Posted On: 2020-08-05
Closing On: 2020-08-21
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: September 7, 2020
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Job Opportunity

Development Officer

The Walrus provokes new thinking and sparks conversation on matters vital to Canadians. As a registered charity, we publish independent, fact-based journalism; produce national, ideas-focused events; and train emerging professionals in publishing and nonprofit management. The Walrus and its strong community of supporters are invested in the idea that a healthy society relies on informed citizens.

The Walrus is seeking an experienced, full-time fundraising professional to play a key role in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding our donor base, with a key focus on mid-level donors ($1,000 to $4,999) and contribute to the stewardship and growth of the major gifts portfolio. This individual will also play a central role in planning and executing The Walrus’ annual fundraising gala.

Reporting to the Director of Development and under the guidance of the Manager, Stewardship, the development officer will be responsible for the solicitation, renewal and stewardship of a portfolio of mid-level donors. As well as gift processing and related data entry and analysis, the development officer will undertake prospect research, among other activities, to assist and contribute to major gift development. The incumbent will be expected to play a strong role in the creation of fundraising communications, including but not limited to proposals, campaign letters, and event sponsorship materials.

In collaboration with other staff members, the development officer will also play a key role in the project management of The Walrus Gala, held annually every January, and other cultivation and stewardship activities and events throughout the year.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and willing to take on critical duties that support new revenue generation and donor stewardship at The Walrus. They will understand and eagerly support the role of the organization in sparking Canada’s conversation.



  • Manage and contribute to a portfolio of mid-level donors ($1,000 to $4,999), recommending strategies for acquisition, renewal and growth.
  • Contribute to strategies for elevating mid-level donors and new prospects to the major gift level.
  • Manage relationships with new and repeat mid-level donors, recommending strategies for cultivation, stewardship, and elevation through creative and inspiring communications and other activities.
  • Employ best practices during prospect identification and research to generate and recommend strategies for new individual, foundation, and corporate philanthropy prospects.
  • Create fundraising correspondence and copy for campaigns (regionally targeted where applicable), with meticulous tracking of activity and outcomes.
  • Support department moves and management and stewardship activities through gift processing and acknowledgement, as well as data entry and data management using Salesforce and other connected platforms.
  • Support senior staff, board members, and other volunteer and committee members with prospect research and call briefs, as well as occasional entry of call notes into Salesforce.
  • Act as the development lead for The Walrus annual gala fundraiser. This event will be managed in collaboration with several departments, and will include related administrative tasks such as guest list management and correspondence, contracting and liaising with external vendors and sponsors, and support of all related activities.
  • Support and contribute to the design and execution of annual stewardship and fundraising events under the guidance of the Manager, Stewardship, and support other stewardship activities such as donor mailings, etc.


Qualifications and Attributes:

  • A university degree (or equivalent) with formal fundraising training (preferred).
  • Affinity with arts and culture, or background in this sector (preferred).
  • A minimum of three to five years of experience in a fundraising role.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and prior experience writing correspondence, reports, requests, and other compelling fundraising copy.
  • Proven experience in coordinating fundraising events.
  • High comfort level with CRM databases (Salesforce), technology, and other donor communications platforms (e.g. Mail Chimp).
  • High proficiency in all Microsoft Office products, particularly Excel.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage and meet deadlines.
  • Creative, “can do” mindset.
  • Strong customer service oriented approach.
  • Ability to work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment.



The compensation package includes a competitive base salary and a full benefits package, consisting of medical, dental, vision, prescription, and paid vacation.

Please consider joining our team if you have a commitment to a career in fundraising and are interested in supporting essential Canadian conversations and exceptional journalism. To apply, send your resumé and cover letter to by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020. A writing test will be required, and applicants are welcome to share their portfolio.

The Walrus supports diversity and inclusion in our work to fulfill our educational mandate. We value employment equity and strongly encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, and racialized people; people with disabilities; all genders; and the LGBTQ2+ community. If you require any accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know by email at