Senior Development Officer, Corporate Development

Position Type: Full time permanent

Territory: Canada

Location(s): Toronto, ON

Date Ad Posted: August 13, 2019

Application Deadline: August 30, 2019

Experience: 5+ years

The opportunity

Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Philanthropy department is growing and we’re looking for a hunter to join our Major & Corporate Gifts team as a senior development officer. The successful applicant will be a go-getter who has a track record of achieving fundraising targets through the successful solicitation and stewardship of gifts from corporate partners and major donors (individuals), both new and returning.

This is a full-time permanent position based out of the national office located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The position will report to the manager, corporate and partnerships.

Key responsibilities

As a key member of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Philanthropy department, your major functions will be to:

  • FUNDRAISE: Achieve personal and team fundraising targets and associated KPIs. Acquire new national gifts and renew existing national gifts from corporate partners and major donors. Collaborate with the Philanthropy team to ensure proper clearance and strategy for approach. Design and implement effective solicitation strategies that will identify and acquire high-potential national donors. Execute effective stewardship strategies that will strengthen relationships with named donors and uncover opportunities to grow these partnerships. Develop briefing materials, cases for support, proposals, presentations, and gift agreements.
  • PLAN & REPORT: Develop, implement and evaluate personal fundraising plan in line with established targets, associated KPIs, team plan and strategic organizational objectives. Provide complete and comprehensive reports. Maintain up-to-date and accurate donor and prospect records. Continuously ensure that the organization’s donor database management system (Raiser’s Edge) is reflective of all fundraising activities.
  • MANAGE RELATIONSHIPS: Continually develop relationships with new and returning corporate partners and major donors. Grow a network of effective interpersonal relationships with national staff, volunteers, Habitat affiliates and other stakeholders to achieve shared fundraising objectives. Work collaboratively with all stakeholders to solicit gifts for federation-wide priorities.
  • ADVOCATE: Effectively and accurately communicate and align Habitat for Humanity Canada’s mission, values and fundraising priorities within the interests and strategic objectives of national donors, always representing Habitat for Humanity Canada in a highly ethical and confidential manner. Conduct presentations and lead meetings with various internal and external stakeholders including, but not limited to, corporate partners, major donors, Habitat affiliates, volunteers, team members, and the senior leadership team.
  • COLLABORATE: Lead and be a contributing member of cross-functional teams. Work with teams to build and execute various projects including, but not limited to, cause marketing initiatives, collateral materials, donor development strategies, sponsorship/partnership programs and other resources.
  • DEVELOP PROFESSIONALLY: From time to time, participate in professional development opportunities and attend key charitable and donor-related events outside of regular office hours.

Qualifications, skills & attributes

  • 5+ years of fundraising experience (corporate and/or major gifts) or related experience in sales, business development, major gifts, or corporate partnerships with proven results.
  • Willingness to learn and knowledge of best practices in sponsorship fundraising and corporate partnerships.
  • University degree in relevant field or demonstrated equivalent working experience.
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with Raiser’s Edge an asset.
  • A valid driver’s license and use of a reliable vehicle as well as a valid passport and ability to travel as required.
  • A bias towards action, a can-do attitude, a positive disposition and are a natural relationship builder.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to inspire confidence and trust amongst all stakeholders, acting ethically and responsibly in all interactions.
  • Ability to think strategically and manage competing priorities in a high-volume and results-oriented environment; demonstrated resourcefulness and independence, but comfortable working within the framework of an integrated development program and team-oriented environment.
  • Possess expert communication skills - written, oral and presentation including well developed networking ability with a proven capacity to establish new relationships easily.
  • Superior listening skills with an ability to translate the concerns and interests of national donors into attractive opportunities for investment in Habitat for Humanity Canada's programs and priorities.
  • Interest in and dedication to Habitat for Humanity Canada's mission, with ability to passionately articulate key messages and demonstrate an understanding of the organization's work.
  • Excellent organization, planning and time management skills and exacting attention to detail.
  • Behaves in a manner that fosters a positive atmosphere throughout the organization; consistently demonstrates a commitment to teamwork, hard work, professionalism and openness.

How to apply

Please note that we will be reviewing and evaluating applications on an ongoing basis and we therefore encourage early submissions.

Qualified and interested applicants are invited to forward their cover letter and resume as one document to jobs@habitat.ca with the subject line: Senior Development Officer. Please indicate your salary expectations as well as where you saw the job positing.

Applications must be received before 4:00 p.m. ET on August 30, 2019.


We thank all applicants for applying however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted (no phone calls please). We are a committed to equal opportunity employment.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, charitable organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 54 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.