August 18th, 2020

Toronto - DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST- Full Time/Permanent

Some of this work will be remote for a period of time due to COVID-19.


Toronto, Ontario


We are looking for someone dynamic, energetic, and engaging to take on a role that relies on the strength of relationships and building connections. As part of the Engagement Department, the Development Specialist will work with the Fundraising, Data and Digital Departments to communicate with supporters and move them up the ladder of engagement with an emphasis on recurring gifts.

This work requires a people-person–someone who takes pleasure in speaking with our supporters and building stronger relationships through mutual dedication to our goals. Our supporters care a lot, and to get the most out of this role, we need someone who cares a lot as well, and likes talking to folks about it!

The Specialist is the principal conduit in which all relevant recurring gift communications are handled. Reporting to the Head of Engagement and Lead Development Officer, the Development Specialist will work closely with key external constituents –members, stakeholders, elected officials–to develop a strategy for increasing the organization’s capacity for overall fundraising with a particular focus on the recurring gifts program. This role is integral to the ONDP in meeting its development and fundraising objectives.


  • Create strategies for recurring donor acquisition, development, and stewardship
  • Serve as a primary contact for all recurring donors (excluding Major Donors).
  • Work with the fundraising team towards building and achieving fundraising targets and the development of annual marketing plan geared towards this constituency.
  • Liaise with stakeholders and coordinate campaigns with allied organizations.
  • Coordinate and implement the donor stewardship strategy and plans.
  • Support the work of the fundraising department as a whole, including the events, major donor, riding, direct mail, digital, and phone banking programs.
  • Analyze donor data and trends, generate reports from the donor database and prepare reports.
  • Work with the Administrative Support Officer to manage the donor database and to handle administrative aspects of donor relations.
  • Write, design and edit engaging content.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 2-4 years of experience in fundraising and stewardship, with a demonstrated ability to exceed goals and build program capacity.
  • Experience in a professional role dedicated to stakeholder relations.
  • Exceptional written communication skills - and a unique and personal writing style.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • Detail-oriented with good time management skills.
  • Ability to prioritize in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to multi-task / change task on short notice.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • A track record developing fundraising plans and meeting objectives.
  • Fundraising database experience including Raiser's Edge is critical.
  • Demonstrated success in the identification, evaluation, cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of monthly and major gifts.
  • Experience creating and developing briefing notes and associated fundraising proposals and correspondence.
  • Flexibility to work some evenings/weekends as required.
  • Recognized professional fundraising certification or equivalent considered an asset.
  • Experience with the NDP, labour or progressive organizations campaigns an asset.
  • Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.


The position is covered by the COPE 343 Collective Agreement and falls under the category of fundraising and development clerk.

The ONDP has an office at 2069 Lakeshore Blvd West, but some of this work will be remote for a period of time due to COVID-19.


Applications should include a cover letter clearly outlining relevant experience, along with a resume and relevant references, and should be sent by e-mail to the attention of Oliver Paré, Head of Engagement at Please include the job title in the subject line. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The ONDP actively promotes employment equity. Women, Black, Indigenous, and racialized persons, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQI+, and anyone from equity seeking groups are strongly encouraged to apply for this position, and qualified applicants from these groups will be given preference. If you are a member of an equity-seeking group, you may choose to identify as such in your application.

We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please do not hesitate to contact Danielle Ouellette at to arrange appropriate accommodation.

Application Deadline 4:00 pm (EST) on Friday, September 18, 2020.