Mission Services of London

Development Officer - Events & Gifts-in-Kind
Posted Date: 
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Closing Date: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Job Description

Mission Services of London (MSL), a Christian faith based, not-for-profit social service agency in London, ON, has a full-time opening for a Development Officer – Events & Gifts-in-Kind. This position will report to the Director of Development & Communications.

Duties and Responsibilities:

To provide support to the Development Team by acting as the project manager that oversees/coordinates and carries out the special events and gift-in-kind programs at Mission Services of London. This role will:

  • Play the lead role in planning, executing and evaluating MSL’s signature fundraising events (Scan Away Hunger, Fall Banquet & Silent Auction, Coldest Night of the Year) with the aim of meeting event objectives and net revenue goals. This includes event logistics like sourcing and set-up of venue; sourcing/coordinating audiovisual, catering and other services or supplies; securing of permits; vendor negotiations and coordination; event volunteer orientation and supervision; committee leadership or support; sponsor recognition/stewardship and data tracking among others
  • Plan, execute and evaluate MSL donor cultivation and stewardship events as assigned
  • Work closely with other Development Team members to promote events, support or spearhead donor/sponsor engagement, co-create event remarks and marketing/promotion materials or plans as necessary, as well as to develop and manage event-related budgets
  • Manage online guest surveys (SurveyMonkey), event registration pages (Eventbrite) and event payment solutions (Square), coordinating transfer of data to MSL’s own database as needed
  • Serve as main liaison for third party event organizers designating proceeds to MSL programs, including representing MSL at presentations and photo opportunities
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward gift-in-kind donations, third party events and sponsorships
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward employers who include MSL in their employee giving campaigns
  • Consistent donor database record keeping and use of moves management for donor/sponsor engagement



  • Post-secondary education in fundraising, event planning or related area (or equivalent work experience)
  • 2-3 years of relationship management experience and demonstrated success in planning, execution and budget management for special events (preferably fundraising events within a not-for-profit)
  • Results-orientation and creativity
  • Ability to maintain the high energy, physical effort and stamina involved in event management, including lifting and loading of materials/equipment
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles, practices and techniques; personal interest in fundraising
  • Experience working with, and overseeing, volunteers in the planning and execution of events
  • Excellent problem-solving, interpersonal, organization and project management skills, as well as multi-tasking ability, calm under pressure, and acute attention to detail
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and as a collaborative member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Valid driver’s license and unlimited access to a vehicle (role requires frequent out-of-office meetings and event material/equipment pick-ups or drop-offs)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentation experience to large and diverse audiences
  • Excellent skills in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is an asset


Position Details:

  • Regular schedule Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Expectation to work some evenings and weekends as needed


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to:

Mission Services of London
Director of Development & Communications
Email: eayalaronson@missionservices.ca

We appreciate your interest, and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Mission Services of London is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an interview, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation.