Posted On: 2019-06-04
Closing On: 2019-06-19
Location: Toronto
Effective: June/July
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of 7 million ordinary people in more than 150 countries who come together to achieve extraordinary results in defending and promoting human rights. We get discriminatory laws changed and prisoners of conscience released. We’ve helped stop torture, commute death sentences and worked to end violence against women. We stand alongside Indigenous Peoples demanding that their rights be respected.

Amnesty International Canada is committed to employment equity, actively seeks diversity in the workplace, and welcomes and encourages applications from members of equity-seeking groups including women, transgender, non-binary, and LGBTI individuals; First Nations, Metis, and Inuit individuals, persons with disabilities, and members of racialized and marginalized groups.

The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) is a member of the Fundraising team. The primary focus of the post is raising funds for the Branch through major gifts from charitable foundations and other institutions such as religious groups, corporations or donor-advised funds.

As an integral member of the Major Gifts team, the Major Gifts Officer works closely with the Manager of Major Gifts and other team members, consultants, senior volunteers and fundraising staff to identify, cultivate and solicit support from major donors to the Branch.

Throughout their work, all Amnesty International Canada employees must demonstrate commitment to gender equity, integrate the perspectives of youth, and address the broader goals of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-oppression.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Cultivates major gift institutional relationships – 30%
  • Solicits major gifts – 25%
  • Stewardship of major institutional donors – 20%
  • Prospect new institutional donors – 10%
  • Workplace giving – 5%
  • Attention to gender equity, diversity, equity & inclusion and anti-oppression 5%
  • Other duties as required including providing back up for other Major Gifts Officers as needed (5%)

Full details are available in the job description posted on Amnesty International Canada’s website.


  • University education
  • Minimum of three years of fundraising experience, preferably in major gifts and/or personal solicitation of gifts
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to write effectively and persuasively, tailoring information, style and tone for the needs of different audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to meet ongoing deadlines and work in a fast-paced environment, juggling several projects simultaneously
  • Strong listening skills and ability to elicit donor giving motivations and interests
  • A customer service orientation with the ability to interact with individuals from a variety of social backgrounds and ages with sensitivity, tact and patience
  • General understanding of Amnesty’s work and mandate
  • Demonstrated proficiency with databases, e.g. iMIS, and data management, with good attention to detail and experience with CRM or other database software
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel and Internet search
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently as well as in a team
  • Proficiency with current online social media tools for communicating, including email broadcasting
  • Use of personal cell phone/device will be necessary for which a cell phone/data plan stipend is provided
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and ability to drive to donor meetings/events as required
  • Able to contribute to the diversity of Amnesty’s workforce and its inclusive and anti- oppression practices
  • Fund raising certification is desirable.

Hours:                Full-time (37.5 hours/week)
Start date:          By June or July 2019
Duration:            Permanent (pending 6-month probation)
Location:            Toronto
Starting salary:   $65,660 per annum
Travel:                Some travel required
Deadline:            Applications accepted until 2 p.m. (eastern time), June 19, 2019

Application Process

Please submit your résumé and a covering letter outlining: 1) why you are interested in joining Amnesty International Canada; 2) your qualifications for the position; and, 3) how you would contribute to the diversity of our workforce and the diversity of perspectives to further our human rights work.

Please also include 4) two samples of your writing (ideally in a fundraising context), and 5) three references including two from supervisors. Applications must be submitted electronically via Charity Village.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities upon request.

Although we appreciate the interest of all candidates, only candidates invited for interviews will be contacted. These candidates may be asked to provide samples of their work.