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Canadian Cancer Society

Senior Manager, Leadership Giving

Posted On: May 3, 2022
Closing On: June 3, 2022

Location: Toronto - Hybrid Role
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $85,000 to $95,000


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.


At CCS, we embrace everyone’s uniqueness and recognize the strength that lies in differences. We believe in the power of our collective potential and strive to achieve a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace to empower and create opportunities for all. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their gender, age, religion, and nationality. Particularly equity deserving groups, such as members of the BIPOC, and LGBTQQIP2SAA communities, people living with disabilities, veterans, and anyone who may contribute to the further diversification of the Canadian Cancer Society. Together we unite and inspire all Canadians to change the future of cancer.

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Reporting to the Vice President, Leadership and Corporate Giving, the Senior Manager, Leadership Giving will build a sustainable major gifts program, raising funds to support vital mission priorities of the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario. In collaboration with other members of 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 managing a portfolio of prospects and donors and raising $1M annually, with a pipeline of $2M+.


  • Develops and implements strategies for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift donors, be it individuals, corporations or foundations.
  • Develops and manages a pipeline of key accounts using moves management to track and attain activity metrics.
  • Conducts prospect research and analysis, generates proposals, fundraising materials, reports and other related communications.
  • Solicits current and prospective donors to secure funding support for CCS priority projects such as the Research Campaign and support programs across Canada.
  • Ensures appropriate donor recognition, acknowledgement, and stewardship.
  • Maintains accurate records of donors, prospects using and inputting in Salesforce database.
  • Develops and manages a minimum of 100-150 key accounts.
  • Regularly tracks and analyzes key activity metrics against benchmarks.
  • Prepares and closes on major gift solicitations ($10,000+).
  • Collaborates and works closely with colleagues across the country in Leadership Giving.
  • Contributes to the planning process.
  • Works with cross-functional partners to anticipate linkages in annual plans to ensure that required resources/deliverables are integrated and supported across CCS teams.
  • Actively contributes to Leadership Giving Team initiatives to achieve fundraising targets and deliver on department priorities.
  • Provides timely and relevant information for the Vice President, Leadership and Corporate Giving regarding Major Gifts activity.
  • Attends meetings as required.
  • Represents CCS with passion and professionalism.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Foster a working environment that highlights the talents and strengths of each team member.
  • Ensure that hiring practices are inclusive.
  • Encourage growth and development opportunities for all team members.
  • Champion CCS as a hero in the face of cancer.
  • Actively contribute to our culture of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion by encouraging dialogue that respectfully considers a wide variety of ideas, opinions, and suggestions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • 6 to 8 years of experience managing a major gift pipeline with demonstrated success raising funds.
  • CFRE designation is an asset.
  • Strong track record of securing individual major gifts in a complex not-for-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated relational and leadership skills necessary to engage internal stakeholders to help foster a culture of major gifts philanthropy.
  • Strong relationship management skills. Interacts comfortably and successfully with a variety of stakeholders (staff, volunteers, donors, general public), individually and in a group.
  • Developed communication and presentation skills, polished, professional and demonstrates a high degree of integrity and discretion.
  • Experience using donor database management tools such as Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce.
  • Role is currently hybrid between office and remote work, but this may change at any time to more regular office located work at CCS Toronto office.
  • Must have access to a vehicle as travel is required.


CCS offers meaningful opportunities to help make a difference in the lives of Canadians with cancer, their caregivers, families and communities. We are committed to building and nurturing an inclusive community for our employees by highlighting their unique experiences. We value diverse skills and strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates. CCS is 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, which include paid parental leave, paid family sick time and health insurance, 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 by June 3, 2022.

For internal candidates, this position is assigned to salary band 7.

CCS is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. In accordance with the local provincial Accessibility Act, accommodation will be provided as requested throughout the recruitment process.  We want to make the interview process a great experience for you!

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. 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 applications. Reasonable accommodation and remote working will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.