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CAMH Foundation

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Posted On: July 11, 2022
Closing On: August 31, 2022

Location: Toronto
Effective: Fall 2022
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $224,000 – $280,000 plus eligibility for annual incentive pay

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CAMH Foundation is charged with raising and stewarding funds in support of CAMH’s high priority research, education, and advocacy needs, all with the goal of improving patient outcomes. Raising over $80 million annually, the CAMH Foundation team of over 60 staff works closely with donors, sponsors, partners and stakeholders to drive positive change for CAMH and the cause of mental health.

The Foundation’s role is to help transform the way mental illness is understood by raising awareness and increasing engagement across the country and around the world. Its generous and dedicated supporters help CAMH advance discovery and innovation, build spaces that promote recovery, and break down the stigma of mental illness. The Foundation earns the trust of supporters by aligning their passions with the work of CAMH and through transparent communication and stewardship.

In recent years, CAMH Foundation has led two successful fundraising campaigns that have propelled the Foundation forward as a leading fundraising organization, raising over $400 million in philanthropic and private-sector contributions: Transforming Lives (2004-2011) raised $108 million and Breakthrough (2011-2017) raised $285 million. Currently underway and preparing to go public is the most ambitious campaign in support of mental health in Canadian history; raising $500 million for capital and research investments. These results have enabled the Foundation to have a significant impact in supporting better mental health care and improved patient outcomes through the excellent work of CAMH.


CAMH Foundation has an exceptional opportunity for a passionate, visionary leader with strong fund development and strategic management skills to inspire individual philanthropy in support of the Foundation’s historic $500 million comprehensive campaign to transform mental health care and research. CAMH’s global leadership positions us as best qualified to build the world’s leading collaboration facility to accelerate discovery and improve outcomes for people with mental illness. Not only are we the best qualified, we have a duty to do this work.

Reporting directly to the President & Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Philanthropy Officer (“CPO”) is a key thought leader on the Executive Committee for the Foundation and the most senior development executive accountable for transformational, major, mid-level and legacy gifts in the organization. The new CPO will have the unique opportunity to bring this campaign across the finish line and to celebrate the historic and transformative impact this will have on mental health research, not just in Canada but around the world.

Key Qualifications

The ideal candidate will bring the following skills and experiences:

  • Deep experience as a philanthropy professional focused on major, transformational and individual giving.
  • Superior management skills with proven experience building, mentoring, coaching and leading high performing and engaged teams.
  • Demonstrated track-record of cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual, corporate and foundation gifts at the transformative level, ideally at the 7-figure level or higher.
  • Ability to design and implement complex gift structures.
  • Proven significant experience in the successful execution of complex fundraising campaigns including capital.
  • Experience working within the health care sector and/or a large, complex environment will be considered an asset.
  • Proven ability to engage, inspire, build and sustain strong collaborative working relationships within the Foundation and with the Foundation’s key stakeholders including CAMH leadership, researchers and clinicians; CAMHF Board of Directors and senior volunteers; and existing and prospective donors.
  • Proven ability to effectively and passionately communicate with a wide variety of audiences both orally and in writing.
  • Proven people leadership and a reputation as a humble, accessible, inspiring coach/mentor who has enabled development, independence, creative yet thoughtful risk taking, and a collaborative and respectful team environment.
  • Understanding of and interest in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives in the not-for-profit sector.

Application Instructions

CAMH Foundation is committed to fostering a climate of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. This commitment is central to, and mutually supportive of, our research excellence mandate. We welcome and respect the diversity of all members of our community, and we support an inclusive culture for our clients, families, research scientists, staff, and participants, trainees, volunteers, trustees, and partners. We welcome applications from Black individuals and other racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2SA+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas within our community. We are committed to fair assessment of a candidate’s abilities, and consideration for diversity of thought, method, and experience, including non-traditional career paths. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process where needed.

A detailed position profile is available upon request.


Siegel Executive Search Solutions Inc., member of the Executive Search Alliance, is advising the CAMH Foundation on the basis of an exclusive consulting assignment.  Interested applicants may explore this opportunity in confidence by submitting a resume to no later than August 31, 2022. The publication of this advertisement is neither an assurance that an applicant will be hired, nor that the position will be held open for any specific period of time in the event that a suitable candidate for the position is identified at an earlier date. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those who are considered for an interview will be contacted.