Development Officer, Leadership Giving, Québec - Bilingual

  • 540 – 50, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, ca
  • Contract

Company Description

Join the country’s most trusted environmental organization and become a force for good.

About us        

We find solutions for living within the limits of nature. Through a combination of evidence based science and active public engagement, we seek to motivate Canadians to take action on the pressing environmental challenges we face. With headquarters in Vancouver and regional offices in Toronto and Montreal, we address issues from coast to coast to coast, in both official languages. With the support of scientists, academics, progressive businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations and hundreds of thousands of Canadians we aim to ensure that we all act every day on the understanding that we are one with nature, and protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future.

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The David Suzuki Foundation hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Job Description

Position Title: Development Officer, Leadership Giving, Québec

Location: Based at our Montreal office

Reporting: Director, Development and Strategic Partnerships

Job status: 14-month maternity contract, full-time (34 hours/ 4-day work week)

Salary: $50,000-$55,000, dependent upon experience

The Development Officer, Leadership Giving, is a self-starter who builds and maintains relationships with David Suzuki Foundation mid-level ($1K-$9,999) and leadership giving ($10K+) donors through ‘high- touch’ engagement and professional stewardship. Development Officers are responsible for populating a pipeline of prospects and engaging them in the work of the Foundation to further our mission. The Officer has a keen understanding of environmental issues and is able to convey how donors’ generosity make a difference. The role oversees fundraising activities in the province of Quebec, focusing on leadership and Francophone donors. The position is based in Montréal.


  • Work with the Director, Development to set and achieve annual fundraising goals and revenue targets, and to evaluate progress
  • In collaboration with the Development Director and Director of Quebec, act as the primary relationship manager to cultivate, solicit and steward major donors in Quebec
    • Includes portfolio of individuals, foundations and corporate supporters
  • Develop and manage proposals and applications to foundations (institutional, family and corporate), including budgets
  • Coordinate cultivation, proposals and reports with staff in DSF’s other departments
  • Collaborate with other departments in identifying project funding needs and develop strategy to achieve funding goals
  • Write compelling cases for support for initiatives in need of funding
  • Proactively steward current major funders through regular updates, invitations to events, writing reports, and facilitating contact with other DSF staff
  • Arrange and strategically prepare for meetings between prospects/donors and senior leaders of the DSF
  • Initiate and manage special events in the region, including fundraising events and donor cultivation and recognition events on a variety of scales and in a variety of locations
  • Capitalize on DSF-led and external event opportunities for networking, stewardship and cultivation
  • Work with regional Development Committee board member (Stephen Bronfman) to create events designed to steward and engage his network.

Other related duties as required.


Skill Sets:

  • Minimum three years professional fundraising experience in the not-for-profit sector
  • Strong experience building donor relationships and meeting revenue targets
  • Post-secondary Degree/Diploma or equivalent working experience
  •  Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills
  • Superb written and spoken English and French language skills
  • Knowledge of CRA charitable tax receipting rules an asset
  • Ability to communicate the values and programs of the David Suzuki Foundation in a way that lets donors understand how their support makes a difference
  • Strong values aligned with DSF’s mission, demonstrated through work or community service
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook and Raiser’s Edge; experience with Office 365 and/or SharePoint an asset; experience with Salesforce an asset

Additional Information

Application Process 

Please submit your cover letter and your resume online and submit your application by going to .  The position will stay open until filled. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage women, First Nations, Inuit and Metis candidates, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.