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Director, Development and Communications

We are currently seeking the ideal candidate to fill the position of:

Director, Development and Communications

At FoodShare, we advocate for food justice by supporting community-based food initiatives and through ongoing advocacy and public education. Our vision is a Toronto where all people can feed themselves, their loved ones and their communities with dignity and joy. We operate on a people-first model that values fair compensation policies that respect a work/life balance and the contributions of our team members at all levels. 


The Development and Communications team is responsible for developing and executing strategies to elevate fundraising, marketing and public outreach, engaging our donors and audience of supporters through events and online communications channels, and articulating FoodShare’s unique impact and value. 

As the Director of Development and Communications, you will bring a food justice and equity lens to lead and inspire a high-performing team of fundraisers, marketers and communicators, and as a member of FoodShare’s Senior Leadership team you will take an active role in shaping the strategic direction and organizational culture of FoodShare as a whole. It is anticipated that the Director of Development and Communications will devote 70% of their time to development and 30% toward communications.

Duties include (but are not limited to):

Leadership and Management: 

  • Lead the creation and execution of a bold annual and multi-year fund development plan across diverse revenue streams, including monthly, major gifts, and planned giving.
  • Provide leadership, direction and management for the Development and Communications teams to create an environment of collaboration, respect, creativity, accountability and high performance
  • Contribute to FoodShare’s Advocacy efforts with shared oversight.
  • Serve on the senior leadership team: providing overarching support to the FoodShare team and developing organizational policy and culture 
  • Participate and lead  in the development of annual and multi-year operational and financial plans that align with the overall Strategic Plan. 2024 is a strategic planning year, and the Director, Development & Communications will play a role in shaping the strategic direction and associated action plans. 
  • Oversee and support the development of annual work plans, funding targets and strategies
  • Provide mentorship to direct reports, including conducting performance reviews, identifying opportunities for growth and development, and more
  • Ensure that FoodShare’s fundraising and communications strategies and activities align with the organization’s mission, values, culture, priorities and fundraising guidelines, and that these are clearly articulated to interested parties
  • Collaborate with and support the program teams (i.e., Community Food Growing, Community Learning and Engagement, and Community Action Support) with program-specific fundraising initiatives.
  • Support the development of systems and ways of working that enhance collaboration, streamline processes and generate positive outcomes across the department 
  • Serve as FoodShare’s Privacy Officer. Develop and implement policies, practices and standards that protect FoodShare’s reputation and stakeholder information, and ensure that legislative requirements are met (i.e., CRA, CASL)
  • Build relationships with and represent FoodShare to key partners such as funders and other supporters as required
  • Ensure effective metrics and evaluation are in place to track progress, insight and performance of marketing, communications and development activities 

Revenue Growth:

  • Oversee and support fund development initiatives (raising greater than  $2,000,000 annually) such as Individual Giving, Planned Giving, Corporate Sponsorships, Foundation Grants, Mid-Level and Major Gifts and Donor recognition, Legacy giving
  • Oversee and support marketing initiatives for earned revenue activities including food distribution and other program-driven entrepreneurial activities.
  • Work with the Executive Director, other senior leaders and Board members to identify and cultivate strong new prospects, including donor stewardship
  • Manage a personal portfolio of key donors and prospects at the major gift level

Required Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Must be legally authorized to work in Canada

In your application, please clearly indicate or demonstrate the following:

  • 3+ years experience at senior management/director level
  • 3+ years experience leading a team that includes supervising and mentoring supervisors
  • 3+ years experience in leading the development of successful, measurable strategies for fundraising and/or marketing and communications
  • 3+ years of experience of managing a personal portfolio of key donors/client contacts/program partners and prospects
  • Demonstrable results in revenue generation and growth (fundraising, marketing and sales, business development, etc.) at the $2-4M level
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication
  • Strong understanding of intersectionality and commitment to working within an anti-oppression/anti-racism framework
  • Knowledge of regulatory framework and ethical fundraising practices required.  
  • Demonstrated interest in FoodShare’s mission, values and work, along with a strong understanding of principles of food justice and equity and an ability to embed these principles in the development and communications work
  • Experience with donor and/or communications databases an asset (ie. Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce)

Compensation and Culture 

At FoodShare we are committed to ensuring a work/life balance for all members of our team including a no-emails outside of 9 to 5 policy and a generous, sector-leading benefits package (see below). 

Base Salary: $84,000 annually (37.5 hours/week)* 

Benefits: Extended health and dental benefits at start; RRSP or TFSA contributions after successful completion of probation period; 4 weeks paid vacation + paid winter shutdown per year; monthly cell phone and internet reimbursement available; 20 paid personal emergency leave/sick days per year; 10 paid personal days per calendar year. (Prorated based on start date)

Contract Type: Full-time indefinite

Tentative start date: First week of September, 2024

Reports to: Executive Director 

Direct supervision: Development Manager, Marketing & Communications    Manager,

Location: Remote-first hybrid (occasional on-site tasks required)

*Note that as part of FoodShare’s commitment to equity, all staff get equal pay for equal work. As a result, salaries and benefits are non-negotiable.

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and cover letter by 9AM on Monday, July 8, 2024 by clicking the link below:

Please note that only candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process will be contacted.

Selection Process:

  1. FoodShare’s recruitment process involves the anonymization of all resumes prior to their being screened by the hiring committee. This step removes applicant personal details (names, email, addresses), educational & employment institutions, years of work experience, and personal interests to reduce potential for bias. Please make sure to detail your experience in your resume/cover letter to ensure the committee has the information they need to assess your qualifications for the role. This process takes at least 3 weeks from the application deadline.
  2. The hiring committee will review anonymized versions of the applications that pass the initial screening and decide which to invite to interview. This process usually takes about 1 week.
  3. The hiring committee will conduct first round interviews with selected candidates. Candidates will be sent the interview questions 48 hours in advance of their scheduled interview.  Candidates are welcome, but not expected or required, to send any questions they have for the hiring committee in advance of the interview. These usually occur about 4 weeks after the application deadline.
  4. In recognition of the time and labour of preparing for and attending an interview, FoodShare financially compensates interviewees at a fixed rate of $75 per interview. 
  5. HR will conduct reference checks for the candidate they intend to extend an offer to. This process usually takes about 1 week.
  6. HR will send the selected candidate an Employment Agreement, which the candidate will have at least 3 business days to review and return.

Thank you for your interest in joining our team! FoodShare is a food justice organization. This means that we are committed to working to identify and dismantle systemic forms of oppression that cause and perpetuate food security inequities. 


Racialized people and others from equity-seeking groups are over-represented in food insecurity and poverty statistics, but are significantly under-represented in community based food organizations. We believe that those most affected by an issue must have access to paid positions in organizations tasked with challenging poverty and food insecurity. FoodShare strives to create a workspace that reflects the diversity of identities and lived experiences that exist within the communities we work alongside. If you see yourself reflected in 80% of the requirements for this role, please consider applying. 

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