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CAMH Foundation

Development Research Officer

Posted On: March 19, 2024
Closing On: March 28, 2024

Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $64,890.00 - $73,645.00

Toronto / Full-Time

Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, this role involves remote / work from home with a requirement for a minimum of two (2) days per week working onsite and may be subject to change as the organization works through its hybrid workforce plan, and/or changing needs of the Foundation. We care about our team and community, and are closely monitoring the evolving situation. CAMH Foundation will continue to make the health and safety of our team a top priority.


Hi! I’m Katie Agostino, Manager, Development Research & Prospect Management. I’ve spent 10 years with CAMH Foundation watching the organization and the cause grow significantly. I am driven by working for a meaningful cause, with an exceptional team, and doing the job I love.

I believe the key to an excellent Development Research Officer is not just the technical skills but the knowledge of the organization’s business, asking the right questions, listening to the answers and believing in the organization’s mission.

I invite you to join me for a conversation about your interest in CAMHF, have the chance to meet members of our incredible team, and tell me more about how your career aspirations align with our bold journey to create a world where mental health is health.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. With a dedicated staff of more than 3,000 physicians, clinicians, researchers, educators and support staff, CAMH offers outstanding clinical care to more than 34,000 patients each year. The organization conducts ground-breaking research, provides expert training to health care professionals and scientists, develops innovative health promotion and prevention strategies, and advocates on public policy issues at all levels of government.

CAMH Foundation is charged with raising and stewarding funds in support of CAMH. Its role is to help transform the way we understand and address mental illness by raising awareness and increasing engagement across the country. Generous and dedicated supporters help CAMH advance discovery and innovation, build spaces that promote recovery, and break down the stigma of mental illness.

The Research Team is responsible for leading the Development Research service, proactive prospect identification, as well as the Prospect Management Process. As members of the team, we are committed to a positive and safe work environment where we support, listen and learn from each other and be accountable to our many key stakeholders.


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, and ensure accurate entry of research information into CAMH Foundation’s fundraising database.  In a nutshell, this is a fundraising role and requires experience in a fundraising setting.


  • 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


  • Two years of work experience within a non-profit, fundraising, or advancement research services environment combined with a related post-secondary education 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.

Don’t sweat it if you don’t have everything listed above. We believe in growth and curiosity. If you have some of these qualities and believe this is the position that will make you excited to come into work every day, then we want to hear from you!

Salary Range: $64,890.00 – $73,645.00 annually

CAMH Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application process, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Please contact We celebrate our inclusive work environment and welcome members of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply.

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.

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CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.