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SSO is looking for a Major Gifts Coordinator

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is a 3 million dollar charitable organization servicing the community since 1979 with regional offices and services across Ontario. Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of people, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses. With a staff of 25 people, we achieve this through:
  • The national research institute
  • Support services to individuals, families and communities
  • Partnerships with government and businesses
  • Education, training and the resource center
  • Youth mentorship and empowerment initiatives
  • Advocacy and impacting systems change
Thanks to the generous support of our 23,000 generous donors, SSO is able to provide services throughout Ontario. Currently, SSO is proud to be launching a national research institute with a broad reach and scope. In support of this enterprise, the fundraising department is seeking a dynamic and passionate professional to join our team in the position of Major Gifts Coordinator to help increase its major gifts portfolio by 30%. Reporting to the Manager of Corporate Development, the incumbent will bring expertise, target deliverables, passion and benevolence.
 Specific responsibilities include:

·Achieve revenue targets to sustain a 3 million dollar and growing operation
· Stewardship of existing donors
· Stewardship of  prospective and new donors
· Management of a donor communication schedule and donor list
· Moving potential major donors through the pipeline and preparing information for the CEO, Manager and Board
· Recording of all information regarding client interactions on Raisers Edge Database
· Research current and potential major donors and how to best cultivate relationships and investment in SSO
· Development  and implementation of  a major gifts strategic work plan
· Plan and host fundraising events for donors in support of reaching revenue targets
· Recruit and manage volunteers to assist with various initiatives as required
· Create and maintain a donor recognition program of gift acknowledgement and donor benefits
· Other duties related to the major gift coordinator role


·Bachelor’s degree or post-secondary diploma or training (example: business degree, fundraising management, philanthropy etc.)
·3 years related experience ideally in the not-for-profit sector
·Previous fundraising experience
·Raiser’s Edge experience
·Familiarity with maintaining a client database
·Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software

Skills and Abilities:

· Exceptional stewardship and relationship skills
· Strong database management skills with Raiser's Edge
· Project management skills
· Ability to put strategic plans into action
· Excellent communication, presentation and public relations skills; ability to communicate   
  effectively both verbally and in writing with a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders
· Passionate about mental health specifically related to schizophrenia and psychosis
· Exuberant, positive, visionary thinker and results focused
· Leadership and organisational skills
· Superior time management skills. Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
· Sensitivity to issues facing those affected by mental illness
· Ability to work with and support volunteers
· Self-starter with the ability to take direction
· Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team
 This position involves some travel across the province and may require some evening and weekend work. 
Remuneration: salary to commensurate with the position, comprehensive benefits, matching pension plan and vacation time.
To apply for this exciting opportunity please submit your resume, cover letter and salary expectation (all in one document in Word or pdf format) via e-mail to  by Wednesday, May 28, 2014  at 4:00pm Eastern Standard Time.  Kindly write:  #MGC-05-2014 in the reference field.  This posting will remain active until the position is filled.
We thank all applicants in advance, but will contact only those selected for an interview.