Development Director

The Toronto Environmental Alliance is seeking a Development Director.

Who We Are:

The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1988. TEA envisions Toronto as a green, healthy, and equitable city with economic activity that sustains our environment. We inspire, innovate and advocate to build a greener Toronto for all.

TEA is recognized Canada-wide for our municipal work on climate change, waste and toxics reduction, and other issues we believe are critical to the health and well-being of Toronto residents. The key to our past and future successes are our multi-sectoral collaborations with concerned individuals and workers, grassroots organizations, businesses, professional associations, and elected officials.

We are fiercely non-partisan and will work with any decision-maker who wants to build a greener city for all. As a non-profit organization that is not a charity, we are able to pursue our advocacy work without any legal restrictions related to charitable status.

The Position:

TEA is looking for a Development Director who is passionate about environmental issues and community engagement. This person understands the importance of engaging people where they live, and the connection between environmental concerns and social justice issues. They want to be part of a dynamic and dedicated team at a lean and effective organization with an annual budget of around $1 million.

The Development Director will bring energy and innovation to a mature organization that has an excellent reputation at Toronto City Hall and with its donors, funders, supporters and community allies. The Director will manage two direct reports and oversee an in-house canvass team. They will implement an effective and innovative development program that builds from TEA’s issue campaigns, and includes an in-person canvass, phone, digital, events, and major supporter portfolios.

As part of the Management Team, alongside the Executive Director and Campaigns Director, the Development Director will help implement TEA’s Strategic Plan and ensure strategic synergy between TEA’s advocacy activities and organizational fundraising and campaign goals.


  • Provide oversight and support to the Development Coordinator, who is in charge of database maintenance and data tracking, and the Development Manager, who manages the canvass team.
  • As part of TEA’s senior leadership team, contribute to the strategic decision-making, direction, and effective management of the organization.
  • Lead innovation and continuous improvement of TEA’s development program and ensure annual fundraising goals are achieved.
  • Support strong external relationships with current and prospective donors and partners, and develop a major supporter acquisition and stewardship strategy.
  • Support the effective integration of fundraising into TEA’s campaigns, as well as ensuring that fundraising efforts help to achieve campaign goals.
  • Work collaboratively with the Campaigns team and Communications Officer to develop strategies and tactics that escalate supporter and donor engagement.
  • Provide HR leadership and advice to the development team, including managing staff recruitment and retention, training, and other policy and procedural improvements.
  • Monitor and report on all fundraising performance metrics and targets in order to inform and improve organizational strategy and campaign goals.
  • Support the Development Manager and Canvass Supervisors to ensure that all canvass performance standards are met or exceeded.
  • Ensure that the organization’s data systems address the needs of the canvass team, donor engagement, budget tracking and engagement escalation strategies.
  • Work to streamline the development team’s processes and decrease administrative time.
  • Work with the Communications Officer to ensure donor and supporter emails, flyers, reports, graphics and engagement materials are up to date and in line with campaigns materials.
  • Each year, oversee the planning and execution of two major events for supporters and donors to TEA.


  • A proven track record of successfully leading a variety of development activities and achieving targets, ideally in a non-profit setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing teams and supervising staff.
  • Ability to develop fundraising strategies that are successfully integrated with issue campaigns.
  • Experience with overseeing a healthy mix of fundraising strategies, including door canvass, calling, digital fundraising and sponsorship, for a range of donors from individual to institutional.
  • Experience with fundraising and campaign data management systems, such as NationBuilder.
  • A high level of accountability and drive to set and achieve ambitious targets.
  • A commitment to workplace equity and diversity, and implementing anti-oppressive practices.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Leadership/management experience at a non-profit, charity, community agency or foundation is strongly preferred.
  • CFRE designation is an asset.

Terms of Employment:

This is a full-time permanent position. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, with annual increases based on a salary grid system.

Application Procedure:

Please submit a letter of interest and a detailed resume to with the subject line “Development Director”. **Deadline extended to Monday, April 8th**

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 / Disabled people, Indigenous people, and those who identify as LGBTQ2S, 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.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.