Financial management experience, including budget oversight.
  • Ability to manage multiple, often competing priorities and work under tight deadlines with a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated commitment to measuring outcomes with an ability to thrive within a results-oriented culture.
  • Knowledge of fundraising and other information systems, data management and procedures. Experience in Raiser’s Edge and/or Nation Builder is considered an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge and practice of strategic fundraising, sectoral trends, and best practices.
  • Passion for supporting the rights of Canadians for end of life choice.
  • A University degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to communicate in both official languages an asset.
  • Commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity and inclusion.


For More Information

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to assist in this search on behalf of Dying With Dignity Canada. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Samantha David, Senior Search Consultant, KCI Search + Talent by email at


Interested candidates are invited to send a resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by July 9, 2020. Qualified candidates will be interviewed on an ongoing basis.

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.

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Dying With Dignity Canada is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from people who identify as belonging to diverse and/or marginalized communities. Accommodation is available during the recruitment process for applicants with disabilities.


Please note that the salary range for this position is $90,000 - $110,000.