Posted On: 2020-05-08
Closing On: 2020-05-28
Location: Ottawa or Toronto
Effective: July 6, 2020
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

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.

This is a parental leave replacement contract, beginning in early July 2020 and ending approximately in July 2021 (actual end date will be confirmed by the time of interviews). It is a full-time post and can be located in either Toronto or Ottawa as there are three staff reporting to this manager in each city.

The Manager, Major Gifts and Legacies provides strategic, operational, expert leadership and direction for Amnesty International Major Gifts and Legacies programs in Canada. These are national programs. The Major Gifts program aims to cultivate a growing number of philanthropic relationships with high-net-worth individuals, foundations, donor advised funds, companies, and local associations across Canada and also runs special campaigns. Our Legacies program markets legacy opportunities to donors as well as the general public, cultivates prospects and confirmed pledge donors and is responsible for estate management and settlement. Together, these two programs raise between $2.5 and $3 million each year.

As an inspiring leader, with knowledge and practical experience of Canadian philanthropy, the Manager will report to the Fundraising Director and will be an important member and contributor to the Fundraising Management Team. The Manager will inspire, mentor and coach members of the major gifts and legacies teams, and provide solid leadership of the strategy for both programs. As well as possessing natural relationship building skills, the Manager will value and connect with Amnesty’s broad base of activists, supporters and generous donors who campaign on behalf of human rights.

The Manager will be a natural relationship builder, and passionate advocate for justice, possessing experience and knowledge in building trusting and lasting relationships with colleagues, donors and stakeholders such as volunteers and advocates. Throughout their work, all Amnesty International Canada managers must demonstrate commitment to gender equity, integrate the perspectives of youth, and address the broader goals of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-oppression.

The Manager will possess the ability to build trust and confidence, work with allies internally to get things done, and partner with the Executive Director, Secretary General and the International Secretariat to share global best practices in cultivating philanthropic relationships and articulating Amnesty’s case for support.

We are specifically seeking skills that will grow our existing major gifts and legacies income and open new ways of working with loyal and committed donors in the human rights arena.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Provide strategic leadership and direction to the Major Gifts team (4 direct reports) and Legacies team (2 direct reports) including the development of ambitious operational plans to optimize relationship fundraising techniques and income growth opportunities.
  2. Build strategic leadership and support to the Major Gifts team and Legacies team, including the development of annual plans which support the Major Gifts and Legacies programs. This includes work planning, performance reviews, and training plans, etc.
  3. Build and introduce effective systems for donor cultivation and attracting new philanthropic support. This includes recommending and implementing the best identification, research, prospect management, and donor care techniques to expand the Major Gifts team’s capacity for acquisition, retention, and growth of major donor and foundation revenue, and includes marketing and stewardship strategies for the Legacies team.
  4. Possess and share knowledge of external market trends and attitudes among philanthropic circles. Specifically identify opportunities to increase funding for human rights programming through special projects, matched gift programs and giving circles.
  5. Work with their own portfolio of major donors and prospects and legacies pledgers and prospects.
  6. Work with other fundraising staff and teams, and teams in Activism, Campaigns and Communications to build a holistic approach to prospecting and engagement.
  7. Manage budgets for income and expenditure; track progress against budgets, and report regularly on key metrics and performance. Provide reports for the management team and board as required.

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


Education and Experience

  • University degree or equivalent experience
  • CFRE desirable
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a senior fundraising position
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience managing 2 or more staff

Demonstrated Abilities

  • Excellent communication skills including strong writing and editing
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines and juggle many projects at the same time
  • Ability to connect and communicate effectively with a diverse range of donors and prospects, and sensitivity and tact when dealing with the membership and all other contacts
  • Strong relationship building skills, and proven team management ability, matched with a keen interest in people, and ability to lead, mentor and coach staff in the teams
  • Demonstrated ability to listen and contribute to consensus-building in a team environment
  • Demonstrated management approach and practices that positively contribute to an environment that fosters diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-oppression
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and experience
  • Well-developed sense of responsibility and priority setting
  • Possess ethical values and compassion for those whose human rights are abused around the world
  • Demonstrated proficiency with databases (e.g., iMIS), data management and analysis
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and internet search engines
  • Knowledge of social media platforms, e.g. Twitter, Facebook, etc. is an asset
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and ability to drive to donor meetings/events as required.

Hours:                 Full-time (37.5 hours/week)
Start date:           July 6, 2020
Duration:             12-month parental leave replacement contract
Location:             Toronto or Ottawa
Starting salary:    $83,778 (plus 15% in lieu of benefits, or plus 7% in lieu of benefits and 4 -weeks of paid annual leave)
Travel:                 Some travel required (public health conditions permitting)
Deadline:             Applications accepted until noon, May 28, 2020

Application Process

Please submit your resumé 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. Applications must be submitted electronically via Charity Village.

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.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities upon request.