Posted On: 2020-11-11
Closing On: 2020-11-30
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: January 2021
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

Director of Development & Communications




The Stop Community Food Centre’s mission is to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community, and challenges inequality. The Stop began over 35 years ago as one of North America’s first food banks and has since grown into a vibrant community centre that uses food as a gateway to addressing many issues, including poverty, the environment, social isolation, and health in one of Toronto’s lowest-income neighbourhoods.   The Stop is accredited by Imagine Canada for excellence in non-profit accountability, transparency, and governance. 




Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development & Communications will work to deepen The Stop’s relationship with a growing community of donors and supporters and to strengthen The Stop’s reputation as a leader in community-based food security.  The Director of Development & Communications is a key member of the senior management team providing overall strategic leadership and direction for the fundraising and communication efforts of The Stop. 

With a strong fundraising team and passionate donor base in place, this role presents an exciting opportunity to significantly shape and drive a new direction for The Stop at a critical time not only in the organization’s development but for the community and sector at large. 

The successful candidate will combine their experience in non-profit fundraising and communications to lead a team of five direct reports and work closely with the staff across three sites to grow increased support and awareness for The Stop’s work.   The candidate will have a deep understanding of the importance of ensuring that the lived experiences of the diverse staff and community are reflected throughout the organization.  As such, this position will aspire to adopt the principles of Community-Centric Fundraising - a fundraising model that is grounded in equity and social justice.




  • Create and execute a bold annual and multi-year fund development plan that focuses on the growth of gifts from individual sources including annual, monthly, major gifts, and planned giving. 
  • Champion The Stop’s vision and strategic direction, and ensure all fundraising and communication strategies align with the goals and values of the organization.
  • Provide overall leadership and management to a team of four fundraising staff and oversee the work of the Communications Officer.
  • Work closely with the senior management team, including the Director of Programs and Services to initiate, develop, and manage partnerships in order to reach strategic and operational goals.
  • Promote a culture of Community-Centric Fundraising across the organization by engaging staff, board, and volunteers in plans and priorities. 
  • Continue to develop a strong and diverse revenue base through the development of foundation, government, corporate, and event revenue sources.
  • Work collaboratively with the Communications Officer on the development of all strategic communications including web and social media sites, donor communications, and direct marketing efforts.
  • Prepare and present regular fundraising reports and analysis to the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Ensure all fundraising activities follow CRA guidelines, and adherence to Imagine Canada standards for the administration, processing, and management of donations and donor privacy. 





  • A passion for The Stop’s mission and work
  • Relevant experience (5+years) in a management role raising funds and awareness in the non-profit sector.
  • Strong relationship builder who can work collaboratively at all levels across the organization, including the Board of Directors, as well as external partnerships.
  • Ability to effectively and passionately communicate to a wide variety of internal and external audiences. 
  • Skilled at translating organizational priorities into a compelling and inspiring case for support.
  • Strong decision-maker; guided by analyzing and interpreting data, making comparative analysis, and forecasting future impacts of strategic fundraising initiatives.
  • A creative thinker, proven ability to bring ideas and strategies to fruition.
  • Degree in a related field(s)/ or a suitable combination of experience and education.  
  • Strong knowledge of fundraising and other information systems, data management, and procedures. Experience with Raisers’ Edge an asset. 
  • Solid understanding of Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression work and the principles of Community-Centric Fundraising. 
  • Strong understanding of Canadian charity regulations, and obligations of a non-profit organization.
  • Passion, integrity, results-oriented, and self-directed.



SALARY: [$85,000 - $95,000] with a generous extended health benefits program and a group RRSP plan.


TERM:  Permanent full-time


START DATE:  January 2021


Please send a cover letter and resume to the attention of the Hiring Committee – Director of Development and Communications.  Applications are being accepted through

Applications must be received by November 30th.   No faxes, emails, or telephone calls, please.


The Stop is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and encourages applicants from equity-seeking groups.  The Stop is committed to providing ongoing training and supports and encourages applicants from equity-seeking groups. Only those applicants being considered will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in The Stop.