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Annual Giving Officer - can be based in Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal - David Suzuki Foundation

Vancouver, BC

Job Description

Join the country’s most trusted environmental organization and become a force for good.

About Us

We find solutions for living within the limits of nature. Through a combination of evidence based science and active public engagement, we seek to motivate Canadians to take action on the pressing environmental challenges we face. With headquarters in Vancouver and regional offices in Toronto and Montreal, we address issues from coast to coast to coast, in both official languages. With the support of scientists, academics, progressive businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations and hundreds of thousands of Canadians we aim to ensure that we all act every day on the understanding that we are one with nature, and protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future.

To find out more please visit

The David Suzuki Foundation hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. 

Term: Two year contract with possibility to renew. Hours based on 4-day /34-hour work week.

Reporting to: Associate Director, Community Giving

Location: This position can be based in Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal

Salary: $50,000-$55,000/ year depending on experience

About the role

The Annual Giving Officer is responsible for all offline fundraising activities, including legacy giving, and plays an integral role in the success of the David Suzuki Foundation’s fundraising and donor stewardship efforts.

Direct response fundraising:

  • Implement offline fundraising and stewardship campaigns including planning, writing copy/ coordinating with writer, segmenting data, producing and coordinating direct mail, newsletters, annual donor impact report and donor calling
  • In collaboration with the Associate Director, develop offline campaign themes, segmentation tactics, creative strategy and detailed plans
  • Contribute to development of targets for revenue, donors, retention and reactivation
  • Work closely with Fundraising Specialist (Digital) and other Development staff to implement multi-channel campaigns especially as they relate to emails and social media, mid-level donors and monthly donors
  • Liaise with program staff to ensure accurate and consistent messaging
  • Coordinate with graphic designers to develop and produce creative
  • Conduct testing on campaigns to refine knowledge and improve results
  • Develop and generate analytical reports on campaigns and donors, providing and implementing recommendations to improve fundraising results
  • Develop and implement strategies to renew and increase donor giving levels and commitments

Legacy giving:

  • Develop a comprehensive plan for the long-term program growth, solicitation and stewardship of planned giving prospects and donors
  • In coordination with Development Officers, implement the cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and recognition of planned giving donors and prospects to build and maintain supporter base
  • Plan and coordinate legacy donor events
  • Coordinate the marketing of planned gifts, including the development and creation of marketing and stewardship materials and mailings


  • Manage direct marketing consultant and supplier relationships including preparing request for proposals and managing vendor selection
  • Manage the timely processing of invoices and expenses
  • Other related duties as required

Job Requirements

About you

Experience and education:

  • Minimum two years’ experience coordinating, writing and producing direct response fundraising appeals including direct mail, newsletters and donor calling
  • Experience focusing on marketing planned giving options, follow-up with planned giving prospects and securing new legacy gifts
  • Knowledge of planned giving technical information (e.g., bequests, gifts of life insurance, gifts of RRSP, etc.) and CRA charitable tax receipting rules an asset
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce or equivalent CRM
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Outlook. Experience with Office 365/SharePoint an asset
  • Basic experience with Photoshop and Illustrator (resizing images, text-overlay and optimization for print)
  • Post-secondary Degree/Diploma or equivalent working experience

Skills and qualities:

  • A passion for donor-centric fundraising
  • Effective communication style. Ability to quickly write clear and engaging messaging that resonates with intended audience
  • Proven ability to coordinate projects with multiple stakeholders and deliver campaigns on time
  • Highly organized with ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Detail-oriented with proven capacity to check your own work
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills
  • Excellent English language skills required; French language skills are an asset
  • Ability to communicate the values and programs of the David Suzuki Foundation in a way that lets donors understand how their support makes a difference
  • Strong values aligned with DSF’s mission, demonstrated through work or community service

How To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and your resume online and submit your application by going to .  The position will close on Monday February 18th, 2019. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage women, First Nations, Inuit and Metis candidates, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.