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Development Manager (1-Year Contract)

We require candidates to fulfill the position of a 1-Year Contract who will manage, develop and grow the fundraising program with innovative ideas and creative additions. You will work as a member of the leadership team to raise awareness of Embrave’s efforts to support survivors of gender-based violence and work to maximize opportunities for fundraising and deepen donor engagement and investment in our cause. In addition to building and stewarding philanthropic relationships, you will manage a team of fundraising volunteers and provide oversight for all fundraising initiatives and campaigns related to Embrave.

What to Expect in the Development Manager Role:

  • Work from a feminist, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, gender inclusion, decolonizing, and harm reduction framework.
  • Lead Embrave’s annual fundraising events (including The Rays of Hope Gala, The Purple Tie Luncheon, and The Annual Steps to End Violence Walk) and work closely with the Fundraising Committee and staff to bring these events to fruition.
  • Oversee Donor Perfect database and act as staff expert on the database.
  • Together with the Fundraising Committee, develop solicitation strategies for new donors and supporters.
  • Manage and further develop a portfolio of gift prospects comprised of individuals, corporations and foundations, planned giving prospects and foundations.
  • Renew and grow revenue with existing funders by exploring new opportunities.
  • Actively look for grant opportunities to meet the organization’s needs and develop innovative grant proposals and applications.
  • Monitor, track and report on grant activities in accordance with grant agreements.
  • Achieve annual fundraising targets and reports and manage expense budgets.
  • Develop and write communication and fundraising materials such as direct mail campaigns, newsletters, e-communications, and annual reports.
  • Regularly update and maintain digital presence including agency website and social media pages.
  • Assist the Executive Director in solidifying relationships with key donors and funders.
  • Identify and cultivate third-party events for which Embrave is a beneficiary with an emphasis on promoting peer-to-peer fundraising.
  • Cultivate and grow the volunteer engagement program.
  • Provide first point of contact for all donors and prospects.
  • Provide regular updates to the Executive Director about fundraising and community engagement activities relative to goals.
  • Provide monthly reports regarding fundraising and community engagement activities to Embrave’s Board of Directors.
  • Conduct public speaking engagements and awareness on social media to promote public education and foster understanding of the organization, its mission and vision; as well as issues surrounding Gender Based Violence (GBV).
  • Utilize computer software including case management database system, Microsoft applications as required.
  • Adhere to all Health and Safety Policies and Procedures as outlined by the organization to minimize risks.
  • Participate in ensuring 24-7 back up supports for the 24 hours services as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned for the effective operation of Embrave.
  • Ensure adherence to all Interim Place Policies and Procedures.

Qualifications:

  • Related post-secondary degree and/or equivalent combination of other education and work experience; and at least 5 years related experience as a fundraising professional.
  • Experience working in a social service/social justice organization and within a feminist, anti-racism and anti-oppression, harm reduction and disability justice framework.
  • Understanding of gender-based violence as a complex social problem and the intersectionality of sexism, racism, classism, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, sanism, etc on survivors and their children’s lived experience of violence.
  • Demonstrated success in securing sponsorship at the $20K level and up.
  • Versatile fundraising generalist, with a track record of securing major or leadership gifts, managing and/or overseeing annual appeals, events, stewardship, grant writing, and communications.
  • History of bringing creativity and best practices to an organization that is aiming for growth and can motivate and inspire both staff and volunteers to achieve great things.
  • Ability to think strategically, identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate innovative and creative solutions to problems.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to provide information concisely and effectively to any audience or supporter.
  • Superior writing skills and experience writing in a range of formats, from online communications, grants, sponsorship proposals, direct mail and appeal letters.
  • Self-motivator and can work collaboratively; willing to pitch in and carry out all levels of the task at hand.
  • Ability to work with deadlines and other conflicting priorities simultaneously with the ability to prioritize.
  • Experience in community engagement and knowledge of using technology and social media (including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) to reach target audiences.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of donor databases and email distribution systems (such as MailChimp, Constant Contact), HMTL, WordPress and CSS.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Photoshop, InDesign and desktop publishing an asset.
  • CFRE designation is an asset.

Scope and Accountability

The Embrave Agency to End Violence fundraising team (Board of Directors, ED, Development Manager, Leadership Team and fundraising volunteers) will work closely together, and this position will report the Executive Director.


Embrave is committed to the development of an organization that reflects the communities it serves. We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including: 

  • First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples. 
  • Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion, spiritual beliefs or place of origin. 
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations. 
  • Persons with visible or invisible disabilities. 
  • Survivors of the psychiatric system/consumer survivors. 
  • Two-Spirit, genderqueer, trans and non-binary people. 

To apply: Please forward a resume and customized cover letter in PDF format, subject line: Development Manager, to Winnie Chu, Executive Assistant, Embrave Agency to End Violence, at executiveassistant@embrave.ca. Please include your compensation expectations and why you’re the right person to help us succeed in our fundraising and development efforts. Early submission is encouraged, as applications will be reviewed as they arrive. Notwithstanding, all applications must be received by 11:59 pm on September 24th, 2021.

No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for applying however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Candidates will be required to participate in a skills-demonstration exercise. We will provide employment accommodation (i.e., an accessible location, technical aids, accommodation during the interview, rescheduling of interviews that fall on religious holidays, etc.) if we are advised of an applicant’s needs in advance of any part of the selection process.

Full Time 1-Year Contract Position

Contract, Full-Time job (37.5 hours per week). Occasional evening and weekend work when required.

Date of Posting

September 1, 2021

Application Deadline

September 24, 2021