Posted On: 2020-07-28
Closing On: 2020-08-25
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: Immediately
Employment Type: Contract
Level: Intermediate
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Job Description

Development Research Officer - 1 Year Contract

Position Summary

The Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation is seeking a self-motivated Development Research Officer to join a dedicated team of professionals working to build and maintain long-term donor relationships. This highly engaged individual will be part of a team committed to delivering high quality prospect research to achieve the fundraising goals for individuals, corporations and foundations. Working in a fast-paced environment, the Development Research Officer will identify and qualify new strategic prospects, prepare prospect lists and briefing documents to support the Foundation staff and senior volunteers in their prospect, donor and volunteer cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.  


CAMH Foundation is the fundraising arm for CAMH, Canada’s leading hospital for mental health. Each year, CAMH provides exceptional care for more than 34,000 patients and responds to 500,000 outpatient visits. We inspire change in the mental health field through the professionals we train, the knowledge we share, and in the modern facilities we are building: embedded in the community and open to the world. Our passion is conveyed by engaging supporters in our innovative research, clinical care and treatment for patients and families of today and tomorrow. At CAMH Foundation we strive to work in respectful partnerships with each other and our hospital partners to inspire philanthropy and raise awareness in support of mental health.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the collection, storage, maintenance and retrieval of donor and stakeholder insights
  • Ensure a high level of data quality and integrity in Raiser’s Edge through timely and accurate data entry, record maintenance and prospect tracking
  • Proactively identify new major gift, corporate and mid-level prospects, including individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Qualify prospects by compiling and synthesizing data from a variety of sources including key variables used in assessment
  • Align prospective donors’ interests with CAMH’s organizational and strategic priorities
  • Provide insights and advice for approaching prospective donors and volunteers
  • Investigate and analyze complex forms of information for the development of comprehensive and strategic briefings to support development activities
  • Consistently monitor prospects in the pipeline and provide relevant and timely information and analysis that will positively move prospect relationships forward
  • Proactively monitor and communicate relevant news, events and issues that impact fundraising and economic trends and mental health developments
  • Ensure compliance with applicable legal requirements
  • Perform lead generation based on marketing activities

Skill Set  

  • Minimum 2 years of work experience within a non-profit, fundraising, or advancement research services environment combined with a related university degree or college certificate program
  • Advanced internet searching skills and experience using online commercial databases such as iWave, Relationship Science, CharityCAN, Grant Connect, CRA, SEDAR and SEDI
  • Exceptional computer skills, including a high level of experience with Microsoft Office software applications
  • Familiarity with Canadian business and economic landscape, corporate financials and annual reports is an asset
  • Strong knowledge of Raiser's Edge or a comparable relational database including database management, data mining and analysis and report generation and queries  
  • Ability to think strategically, work independently, and manage multiple competing priorities while producing a high quality of work in a high-volume, and results oriented environment
  • Superb critical, analytical and strategic thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to synthesize large quantities of information into succinct and accurate written briefings and reports
  • An inquisitive and analytical nature with an above average level of initiative and attention to detail
  • Professionalism, judgment and commitment to fundraising ethics and donor privacy is essential
  • Consistently demonstrates the behavioural norms in the Foundation’s Guiding Principles

CAMH Foundation Guiding Principles

Our north star is creating hope and improving outcomes for people facing mental illness.

We work in respectful partnerships with each other and our hospital partners

to inspire philanthropy and raise awareness in support of mental health.

Guiding Principles

Positive Intent: As individuals and teams, we assume positive intent in all interactions.

Responsibility: Being employed at CAMH Foundation comes with a responsibility to serve the organization. We are individually and collectively accountable to ensure CAMH Foundation as a whole is bigger and better than the sum of the parts.

Culture Carriers:  We are role models and advocates for an inclusive and diverse culture. We aspire as individuals and as a collective team to continuously enhance the culture we want to see.

Transparent & Open Communication: We show courage by having open dialogue and tough conversations in a respectful and authentic way. 

Personal Accountability: We are personally accountable for our actions, behaviours and results as defined by our strategic and operating plans, and guiding principles.

Action Oriented: We aim to continuously achieve clarity on roles, responsibilities and next steps. Once a decision is made, we move forward and always have one another’s back. We thrive and work best as one united team.

Proactive Collaboration: We proactively seek opportunities for collaboration across teams and stakeholders, develop trusted partnerships, and create integrated plans to further our mission.

Empowerment: We support and encourage the empowerment of ourselves and colleagues.SLT and management are responsible for creating opportunities for professional growth, and creating space to voice opinions and concerns in a safe and respectful environment.

Best Judgment:  As representatives of the Foundation, we make ethical and legal decisions that align with our guiding principles and enhance the reputation of the entire organization.

Gratitude: We are grateful for the support we receive, for what we get to be a part of, and to be in a position to inspire and create change.

As an employment equity employer CAMH Foundation actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, (including people with who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.

CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and résumé to

CAMH Foundation thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.