Development Officer (Major Gifts & Planned Giving)

Halifax, NS

Venor is proud to partner with Phoenix Youth Programs in their search for a Development Officer (Major Gifts & Planned Giving). Since 1987, Phoenix has been dedicated to supporting youth and contributing to a vibrant community. Phoenix’s thirteen locations in Halifax/Kjipuktuk, N.S. provide a continuum of care for youth aged 11-24 and their families. Their team of caring professionals recognizes that each person who comes to them has individual needs as well as strengths. People are the leaders in their own lives; Phoenix is a leader in supporting them. 

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Officer (Major Gifts & Planned Giving) will manage and broaden a portfolio of Phoenix donors, partners and prospects through effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities. Working closely with the Fund Development team, the Development Officer is responsible for developing tailored strategies to deepen current and create new relationships, and will contribute to the ongoing management, implementation, and evaluation of the fundraising strategic plan to meet the growing financial need of Phoenix. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Contribute to the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of major gift and planned giving fundraising activities.
  • Identify, build, and sustain relationships with donors and partners.
  • Prepare and deliver high quality proposals, presentations and other communications materials for prospects, donors, and partners.
  • Engage and mobilize senior volunteers to support fundraising initiatives.
  • Provide donor stewardship through impact reporting, tours, and hosting meetings, in addition to fulfilling stewardship plans.
  • Commit to continued learning and growth. 

As the successful candidate, you have a combination of experience and education in the non-profit fundraising environment, paired with a minimum of 3-5 years in major gift experience with demonstrated success. You have experience in planned giving methodologies, and have a dedication and openness to continuous learning. Having access to a reliable vehicle is considered an asset, as is experience with The Raiser’s Edge or similar databases.

As the ideal candidate, you bring your excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written skills to the table. You are someone who is resourceful and flexible with an ability to work both collaboratively and independently. You are comfortable with networking and have a natural ability to build meaningful relationships; confident and eager to engage donors and prospects in a meaningful way. You possess an excellent understanding of the issues surrounding confidentiality and a high level of integrity, and have a strong comprehension of youth social justice issues. 

As Phoenix continues to provide in-person programs and services during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an obligation to maintain a safe environment for our staff, volunteers, student placements, and the youth, families, and community members we work with. Phoenix firmly believes a vaccinated population is a vital part of keeping us, our youth, families, and communities protected from COVID-19 and the developing, fast-moving variants. Please be aware that Phoenix Youth Programs requires all employees, volunteers and student placements working at any of our Phoenix locations to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, (subject to specific exemptions regarding health or human rights issues). 

A staff group that represents the diversity of the people and communities we serve is of the utmost importance. Phoenix is committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth that have traditionally impacted members from the following groups, African Nova Scotians, Indigenous People, and Other Racially Visible Persons, Members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community, and Persons with Disabilities. If you are a member of one of these equity-seeking groups, you are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter or your resume. They would also appreciate it if you would share your pronouns in your cover letter or your resume. 

Screening Requirements: Due to the sensitive nature of Phoenix’s work with youth, this position is subject to a satisfactory criminal record check including a vulnerable sector search, a child abuse register check and proof of education. 

To apply, please send your resume to Graham Langill via graham@venor.ca

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