Job Posting 68469

Director, Development and Communications
FoodShare Toronto
Toronto Metro area
closed 11 days ago (Wed, 24 Feb)
full time  •  Salary: $70,000 plus benefits

Main Tasks:

The Director of Development and Communications will be responsible for leading the Development and Communications team in articulating FoodShare’s unique impact and value; developing and executing a strategy to elevate fundraising across the organization; and setting clear goals and metrics for revenue development, communications, and volunteer and donor engagement. 


Duties include (but are not limited to):

Leadership and Management: 

  • Lead the Development and Communications departments, including the development of annual work plans, budgets, funding targets and strategies
  • Ensure that FoodShare's fundraising strategy and activities align with the organization's mission, values, culture and priorities and is clearly articulated and communicated to key stakeholders 
  • Oversee the development and implementation of policies, practices, and standards that protect FoodShare’s reputation, donors and staff information and that CRA requirements are met
  • Serve as FoodShare’s Privacy Officer
  • Provide leadership, direction and management for the Development and Communications team, creating an environment of collaboration, respect, creativity, accountability and high performance
  • Manage and provide mentorship to direct reports, including reviewing individual work plan and targets, conducting performance review, identifying opportunities for growth and development, etc.
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization by engaging with Board members and key staff to ensure they are equipped for their role as FoodShare’s ambassadors
  • Stay abreast of philanthropic, economic, social and educational trends related to fundraising and communications, as well as changes in legislation
  • Act as FoodShare’s ambassador with the media, politicians and funders as required
  • Participate in the Management Committee and Senior Leadership Team and other committees as requested
  • Maintain a list of VIPs and devise a strategy to ensure that they're engaged with and updated on the happenings of FoodShare 

Strategy and Planning 

  • Engage with staff across the organization to develop and maintain strong knowledge of FoodShare’s programs, initiatives and key priorities
  • Contribute to the development of annual and multi-year operational and financial plans that align with the overall Strategic Plan
  • Ensure that funding priorities are translated into short and long-term fundraising and marketing strategies consistent with the Strategic Plan

Revenue Growth

  • Oversee the planning and implementation of fund development initiatives such as Direct Mail, Planned Giving, Bequests, Corporate Requests and Sponsorships, Foundation Grants, Mid-Level and Major Gifts and Donor recognition
  • Oversee the development and execution of marketing strategies for earned revenue activities such as Good Food Box and bulk produce distribution services
  • Work with the Executive Director, Board members and key staff to identify prospects and develop cultivation and solicitation strategies to recruit new donors
  • Determine and ensure implementation of stewardship strategies for existing donors
  • Assess, evaluate, and implement changes as needed to communications, marketing and development activities and practices
  • Ensure progress tracking, financial controls, and reporting systems are in place and followed
  • Manage a personal portfolio of key donors and prospects at the major gift level 

Salary: $70,000 plus benefits

Benefits: Extended health and dental benefits (class A) at start. RRSP or TFSA contributions after successful completion of probation period. 

Contract Type: Full time indefinite

Reports to: Executive Director 

Supervise: Communications & Marketing Manager and Development Manager


Required Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience

  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of food justice
  • 5+ years relevant professional experience in the not-for-profit sector 
  • 3+ years experience in supervising staff in a management role 
  • 4+ years experience in revenue generation and growth (individual, corporate and foundation giving; marketing and sales)
  • 4+ years experience in building strong relationships with prospective and current donors, committee and board members, senior leadership, staff, and team members
  • 3+ years experience in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual gifts $10,000+
  • 3+ years experience in developing strategies for development and communications and writing Fundraising/Development Plans
  • 3+ years experience leading and coaching teams of staff
  • Strong ability to lead multiple programs in fundraising and communications, and manage competing priorities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; polished presentation skills
  • Understanding of fundraising technologies including Raiser’s Edge
  • Knowledge of public relations, advocacy and public policy


TO APPLY: Please send applications to FoodShare’s Human Resource Department -  by 5:00pm on Friday February 24, 2021. Please note that only candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process will be contacted.

Please note:

Thank you for your interest in joining our team! 

FoodShare is a food justice organization. This means that we are committed to working to identify and dismantle systemic forms of oppression that cause and perpetuate food security inequities. 

Racialized people and others from equity-seeking groups are over-represented in food insecurity and poverty statistics, but are significantly under-represented in community based food organizations. We believe that those most affected by an issue must have access to paid positions in organizations tasked with challenging poverty and food insecurity. FoodShare strives to create a workspace that reflects the diversity of identities and lived experiences that exist within the communities we work alongside. 

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