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Senior Development Officer



Company Information

Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education. Through Indspire’s K-12 Institute, it provides resources to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 success for Indigenous youth. In 2016-17, Indspire awarded $11.6 million through 3,764 bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous youth, making it the largest funder of Indigenous education outside the federal government. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people that is broadcast nationally.

Job Description

Never has there been a better time to join this national leader. The Senior Development Officer reports to the Director, Major Gifts and plays a key leadership role in the creation and expansion of support from organizations across Canada, to secure private sector revenue sources to support Indspire’s programs including its Building Brighter Futures: Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards.

The position responsibilities of the Senior Development Officer include:

Key Duties

• Develops and executes major gift fundraising campaigns, programs and initiatives aimed at engaging and involving foundations, service clubs, unions, corporations, and other organization donors with Indspire.
• Maintains a major gift portfolio of approximately 100 prospects, including new and existing.
• Conducts a minimum of 30 face to face visits or calls per year with the goal of presenting a minimum of 50 proposals and closing a minimum of 20 major gifts per year.
• Collaborates with other departments to develop creative funding opportunities and produces proposals for presentation to donors and prospects.
• Performs prospect research to identify and qualify potential major gift ($25k or more) donors as well as cultivates and solicits prospects in keeping with Indspire’s priorities and fundraising strategies.
• Works closely with Development colleagues to ensure successful execution of fundraising and stewardship strategies and programs to maximize revenues.
• Achieves annual major gift fundraising goals.
• Creates donor communications materials including customized funding proposals/packages, pre-proposals, gift agreements, case for support documents, briefing notes for solicitation, newsletters, stewardship reports, presentations and other fund-raising materials as required.
• Produces reports, analyzes results, recommends changes as required to maximize major gift revenues.
• Assists the Director, Major Gifts with fundraising projects and programs as appropriate.
• Participates in activities to develop and share new ideas that will result in better work practices and collective, team-based success to achieve increased fundraising results.
• Works with the Director, Major Gifts in the planning and implementation of major gift strategies, processes, procedures and policies.
• Manages the donor stewardship cycle by ensuring major gifts are acknowledged in a timely and personal manner.
• Arranges prospect and donor visits, events and tours.
• Records all sponsor or donor contacts in the fundraising database and maintains accurate electronic and hard copy files on all major gift donors.
• Works with the Director, Major Gifts to research and help plan the Department’s annual budgets, goals and campaign plans and annual work plans.
• Provides support at fundraising events and for fundraising projects as required with the aim of enhancing the major gifts program.
• Attends functions as appropriate to promote Indspire and its programs to donors and prospects.
• Performs other duties as assigned by the Director, Major Gifts.


• Completion of a post-secondary degree or equivalent.
• Progressive experience with a minimum of five years’ experience of demonstrated success in the not-for-profit sector in major gift fundraising from foundations, service clubs, unions, corporations, and other organizations.
• Knowledge of and experience in Indigenous communities preferred.
• A solid understanding of the fund development and moves management process.
• Working towards or having attained CFRE an asset.
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal and public relations skills and the ability to cultivate relationships with and communicate effectively with all donors, volunteers and other stakeholders.
• Ability to effectively coordinate multiple projects, deadlines and priorities.
• Team player that displays initiative.
• Highly computer literate and the ability to work effectively with database.
• Ability to work with sensitive information with complete confidentiality.
• Ability to work in French is an asset.
• Occasional travel between Six Nations and Toronto offices is required.
• Must be able to work occasional evening and weekends and possess a willingness to travel within Canada.

How to Apply

This is a full-time position and will be based either at Indspire’s office on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory (Ohsweken, ON) or at Indspire’s Toronto office. The salary range is $74,728 to $93,410 with a great benefit package, including pension plan. We are an Indigenous organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We encourage applications from qualified Indigenous persons and all others interested in the position. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. To learn more about Indspire, visit
To apply, please forward your résumé, and cover letter to All qualified candidates will be contacted directly.

No agency calls please.

Deadline for Applications: September 6, 2017

Contact Information

Amanda Charles
Posting Date: 16-Aug-2017Business Development/Client Relations Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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