Director of Development

Job Description and Purpose:

The Director of Development is the Justice Centre’s senior fundraising manager responsible for planning, coordinating, and leading efforts to secure funds for the Justice Centre to carry out its mission.


The Director of Development reports directly to the President.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the President and Communications Director, other staff and outside vendors to develop and implement annual strategies, goals and tactics for fundraising;
  • Has responsibility for, and exercises authority over, all communications with Justice Centre donors, including email and hard-copy correspondence. This includes the email delivery and hard-copy delivery of official tax receipts to donors in February of each year;
  • Creates and maintains the Justice Centre’s “case statement” which is the brief written rationale usually presented orally and used for seeking support. It is generally oriented toward outcomes;
  • Oversees all requirements and deadlines in support of fundraising goals including, but not limited to, foundation grant and reporting deadlines, major gift reporting and deadlines, vendor deadlines and schedules – such as direct mail, telemarketing, online solicitation — and various other reporting requirements;
  • Identifies, cultivates and solicits new major gift donors and foundations who do, may, or should have an interest in supporting financially the mission of the Justice Centre and its activities;
  • Writes proposals and packages that will generally be campaign or case specific, but may also include other proposals (such as for students, endowments, etc.). Each will include a cost break-down with specific, measurable outcomes and time frame. Proposals and packages are adaptable to various forms of large-dollar and small-dollar gift appeals;
  • Develops and cultivates prospects by patiently and persistently intervening through correspondence, planned contacts and events, in an effort to create interest and involvement in activities of the Justice Centre. Involves the
  • President and Board of Directors as appropriate;
  • Cultivates not just donors but helpful stakeholders, movement leaders, natural partners and other VIP individuals helpful to achieving fundraising goals;
  • Initiates and coordinate events, sponsorships, advertising, correspondence, meetings and related activities in support of fundraising goals;
  • Leverages the George Jonas Freedom Award dinners, as a way to cultivate and engage prospective and existing donors;
  • Assists with Justice Centre promotional activities (info booths at conferences, developing handouts, video displays, etc.);
  • Maintains a record of donor interactions (“Moves Management”);
  • Works with the Communications Director to ensure all varied and integrated fundraising materials are up to date, of good quality and represent a consistent brand for the Justice Centre;
  • Develops and maintains a close relationship with staff as all elements of the organization contribute to fundraising success, including database administration, communications, and litigation. Continuity is critical to success;
  • Maintains the commitment and enthusiasm of donors (stewardship) by keeping donors informed, and by maintaining their confidence and support through planned and regular correspondence and contact. Stewardship strategies are unique to large and small gift donors. Seeks referral opportunities. Involves the president, other staff
  • Directors and the Board of Directors as appropriate;
  • Ensures the content of the online and hard-copy versions of the thank-you letter are updated monthly with interesting, timely and relevant information on Justice Centre activities and achievements;
  • Creates reports to analyze data and determine the effectiveness of varied fundraising initiatives for the President and Board of Directors;
  • Works with the Operations Director (or equivalent position) and admin staff to ensure the receipt of funds from grants, and the issuance of tax and business receipts as necessary;
  • In coordination with the CFO, President and other staff, ensures that all activities are conducted in accordance with applicable CRA rules and regulations and other legal requirements; and
  • Considers and investigates new opportunities such as the creation of a Justice Centre Legacy Giving Program (bequests).

Working Conditions/Expectations:

The Development Director position is full-time and salaried. The Director is generally expected to be available during regular office hours, but has considerable flexibility as to when she/he works the requisite hours.

  • The Director is expected to get out and meet people in person to advance the Justice Centre and achieve its fundraising goals. Travel is expected and encouraged, and every trip should be clustered around multiple activities;
  • With permission of the President, the Director is expected to attend conferences and participate in professional development opportunities;
  • The Director is expected to be well-informed and up-to-date on all Justice Centre litigation and education activities as well as current news and events related to public policy, politics and legal matters;
  • The Director must be self-motivated and prepared to work independently and take initiative; and
    All pre-authorized work-related expenses are covered, as are approved training and professional development expenses.

Performance Measurement and Reporting:

The Development Director will be required to submit regular reports that measure activity and progress. After an initial six-month review, the President conduct a comprehensive job evaluation that is discussed with the Director every two years. The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please provide a CV and cover letter, addressed to John Carpay, President, to

Applications will be accepted through to Monday July 17.