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Canadian Cancer Society

Director, Leadership Giving GTA

Posted On: December 14, 2021
Closing On: January 9, 2022

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: 110-135K


The Canadian Cancer Society works tirelessly to save and improve lives. We fund the brightest minds in cancer research. We provide a compassionate support system for all those affected by cancer, from coast to coast and for all types of cancer. As the voice for Canadians who care about cancer, we work with governments to establish health policies to prevent cancer and better support those living with the disease. No other organization does all that we do to improve lives today and to change the future of cancer forever.

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Reporting to the Vice President, Leadership and Corporate Giving, the Director, Leadership Giving will build the capacity for donor relationship management across the community offices of the Canadian Cancer Society–Ontario Region with a focus on the Greater Toronto Area. In collaboration with other Directors on the Ontario Leadership Giving Team, this role supports the growth of the Ontario fundraising portfolio and the operational excellence of the major gift program, including personally managing a portfolio of prospects and donors and raising $1M-$2M annually, with a pipeline of $3M-$5M.


  • Manage a portfolio of major gifts prospects (individuals) and personally conduct cultivation visits, solicitation calls, and stewardship activities to meet revenue budgets.
  • Develop and maintain a qualified top prospect list and facilitate the continued identification and assignment of individual giving prospects to fundraising staff and in community offices.
  • Help build the Ontario Major Gifts program by implementing the processes, systems, tools and communications required to effectively identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift donors within the Ontario portfolio.
  • Provide leadership and support to senior leadership volunteers supporting major gift program development.
  • Work closely with the Nationwide Leadership Giving team.
  • Regularly track and analyze key activity metrics against benchmarks.
  • Collaborate with and support senior level staff and volunteers with high level major gifts prospects.
  • Create a collegial working environment with key internal departments: Donor Services, Information Systems Management, Community Giving, Planned Giving, Marketing, Communications and Digital, Events and Finance.
  • Support the development of the budget of the Major Gifts Department at the regional level and influence the growth of the budgets at the community level.
  • Create a positive work environment that attracts and retains high caliber individuals.
  • Support the team in achieving their commitments and departmental objectives.
  • Identify developmental needs and implement tactics to reduce the gaps identified.
  • Work in compliance with the provisions of Occupational Health & Safety in Ontario and comply with the Society’s Health & Safety Policy.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and a minimum of ten years of progressive major gift fundraising experience is preferred.
  • Proven track record of identifying, researching, cultivating, soliciting, securing and renewing large individual major gifts with senior level volunteers and staff.
  • Successful experience in training and coaching staff in relationship fundraising.
  • Demonstrated relational and leadership skills necessary to engage internal stakeholders to help foster a culture of major gifts philanthropy.
  • Strong relationship management skills. Interacts comfortably and successfully with a variety of stakeholders (staff, volunteers, donors, general public), individually and in a group.
  • Developed communication and presentation skills, polished, professional and demonstrates a high degree of integrity and discretion.
  • Proficient with MS Office and experience using donor database management tools such as Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce.
  • CFRE designation is an asset.
  • Must have access to a vehicle as travel is required.



CCS offers meaningful opportunities to help make a difference in the lives of Canadians with cancer and their families. We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, supportive and exemplifies our core values:


In return for your skills and dedication, we offer an attractive compensation package that encompasses a competitive salary, excellent benefits and the opportunity to have a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can make a true difference every day.


Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter and salary expectations to:

CCS is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. CCS will make available reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request.

We thank all candidates for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please note that in keeping with the mandate of CCS to model and promote healthy lifestyles, employees are not permitted to smoke in or about CCS premises or while carrying out CCS business.

As an employer, occupational health and safety legislation requires that we protect our workers from health and safety risks in the workplace. Effective November 8, 2021 (October 15 in Quebec and October 26 in BC) CCS has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy requiring that all staff who work in any of our physical workplaces must be fully vaccinated against COVID 19. All employees will need to attest to their vaccination status through a secure online form or automated application. Reasonable accommodation and remote working will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.