Posted On: 2019-07-16
Closing On: 2020-04-01
Location: 962 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6H1L6
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description

Sistering – A Woman’s Place


Fund Development Manager


Report to:

Executive Director

35 hours per week: Primarily weekdays. May be required to work some evenings and weekends


962 Bloor St West

Posting Date:

July 15, 2019

Application Review:

July 29, 2019 -

Application Deadline:

Posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected


Sistering is a multi-service agency which offers practical and emotional support to women and trans people facing a variety of challenging life circumstances, including poverty, homelessness, social isolation and trauma histories.

Our Vision

Sistering envisions a world where all women and trans people, in all our diversity, are valued; a world where we are safe and supported, treated with dignity, and given the respect we deserve. When opportunities are just and equitable, we can live life on our own terms.

Our Mission

Our goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental space for women and trans people who are socially isolated, poor, homeless or precariously housed. Guided by principles of Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism, Sistering works to change the social conditions that endanger women and trans people’s welfare.

What We Do

Sistering’s programs include a low-barrier 24/7 Drop In, Housing and Case Support, Harm Reduction, Peer Outreach, On the Path to Employment and Spun Studio social enterprise, and individual and systemic advocacy.

 How We Do It

Sistering operates on a trauma-informed and relationship-based model and our harm reduction philosophy is a core element of all the work we do: we are here to respond to participants’ needs, where they are at, in the moment, to support participants to learn how to reduce harm and/or increase safety. And we recognize that their lives have meaning and value.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Fund Development Manager is a key member of the management team, aligning fund development activities with the agency’s Strategic priorities. Prime responsibilities include proposal writing; direct mail; third party events, legacy giving; corporate and foundation research, and donor stewardship aimed at meeting the revenue goals of the agency as established in the Annual Budget and the Strategic Plan. The Fund Development Manager is a results oriented individual with strong management skills and a strong comfort with a hands-on approach to fund development.

The Fund Development Manager will provide coordination and management for the planning, implementation and evaluation of the agency’s fund development strategies aimed at meeting the revenue goals of the agency as those set out in the Strategic Plan and annual budget. The Manager will develop strategies to secure corporate, individual and other sources of revenue.

Ongoing management and development of stewardship relationships is integral to the role.

Primary Responsibilities:

1.   Development

  • Identify new corporate and foundation revenue
  • Ensure background information on potential corporate, foundation and individual donors is completed and recorded
  • Write proposals and track responses associated with: individuals, foundations and corporate
  • Adhere to annual reporting cycle and tracking for all proposals
  • Research and cultivate a variety of stewardship strategies for existing and potential donors, including building tours, pamphlets, presentations and others as appropriate
  • Develop and oversee creation of stewardship reports
  • Manage portfolio of current donors and prospects
  • Keep individual giving program, including major gifts and legacy giving, current
  • In partnership with the Community Communications team, manage Direct Mail and Monthly Giving Program; Legacy Giving Program


2.   Relationship Management

  • Manage and steward relationships with potential, current and past donors and partners
  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Chair of the Fund Development Committee engage Board and other volunteers in fundraising activity
  • Coordinate reporting in conjunction with Finance and Service Delivery teams
  • Work to ensure relevant databases are kept accurate and current


3.   Community Engagement and Donor Acquisition

  • Contribute to development of promotional materials and fundraising tools across multi media platforms
  • Create and recommend effective recognition and stewardship program for Donors
  • Establish an acquisition plan to cultivate existing and pursue new donors
  • Manage annual budget associated with department related costs
  • Stay abreast of not-for-profit trends in the marketplace


4.   Supervision

  • Supervise Fund Development and Social Enterprise Team
  • Maintain close working relationships with management team regarding agency Issues
  • Inform Executive Director of any issues that require attention in a timely manner
  • Be receptive and responsive to donor based complaints
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and adhere to the privacy statement as set out in the Policies and Procedures at Sistering
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Minimum 5-7 years’ experience in fund development in the not-for-profit sector with a track record of significant success
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to connect with a range of stakeholders
  • Strong strategic thinker
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; proposal writing, public speaking, presentations
  • Financial acumen
  • Strong project management skills and an ability to multi-task
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Power Point and etapestry
  • Able to work flexible hours
  • Asset to have Capital Fundraising experience


Work Conditions: 

The Fund Development Manager works in the office and community. Sistering is a 24/7 operation, fast paced, intense environment.

There may be the risk of exposure to potentially unpredictable behaviours and situations. Sistering is a pet friendly facility and as such, employees will be expected to be in the proximity of animals.

Compensation: Competitive salary based on experience and excellent benefits package


Sistering is an Equal Opportunity Employer; we welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Tina Cai, Human Resources Coordinator, by email, or phone at 416-926-9762 ext. 242


Apply by email or regular mail marked as “Application for Fund Development Manager”

Email to:

Mail to: Shelley Nicholls

Attn: Hiring Committee - Sistering

962 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6H1L6