Job Title:

Development Officer


Phoenix Youth Programs


Halifax , NS

Closing Date:

June 20, 2022

Development Officer (Major Gifts & Planned GIving), Fund Development

Full-time, Permanent

Start date: As soon as possible.

Since 1987, Phoenix has been dedicated to supporting youth and contributing to a vibrant community. Phoenix’s eleven locations in Halifax, N.S. provide a continuum of care for youth aged 11-24 and their families. Our team of caring professionals recognizes that each person who comes to us has individual needs as well as strengths. People are the leaders in their own lives; Phoenix is a leader in supporting them. To learn more about Phoenix, visit our website:

A staff group that represents the diversity of the people and communities we serve is of the utmost importance. Phoenix is committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth that have traditionally impacted members from the following groups, African Nova Scotians, Indigenous People, and Other Racially Visible Persons, Members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community, and Persons with Disabilities. If you are a member of one of these equity-seeking groups, you are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter or your resume. We would also appreciate if you would share your pronouns in your cover letter or your resume.

Job Summary: Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Officer (Major Gifts & Planned Giving) will manage and broaden a portfolio of Phoenix donors, partners and prospects through effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities. Working closely with the Fund Development team, the Development Officer is responsible for developing tailored strategies to deepen current and create new relationships, and will contribute to the ongoing management, implementation, and evaluation of the fundraising strategic plan to meet the growing financial need of Phoenix.

Compensation: Annual salary range of $60,000-$70,000, comprehensive group medical insurance plan, Employee and Family Assistance Program, RRSP contribution, 3 weeks of vacation in the first year and 4 weeks of vacation in the second year, generous sick leave, a generous paid holiday schedule, in-house trainings, and professional development opportunities.

Hours of Work: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with flexibility and evening work required based on activity requirements

Where: 5880 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS.

Reports to: Director of Development, Fund Development

Screening Requirements: Due to the sensitive nature of our work with youth, this position is subject to a satisfactory criminal record check including a vulnerable sector search, a child abuse register check and proof of education.

Duties and Responsibilities:

As an integral member of the Fund Development team, the Development Officer (Major Gifts & Planned Giving) will:

  • Contribute to the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of major gift and planned giving fundraising activities.
  • Identify, build, and sustain relationships with donors and partners.
  • Prepare and deliver high quality proposals, presentations and other communications materials for prospects, donors, and partners.
  • Engage and mobilize senior volunteers to support fundraising initiatives.
  • Provide donor stewardship through impact reporting, tours, and hosting meetings, in addition to fulfilling stewardship plans.
  • Commit to continued learning and growth.

Knowledge, SKills, Abilities and Other Requirements:

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written skills.
  • Resourceful and flexible with an ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Comfortable with networking and has a natural ability to build meaningful relationships; confident and eager to engage donors and prospects in a meaningful way.
  • Excellent understanding of the issues surrounding confidentiality and a high level of integrity.
  • Experience with The Raiser’s Edge or similar databases.
  • Understanding of youth social justice issues.
  • Dedication and openness to continuous learning.
  • Access to a vehicle is an asset as the ability to travel in HRM and beyond.

Education and Experience:

  • A combination of education and experience in the non-profit fundraising environment.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years major gifts experience, with demonstrated success.
  • Experience in planned giving methodologies.

As Phoenix continues to provide in-person programs and services during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an obligation to maintain a safe environment for our staff, volunteers, student placements, and the youth, families, and community members we work with. Phoenix firmly believes a vaccinated population is a vital part of keeping us, our youth, families, and communities protected from COVID-19 and the developing, fast-moving variants. Please be aware that Phoenix Youth Programs requires all employees, volunteers and student placements working at any of our Phoenix locations to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, (subject to specific exemptions regarding health or human rights issues).


Please note that interviews may take place during the posting period.

Please forward a resume and a cover letter (in Word or as a PDF document) with pertinent information about your qualifications by at 11:59pm (ADT) on Monday, June 20th, 2022, to: with the subject line “Development Officer (MG & PG)”.

Posted 2022-06-10

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