Now Hiring! Fundraising, Development, & Communications Manager

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Fundraising, Development & Communications Manager holds a key function in meeting annual fundraising targets, attracting and maintaining a body of funders, donors, sponsors, members and partners in order to raise the funds required to meet the Society’s specific annual operating and program goals. The Fundraising, Development & Communications Manager oversees communications such as newsletters, website, media and social media platforms. This position works closely with the Executive Director in the planning and development of strategies and initiatives to meet the financial targets for the Society. The Fundraising, Development & Communications Manager has two part time direct reports: Development Assistant and Community Engagement Coordinator.

Full time : 37.5 hours/week (temporary leave coverage with possibility of permanent)

Estimated start date: ASAP

Starting salary range: $55,000 – $70,000

Benefits: Extended benefits (after 6 months) and RRSP program available (after 1 year)

Application Deadline : April 14, 2024



  • Responsible for the funder engagement cycle and building relationships with key funders including: sourcing, writing and submitting grants, grant reports, letters of inquiry and support, sponsorship packages and case for support documents within deadlines;
  • Effectively keep track of relevant funding deliverables, report deadlines, and defined outcomes for each new grant received;
  • Maintains an accurate database on interactions with granters, sponsors, donors, members and funders in Salesforce CRM;
  • Maintains an accurate quarterly plan for grant submissions, develops letters of support, writes content, ensures deadlines are met;
  • Works closely with the Executive Director and departmental Managers on grants, grant content, budgets and funding to support departmental programs;
  • Works closely with the Executive Director and Marketing Communications Development Committee on governance materials, capital campaigns and other relevant funding directions;
  • Communicates accomplishments of existing programs to funders through reports and writes acknowledgment letters as needed;
  • Works with Managers and Executive Director on fundraising projects/campaigns, briefs, and events, including drafting on-line content, social media posts, storytelling and other relevant activities.

Donor Stewardship

  • Cultivates, acquires, and engages donors. Continually reviews donor retention and develops strategies to increase the donor database and secure monthly, corporate and major donors;
  • Creates and oversees annual donor campaigns – winter/summer
  • Appeals to various donor levels using segmented lists from Salesforce through well-developed engagement plans, donor campaigns, events and recognition.

Member Stewardship

  • Oversees membership program including securing members and engaging members through regular communication, and member events


  • Oversees SPES communications including social media strategy, newsletters, website management/writing, press releases and video;
  • Manages and monitors the organizational communication plan;
  • Review/edits department communications;
  • Develops the annual report through working with the organizational departments
  • Oversee photography image database, coordinate image gallery, edit images, and ensure use in alignment with SPES image practices and guidelines


  • 2+ years’ experience in non-profit development and fundraising, or equivalent experience and education.
  • Understanding of local ecology and environmental sciences is a strong asset.
  • Proven track record of successfully securing gifts, grants, and sponsorships.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse partners.
  • Experience overseeing or delivering fundraising events.
  • Strong written communication skills, including grant writing, donor appeals, and reports.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to develop and execute long-term fundraising plans.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities, delegate, and meet deadlines.
  • Experience with communications, digital marketing, and social media.
  • Strong IT proficiency, including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, Canva, InDesign and CRMs.
  • Non-judgmental and supportive of a client-centered work environment.
  • Self-reflective and can bring a critical perspective to fundraising to further our decolonization and equity goals.

Apply to: Tricia Collingham, Executive Director at Please include your resume and cover letter as one PDF document. We thank all candidates but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

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