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Kids Help Phone

Senior Development Officer, Philanthropy

Posted On: January 18, 2024
Closing On: March 1, 2024

Location: Toronto
Effective: As Soon As Possible
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $71,800 - $88,600

Are you motivated by the opportunity to positively impact mental health for young people in Canada? Kids Help Phone is on a transformational journey, one that will change the landscape of youth mental health in Canada. We cannot do it without a team who are willing to be game changers and help fuel that journey. We need team members that are passionate about making a real difference in young people’s lives. It will take courage. It will take resilience.   

The Position:-

In partnership with the Executive Director, Philanthropy and the Chief Development Officer, the Senior Development Officer (SDO), Philanthropy is responsible for the activities related to 6-and-7-figure major gift solicitations of individuals, families and foundations. They will manage a portfolio of assigned prospects that is national in scope, with annual production, cash and activity goals.

This position will also serve as the Funding Priority Lead for Kids Help Phone’s Equity Programs, providing oversight of the department’s pipeline of planned solicitations in support of programs that engage Indigenous, Black and Newcomer youth in Canada.

What You’ll do:-

  • Solicit 6-to-7-figure gifts through customized proposals and face-to-face meetings (virtual and in-person); securing multi-year commitments where possible.
  • Work closely with Executive Director, Philanthropy and members of the Senior Advancement Leadership Team in the development and execution of philanthropy giving strategies.
  • Develop funding proposals to solicit foundations and individuals, partnering with peers from Advancement Operations, Stewardship and Donor Relations functions, as needed.
  • Develop and maintain relationship management strategies for assigned portfolio of donors; maintain data hygiene for portfolio in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Identify and cultivate prospective donor relationships by individual contact and attending events, for a diverse fundraising portfolio.
  • Manage fundraising and stewardship pipeline activity, including prospect identification by working with Prospect Research, managing and continually building the philanthropy pipeline across the stages of identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Recruit and train volunteers to develop a network to support awareness and fundraising strategies in various sectors, as appropriate.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in non-profit management, programming and philanthropy.
  • Collaborates with Donor Relations to establish timely and appropriate stewardship plans, ensuring gifts are handled and recognized according to sound Advancement practices.
  • Works with Advancement colleagues on internal communications, briefing notes, research profiles, funding proposals, gift agreements, stewardship reports, and accountability reports. Ensures all necessary constituents are involved in key efforts focused on specific prospects.
  • Develops and maintains an in-depth knowledge of Funding Priorities and applies this knowledge in matching the interests and needs of prospects.
  • Ensures all contact reports are recorded in a timely fashion in the database.
  • Promotes a culture of inclusion, with a commitment to the equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion initiatives designed to foster an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming work environment for individuals with diverse backgrounds and identities.

What You’ll Need:-

  • University or college degree in fundraising or related experience in sales, marketing, business development or corporate account management.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ Major Gifts experience, with a proven track record of meeting or exceeding annual revenue targets.
  • Demonstrated success in soliciting multi-year gifts at the 6-and-7-figure level
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated, tact, diplomacy, interpersonal and written skills to liaise with senior management, staff, volunteers and donors.
  • Ability to work independently and in a dynamic, multidisciplinary team environment – developing partnerships with teams across the organization.
  • Strong organizational skills to determine work priorities and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of products, Raisers Edge and electronic databases.
  • Holds or is working towards the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation or equivalent will be considered an asset.
  • This position may require travel within Canada. A valid driver’s license and passport is required.

Don’t meet every single qualification and requirement? Studies have shown that women and racialized people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At KHP we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles that our organization is recruiting for.

This job posting will close on Thursday February 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm. Application received after this time may not be considered. 

Why Kids Help Phone?:-

  • Meaningful opportunities to make an impact
  • Modern, collaborative space and an environment where you are valued and appreciated
  • Employee Wellness programs
  • Extensive medical, dental and optical coverage
  • Work/life balance and flexibility
  • We take great pride in our first-class team and culture. Open-door approach at all levels
  • Rapidly growing organization with a focus on continuous innovation
  • Real-time coaching and feedback, growth opportunities, and a supportive and collaborative team

The Organization

Kids Help Phone is a Canadian and world leader, known for their expertise and continuous innovation as Canada’s only 24/7 professional counselling and information service for young people, in both French and English. Since 1989, we have offered kids, teens and young adults a critical lifeline of hope and support through our free, anonymous and confidential services.  Young people reach out to Kids Help Phone’s professional counselors and trained volunteers from every corner of the country via phone, Live Chat and texting, and benefit from their database of local youth-serving programs.  Kids Help Phone’s website is a widely recognized model of youth-focused design; offering therapeutic tools, games, information, and counseling.

To learn more about Feel Out Loud: the largest youth mental health movement in Canadian history: 

The Feel Out Loud Campaign Cabinet – a group of extraordinary philanthropic and business leaders who are deeply committed to unlocking hope for all youth across Canada

What I Wouldn’t Do (North Star Calling), a star-studded anthem and video created by over 50 Canadian artists who united across the country to form the musical collective Artists for Feel Out Loud, with the sole purpose of amplifying the conversation around mental health and empowering young people to feel out loud.

 The Small Print:

Accommodation Statement:

Kids Help Phone welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities, as such reasonable accommodations are available upon request from a candidate with a disability, thus ensuring you can take part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process. If as a qualified job applicant, you request an accommodation, we will consult with you and provide reasonable accommodations according to your accessibility needs. If you wish to make a request, please provide a cover letter, when applying to this position.

The successful candidate to this role will be asked to complete a background screen, which may include criminal, credit, employment, educational checks and/or COVID 19 vaccination checks. All offers of employment are conditional on the receipt of satisfactory results of any applicable check.

Statement on Inclusion Diversity Equity Accessibility (I.D.E.A.):

Kids Help Phone provides services in one of the most diverse countries in the world. The diversity of our communities takes many forms. It includes differences related, amongst others to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, gender expression and presentation, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, and socioeconomic status. We see diversity as an asset to our organization and communities and strive to be reflective of the communities that we serve. We commit ourselves to promoting better understanding and appreciation of our human diversity; a commitment which is best realized through our individual and collective effort.

We are professionally and personally committed to celebrating the rich diversity, equity and inclusion of people who work in our company, to those who live in our communities, and to those who access our services and resources. We believe that it is critical that our services empower freedom of thought and opinion in an environment of mutual respect. All our activities and interactions are enriched by accepting each other as we are and by celebrating our uniqueness as well as our commonality. We are guided by the principle that celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion enriches and empowers the lives of all people.

Message to Agencies:

Kids Help Phone does not accept unsolicited telephone calls, referrals or resumes from any source other than directly from candidates. Kids Help Phone will not consider unsolicited telephone calls, referrals and/or resumes from vendors including and without limitation, search firms, staffing agencies, fee-based referral services and recruiting agencies. The submission of referrals or resumes by anyone other than a candidate directly to Kids Help Phone is not welcome. Unsolicited referrals and resumes sent to Kids Help Phone will be deemed gratuitous, and Kids Help Phone will not be obligated or bound in any way to pay a referral or any other fee if a person referred to us from a source other than a direct candidate is subsequently hired.