Fund Development Manager

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Organization: Dallaire Initiative
Job Type: Full-Time
Country: Canada
Experience: Mid Career (3-5 years)
Languages: English, French
Category: Donor/Grants Management
Topic: Human Rights
Application Deadline: 19. April 2021

Job Description

As the Dallaire Institute’s Fund Development Manager, you will be responsible for identifying, qualifying, engaging, and cultivating prospective donors, preparing compelling proposals and grant applications, soliciting major gifts, and stewarding donors on behalf of the Dallaire Institute. Central to this role will be the creative ability of the Fund Development Manager to see new opportunities for fundraising that are in line with the strategic direction of the Dallaire Institute. As the successful candidate, you will display business acumen, diplomacy, professionalism and, above all, a passion for achieving results. Ideally, you will bring a successful track record in major gift fundraising to the table, but consideration will be given to those who have achieved outstanding results in international development roles and related areas.

Key Responsibilities

  • Designing, implementing, managing, and soliciting specific major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations including preparing and writing compelling grant applications and major gifts funding proposals to a variety of funders (private and public sector) in Canada and internationally.
  • Providing coordination to proposal development and review processes, ensuring all staff inputs happen in a timely and effective manner and advise on donor compliance requirements to ensure high quality and on-time proposals
  • Identifying and maintaining a portfolio of active donors/prospects (75-100) with major and principal giving capacity, with an emphasis on timely and accurate moves management practices, in order to create and maximize revenue.
  • Planning and coordinating special fundraising events, campaigns, and initiatives for the Dallaire Institute while building strong relationships with individuals, organizations, and communities of interest.
  • Implementing a comprehensive and strategic donor stewardship plan (acknowledgement, naming, reporting, and recognition) to maximize a donor’s future giving.
  • Assume other fundraising-related management responsibilities and ensure appropriate compliance and administration of donor support.


  • Bachelor of Arts degree in a relevant field of study, or equivalent, is required and significant demonstrable experience in at least one of the following areas: International Development, Political Science, Communications, Children and Armed Conflict, International Relations, International Law, Peace and Conflict Studies, Peacekeeping, Sociology, Education, Human Rights, Gender Studies or Public Policy.
  • At least five years of relevant work experience with project design, development, and management of relevant donor-funded peace and security or development projects across sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America or the MENA regions.
  • Grant writer, reviewer and proposal development experience is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required. French proficiency is strongly desired; Arabic and Spanish proficiency will be considered as assets.
  • Experience with successful proposal writing and solicitation to individuals, foundations and institutional donors is required. Further, experience coordinating development of large-scale or strategic proposals, including supporting the development of multi-million-dollar project budgets is required. Additionally, experience with Canadian, and international government programming, (ex GAC, ECHO, UNICEF, German FFO, SIDA, DANIDA, BMZ) is an asset.

Job Competencies

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies, in particular:

  • Self-Awareness & Professionalism
  • Respect & Inclusion
  • Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Accountability for Performance & Results

Application Consideration

Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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