Director, Fund Development & Communications

Position Details

  • Permanent, full-time, 9-day fortnight schedule
  • Excluded position: Salary Range: $97,000 to $113,000/per annum based on experience.
  • Application Closing Date: Until Position is Filled/ Start Date: ASAP

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Indigenous women and women of colour are strongly encouraged to apply
Additional languages spoken an asset.

Job Summary

The Director, Fund Development & Communications is responsible for the development, management, and implementation of DEWC’s fundraising, donor relations, funding applications and communications plan. The director will develop and implement a multi-year fundraising plan including major gifts, annual appeal, planned giving and specials events. The director will oversee the content & production of printed & digital media such as website, social media, newsletters, annual reports and in collaboration with the Executive Director, will develop and implement a marketing/communications strategy that highlights and promotes DEWC’s work. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, DEWC the Director will work closely with the board and DEWC leadership team to ensure the success of DEWC and her strategic objectives.  You will work from a feminist perspective and within an anti-oppression framework.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and mentoring to Fund Development & Communications staff fostering a culture of continuous learning and development

Fund Development:

  • Create and implement the DEWC’s development plan in line with our strategic plan
  • Develop and oversee all fundraising programs
  • Build and strengthen relationships with corporations to develop corporate sponsorship and other development opportunities
  • Manage donor relationships
  • Oversee government and foundation fund development process including managing relationships, contracts, and reporting processes
  • Plan and implement of all special event fundraising activities including, but not limited to sponsorships, the annual Herstory Gala, annual Run for DEWC.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on new funding opportunities
  • Represent DEWC on networking events, and speaking engagements
  • Oversee fundraising database and tracking system


  • Develop and implement DEWC’s communications strategy
  • Strengthen DEWC web presence
  • Manage DEWC communication tools including newsletters and social media
  • Manage media relations

Other responsibilities as required

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in fundraising, donor relations, and communications ideally in a not-for-profit.
  • Experience in managing websites and social media platforms for a business or non-profit organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relational skills, and demonstrated ability to work with donors, funders, volunteers, staff and board of directors, ideally in a non-for-profit.
  • Ability to provide thoughtful, progressive, and strategic guidance.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and solve practical problems.
  • Ability to identify, influence, and collaborate with key stakeholders to achieve desired organizational outcomes.
  • Proficiency in donor database software and digital communication tools.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including proficiency in developing and delivering presentations
  • Must have a strong working knowledge and analysis of the issues impacting women in the DTES, including gender-based violence, mental health, substance use and housing
  • Candidate must work from strong feminist analysis and within an anti-oppression framework.
  • Ability to work within a busy, chaotic environment and with a diverse community of women.
  • A First Aid certificate is required.
  • Candidate must undergo a criminal record check.
  • Salary position that requires some work outside of normal business hours to undertake position responsibilities, meet deadlines, and ensure delivery of high-quality programs and services.

Reports to: Executive Director