Fund Development Manager — Feed Nova Scotia
The successful candidate will play a key role in developing and implementing a targeted, fundraising plan to match the changing financial needs of the organization, and they will have specific accountability for the growth and development of the major gifts and monthly giving programs.

Posted On: 2021-08-19
Closing On: 2021-08-29
Location: Dartmouth, NS
Employment Type: Full-Time, permanent (Up to 40 Hours/Week)
Level: Senior


Job Description

Who are we?

Feed Nova Scotia is a charitable organization whose mission is to increase food security through food distribution, education, and collaboration. In terms of food distribution, we collect and distribute more than two million kilograms of food annually to 140 member agencies across the province, including food banks, meal programs, shelters, drop-in centres and other organizations. This equates to over $1 million worth of food each month. We also support our member agencies as they build capacity to serve their communities, we raise awareness of the realities of food insecurity in our province, and we advocate for social change to address food insecurity at its core.

Knowing change starts from within, we have committed to a continuous learning journey to centre diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work.

Overview of Responsibilities

This is a pivotal time in Feed Nova Scotia’s history. Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we connect with our community, we’re on a path to advance big, audacious goals around innovation and advocacy. From a fundraising perspective, the last 16 months have presented opportunities through the acquisition of new donors and increased monthly and online giving. As a response, we’re looking to shift the way we manage key donor relationships; hence, the search for a Fund Development Manager.

Reporting to the Director of Development and Communications, the Fund Development Manager will work collaboratively with the Development and Communications team. The successful candidate will play a key role in developing and implementing a targeted, fundraising plan to match the changing financial needs of the organization, and they will have specific accountability for the growth and development of the major gifts and monthly giving programs.

What does the Fund Development Manager do?

  • Works closely with the Director of Development and Communications and other members of the team, providing strategic guidance and support across all areas of the fundraising program
  • Has direct accountability for growing major gift and monthly giving programs
  • Commits to being a subject matter expert through ongoing education and training, and provides creativity and leadership through prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and reporting; more specifically:
    • Proactively identifies major gift prospects through strong data mining techniques within our existing donor database and identification of new prospective donors
    • Prepares donor correspondence, including solicitation letters and funding proposals, thank you letters, stewardship reports, and donor recognition pieces
    • Presents major gift requests and funding proposals, and engages volunteer community, senior staff, and others in the cultivation and solicitation process as needed
    • Provides effective donor stewardship through gift agreement fulfilment and ongoing engagement, such as facility tours, presentations, impact reporting, and communications
    • Contributes to comprehensive donor records through diligent contact management practices, with due diligence towards privacy and confidentiality standards and expectations
    • Establishes and reports on meaningful metrics to inform organizational fundraising goals and plans
  • Acts as a strong brand ambassador, seizing opportunities to promote Feed Nova Scotia’s work in the community and align all donor engagement with the organization’s mission, messaging, and advocacy priorities
  • Supports team members in writing and submitting grant proposals; at times takes the lead in writing and submitting them
  • Contributes to the writing and development of website and social media content
  • Works collaboratively with other departments to coordinate and nurture relationships with volunteers, member agencies, committees, community stakeholders, and government partners

What are we looking for?

  • Undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree in business, social sciences, marketing, communications, public relations or similar field; post graduate diploma in fundraising
  • 5 – 7 years’ experience in fund development; specific experience with major gifts and monthly giving (experience with grant writing is an asset)
  • Combination of education and experience in non-profit may be considered as an equivalent
  • CFRE certification or commitment to achieving certification with organizational support is an asset
  • High level of proficiency with digital platforms including Microsoft Office Suite, communication platforms such as Constant Contact, and fund development software such as Donor Perfect
  • Understanding of systemic issues and societal barriers impacting food security
  • Charismatic and confident; welcoming and collaborative approach to leadership and teamwork
  • Exemplary interpersonal and relationship management skills; proven ability to network and build meaningful relationships
  • Exceptional writing skills with a proven ability to develop compelling communications in line with organizational brand and messaging
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills; strong attention to detail
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills with proven ability to influence and motivate others
  • Respectful of personal privacy and confidentiality standards and expectations; high level of personal integrity and discretion
  • Centres equity, diversity, and inclusion in their work

If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to make an impact in your community, please submit a cover letter and resume that clearly indicate how you meet the requirements of this position, in a PDF document to: by 11:59pm on Sunday, August 29, 2021. Please include Fund Development Manager in the subject line.

For us to create meaningful, sustainable change, equity, diversity and inclusion must be centred in every aspect of our work. As a provincial organization with influence and credibility, we recognize the responsibility we have to hold ourselves accountable to this. We know our efforts will effect more change if our employees, their identities, and their lived experiences are reflective of the communities we work with and live in.

Through ongoing work empowering everyone to bring their full, authentic selves to Feed Nova Scotia every day, we want to build a culture where difference is valued. We know where we want to be, but we’ll be honest—we aren’t there yet, and we won’t get there overnight. But we’re committed to doing the work, and we hope you’ll join us on our journey and share your strengths as a member of our team.

With the current structure of our team, and the planned responsibilities of this role, we are projecting the salary range to be between $60-$70k/year. There is room for negotiation for the right candidate, but the final decision on salary will come down to what the successful candidate brings to the table, in terms of skills and experience – both of which will be recognized.

If you require any accommodations to submit your application successfully, please contact us via e-mail at or by phone at 902-457-1900. Thank you for your interest in working with us at Feed Nova Scotia!