Dying with Dignity Canada – Development Officer

Dying with Dignity Canada (DWDC) is seeking a Development Officer to manage a portfolio of mid-level gifts ($500 – $10,000), and help promote a culture of philanthropy to expand the donor pipeline. The incumbent will deliver creative and relevant cultivation and stewardship to donors and prospects, using a high level of initiative, tact and attention to detail while ensuring confidentiality.

Posted On: 2021-03-31
Closing On: 2021-04-28
Location: Toronto, ON
Website: https://www.dyingwithdignity.ca/
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate
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Job Description

About Dying With Dignity Canada:

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is a national human-rights charity committed to improving quality of dying, defending end-of-life rights, and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering. DWDC has a four-part mandate:

  1. We work to ensure that Canada’s assisted dying rules comply with the Canadian Constitution, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  2. We expose and break down unfair barriers facing suffering Canadians who wish to access their right to medical assistance in dying.
  3. We provide support to people who are navigating their legal end-of-life options, and to their loved ones and health care providers.
  4. We educate Canadians about advance care planning and their legal end-of-life rights and options, including palliative care and medical assistance in dying.

Active since 1980, DWDC’s values are to be Person-Centred, have Compassion, Integrity, and Courage, and foster Collaboration. We are a growing and savvy team that has had some very big wins in recent years, with big plans to continue advancing the end-of-life rights and quality care for Canadians through these values and an ambitious agenda.


The Opportunity:

The Development Officer will report to and support the Director, Development and work collaboratively to implement plans and activities aimed at increasing donor engagement and revenue.

Managing a portfolio of mid-level gifts ($500 – $10,000), the Development Officer will help promote a culture of philanthropy to expand the donor pipeline.

As a key member of our dynamic and growing fundraising team, the Development Officer will deliver creative and relevant cultivation and stewardship to donors and prospects, using a high level of initiative, tact and attention to detail while ensuring confidentiality. Professional, goal-oriented, and committed to the mission of DWDC, the Development Officer will make a positive contribution to our organizational culture.



Fundraising 50%

  • Build successful relationships with new and current donors that lead to philanthropic investment in the DWDC mission.
  • Work collaboratively to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors in the $500 – $10,000 range.
  • Align donor interests with DWDC priorities and develop strategies that ensure a strong and sustainable donor pipeline.
  • Support the CEO, Director, Development and senior volunteers with the Major Gift strategy and execution ($10,000+).
  • Conduct prospect research and analysis.
  • Write project-specific fundraising proposals, briefing notes, solicitation plans, and call reports to track donor interactions.
  • Support the Director, Development with annual appeals.

Donor Relations 25%

  • Prepare and deliver customized thank you letters, cards, and acknowledgements.
  • Make donor thank you calls in a timely manner.
  • Support the planning and execution of cultivation and stewardship activities.
  • Write donor impact reports.
  • Work collaboratively with the Communications team to highlight donor impact stories in a manner that supports fundraising success.

Program Support 25%

  • Support the Director, Development with annual planning.
  • Work with the Database Specialist to maintain donor portfolio, track progress against annual targets, and ensure database is up to date and incudes all donor related activities.
  • Other duties as required.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or a combination of education and work experience.
  • Progressive fundraising experience including gift development.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Proven experience in all stages of moves management including solicitation.
  • Excellent computer and database skills. Experience in Raiser’s Edge and NationBuilder are an asset.
  • Proficiency drafting a variety of written correspondence and reports.
  • Strong organizational, time management, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities


To be successful in this role you will be:

  • A Self-Starter
  • Approachable
  • Organized
  • Persuasive
  • Accountable
  • Resilient

Dying With Dignity Canada is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to fair employment practices. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process, as required. Applicants are encouraged to make their needs for accommodation known as early on as possible during the application process.

Dying With Dignity Canada encourages applications from candidates who are First Nations, Inuit, Metis, Black, LGTBQ+, people with disabilities, and other racialized and equity seeking groups. Dying With Dignity Canada is committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace, and a working environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment and violence.

To apply please send your cover letter and resume Attn: Development Officer to jobs@dyingwithdignity.ca

The salary range for this full-time position is $58,000 – $65,000.

Please note: Only candidates invited for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.