Posted On: 2020-01-10
Closing On: 2020-01-30
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: by March
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

About Amnesty International

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.

About This Position

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 high-net worth individual (HNWI) donors.

As an integral member of the Major Gifts team, the MGO 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.

Our Ideal Candidate

The role of a Major Gifts Officer requires a unique set of interpersonal and relationship-building skills. Our ideal candidate can start and hold a conversation with anyone and enjoys using their well-honed people skills. You are highly adaptable, you have a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, and you look forward to a challenge. You’re passionate about Amnesty’s human rights work, and you’re hungry to grow in your fundraising career. You welcome coaching and feedback, and you want to make a deep impact on human rights for all people.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Cultivates Major Gift donor relationships – 30%
  • Solicits major gifts – 25%
  • Stewardship of Major Donors – 20%
  • Prospect Development & Networking – 20%
  • Other Duties – 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/orpersonal solicitation of gifts
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • 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 ofsocial 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 goodattention to detail and experience with CRM or other database software
  • Proficiency with current online social media tools for communicating, including emailbroadcasting
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel and Internet search
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently as well as in a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling several projectssimultaneously
  • Use of personal cell phone/device will be necessary for which a cell phone/data planstipend is provided
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and ability to drive to donormeetings/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 March 2020
Duration:          Permanent (pending 6-month probation)
Location:          Toronto
Starting salary: $66,924 per annum (commensurate with qualifications)
Travel:              Some travel required
Deadline:          Applications accepted until noon (eastern time), January 30, 2020

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, and 4) three references including two from supervisors. Applications must be submitted electronically via Charity Village.

This position is unionized under Unifor Local 567.

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.