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Fund Development Specialist - Immigrant Women Services Ottawa

Sep 27, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario
Entry Level, Early Career


Versatile, creative and committed to excellence, the Fund Developer is responsible for the development and implementation of a fund development plan that promotes IWSO and supports the overall strategic vision and fund development revenue goals of the organization. This role is responsible for the growth and maintenance of fundraising revenues that support the agency’s strategic vision and fund development strategies. Financial and in-kind support will be achieved through building relationships and securing support with current individual donors as well as new corporate and other prospective supporters.

We see the new Fund Development Specialist’s time and efforts being divided as follows:

Donor Acquisition & Stewardship – 40%
Grant Development – 40%
Communications and Outreach – 20%

To do this, the Fund Development Specialist:

  • Plans, implements and manages all aspects of fundraising programs as well as subsequent communications with both internal and external key stakeholders
  • Responsible for developing the annual fundraising plan including key revenue streams
  • Establishes good working relationships with IWSO staff
  • Works collaboratively with the volunteer coordinator to engage volunteers in activities as needed
  • Participates in and provides direction to IWSO's Fund Development Committee
  • Recommends and implements appropriate fundraising strategies for current and new corporate and individual donors, planned giving and sponsorships
  • Cultivates donor relations and stewardship
  • Prospects/researches, writes and prepares grant proposals
  • Analyzes trends and provides recommendations and strategies for future growth
  • Monitors, re-evaluates and adjusts the delivery of plans as necessary
  • Acts as key point of contact inquiries from donors, sponsors, and volunteers
  • Works closely with IWSO's accountant to ensure account management records and processes are in place
  • Operates within the philosophy, culture and core values of the organization
  • Employs outreach strategies on and offline to engage existing stakeholders and attract new donors, volunteers and supporters to the organization
  • Works with communications staff/volunteers  
  • Writes, prepares and supports the development of donor e-newsletters, news releases.


  • The target amount that the Fund Development Specialist will raise in her first year is $100k.


  • Relevant University Degree and/or a College Diploma
  • Knowledge of fundraising processes, best practices and industry trends
  • 3-5 years of experience in fundraising, preferably in a non-profit environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication and relationship-building skills including with prospective donors
  • Experience with digital fundraising, social media –e.g. website, Twitter, Facebook, mobile
  • Proficient computer skills in MS Office applications
  • Knowledge in other creative and fundraising software (e.g., Adobe Creative Cloud; WordPress and Donor Recognition Software)
  • Strong problem solving and organizational skills
  • Ability to work both independently with minimal direction/supervision and collaboratively within a team environment
  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends as required 

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and résumé by August 14, 2020.

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