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Position: Development Officer
Organization: Relay Education
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Position Overview:

Relay Education is seeking an experienced fundraiser to be part of a dynamic team, working together to educate and inspire individuals and communities in building a 100% renewable energy future.

The successful candidate will be an integral part of the continued growth of the charity’s programming across Canada – where we engage over 14,000 people every year.

We are looking for someone who is passionate, motivated and believes strongly in the value of engaging youth and communities in sustainable energy solutions.

The Development Officer (DO) will report to and work closely with the Executive Director. The DO will be the primary driver of the charity’s fundraising efforts, based out of Relay’s head office in Toronto, ON. The Development Officer will have a well-rounded fundraising background, with proven success in:

  • Corporate giving, sponsorship and employee engagement
  • Annual & Major giving
  • Donor cultivation and stewardship

About Relay Education:

Relay Education’s mission is to educate, inspire and assist individuals and communities in building a 100% renewable energy future. We believe the future can bring a healthy, prosperous planet led by informed citizens and powered by renewable energy sources.

Relay delivers renewable energy education programs in classrooms and communities across Canada – creating systemic change for a greener future and fostering the next generation of renewable energy leaders.

Development Officer responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and execution of strategic fundraising plans, in collaboration with Relay Education’s Executive Director.
  • Maintain and grow Relay Education’s partnerships with corporate donors and sponsors.
  • Lead the identification and acquisition of existing and new revenue streams i.e. corporate donations, sponsorships, and individual giving
  • Develop and launch Relay Education’s first major gift program.
  • Effectively identify, acquire and steward annual and monthly donors (inc. direct mail and online appeals).
  • Work closely with the Communication Manager to develop a communications strategy and effective, donor communications (including reporting, stewardship pieces), web-based experience, social media strategies related to development.
  • Oversee data management, donations processing, including maintaining and updating internal policies/procedures
  • Work with Programming team and partners to write funding proposals for new and existing programming.
  • Track and produce stewardship/impact reports for corporate and other partners
  • Ability to lead and execute intimate donor engagement and stewardship events
  • Keep the organization current in relevant philanthropic trends, opportunities and best practices, in alignment with CRA guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain a wide network of external relationships with sponsors, donors, community liaisons, energy industry representatives, volunteers, media, education officials.
  • Ability to travel periodically within Canada.

Skills and Qualifications

  • 3-5 years experience in a generalist fundraising role.
  • College diploma, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education/professional experience
  • Excellent track record in setting and achieving fund development targets.
  • Strong track record of donor cultivation and stewardship.
  • Experience and success in identifying, planning, building and sustaining effective, strategic corporate partnerships including cause-marketing, sponsorships, and charitable giving.
  • Success in developing and managing annual giving and monthly giving programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and communicate with a variety of audiences, including donors, volunteers, committees, senior management, and corporate partners.
  • Works well independently to achieve results and solve problems.
  • Ability to be a team player in a smaller team and a casual working environment.
  • Enthusiasm and a positive, engaging approach.
  • Ability to inspire donors, volunteers, staff team, media, partners.
  • Experience with donor management software.
  • Fluency in French considered an asset.
  • Experience securing major donors considered an asset.
  • Ability to establish and monitor priorities, remain flexible, meet deadlines, and have fun.

We value:

  • Sparking interest, innovation and creative problem-solving
  • Diversity in perspectives and participation
  • Environmental stewardship and climate change mitigation
  • Hands-on learning and teaching
  • Collaborative partnerships and co-learning for program design and delivery
  • Celebrating successes; and
  • Having fun while making a positive impact!
  • Do you believe the transition to sustainable energy is essential in Canada? Join our team today!

Compensation and Benefits This is a full-time permanent position. The salary rate is competitive for an experienced development professional in the environmental non-profit sector and will be based on skills, experience, and qualifications of the successful candidate. Benefits include:

  • Salary of $47,000 - $57,000; will commensurate with experience
  • three weeks of holidays per year
  • flexible work hours
  • training and development opportunities

Further terms of employment will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.

How to Apply

Email your cover letter and resume to

Please ensure the following:

  1. Subject line reads: “Development Officer (Your Last Name)
  2. Cover letter and resume are no longer than 3 pages combined.
  3. Cover letter and resume are saved as a single pdf document.

Deadline for applications is December 14 2018.

We are committed to evaluating all applications on the basis of merit and are strongly committed to equity and diversity within our community.

No phone calls or in-person inquiries, please. We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Nov 30 2018    Numéro : 49486