Development Officer - Windsor Region
Easter Seals Ontario
Windsor, ON


[Full-Time Permanent]

Do you have a passion for fundraising? Are you a strong relationship builder who is focused on strengthening connections within your community? Do you want to make a difference? If you answered YES, you may be our next Development Officer. In this role, you’ll support the values and mission of Easter Seals Ontario by raising funds, engaging with donors and sponsors, and enhancing our overall fundraising profile/events within the community.

About Easter Seals Ontario

Easter Seals is a registered charitable organization that helps children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Since 1922, with the help of our generous donors, Easter Seals has been offering programs and services that enable kids to experience greater independence and focus on what they can do rather than on their limitations. We assist families with the purchase of essential mobility and accessibility equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, porch lifts and ramps, as well as communication devices, toileting aids and bathing equipment. We are also an industry leader in providing fully accessible summer camp programs at our two camps, Camp Woodeden in London and Camp Merrywood in Perth. In addition, Easter Seals offers post-secondary scholarships, access to special education and other information resources for parents and public education and awareness on disability issues.
Easter Seals Ontario is HIRING for the Windsor Region. We are looking for an outgoing and organized individual as the Development Officer. The ideal candidate will be a professional individual, who will effectively raise funds, develop, coordinate and execute fundraising events and campaigns, while championing the mission of the organization and engaging our supporters, volunteers and clients. This is a wonderful opportunity for the right candidate with a strong understanding of fundraising sponsorship, event planning, and donor relations.

What's it like to work at Easter Seals Ontario?

It's challenging, stimulating, and hugely rewarding. Our positions offer tremendous diversity and excellent opportunities for professional growth. Together, we are helping kids BE KIDS!

Position Overview

  • Working independently in a regional office
  • Building, maintaining and enhancing community relationships
  • Working and communicating with colleagues across the organization
  • Administering and managing a regional annual budget
  • Developing new and executing some existing annual fundraising initiatives and events
  • Available to attend evening and weekend events and meetings as required
  • Keep apprised of current fundraising trends, legislation and best practices
  • Desire to work as part of a team and willingness to promote the mission, vision and values of Easter Seals Ontario

Key Priorities for the Role:

  • Fundraising
  • Event Planning
  • Volunteer Management
  • Financial Management
  • Community Relations

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, execute and evaluate fundraising strategies to increase revenues in support of Easter Seals Ontario – 2 to 3 major events alongside multiple community events
  • Manage and oversee fundraising events for Easter Seals Ontario and external organizations who wish to host an event on behalf of the organization
  • Responsible for effectively leading and managing several sub-committees and actively engaging volunteer members/teams
  • Support proposal preparation for existing and potential major donors; and works with the Fund Development Officer, Planned Gifts to develop planned/deferred giving options for potential donors
  • Build relationships with new and existing donors: identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Assume responsibility for the reporting of financial metrics and projections, along with tracking to ensure that revenue generation meets expectations, presenting quarterly to the senior team
  • Responsible for external promotion with local media, clients, volunteers, sponsors and supporters
  • Promote Easter Seals Ontario’s mission, vision and brand, including maintaining the organizations brand standards and corporate identity, at all events and on all communication
  • Participate in public speaking, presentations and 1-on-1 meetings with stakeholders
  • Work with colleagues in Fundraising, Provincial Services and Finance to identify donor investment and engagement opportunities
  • Build relationships with Easter Seals children and their families, and engage them in local disability awareness and fundraising activities

Required Professional Designation/Certificate and Required Experience:

  • University degree or community college diploma in a related field or equivalent background in fundraising.
  • Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) designation is preferred
  • Minimum three (3) years experience in fundraising, events planning and a global knowledge of fundraising methodologies with a career track record for raising funds
  • Experience in the non-profit or charitable sector considered an asset
  • Experience with event planning and media relations considered an asset
  • Valid Driver's License and access to a personal vehicle

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Exceptional people skills focused on building and maintaining strong relationships within in the community
  • Superior communication skills (both written and verbal) and well developed interpersonal skills
  • The ability to think strategically and work independently in driving new fundraising initiatives/events or enhancing existing initiatives/events
  • Strong customer service oriented approach complemented by excellent organizational and time management abilities
  • Ability to use sound judgment and maintain discretion and confidentiality at all times
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to multi-task and set priorities with a sense of urgency to achieve goals
  • Experience and contacts with philanthropic community in the Windsor region is considered an asset
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends is necessary
  • Experience or general understanding of creating and executing budgets
  • Demonstrate strong planning and project management skills
  • Strong sense of commitment and accountability for the roles and responsibilities of the position

Remuneration: Based on experience + competitive benefit package

Location: Windsor Region

Note: The position will remain open until filled and rolling interviews will be conducted as soon as qualified applications are received. No phone calls please.

Job Type: Permanent


  • Fundraising: 3 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's Degree (Preferred)


  • Driver's (Required)


  • English (Required)