Posted On: 2019-06-06
Closing On: 2019-06-27
Location: Toronto
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

War Child Canada, Headquarters, Toronto, Ontario

Director, Community Giving and Innovation

War Child Canada is a registered Canadian charity based in Toronto.  Working with war-affected communities to help children reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice, War Child Canada also takes an active role in raising public awareness around the impact of war on communities and the shared responsibility to act. 

War Child Canada works in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

The Senior Officer, Philanthropy is responsible for execution of fundraising activities related to Canadian communities and individuals. Primarily, this role will be responsible for the direct response marketing campaigns and initiatives that contribute to War Child’s Annual and Monthly Giving programs. Secondary responsibility will be for supporting growth in the organization’s Foundations, Third-Party Events, and Leadership Giving opportunities.  The Senior Officer will support and contribute to departmental plans and budgeting, as well as being expected to measure and optimize their efforts to prioritize the highest ROI activities. 

This position is well suited to a fearless, entrepreneurial, and high-velocity fundraising professional. War Child Canada has achieved significant growth over the past five years, and continuing to build our base of support from individuals is critical to maintaining our momentum over the next five years. We need an enthusiastic individual who is self-starting, entrepreneurial and results-oriented.

Job Responsibility #1: Community Giving (65%)

  • Develop and execute public-facing integrated direct response campaigns that cost-effectively expand War Child’s community of supporters and donors. The strategy of all campaigns should be informed by data and measured with short and long-term return on investment metrics.
  • Manage War Child’s direct response campaign and appeal calendar on schedule, on budget and in harmony with other public-facing campaigns, events or initiatives.
  • Ensure that War Child’s growing audience has the opportunity to give in a way that is meaningful to them, aligned with issues in the media, and impactful on the lives of children affected by war. This will include, but not limited to, adapting War Child’s recently launched Crisis Response Fund for annual giving, and for community-driven fundraising
  • Manage vendor partners as needed. May include, but not limited to, telefundraising, targeted email or mail appeals, online activism, mass direct mail, targeted digital advertising, mobile/SMS campaigns, outdoor and print advertisements.
  • Design, copywriting and deployment of email appeals using War Child’s current tools – Raiser’s Edge, Luminate Online, Mailchimp.
  • Actively seek out opportunities for cost-effective and innovative opportunities that will expand our community of donors and raise money for our life-saving programming.

Job Responsibility #2: Leadership Giving (35%)

  • Support Leadership Giving activities and relationships (gifts greater than $10,000 from individuals or private foundations) with research, writing and relationship management as needed. This will often require the ability to write persuasive copy often on a short timeline.
  • Develop and execute an Intermediate Giving ($1,000 to $9,999) strategy and program.

Develop a strategy for increasing War Child Canada’s prospect research capacity and data management related to Leadership Giving.



  • University Degree (minimum) or equivalent working experience.
  • Minimum 3 years in a full-time fundraising position, ideally with experience in international development, human rights or aid.
  • Training or equivalent working experience with digital fundraising tools, e.g., design and deploying emails (ideally, in Luminate Online), experience with Wordpress, conversion tracking and optimization with Google Analytics, etc.


  • Post-graduate or Continuing Education certifications in fundraising.
  • Membership in good standing with an industry association (AFP, CAGP, AHP, APRA, etc.)



  • Demonstrated fundraising results in a dynamic, campaign-focused environment.
  • Demonstrated experience managing salaried and contract staff, vendors and RFPs, volunteers.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Training or experience using Raiser’s Edge to manage donor information, appeal performance and reporting.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to write persuasive copy, proposals and reports for fundraising purposes. Candidates selected for an interview should expect a writing assignment as part of the selection process.

Salary is competitive. 


Please ensure your application email has the subject heading of ‘Senior Officer, Philanthropy  – [insert your name]’

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be notified. We regret we cannot entertain phone calls/enquiries through social media, etc. War Child Canada is an equal opportunity employer.

War Child Canada is committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.  Final candidates will be vetted in accordance with War Child Canada’s Child Safeguarding Policy, including appropriate reference and Police checks.

War Child Canada is committed to providing an accessible workplace.  For individuals with disabilities, accommodation is available upon request. Should you require accommodation at any stage of the selection process, please let us know.  We will work with you to meet your needs.

Candidates should be legally eligible to work in Canada.  War Child Canada will not provide any relocation support. 

For more information about War Child Canada, please visit