Job Description – Director of Development

About the JCCF:

The Justice Centre is the place Canadians turn to when their fundamental freedoms are undermined and infringed by state entities – freedoms such as expression, conscience, religion, association and peaceful assembly. Founded in 2010, the organization’s mission is “to defend the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through litigation and education.”

The Justice Centre fights for a free society where governments uphold human dignity by respecting fundamental rights and freedoms, and where Canadians can realize their potential and fulfil their aspirations.”

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 and CEO.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the President, Communications Director, Operations Director, other staff and outside vendors to develop and implement annual strategies, goals and tactics for fundraising;
  • 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/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 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, and occasionally with the Litigation 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 data base 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 and board 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 Operations Director and admin staff to ensure the receipt of grants and issuance of tax and business receipts as necessary;
  • 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 has considerable flexibility as to when she/he works the requisite hours.

  • This position is new to the Justice Centre and so it is both expected and understood that the Director will identify new requirements and practices to be implemented. This may involve clerical and admin help, reporting practices, new vendors, software requirements, etc. Every effort will be made to fulfil needs in a cost-effective and efficient manner necessary to achieve fundraising goals;
  • 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 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 the initiative; and
  • All pre-authorized work-related expenses are covered, as are approved training and professional development expenses.

Performance Measurement and Reporting:

  • Once protocols are established, the Director will be required to submit regular reports that measure activity and progress; and
  • After an initial six-month review, the President conducts a comprehensive job evaluation that is discussed with the director every two years.