Development Director

The Toronto Environmental Alliance is seeking a Development Director.

Who We Are:

TEA was founded in 1988. Our mandate is to promote a greener Toronto for all. We work with concerned individuals and grassroots organizations, professionals and workers, as well as elected officials, encouraging the participation of local people on local issues. TEA envisions Toronto as a green, healthy and equitable city with economic activity that sustains our environment.

TEA is recognized locally and nationally for our municipal work on climate change, waste reduction, toxics reduction, transit, Greenbelt protection, energy efficiency and green power -- issues we believe are critical to the health and well-being of Toronto residents. Our collaborations with the community (eg. community groups, local labour groups, small businesses, anti-poverty groups) are cherished and key to our past and future successes.

We are a not-for-profit organization that is not a charity. This ensures there are no legal restrictions to our advocacy work faced by charities subject to federal tax laws. We are fiercely non-partisan and work closely with any decision-maker who wants to build a greener city for all.

The Position:

TEA is looking for a Development Director who is passionate about environmental issues and environmental justice. This person understands the importance of engaging people where they live and wants to be part of a smaller not-for-profit organization known for over-achieving because of its heavy reliance on teamwork.

The Development Director will bring energy, innovation and commitment to a mature organization that has an excellent reputation at Toronto City Hall and with its donors, funders, supporters and community allies. The person will manage four development staff and oversee a 5-15 person door and phone canvass. The Director will implement the Development Plan that puts a primary focus on creating and nurturing individual donor relationships through a door canvass and phone program.

As part of the Senior Management Team with the Executive Director and Campaigns Director, the Development Director will help implement TEA’s Strategic Plan and ensure TEA’s advocacy activities also help achieve organizational fundraising goals.


The Development Director will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Develop and implement TEA’s Fundraising Strategy including:

    • Door canvass program;

    • Phone canvass program;

    • On-line fundraising activities;

    • Activities to maintain and increase monthly donations and donors;

    • Developing a Major Gift Program;

    • Maintain and enhance TEA’s current event portfolio;

    • Donor communications;

    • Donor appreciation activities;

  • Manage staff assigned to assist in carrying out fundraising tasks

  • Ensure the development and distribution of communications material designed to nurture donors

  • Oversee the management of the Canvass Team

    • meet regularly with the Canvass Manager and other supervisory staff to ensure canvass is meeting fundraising targets and other canvass expectations

  • Work with the Board members to develop and implement various fundraising activities in keeping with the Fundraising strategy

  • Ensure fundraising activities help meet TEA’s overall Strategic Plan

  • Develop an annual fundraising budget that is incorporated into the annual organizational budget

  • Work collaboratively with TEA’s Campaigns Director to identify other fundraising opportunities that help meet campaign and fundraising goals

  • Track income and expenses of development program and submit quarterly reports;


  • 5+ years experience running a variety of development activities with a proven success record, ideally in a not-for-profit setting

  • 3+ years experience managing staff

  • Experience with running a door and phone canvass

  • Experience with successful event organizing

  • Experience with NationBuilder and/or similar fundraising software

  • Self-assured, focused and highly motivated

  • A good understanding of environmental issues

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • A post-secondary education and a second language are definite assets

  • CFRE designation is an asset

Terms of employment:

This is a full-time permanent position. Compensation is $66,100 per year with annual increases based on a salary grid system. TEA also offers generous vacation provisions.

Application Procedure:

Please submit a letter of interest and a detailed resume by February 7 to the attention of:

       Franz Hartmann, Executive Director

The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) is committed to employment equity and creating a workplace that represents the diversity of Toronto. TEA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages members of equity-seeking groups to apply. Women, people of colour, people with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQ2S and those who identify as Aboriginal are encouraged to apply for this position and self-identify. Unfortunately, the TEA office is not wheelchair accessible. However, TEA will make accommodations during the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted, please advise us if you require any accommodation.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted within two weeks of the application closing date.