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Director of Development

Status: Full-time
Location: Toronto
Application deadline: We will review applications and schedule interviews on a rolling basis, so we encourage those interested to contact us as soon as possible

About the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Founded in 1992, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (www.aidslaw.ca) promotes the human rights of people living with and affected by HIV in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, advocacy and litigation, public education and community mobilization. The Legal Network is one of the world’s leading advocacy organizations working in the area of HIV/AIDS, human rights and law.

We are in the final stages of a successful three-year, $3 million fundraising campaign which effectively created an annual giving program for the organization. We are now looking for a skilled and accomplished fundraiser who can build on this success, and provide new opportunities for growth.

Job description

The Director of Development will be responsible for developing, managing and executing the fundraising program for the organization. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of performance and a strong knowledge of best practices in fundraising, particularly in the areas of donor cultivation and donor events. This position is well suited for a strategic thinker who is also prepared to be very hands-on in all aspects of fundraising.

The Director of Development is a member of the management team and reports directly to the Executive Director. The Director of Development is supported by and works closely with the relevant staff of other units (Finance, Communications, Program Support, and Research & Policy).

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and other senior volunteers (such as the Advocates Circle, our fundraising committee of prominent advisors) to further develop an annual fundraising program
  • Review and update the organization’s case for support
  • Develop annual and multi-year plans to achieve fundraising goals and objectives
  • Identify prospective sources of funding support, including individuals, corporations and foundations
  • Implement and oversee cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major funders and donors
  • Write compelling and effective funding proposals to government programs, foundations and other donors
  • Plan and implement cultivation and fundraising events
  • Manage relationships with donors and funders, and implement and oversee reporting to funders
  • With the Finance Manager, create and monitor an annual budget for development initiatives, reviewing financial results and projections on a regular basis
  • Manage the fundraising database
  • Build a culture of philanthropy within the organization
  • Supervise a part-time contract Development Officer


We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

  • a minimum of five years’ experience in fundraising and donor relations, including demonstrated experience in writing grant proposals and other fundraising materials
  • a track record of building an annual fundraising program as well as success in soliciting and securing major gifts
  • experience with fundraising databases
  • demonstrated skills in managing projects, including juggling multiple tasks
  • university degree or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • excellent proofreading skills and attention to detail
  • ability to travel within Canada and internationally
  • ability to work nights and weekends occasionally, depending on scheduled events
  • initiative, perseverance, flexibility, collegiality and a passion for social justice

Additional assets include the following:

  • experience working in a small fundraising shop
  • familiarity with HIV and/or human rights and social justice issues
  • French language skills

What we offer

The Legal Network seeks highly qualified applicants and offers competitive salaries, commensurate with experience, and employer-paid benefits.

Application process

If you are interested in joining an organization that is creating social change and want to work in a dynamic environment, please send your letter describing your experience and interest, your resume, names or letters of reference and a short writing sample to hiring@aidslaw.ca.

We are looking to hire someone as soon as possible but will continue our search until we find the right candidate. Please include your earliest start date and some indication of your salary expectations in your cover letter.

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest. Those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Legal Network is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including persons living with HIV.

Volunteer opportunities

Why volunteer?

Volunteering with the Legal Network is a valuable experience. It can allow you to acquire knowledge, gain insights and make contacts, while defending the legal and human rights of people with, and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

Before applying

Think about the following questions and please let us know your answers:

  • When am I available (e.g. during daytime hours, during the week, or only evenings and weekends)?
  • How much time can I volunteer?
  • Do I want to work in or out of the office?
  • What skills can I offer? (Identify 2 or 3 skills, which could include experience in making contacts by phone; ability to use software such as Word or Excel; writing skills, including in languages other than English; experience in providing reception or filing services; research abilities; etc.)
  • What do I want to gain from this experience? (Volunteering will be more fulfilling if you let us know what you’re looking for, e.g. experience to add to your resumé, a way to support a worthy cause, social relationships or contacts within the community of non-governmental organizations.)

Available opportunities

  • Advocacy Campaign — Gathering and updating information on members of Parliament or members of a provincial/territorial legislature or municipal government; contacting people by phone or e-mail; writing advocacy material; developing web content, including video and text; programming and designing for websites.
  • Office Assistance — Greeting people at reception; answering phone calls and helping respond to e-mails; supporting mailings; assisting at events.
  • Policy Research — Performing research; helping formulate policy and legal briefs; summarizing in-depth research reports.


To submit your application for a volunteer position, please e-mail your resumé and the answers to the above questions to Terry Gould, Program Support Manager to tgould [at] aidslaw.ca.