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Alzheimer Society Durham Region

Director of Philanthropy

Posted On: May 5, 2022
Closing On: August 30, 2022

Location: Whitby, Ontario. Hybrid work model is in place
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: 75,000+

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Alzheimer Society Durham Region

Title:                          Director of Philanthropy

Status:                       Full time (37.5 hours/week)

Reports to:                CEO

Supervises:               Manager of Community Engagement, Communications Coordinator

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, this position is responsible for the development, coordination, and delivery of fund development activities that further the mission and maximize the revenues of the Alzheimer Society. This position plays a key role in the creation and implementation of strategic directions to increase revenues from individuals, foundations, and corporations, manages fund development staff, works with key volunteers and Board Members to achieve fundraising goals, mentors other staff in donor solicitation and recognition, and ensures that development activities conform to organizational standards and policies. This position is also responsible for the marketing and communications reach of the Society.


Fund Development

  • Achieves annual fundraising targets to meet the goals set by the Society’s Board and Chief Executive Officer for individual, foundation, and corporate donors.
  • Oversees and executes fundraising activities in accordance with the Society’s 5-year annual fundraising plan
  • Develops, leads, and solicits major, individual, annual, and corporate giving programs.
  • Assists and supports staff, Board Members, and other key fundraising volunteers to identify and solicit major, individual, foundation, and corporate prospects.
  • Works closely with the Society Board to evaluate new and ongoing programs, evaluate processes, and develop policies as required.
  • Oversees and executes donor stewardship activities
  • Develops and manages Society’s donor recognition program.
  • Manages and enhances the external identity of the Society to potential funders, donors, clients, and other stakeholders.
  • Provides information and updates on fund development activities for Board meetings, newsletters, and websites.
  • Oversees the work of local fund development staff to meet established targets related to the Society’s fundraising events including the Walk for Alzheimer’s and other special fundraising events.
  • Promotes and expands the concept of third-party events to businesses, service clubs and individuals.
  • Collaborates with Community Engagement staff to ensure community partnerships are maximized.


  •  Responsible for screening, interviewing, and hiring direct reports in consultation with the CEO.
  • Responsible for providing initial and ongoing training and orientation of all direct reports.
  • Responsible for conducting regular supervision meetings with all direct reports.
  • Responsible for scheduling and leading regular team meetings to encourage information sharing, promote team cohesion, seek employee input, and develop an engaged and healthy workplace culture.
  • Provides leadership, coaching, and support to employees to ensure client service excellence is maintained.
  • Responsible for the administration of probationary and annual performance reviews, ensuring all necessary documentation is completed and submitted for signature in a timely manner.
  • Is familiar with, adheres to, and supports employees to understand and apply organizational policies and procedures.
  • Works in collaboration with other Leadership Team members to share information, address staffing issues, problem solve, and streamline procedures to improve service provision.
  • In consultation with the HR Department, is responsible for the performance and discipline of direct reports up to and including termination.
  • Shares on-call responsibilities with other leaders as assigned.

Marketing, Communications, and Networking

  •  Oversees the work of the marketing and communications staff.
  • Collaborates with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and Alzheimer Society of Canada as required
  • Collaborates with ASiO partners on provincial fund development, marketing & communication initiatives

Finance Support and Record-Keeping

  •  Assists the Director of Operations in developing the annual budget.
  • Ensures the maintenance and accuracy of comprehensive records in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Produces quarterly reports to the CEO and the Board of Directors on the success of the Society’s fundraising plan.


  • Represents the Alzheimer Society professionally in the community.
  • Participates in organizational committees and task forces as requested.
  • Complies with organizational policies and procedures.
  • Complies with the duties imposed by law or contract and the policies and procedures for performing the job in a safe and healthy manner.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree and/or proven track record with a minimum of 3 years experience in major gift fundraising, special event planning, and social marketing preferably within the not-for-profit sector
  • CRFE designation is considered an asset
  • Results-driven and client-focused professional with the ability to solicit, negotiate, maximize and close major gifts and to identify and develop relationships with new prospects
  • Excellent communicator, verbally & written, who is able to interact with top donors and maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and motivate others and to work autonomously and as part of a team with excellent interpersonal skills and savvy
  • Ability to identify, recruit and manage a network of key fundraising volunteers
  • Strategic thinker with an ability to develop and implement plans and carry on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent problem solving, priority setting, analytical and organizational skills with an attention to detail
  • Ability to coach others in the area of fundraising
  • Demonstrated experience with Raiser’s Edge database is considered an asset
  • Dynamic, adaptable to change and enjoys working in a community-based environment
  • Must have an understanding and commitment to the role and mission of the organization

Physical Demands
No special physical demands are required beyond the performance of general office duties


  • Must have insured vehicle and be able to travel throughout Durham Region


  • Please submit your application to quoting “Director of Philanthropy ” in the subject title.

No phone calls, please. We thank you for your interest in applying to the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The position will remain posted until a suitable candidate has been found.

Human Rights Code & AODA:

The Alzheimer Society is an equal opportunity employer, and we are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live and serve. We are also committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes in accordance with the Human Rights Code and AODA and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Commitment to Equitable Recruitment:

The Alzheimer Society welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity and social justice and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black and persons of color, persons with disabilities, people living with dementia, care partners and those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

The Alzheimer Society requires that you be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, subject to any accommodation obligations it may have under human rights legislation.