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Development Associate

Company: Canadian Cancer Society
Date Posted: October 5, 2016

Imagine working for an organization that exists to create a world where no Canadian has to fear cancer. At the Canadian Cancer Society, our teams include people just like you: dynamic, innovative, empowered, passionate and committed to creating real change.

As Canada’s largest national health charity and leader in the fight against cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society has had more impact in more communities than any other cancer charity:

  • We spearhead life-saving research. As the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, the Society has invested more than one billion dollars in research so far, and efforts have led to breakthroughs that revolutionize the way cancer is diagnosed, treated and prevented.
  • We empower people facing cancer with free information and support services for patients and their families. Since 1996 the Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Information Service has helped more than one million Canadians with their cancer-related questions.
  • We lead change for a healthier Ontario. The Canadian Cancer Society has been a forceful and persistent voice on the tobacco control front, and efforts have led to laws that prohibit smoking in public spaces and workplaces, ban cigarette displays and vending machines and help control contraband.

The Society also mobilizes a community of fighters – 60,000 volunteers in Ontario alone – to help deliver programs, organize fundraising events, push change through government and fuel prevention efforts.

All of this is made possible through our ground-breaking fundraising programs and campaigns such as Relay For Life and Daffodil Month, as well as the unwavering support of our corporate partners and donors.

Be part of our team and make the biggest difference in the fight against cancer as a:

Development Associate

Ottawa, ON

Regular, Full Time

Reference #: AFP706



The primary responsibility of the Development Associate is to support the integration of major gift fundraising in community and raise major gift revenue for the Society’s philanthropic priorities. This position has a direct line reporting to the Manager, Community Office and a dotted line reporting to the national Director of Development, Philanthropy.


  • In collaboration with community fundraising colleagues and volunteers, support the identification and qualification of a major gift prospect list.
  • Working with a portfolio of assigned prospects (individuals), create and implement personal cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies to support major gift revenue goals.
  • Prepare customized donor proposals. 
  • Attend regular meetings as part of the integrated Major Gift team and report on personal portfolio of prospects to demonstrate moves management and progress to revenue goals.
  • Maintain database records of prospects and donors including records creation, updating, reporting, and contact tracking.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of the organization, its priorities and philanthropic opportunities.
  • Study the industry’s best practices in major gift fundraising.
  • Create a collegial working environment with key internal departments: Donor Services, Data Group, other Community Offices, Planned Giving and Philanthropy at the National Office.
  • Other projects/duties as assigned.

Health and Safety Responsibilities

  • Works in compliance with the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations
  • Reviews and complies with the Health and Safety Policy


  • Related post-secondary education and/or equivalent combination of education and related experience in a multi-level non-profit organization; CFRE designation as well as affiliation with AFP would be considered an asset.
  • Three years’ experience in fundraising with a demonstrated track record in soliciting philanthropic gifts from donors face-to-face.
  • Understanding of the donor development cycle and best practices in cultivation, acknowledgement, recognition and stewardship.
  • Demonstrated relationship management skills.
  • Well-developed communication skills, with the ability to effectively persuade and inspire others to support the Society.
  • Ability to work independently, communicate at all levels with confidence and exercise sound judgement, tact and confidentiality in relation to donors, volunteers, staff and the general public.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office (Word/Excel/Power Point/Outlook), Raisers Edge or similar relational databases.
  • Valid driver’s licence and reliable vehicle.
  • A Criminal Records Check is required.
  • Non-smoker.


  • Work based at a community office and/or home office
  • Regular travel within the Ontario
  • Manages multiple activities of varying complexity while under time constraints
  • Interdepartmental interaction and cooperation required
  • Intermittent evening and weekend work, some overtime required as needed to accommodate donor needs and schedules


  • May sit for extended periods
  • Regular travel in personal automobile
  • May involve significant computer use


  • No


The Society offers meaningful opportunities to make an impact in the fight against cancer.  We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, supportive and exemplifies our core values:


In return for your contributions, we offer an attractive compensation package that encompasses a competitive salary in the high 40K range, excellent benefits and the opportunity to have a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can make a true difference every day.


Qualified non-smokers are invited to send their resume and cover letter, quoting the reference #AFP 706 in the subject line of the email by October 17, 2016 to:

Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division

Human Resources Department

We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Canadian Cancer Society provides equal opportunity in employment and encourages applications from all qualified persons.


For more information about how you can join the fight against cancer and become a member of our dynamic team, please visit our website at



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