Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre

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Director of Philanthropy

Nov 16, 2018
Various Locations, Ontario

The Director of Philanthropy is a resourceful, self-motivated, and articulate professional who embraces forward-looking and collaborative approaches to raising funds for the DSYTC.  The Director of Philanthropy reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Centre’s Board of Directors and partner organizations and supporters. 

Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Philanthropy is a member of the DSYTC management team and is responsible for all capital and operational fundraising initiatives and related activities of the organization.

In accordance with the Centre's administrative objectives, policies and approved procedures, the Director of Philanthropy, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, will be responsible for the following:

  • Outlining a comprehensive, challenging and realistic fundraising strategy and plan with clearly established financial goals and accountabilities.
  • Facilitating the creation and maintenance of a fundraising budget for each fiscal year, outlining projected revenues and expenditures and reporting quarterly to the Executive Director (or as requested).
  • All organizational responsibilities related to the planning, management, and execution of the following programs and initiatives:
    • Major Gifts
    • Planned Giving
    • Sponsorship
    • Annual Giving and Direct Response
    • Identification and solicitation of new revenue streams including (but not limited to) relevant grants.
    • Special Events - including volunteer recruitment and supervision
    • Stewardship and Donor Recognition
  • With support from the DSYTC Communications Working Group, supporting and sometimes leading relevant communications activities with internal and external stakeholders, which may include website management, social media content creation, and newsletter communications, etc.
  • Supporting media relations for the DSYTC in the context of fundraising events.
  • Supervising, supporting and directing fundraising staff.
  • Managing the ongoing use of relevant fundraising and related software.
  • Overseeing the charitable receipting process in conjunction with the Centre's Office Manager and/or Financial Coordinator.
  • Preparing relevant materials as required (e.g., proposals, annual reports, brochures, solicitation letters, newsletters, and other miscellaneous materials).
  • Remaining current on all legislation and ethical practices pertaining to fundraising.
  • Maintaining a general knowledge of social, environmental and cultural issues relating to youth and families who are dealing with addiction and mental health issues.
  • Representing the Centre in a professional manner at all times.
  • Completing other assigned duties consistent with the scope of the position, as determined by the Executive Director.


  • A College or Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in the area of fundraising.
  • A strong understanding of best practices in development areas (Major and Planned Gifts, Corporate and Foundation Grants, Direct Mail, and Events) and strategies to build synergies across these areas with a particular emphasis on annual giving.
  • Highly organized with a strong ability to multi-task, prioritize and take initiative.
  • Dynamic, friendly and professional with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Sound knowledge and competency in relevant fundraising and other software/databases.
  • Communications experience including website and social media platform content development.
  • Experience with volunteer management.
  • A thorough understanding of the local non-profit, voluntary and social services sector.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as required.
  • Consistent access to a vehicle.
  • Satisfactory criminal record (vulnerable population) check.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, opportunities for personal and professional growth in a supportive environment. 

Should the applicant require any accommodations during the application process please notify Human Resources as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.   

To apply please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to hr@davesmithcentre.org

 We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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