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Director of Development (Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Commit)


Client Organization:    Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC)
Position Title:    Director of Development
Reports to:    Executive Director
Location:    Toronto, Ontario


CJPAC is a national, independent, not-for-profit multi-partisan organization. For over thirteen years, CJPAC has worked to engage Jewish and pro-Israel Canadians in the democratic process and to foster active political participation. CJPAC’s unique programs and events inspire Canadians with all levels of political experience – whether new, curious, or already engaged – to become more active in the democratic process:
  • CJPAC has been active in over 22 elections since 2005. Notably, over 1300 community members were connected with 245 campaigns across the country during the 2015 federal election. CJPAC holds volunteer training sessions and speaks at community events and synagogues, helping to demystify the volunteer process and to remind Canadians that each person who gets involved in a campaign makes a difference to the community and our democracy. CJPAC’s relationships with Jewish communities big and small continue to flourish between elections.
  • Since 2006, more than 330 of the country’s top, pro-Israel politically-engaged university students have gone through the Fellowship, Canada’s premiere political training program, and over 110 Fellowship alumni have worked in political offices across the country.
  • Each year, numerous high school students from across the country participate in the Generation Student Leaders Program, teaching Jewish students to engage in the democratic process and what it takes to be effective volunteers.
  • Each summer, CJPAC visits 14 or more summer camps from coast-to-coast, meeting with over 1,000 campers to educate them about the democratic process and the essentials of getting involved.
  • Attendance and interest in CJPAC’s ACTION parties continue to grow. This year, close to 2000 Jewish and pro-Israel young professionals, plus many of our country’s most distinguished business leaders and philanthropists, along with nearly 80 federal, provincial and municipal elected officials, attended ACTION Parties in Toronto and Montreal. These exciting events generate enthusiasm for political engagement and help build relationships by providing the opportunity for community members to meet with elected officials from all parties and levels of government.
  • A variety of programs aimed at advancing the position of women in the political arena, including the Women in Politics Mentorship Program, round table and speed¬-mentoring sessions, encourage and facilitate discussion about the important roles that women can and do play in the political process.


With the departure of the incumbent, CJPAC is seeking the expertise of a fundraising leader who will create and drive the campaign(s) to ensure the organization is well funded for next year and into the future. A flexible, nimble, non-bureaucratic organization, this is a high-energy and entrepreneurial environment where new ideas are welcome and no one rests on their laurels. For the right individual, this is an exceptional opportunity to inspire community members to build relationships within the Canadian political arena, and to work with passionate and dedicated Board and staff members, and incredible leaders in the Jewish community and the political sector from coast-to-coast.

Duties & Responsibilities

With the support of a well-respected Executive Director and a highly-engaged Board of Directors, the Director of Development will design and lead all fundraising initiatives to meet the needs of both operations and programs. Reporting to the Executive Director and with the direct support of an assistant, the Director will be expected to:
  • Plan and execute strategies for securing all gift renewals, growing the donor base and increasing revenue, including from corporate sponsorships;
  • Build strong relationships with and canvass current and prospective donors;
  • Coach and advise lay leaders and Regional Directors with respect to their fundraising efforts;
  • Oversee all donor/sponsor-related events, including a major gifts dinner;
  • Facilitate multi-partisan political engagement.
Priorities & Near-term Expectations
  • Quickly establish oneself as a valued member of the CJPAC team with all stakeholders, internal and external;
  • Understand and communicate effectively and compellingly CJPAC’s unique and valued role in fostering active participation in Canada’s democratic process;
  • With input from key stakeholders, develop and implement fundraising plans that balance and meet/exceed the needs for both operations and programs, including upcoming federal elections;
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and the Board to define roles, confirm expectations and best support and maximize the results of everyone’s fundraising efforts;
  • Develop the longer-term plan to expand sources of funding and donors.

  • University degree preferred;
  • Fundraising credential (i.e. CFRE) preferred.
Experience & Skills
  • A demonstrated track record of successful fundraising experience, either in the not-for-profit or political arena; ideally has existing relevant relationships in the community;
  • Both a builder and executor – has vision to create new fundraising strategies and programs, cultivate and steward relationships, and close asks;
  • An interest in, and ideally exposure to, political affairs with ability to act in a multi-partisan fashion;
  • A passionate self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Excellent communicator with strong writing and interpersonal skills – able to influence, persuade and motivate;
  • Collaborative and collegial; works well with a team and can build consensus with diverse groups of people;
  • A thoughtful, well-organized, efficient manager.
Personal Attributes
  • A person of strong ethical values and integrity committed to an environment of honesty;
  • A person who engenders respect and has “instant credibility” internally and externally;
  • Motivated by a desire for success for themselves, the organization, the community, the employees, and all of the various stakeholders;
  • Understands the importance of listening and seeking counsel from others but is not afraid to make final decisions; will make the “right decision” quickly when necessary;
  • Determined, dedicated, tenacious, resilient;
  • Maturity and discretion.

Should you have any questions regarding this important and meaningful opportunity, or wish to forward a cover letter and current resume for consideration, please contact:

Chris Sawyer, Partner:              Tel: 416 640 4312,                    e-mail:
Laura Machan, Partner:              Tel: 416 640 4303,                    e-mail:
Matt Dyck, Recruitment Consultant:              Tel: 416 640 4315,                    e-mail:
Ambar Maqsood, Project Coordinator:              Tel: 416 928 4612,                    e-mail:

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