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Director, Resource Development, Canadian Paraplegic Association

The Organization

Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) Ontario is an expert in the field of spinal cord injury.  Founded in 1945, our mission is to assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities achieve independence, self-reliance, and full community participation.  CPA Ontario has offices across the province that provide consistent, holistic, individualized and quality assured services in the core areas of Peer Support, Community Services, Employment Services, Advocacy, Information Services and Attendant Services.

Job Summary

The Director of Resource Development is responsible for the development and execution of all fundraising strategies in support of CPA Ontario's mission, ensuring that the appropriate systems, resources and personnel are in place to support the organization's priority areas:
Advocacy, Quality Services, Sustainable Diversified Funding, Reaching 100%.


Reporting to the Executive Director of CPA Ontario, the Director of Resource Development will bring a minimum of five years of successful fundraising experience in a non-profit organization.  S/he will be known for a commitment to excellence, leadership, strategic thinking and recognized for her/his integrity.  A demonstrated commitment to the fundraising profession and the CFRE designation are essential assets.  

The Director of Resource Development is ultimately responsible for securing significant revenues through an organized network of professionals and volunteers conducting targeted solicitations of prospects with varying capacity and interests.

The Director of Resource Development will have primary responsibility for developing a major and planned gift program and developing relationships with major donors and prospects.  This individual will also be responsible for the development and execution of all charitable fundraising operations, and day-to-day management of CPA Ontario's fundraising activities, ensuring that appropriate systems, resources and personnel are in place to support the organization's financial goals.

Working closely with the Executive Director, Board and other volunteer and staff leaders, the Director of Resource Development plays an integral role in linking CPA Ontario to its donor constituency.    An articulate spokesperson for CPA Ontario, the Director of Resource Development joins a senior management team that is seeking to take CPA Ontario to new levels of fundraising performance. 

Key Responsiblities

  • Oversee all fundraising initiatives of CPA Ontario, with a particular focus on developing a major and planned gifts program to ensure the attainment of annual and multi-year fundraising goals.
  • Oversee the preparation and implementation of an annual development plan, including staffing, operations, fundraising, and donor relations.
  • Manage relationships with, and philanthropy from CPA Ontario's major benefactors.
  • Serve as a member of the CPA Ontario Director's Team with special regard to the coordination of fundraising priorities, grants, accountability to donors and project implementation.
  • Coordinate the enlistment and management of Board and other volunteers to support the achievement of fundraising objectives.
  • Coordinate the affairs of the Major Gifts Committee, and any additional subcommittees.
  • Ensure CPA Ontario conforms to the highest standards of ethical fundraising and management.
  • Lead the Development staff team, including recruiting, training, motivation, retention, and compensation.
  • Guide the formulation of all fundraising activities, including goal-setting, strategy identification, benchmarking and evaluation.
  • Serve as an ambassador to the SCI community.


The ideal candidate will be genuinely excited and attracted to the prospect of being responsible for a critical role in the realization of enhanced goals and introducing new fundraising programs. 

  • Undergraduate Degree in a related discipline
  • Advanced fundraising, strategic selling skills and relationship management
  • Proven abilities related to goal setting, strategic planning and operations and implementation and evaluation of priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated collaborative approach, including negotiation experience
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills; including team building, presentation and facilitation skills and the ability to coach and mentor others
  • Preferred ability to communicate in more than one language
  • Proven organizational, planning, budget management, time management and project management expertise
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency working in an MS Office environment
  • Ability to travel

This is an excellent opportunity and challenge for a dynamic leader who is committed to excellence,  recognized for integrity, and has a track record for meaningful results.  If you are passionate about making a contribution to people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities, inspiring and uniting a powerful team of staff and volunteers whose credo is "Work Hard, Be Fair, Care", please forward your resume and corresponding cover letter in confidence by March 13, 2009 to

Human Resources, CPA Ontario
520 Sutherland Drive
Toronto, ON  M4G 3V9
Fax: (416) 645-3265

CPA Ontario is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to achieving accessibility in employment for persons with disabilities.  While preference will be given to persons with a spinal cord injury or other physical disability (in accordance with sub-sections 14(1) and 24(1) (a) of the Ontario Human Rights Code and any requirements of the Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005), we encourage all interested individuals to apply. We thank all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.