Development Director

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre
  • Fundraising / Giving
  • Marketing / Communications / PR
Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2018-12-042019-01-31

Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre

The Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre is a Toronto-based non-profit organization that provides compassionate care, support and education to grieving children, youth and their families while building strength, resilience and hope. After operating as The Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Program out of the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mt. Sinai Hospital since 2006, DJCGC achieved charitable status in 2015 and became an independent Centre.

Each year in the Greater Toronto Area almost 40,000 children and youth experience the death of a family member. The Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre offers one-on-one counselling for children, education and modelling for parents and caregivers, support groups and gatherings for families, as well as a remarkable camp experience for bereaved children. A multidisciplinary and collaborative team of clinicians/counsellors, educators, researchers, recreational and administration staff serve a diverse client base that requires prompt and responsive services.

DJCGC also provides education, capacity building and training initiatives to teachers, hospital staff, and other organizations in the community. The Centre provides free counselling services to children and youth who have experienced (or are currently experiencing) a terminal illness and/or death, either personally or in their immediate family. These programs include:

  • Grief & Palliative Care Counselling
  • Family Support Program
  • Youth Support Program
  • Camp Erin Toronto
  • Toronto Research & Evaluation
  • Professional Education & Consultation

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director (0.8FTE) is responsible for creating, implementing and managing the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre fundraising program. 

The position is a great fit if you are a driven, passionate leader who can deliver on development targets using your superior writing, presentation and relationship building skills. 

  • Are you a strategic, innovative collaborator who will thrive as our Ambassador, steward, and advocate?
  • Are you passionate about working with a children and youth-focused organization?
  • Do you have comfort, resiliency and confidence working in the grief, death and dying field?
  • Are you committed to embracing diversity, collaboration and compassion into your work?

Yes?  Then read on….

What you’ll do:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive fund development plan and stewardship program in line with the DJCGC strategic plan
  • Increase revenue through foundation, corporate community investment, grants and sponsorships
  • Conduct prospect research, donor cultivation, solicitation
  • Prepare letters of interest, applications and proposals
  • Plan and manage fundraising events in conjunction with Centre staff
  • Identify and execute acquisition strategies for major Gifts (i.e. $50k and up)
  • Prepare regular process reports; critical path updates; and donor reports
  • Deliver highly impactful presentations to diverse prospects, donors and other stakeholders
  • Incorporate fund development trends in a continuous quality improvement framework
  • Engage and coordinate the DJCGC Fundraising Committee
  • Provide continuous commitment to deeply and thoroughly understand and integrate the DJCGC approach to grief work with children, youth and their caregivers
  • Engender a fundraising/philanthropic culture amongst Board, staff, volunteers through awareness and training

What you bring:

  • Minimum 4 years fund development leadership experience
  • Post-secondary education or training in fundraising, marketing, business administration
  • Exemplary interpersonal, relation management and presentation skills
  • Proven success in grant writing, major gifts and campaigns
  • Excellent project management skills (Agile/PMP certification desirable)
  • Flexibility, adaptability, attitude of thriving with juggling priorities
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Outlook/PowerPoint/Word/Excel)
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle

The Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre views diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence as vital guiding principles in all of our work with clients and communities.  We welcome and encourage applications from visible minority group members, indigenous persons, members of the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities and others who may contribute to the diversity of the Centre and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.  

Please submit a resume AND cover letter through the Charity Village portal (candidates who do not submit both components may not be eligible for shortlisting).

If you require any accommodations due to disability please reach out to Human Resources and they will work with you in strictest confidence to make appropriate arrangements, via email ( or by phone (416-360-1111 Ext. 208). 

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