Posted On: 2021-01-08
Closing On: 2021-01-25
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

Please note:  (1) Although ideally a FTE, we are open to less than full-time, and open to flexible, remote work from home, within a commutable distance to Toronto.  (2) We are filling a position being vacated this month, so applications will be considered as they are received.  Nevertheless, the deadline for applications is January 25th.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association is Canada’s leading freedom-fighting NGO, since 1964.  CCLA intervenes in Canadian courts, testifies before our legislatures, advocates through all media, and engages in activism and outreach across Canada to ensure that liberties are protected, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is upheld.  For instance, when activists sounded the alarm that abortion access was being denied by a provincial government, they called us.  When anti-racism leaders needed legal experts to fight racial profiling, they called us.  When prisoners were confined inhumanely, really tortured, through solitary confinement, we went to the Supreme Court of Canada to end solitary confinement as we know it.  Sometimes people come to us, sometimes we unearth the injustice, but we always speak truth to power, then take the fight to the courts to get wrongs righted.   Along with the ACLU, we’re part of a network of global-leading civil society groups, called INCLO.   

We are currently looking for a full-time social-justice informed development director who wants to build something.  You will have an opportunity to create and build our development strategy, along with our Executive Director, Board, and a Chicago-based consulting firm.  You will also be able to grow our development capacity, as CCLA grows its impact, geographically, to hold more governments to account in more parts of Canada. 

This is currently a remote position due to COVID restrictions, and may transition to onsite, with the possibility for permanent flexible work arrangements, including less than full-time hours and remote/work from home capability.  

The resources available to the Senior Director will include system support, a part-time worker, a team of volunteers, and an outsourced media relations team.  The Executive Director is a former Attorney General who crossed over to the other side:  from defending the government to fighting governments.  He was named Top 25 Most Influential Lawyer by Canadian Lawyer Magazine in 2019, and has led the organization for over 3 years.   

The successful candidate will work closely with and report to the Executive Director and as part of a small but mighty team of staff and volunteers, and will be the driving force behind fundraising and the coordination of it with our communications.  



Management & Fundraising 

  • A high-level fundraising strategy is being updated in 2021.  You will help build it and implement it: determine appropriate goals and metrics for fundraising programs; monitor and report on progress against goals and on the key activities of fundraising programs, initiatives, and staff. 
  • Work with program staff to understand the programmatic work of CCLA and leverage that to ensure full integration and coordination of their programs to maximize donor engagement and fundraising results. 
  • You will be accountable for all fundraising activities, including major gifts, monthly giving, corporate giving, foundation support, community giving, planned giving, e-philanthropy and events. 
  • You will work closely with the Executive Director to manage and solicit a portfolio of major gift prospects; oversee day-to-day donation processing and financial reporting; and lead the development and implementation of stewardship strategies and practices for all fundraising programs. 
  • Use best practices in donor reporting and emerging technology to demonstrate the impact of giving to steward all donors 


Media Relations (Journalists, Online and Social Media) 

  • Liase with media relations team and program directors to ensure that our communications are integrated with development strategy and implementation.   
  • Oversee the management of CCLA content for distribution through various newsletters and e-publications (mostly automated by Meltwater); plus specialized content to donors. 
  • Implement social and online media strategies and tactics for the organization’s campaigns 
  • Uphold the organization’s brand image and serve as the brand “voice” on social media. 
  • Maintain analytics for social media and website including: tracking traffic, engagement, followers, likes, shares, behaviour, audience, user visits, sessions by city/country etc. 
  • Uphold communications calendar of activities, goals, evaluation, budget, timelines, events, social media, newsletters, national days and other important dates. 



  • A combination of education, work/volunteer experience and lived experience that show a commitment to fundraising as a tool for social justice 
  • Five to ten years+ (successful) generalist fundraising experience, including annual giving, events, corporate giving, grants, major gifts and bequests. 
  • A track record of getting things done with limited resources 
  • A fearless passion for human rights issues 
  • Exemplary planning, multi-tasking and time management skills; you meet all deadlines 
  • Proficiency with Office 365, Constant Contact, WordPress, Twitter, FB, Instagram, Hootsuite/equivalent and Reddit, and some experience with Slack, Little Green Light, Canva and Eventbrite. 
  • High level verbal and written communication skills 


How to Apply  

Please address your application to Michael J. Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel, and send the cover letter, detailed resume and any references, in confidence, to: by January 25, 2021.  Applications are considered as they are received.  

Please refer to “Senior Director of Development & Communications” in the subject line. 

In keeping with our ongoing efforts to represent the diversity of our community, we strongly encourage applicants from equity-seeking groups to apply. 

We recognize that structural barriers shape experiences and job qualifications, and therefore we seek to use employment equity to differentiate between candidates who meet the required qualifications. We encourage people to apply even if they feel that the position would be a stretch.