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Director of Development - Fife House Foundation

Oct 04, 2021
Toronto, Ontario

Fife House Foundation

Director of Development, Full-Time

Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting: FH2021-14

Fife House is an innovative, client-focused provider of secure and supportive affordable housing and services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Toronto Area. With approximately 110 staff working across 6 locations, in 2020-2021 Fife House served more than 850 residents and clients by providing supportive and transitional housing programs as well outreach programs to homeless clients and their families.

Fife House understands that historically marginalized groups in our communities often encounter particular barriers to full access and participation. We therefore commit to actively dismantling all forms of racism and systemic oppression with GIPA/MEPA at the forefront, including in our own organization and across governance structures. As a settler agency, Fife House stands in solidarity with Indigenous and Black Peoples across Turtle Island and recognizes the role we have in the work of reconciliation and healing

About the role:

The Director of Development leads a small team in implementing comprehensive fund development strategies that in meeting financial targets will support core services as well as special campaigns, including capital campaigns. In addition to being community and donor responsive, the fund development plan will explore opportunities to expand income sources that align with the values, goals, objectives and priorities of Fife House. In implementing the plan, you will work collaboratively with staff across the organization as well as with key volunteers and partners.

Reporting to the Executive Director, you bring a strong strategic approach to fund development and deep understanding of the charitable landscape and operating regulations. As a member of the Leadership Team, you will work closely with colleagues on strategic organizational initiatives including organizational sustainability and fostering a culture of philanthropy.

Your Key Responsibilities:

Fund Development Strategy & Portfolio Management

  • Develop and oversee all aspects of a comprehensive and integrated fund development plan to meet program goals and objectives
  • Ensure proper tracking and monitoring systems and tools are in place to measure and analyze performance against fund development targets for all revenue streams
  • Identify the range of key metrics to be tracked and reported to the various groups and audiences who require the information, including, but not limited to, the board, leadership team, finance and auditors
  • Manage and develop an engagement strategy for a portfolio of existing and/or prospective individual, corporate and institutional major gift donors

Team Leadership & Development

  • Build, mentor and coach a diverse and dynamic fund development team, fostering and creating an environment of learning and growth where teams members are empowered and equipped to fully contribute to the team
  • Oversee the development of team and individual workplans as well as conduct performance evaluations for all team members

Relationships Building & Engagement

  • Implement appropriate stewardship programs to cultivate, engage and strengthen the relationships with donors, partners and fundraising volunteers
  • Works collaboratively across teams on initiatives that align and strengthen the work of fund development
  • Utilize existing networks to establish a strong volunteer base of fundraising champions and ambassadors who can help to advance fundraising goals and initiatives

Business & Financial Management

  • Develop and oversee the annual Fund Development department budget
  • Ensure required and appropriate fundraising policies, operating procedures and constituency tracking systems are developed and maintained
  • Oversee the financial reconciliation process between the Fund Development and Finance departments, including month-end, fiscal year-end and audit-related activities
  • Ensure all fundraising activities comply with all legislation, laws and guidelines including those governing donor privacy, donor rights, CRA fundraising and charitable receipting regulations and code of ethics for fundraising professionals

Organizational Leadership

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and senior management to plan strategic initiatives, including organizational sustainability and capital expansion
  • Provide advice to members of the management team and the Board on fundraising principles, practices and policy requirements
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy and ensure that fund development is executed in keeping with the organization's values, vision, and mission

Experience you bring to the role

  • Minimum of 5 years’ senior level experience in fundraising management, or related field in a non/social-profit organization
  • Experience building, empowering and coaching a team to fully contribute to the achievement of individual and team goals
  • Solid project and change management experience
  • Direct experience with capital campaigns, securing contributions and negotiating sponsorship and partnership arrangements
  • Familiarity with the developing funding and grant proposals to solicit foundations, corporations and individuals
  • Thorough knowledge of fundraising landscape and regulatory process (CRA fundraising and tax guidelines, PIPEDA guidelines and PCI compliance)
  • Strong proficiency with CRM software; experience with Raiser’s Edge would be an asset
  • Lived experience and/or knowledge of Housing and HIV/AIDS within the current context is an asse
  • Lived experience and/or knowledge working with diverse and marginalized groups (e.g., 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and racialized peoples and communities)
  • Certified Fundraising Executive designation (CFRE) is a definite asset

The following attributes describe you:

  • An empathetic approach to leadership
  • Collaborator and relationship-builder
  • Connect to the mission and ensure will ensure organizational values are reflected in all interactions, decision-making and behaviours
  • Effective communicator who is prepared to engage in difficult conversations
  • Able to navigate complexities within a transitioning environment
  • Strategic, analytical and adaptable
  • Able to manage and meet deadlines on multiple concurrent projects.
  • Operate with integrity, authenticity and adheres to ethical and professional codes and practices governing fundraising

Fife House offers:

  • A way for you directly impact the quality of life for people with living with HIV and AIDS through the provision of secure and supportive affordable housing and services
  • A competitive salary range: $81,440 - $95,480 (based on experience level)
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package including: health insurance, life insurance, EFAP paid by Fife House, float and management days off, paid sick leave and wellness activities
  • 4 weeks’ paid vacation
  • Comprehensive paid training and ongoing development and support
  • Hybrid working environment with work from home and/or office flexibility
  • Travel requirements typically in the Greater Toronto Area, when necessary


This is a full-time permanent position. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Director of Development is based at Fife House’s head office location and may be required to visit our other offices in Toronto.

FIFE HOUSE is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living and work environments. We know that diversity underpins excellence, and that we all share responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive community. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power.

We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • Persons living with HIV/AIDS
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • Persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
  • Persons who identify as women; and
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

We recognize that many of these identities intersect and that therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex. We value the contributions that each person brings, and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all in our community.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of selection process.


  • Applications will be accepted until October 4, 2021
  • Please submit a cover letter and resume by email using the subject line “Posting FH2021-14” to
  • We thank all applicants but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted

For more information about Fife House, visit

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