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National Director, Major Gifts

Dec 02, 2018
Various Locations, Ontario

National Director, Major Gifts


If you are looking to make a real difference in the lives of more than 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), then we are the organization for you! As a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) employee, you will join a global leader in the search for an end to T1D. At JDRF, we realize that a cure is not just a destination but a journey. Our goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives. JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research working towards treating, preventing and eventually curing T1D.


JDRF is seeking an experienced and collaborative leader, with demonstrated success in managing national major gifts campaigns, to fill the newly created position of National Director, Major Gifts. The National Director will provide strategic leadership in the direction, planning and execution of major gift fundraising in order to generate maximum financial support according to the philosophy, objectives, annual budgets and campaigns of JDRF. 


Based out of our National Support Office in Toronto, and reporting to the Vice President, Philanthropy and Corporate Partnerships, the National Director, Major Gifts will also be responsible for leading an experienced team of staff located across Canada.


The National Director, Major Gifts’ key accountabilities would include:

  • Oversee and lead the development JDRF’s Major Gifts program and fundraising campaigns that enhance and support the strategic direction of JDRF
  • Provide leadership to the Major Gifts team, including strategic management, budgeting, performance measurement and cultivation of a strong department
  • Support the achievement of the In our Lifetime Campaign goals and provide leadership for JDRF volunteer Campaign Cabinets nationally
  • Promote a culture that is donor-centric, where requests from internal and external stakeholders are responded to with a high degree of urgency, professionalism and accuracy
  • Apply best practices in major gift fundraising, execute national stewardship and move management plans to identify, research, cultivate, and successfully solicit qualified prospects
  • Identify, recruit, develop and support senior volunteers and committees
  • Identify, recruit and provide leadership, direction and coaching to direct reports. Ensure these staff provide support as needed to other members of the JDRF team
  • Lead the development of an annual business plan and budget in concert with other members of the JDRF team that are in alignment with the Foundation’s strategic plan; regularly report on progress of business plan achievement and variances
  • Collaborate with JDRF team members, regional and senior staff to meet goals in support of major gift, campaign and related stewardship activities


Does this sound like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? Our ideal National Director, Major Gifts will have the following qualifications:

  • Minimum 8 – 10 years progressive leadership in major gift fundraising and campaign development
  • Experience leading a team of staff, specifically a remote team, and supporting senior volunteers
  • Understanding of type 1 diabetes or auto immune conditions and the process of peer-reviewed research is an asset
  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent; CFRE is an asset
  • Successful experience in developing and executing long-term plans while leveraging immediate opportunities and managing short-term objectives
  • Ability to articulate the mission and goals of JDRF both verbally and in all forms of written communication
  • Strong strategic and operational skills, with the ability to work together with staff and volunteers to achieve success
  • The ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, with proven interpersonal savvy and a keen sense of diplomacy
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to manage key relationships with donors, staff, and volunteers
  • Resourceful and well organized; able to manage competing priorities, complex situations and deadlines
  • Proven ability to influence with integrity and to work independently
  • Please note that the successful incumbent will be required to travel to meet with donors, volunteers and stakeholders as needed (approx. 30%), and sometimes outside regular business hours; a valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle is required


Ready to make an impact?

Submit your resume and cover letter for consideration today!

JDRF is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. A request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

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