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The York School

Manager, Major Gifts

Posted On: February 2, 2022
Closing On: February 28, 2022

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $ 90,000-115,000

Manager, Major Gifts
(Permanent – Full Time) 
Do you enjoy working with a team of people who are innovative, dynamic, collaborative, progressive and global-minded?  If so then we are looking for you to join our community as the Manager, Major Gifts. The York School offers an inclusive culture and values creativity, individuality and new ideas.
Like our students, staff at The York School are inquiring, knowledgeable, caring and engaged citizens of the world. Leaders and experts in their field, they are open to change and committed to improving lives through education.
The Manager, Major Gifts is responsible for the overall management of the major gifts programme, with a focus on donor relationship management. Reporting to the Associate Director, Advancement, the Manager, Major Gifts will  lead and manage a portfolio of between 75 to 100 prospects. They will develop and implement plans for securing support from donors who can make major gifts, work closely with faculty and staff at the school to promote the acquisition of major gifts and manage major gift campaigns, the respective campaign teams, and volunteers. The Manager, Major Gifts will also work closely with the Associate Head, External Relations to ensure coordination of projects.


  • Qualify and cultivate prospective donors
  • Develop and propose strategies for solicitation of major gifts: determining ongoing relationships with prospect/donor; recommending specific purpose and level of gift; identifying those to be involved in cultivation and subsequent solicitation; assuring that solicitations are carried out
  • Develop and implement programs for major gifts, special gifts and campaign management, including, process documentation and improvement, and progress tracking
  • In collaboration with Marketing & Communications, oversee the development of written and presentation materials to engage donor prospects (e.g., proposals, pitch decks) and donors (e.g., customized and templated stewardship reports)
  • Work with other members of the Advancement team to ensure the effective coordination of all advancement programs and to reinforce the prospect relationship continuum
  • Participate, as required, in External Relations team efforts including, but no limited to, solicitation strategy teams for key prospects and internal planning
  • Keep current on programs and faculty, student initiatives at The York School
  • In collaboration with the Manager, Alumni Engagement and Stewardship, coordinate an effective program for recognition, involvement, and stewardship of major gift donors
  • Post-secondary education in a related discipline
  • CFRE preferred
  • Five or more years of individual major gift fundraising, preferably in an independent school, university, hospital or major arts organization environment
  • Strong working knowledge of the process of securing major gifts from identifying and qualifying donors all the way through to cultivation and closing of donor gifts, stewardship and reporting
  • Interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the school’s fundraising priorities through the development of excellent working relationships with all stakeholders in the community
  • Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and alter strategic advancement plans
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical, presentation, and organization skills required
  • Knowledge of industry standard practises and laws governing charitable giving
  • Flexibility & Adaptability
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Breadth of Contribution
  • Relationship Focused
  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Service Orientation
  • Influence & Inspiration
  • Leading with Purpose
  • Champion Change
  • Coach & Develop Others
  • Managerial Courage
  • TYS Campus, Toronto
  • Hybrid, remote work and on campus required
  • Weekend and evening work required
Employees at The York School are inquiring, knowledgeable, caring and engaged citizens of the world. Leaders in their field, they are collaborative, open to change and committed to improving lives through education. We are committed to professional development, and provide a competitive compensation, Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) and benefit package to our employees.
At The York School, our mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world. As such, we are an equal opportunity employer and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace. The York School will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Human Resources by email at or by phone at 416- 926-1325.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and express their interest in confidence via email to

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