Development Officer, Donor Programs

ORGANIZATION: Pathways to Education Canada
POSITION: Development Officer, Donor Programs
REPORTING TO: Director of Development
JOB TYPE: Contract role from June 2024 – August 2025
LOCATION: Toronto, Ontario (Hybrid)
WEBSITE: www.pathwaystoeducation.ca

Development Officer, Donor Programs, Pathways to Education Canada

We’re looking for someone who can change the paradigm for Canadian youth living in poverty. Someone who enjoys building partnerships, making an impact, and working with energetic, high-performing teams. Is that you?

Pathways to Education is a national, charitable organization breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Its award-winning program is creating positive social change by supporting youth living in low-income communities to overcome barriers to education, graduate from high school, and build the foundation for a successful future. Through the collective power of partnerships, Pathways to Education’s innovative program is preparing youth for tomorrow.

The Opportunity

As a key member of the Resource Development team, you will help with the continuous development and management of the Class Champions (CC) donor program, which collectively supports an entire cohort of students from the first day of high school until graduation. Reporting to the Director of Development, you will administer all related operations, stewardship activities, and deliverables to develop strong relationships with supporters of the CC program.

As the successful candidate, you bring demonstrated experience in the fundraising sector and understand basic fundraising operations and corporate philanthropy principles. You are skilled at building meaningful relationships with donors, proactive, and want to bring forth creative ideas to enhance the CC program and the overall donor experience, ensuring sustainable support for young people across Canada through the entirety of their high school journey.

What You’ll Do

  • Assist in executing strategies to engage, retain, and steward individuals in the CC program, ensuring timely pledge payments that contribute to revenue targets.
  • Develop and implement the annual operational plan for the CC program, including a detailed schedule of activities and milestones.
  • Demonstrate to donors how their commitment is empowering the cohort of students they are supporting by delivering compelling and personalized reports and updates.
  • Seek to enhance current processes for improved donor experience.
  • Review and update records in the Raiser’s Edge database to ensure donor records and contributions are properly coded, accurate, and up to date.

What You Bring

  • 2+ years’ experience in a fundraising environment, with exposure to all basic fundraising operations (e.g., proposal creation, stewardship, account management, and/or sales)
  • Experience with securing financial gifts from new partners, and in stewarding existing donors to renew gifts.
  • Understanding of corporate philanthropy and decision-making processes.
  • Adaptive, self-motivated, and enjoys working in complex, creative, and collaborative environments.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational, planning, and recordkeeping skills, with great attention to detail.
  • Bilingualism (English/French) would be a great asset.

What We Offer

  • An exciting opportunity to be part of a leading not-for-profit dedicated to excellence and impact.
  • A collaborative work environment with a culture of innovation.
  • Opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Generous vacation and health benefits package.
  • Group RRSP program.

Join Our Team

To confidentially explore this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume with the subject line ‘Development Officer, Donor Programs’ to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until 5pm ET on May 21, 2024. Pathways Canada thanks all applicants for their interest. Due to volume, only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.

Pathways to Education Canada is committed to fostering a diverse work environment, one that is inclusive of different races, ethnic origin, citizenship, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ages, family status, disability status, and intersectional identities. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply and advise us of any accommodations or supports needed to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process.