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Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada

Donor Engagement Officer, Major Gifts (Eastern Canada)

Posted On: October 26, 2023
Closing On: November 3, 2023

Location: Toronto or Montreal
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $70,676.00 per year

Position Status: Permanent

Salary Grade: Level 14 on the MSF Canada Salary Grid, $70,676.00 per year (non-negotiable)

Status: Must be legally authorized to work in Canada; MSF Canada is not in the position to support a work permit process for any applicant outside of Canada

Benefits: Health Spending Account, Lifestyle Spending Account, group insurance (Life, Dependent Life, AD&D), Peace of Mind plan (i.e. prescription drugs, accidental dental, hospital care, etc.), 5% RRSP contributions (no matching required), starting 4 weeks’ Vacation/year, flexible work hours, annual professional development budget, Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), and a positive and innovative office culture grounded in our core values of humanity, integrity and results.

Impact Statement

The Donor Engagement Officer will maintain and develop MSF’s major donor relationships in Eastern Canada and will be based in either Toronto or Montreal. They will personally cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospects, and will play an integral role in the growth of MSF’s major gifts program in Eastern Canada. They will be a passionate advocate for MSF’s work and will relish the opportunity to meet with existing and prospective donors. A strategic thinker with a deep understanding of the humanitarian sector, they will be self-motivated and collaborative, confident in forging effective working relationships across the international movement and able to secure significant philanthropic support for MSF’s work.

Key Responsibilities

  • Major Gifts – Secure significant philanthropic support towards the international priority projects identified by MSF Canada in agreement with MSF’s operating centres; Oversee a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors in Eastern Canada and possibly in other areas: identifying those with an interest in MSF’s work, engaging with them, soliciting, and closing major gifts, and nurturing donor relationships to uncover opportunities for growth
  • Department Administration – Contribute to the development of the Major Giving annual plan, designed to meet priority funding needs, effectively communicate about MSF project activities and advocacy efforts, and meet the needs, objectives, and policies of MSF; Draft reports (including financial information), and provide high quality service to our foundation donors and prospective donors

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Job Specific Competencies

  • Ability to build, manage, and maintain respectful and engaged relationships with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex and sensitive material and use it to develop proposals and reports, and to present appropriate, well-informed messages to current and prospective donors

Knowledge and Experience 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including correspondence with stakeholders
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Responsible, proactive, driven, and able to work independently
  • Demonstrated development experience, preferably in Fundraising, Major Gifts, or with Multilateral/Bilateral funders
  • Experience closing gifts at the six-figure level, including complex gifts using a variety of giving vehicles
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of humanitarian issues
  • Experience in all aspects of donor cultivation (research, writing, follow-up, and stewardship)
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office programs (specifically Word and Excel), fundraising databases, and conducting online research
  • Knowledge and experience with major donors from Eastern Canada
  • A valid driver’s licence, and ability to travel throughout Quebec and Ontario
  • Enthusiastic “all hands-on deck” style team player; able to operate and collaborate across multiple teams and thrive in a fast-paced culture

Education, Certifications, and Languages

  • Fluently bilingual in English and French (written and spoken)

To Apply
Interested candidates are invited to apply by providing their resume and responding to the online application questions (in lieu of providing a cover letter).
The application deadline is Friday, 3 November 2023, 9:00am EDT. A complete detailed job description is available here. Only electronic applications will be accepted.

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