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Canadian Cancer Society

Director, Leadership Giving GTA

Posted On: November 4, 2021
Closing On: November 30, 2021

Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior

Regular Full Time

Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA

Salary between 115 and 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.


Reporting to the Vice President, Leadership 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 manage a portfolio of prospects and donors, raising $1M-$2M annually, with a pipeline of $3M-$5M


  • Manages a portfolio of major gifts prospects (individuals) and personally conducts cultivation visits, solicitation calls, and stewardship activities to meet revenue budgets.
  • Supervises, mentors, and coaches development officers to likewise manage a portfolio of major gifts prospects (individuals) as team grows.
  • Supervises, mentors and coaches major gift support roles including researchers and writers as required.
  • Develops and maintains a qualified top prospect list and facilitates the continued identification and assignment of individual giving prospects to fundraising staff and in community offices.
  • Helps 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.
  • Provides leadership and support to senior leadership volunteers supporting major gift program development. 
  • Work closely with the Nationwide Leadership Giving team.
  • Regularly tracks and analyzes key activity metrics against benchmarks.
  • Collaborates with and supports senior level staff and volunteers with high level major gifts prospects.
  • Creates a collegial working environment with key internal departments: Donor Services, Information Systems Management, Community Giving, Planned Giving, Marketing, Communications and Digital, Events and Finance. 
  • Supported the development of the budget of the Major Gifts Department at the regional level and influences growth of the budgets at the community level.
  • Creates a positive work environment which attracts and retains high calibre individuals.
  • Recruits and retains qualified staff to meet resourcing needs.
  • Supports the team in achieving their commitments and departmental objectives.
  • Identifies developmental needs and implements tactics to reduce the gaps identified.
  • Works in compliance with the provisions of Occupational Health & Safety in Ontario and complies with the Society’s Health & Safety Policy. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A minimum of 10 years of 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 manager: interacts comfortably and successfully with a variety of stakeholders (staff, volunteers, donors, general public), individually and in a group; presents well, is polished, professional with a high degree of personal integrity and discretion.
  • Experience using donor database management tools such as Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce.
  • Access to a vehicle as travel is required. 
  • CFRE designation is an asset.
  • A criminal records check is required.
  • Please note that in keeping with the mandate of the Canadian Cancer Society to model and promote healthy lifestyles, employees are not permitted to smoke in or about Society premises or while carrying out CCS business.


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 via our website:

For internal candidates, this position is assigned to salary band 8.

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. 

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