Position Type: Permanent
Date Posted: September 10, 2019
Closing Date: September 29, 2019
Ecojustice is Canada’s largest environmental law charity. Our mission is to use the law to defend nature, combat climate change and fight for a healthy environment for all. Our strategic, innovative public interest lawsuits lead to nation-wide precedents and deliver concrete solutions to our most urgent environmental problems.
Working with Ecojustice means joining a team of passionate, hard-working professionals. We strive to build an inclusive and respectful working environment, where all employees are valued for their contributions to our mission.
Ecojustice offers a comprehensive benefits program, which includes:
- Family friendly workplace policies, including a generous annual vacation allowance (starting at 3 weeks and increasing to 6 weeks), Winter office closure (between Christmas and New Year), Birthday day off, maternity and parental leave top-ups, and a workplace culture with an overarching emphasis on work life balance;
- Extended health and dental coverage for employees and their families;
- RSP matching after 1 year of employment;
- Transportation incentives to encourage an environmentally friendly commute to work; and
- Volunteering incentives, to enable all employees to give back to the communities and causes that they are passionate about.
We also support ongoing employee development through our People Potential Program, which aims to give all employees a tailored plan in order to access professional development and training opportunities relevant to their own career development.
Ecojustice is 100 per cent funded by individuals and organizations who share our values. To learn more about how we are building the case for a better earth, please visit: www.ecojustice.ca.
About the Role:
The purpose of the Leadership Giving Officer (East) is to ensure the overall success of the leadership giving fundraising program in Eastern Canada and USA, by moving donors who are able to make major gifts into a more committed relationship with Ecojustice and securing their financial support. The Officer develops and implements personalized donor engagement strategies for individuals and foundations who have the capacity to give $5,000-$25,000 per annum
As a member of the Ecojustice Philanthropy team, the Leadership Giving Officer plays a key role in:
Actively cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of leadership giving donors (individual donors and foundations whose capacity to give is $5,000 - $25,000)
- Build and manage relationships with individual major donors and key personnel and board members at foundations by initiating and maintaining contact with donors via email and phone and in person at meetings and events, and encouraging two-way conversations with donors to understand their environmental interests and motivations
- Develop and execute engagement and solicitation strategies, including in person asks, written proposals, making phone calls and following up on outstanding solicitations to close the gift
- In collaboration with other members of the team, plan and implement donor engagement strategies including: prospect research; donor cultivation and stewardship events; volunteerism;
- In collaboration with the other members of the philanthropy team, develop and implement strategies to identify and cultivate major donors from the mid-level portfolio
- In collaboration with the Planned Giving Officer, implement strategies to secure planned gifts from individual major donors
- Ensure regular, timely thank you calls are made when a gift is received
- With support from Grant Writers, produce and submit proposals and reports
- Maintain accurate donor records and enter timely interaction notes in Raiser’s Edge
Contributing to the development and evaluation of operational plans
- Work closely with the Leadership Giving Team to collaboratively assign and manage individual, foundation and corporate leadership gift donors and prospects
- In collaboration with the Philanthropy Team, set annual goals and develop an annual work plan
- Contribute to developing a fundraising strategy of income-generating activities for the Leadership Giving program, drawing on knowledge of fundraising best practices, aiming to meet or surpass revenue goals
- Evaluate KPIs and provide progress updates to Philanthropy Team at quarterly review meetings
- Identify donors for profiles used in Ecojustice communications
Note: This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Ecojustice
Education & experience requirements
- 3+ years of major giving experience within a charitable environment
- Proven record of donor relationship management (one-to-one and/or one-to-many)
- University degree or comparable combination of education and work experience
- CFRE or equivalent considered an asset
Knowledge required to perform duties:
- Knowledge of current environmental issues
- Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge database
- Understanding of Ethical and Imagine Canada Fundraising principles and CRA guidelines, Charitable Tax Law
- Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office
- Experience managing major donor relationships and foundations
Skills and abilities required to perform duties:
- Relationship Management - Establishes and cultivates strong and positive relationships with individuals within and external to the organization
- Communication skills - Has the ability to clearly articulate an emotive and persuasive message both through verbal and written communication
- Self-starter – Takes initiative, is self-motivated and has the ability to think creatively and identify opportunities
- Problem Solving – Handles difficult situations with a positive attitude, actively seeking problem resolution, creative solutions, and organizational enhancements
- Basic budgeting skills – Has the ability to develop and report on revenue and expenses for the mid-level giving program
- Strategic & Creative thinking – Has a track record of bringing innovative creative thinking and fresh ideas to an organization and/or its services.
- Committed to Excellence in Fundraising - Possesses a sound working knowledge of fund raising and matters relating to philanthropy
Ecojustice is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment. We welcome and value the contributions of individuals who identify as members of a minority or marginalized community, and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, women, people of colour, and people with a disability.
Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume online at: www.ecojustice.ca/careers no later than the September 29, 2019 closing date.
If you have any questions about this role, please contact Mila Coad, People and Culture Coordinator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 604-685-5618 ext. 244.