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Philanthropy Officer (Mid-level Giving) - Ecojustice

Vancouver, BC

Job Description

Position Type:             Permanent

Status:                            Full-Time

Location:                       Vancouver

Date Posted:                July 26, 2019

Closing Date:               August 16, 2019

Salary:                           $61,169.95

About Ecojustice:

Ecojustice is Canada’s largest environmental law charity. Our mission is to use the law to defend nature, combat climate change and fight for a healthy environment for all.  Our strategic, innovative public interest lawsuits lead to nation-wide precedents and deliver concrete solutions to our most urgent environmental problems.

Working with Ecojustice means joining a team of passionate, hard-working professionals. We strive to build an inclusive and respectful working environment, where all employees are valued for their contributions to our mission. 

Ecojustice offers a comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Family friendly workplace policies, including a generous annual vacation allowance (starting at 3 weeks and increasing to 6 weeks), Winter office closure (between Christmas and New Year), Birthday day off, maternity and parental leave top-ups, and a workplace culture with an overarching emphasis on work life balance;
  • Extended health and dental coverage for employees and their families;
  • RSP matching after 1 year of employment;
  • Transportation incentives to encourage an environmentally friendly commute to work; and
  • Volunteering incentives, to enable all employees to give back to the communities and causes that they are passionate about.

We also support ongoing employee development through our People Potential Program, which aims to give all employees a tailored plan in order to access professional development and training opportunities relevant to their own career development.

Ecojustice is 100 per cent funded by individuals and organizations who share our values.  To learn more about how we are building the case for a better earth, please visit:

About the Role:

The purpose of the Philanthropy Officer (Mid-level Giving) is to ensure the overall success of the mid‐level fundraising program, by moving mid-level donors into a more committed relationship with Ecojustice and identifying those that are able and willing to make transformational gifts for the major gift program. The officer develops and implements a personalized cultivation and stewardship strategy for mid-level donors and, in collaboration other team members, tailors direct mail, electronic appeals, phone campaigns; donor cultivation and stewardship.

Actively cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of mid-level giving donors (donors whose capacity to give is $500 - $5,000).

  • Develop and implement donor engagement strategies, including welcoming new mid-level donors to Ecojustice’s community, ensuring regular, timely thank you calls are made when a gift is received, organizing donor cultivation and stewardship events, engaging donors through volunteerism, reporting on the impact of a donor’s gift, working with donors to share their stories and interacting with donors online
  • Make outbound fundraising calls to specific segments of donors and encourage two-way conversations with donors to understand their environmental interests and motivations
  • In collaboration with the Direct Response Manager and Digital Communications Team, tailor content produced for mid-level donor segments in phone, mail and/or email appeals
  • Arrange face-to-face meetings with priority segments of donors
  • In collaboration with the other members of the philanthropy team, develop and implement strategies to identify and cultivate major donors from the mid-level portfolio
  • In collaboration with the Planned Giving Officer, implement strategies to secure planned gifts from mid-level donors
  • Maintain accurate donor records and enter timely interaction notes in Raiser’s Edge

Contribute to development and evaluation of philanthropy strategic plan and annual budget

  • In collaboration with the Philanthropy Team, set annual goals and develop an annual work plan
  • Contribute to developing a fundraising strategy of income-generating activities for the mid-level program, drawing on knowledge of fundraising best practices, aiming to meet or surpass revenue goals
  • With the Director of Philanthropy, set annual budget and provide regular forecasts
  • Develop and report on KPIs to monitor progress and modify as needed
  • Evaluate and provide progress updates to Philanthropy Team at quarterly review meetings

Note: This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Ecojustice

Job Requirements

About You:

Education & experience requirements

  • 3+ years within a charitable environment
  • Proven record of donor relationship management (one-to-one and/or one-to-many)
  • Educated to degree level or possessing a relevant qualification and/or appropriate experience in a directly related post

Knowledge required to perform duties:

  • Knowledge of current environmental issues
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge database
  • Understanding of Ethical and Imagine Canada Fundraising principles and CRA guidelines, Charitable Tax Law
  • Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Experience with direct mail and/or online fundraising considered an asset

Skills and abilities required to perform duties:

  • Relationship Management - Establishes and cultivates strong and positive relationships with individuals within and external to the organization 
  • Communication skills - Has the ability to clearly articulate an emotive and persuasive message both through verbal and written communication
  • Self-starter – Takes initiative, is self-motivated and has the ability to think creatively and identify opportunities
  • Problem Solving – Handles difficult situations with a positive attitude, actively seeking problem resolution, creative solutions, and organizational enhancements
  • Basic budgeting skills – Has the ability to develop and report on revenue and expenses for the mid-level giving program
  • Strategic & Creative thinking – Has a track record of bringing innovative creative thinking and fresh ideas to an organization and/or its services.
  • Committed to Excellence in Fundraising - Possesses a sound working knowledge of fund raising and matters relating to philanthropy

How To Apply

Application Process:

Ecojustice is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.  We welcome and value the contributions of individuals who identify as members of a minority or marginalized community, and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, women, people of colour, and people with a disability.

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume online at:  no later than the August 16, 2019 closing date.  

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Mila Coad, People & Culture Coordinator, by email at or by calling 604-685-5618.