Director of Development & Communications, FoodShare

At FoodShare, we advocate for food justice by supporting community-based food initiatives and through ongoing advocacy and public education. Our vision is a Toronto where all people can feed themselves, their loved ones and their communities with dignity and joy. We operate on a people-first model that values fair compensation, policies that respect a work/life balance and the contributions of our team members at all levels. 


The Development and Communications team is responsible for developing and executing strategies to elevate fundraising, marketing and public outreach, engaging our donors and audience of supporters through events and online communications channels, and articulating FoodShare’s unique impact and value. 


As the Director of Development and Communications, you will bring a food justice and equity lens to lead and inspire a high-performing team of 6 fundraisers, marketers and communicators, and as a member of FoodShare’s Senior Leadership team you will take an active role in shaping the strategic direction and organizational culture of FoodShare as a whole.

Duties include (but are not limited to):

Leadership and Management: 

  • Provide leadership, direction and management for the Development and Communications team, creating an environment of collaboration, respect, creativity, accountability and high performance
  • Serve on the senior leadership team: providing overarching support to the FoodShare team and developing organizational policy and culture 
  • Participate in the development of annual and multi-year operational and financial plans that align with the overall Strategic Plan
  • Oversee and support the development of annual work plans, funding targets and strategies
  • Provide mentorship to direct reports, including conducting performance reviews, identifying opportunities for growth and development, and more
  • Ensure that FoodShare’s fundraising and communications strategies and activities align with the organization’s mission, values, culture and priorities and is clearly articulated to key stakeholders 
  • Support the development of systems and ways of working that enhance collaboration, streamline processes and generate good outcomes across the department 
  • Serve as FoodShare’s Privacy Officer and develop and implement policies, practices and standards that protect FoodShare’s reputation and stakeholder information, and ensure that legislative requirements are met (ie. CRA, CASL)
  • Build relationships with and represent FoodShare to key stakeholders such as funders and other supporters as required
  • Ensure fulsome metrics and evaluation are in place to track progress, insight and performance of marketing, communications and development activities 


Revenue Growth

  • Oversee and support fund development initiatives such as Individual Giving, Planned Giving, Corporate Sponsorships, Foundation Grants, Mid-Level and Major Gifts and Donor recognition
  • Oversee and support marketing initiatives for earned revenue activities such as the Good Food Box and bulk produce distribution services
  • Work with the Executive Director, other senior leaders and Board members to identify and cultivate strong new prospects, including donor stewardship
  • Manage a personal portfolio of key donors and prospects at the major gift level

Required Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience

  • Must be legally authorized to work in Canada

In your application, please clearly indicate the following:

  • 2+ years experience at senior management/director level
  • 3+ years experience leading a team that includes supervising and mentoring supervisors
  • 3+ years experience in leading the development of successful, measurable strategies for fundraising and/or marketing and communications
  • 3+ years of experience of managing a personal portfolio of key donors/client contacts/stakeholders and prospects
  • Ability to demonstrate measurable results in revenue generation and growth (fundraising, marketing and sales, business development, etc.)
  • Demonstrated interest in FoodShare’s mission, values and work, along with a strong understanding of principles of food justice and equity and an ability to embed these principles in the development and communications work
  • Must be legally authorized to work in Canada


Compensation and Culture 

At FoodShare we are committed to ensuring a work/life balance for all members of our team. We have a no-emails outside of 9 to 5 policy and a generous benefits package (see below). 

Salary: $84,000 annually (37.5 hours/week)* 

Benefits: Extended health and dental benefits at start; RRSP or TFSA contributions after successful completion of probation period; 4 weeks paid vacation + paid winter shutdown per year; daily lunch stipend, monthly cell phone and internet reimbursement available depending on work location; 20 paid personal emergency leave/sick days per year; 3 paid personal days*

Contract Type: Full time indefinite

Reports to: Executive Director 

Supervise: Marketing & Communications Manager, Development Manager

Location: Temporarily remote due to Covid-19 with occasional on site tasks required


* Note that as part of FoodShare’s commitment to equity, all staff get equal pay for equal work. As a result salaries and benefits are non-negotiable.


TO APPLY: Please send a resume/CV and cover letter to FoodShare’s Human Resource Department – by 5:00pm on Sunday January 2, 2022. Please note that only candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process will be contacted.


FoodShare’s recruitment process involves the anonymization of all resumes prior to their being screened by the hiring committee. This step removes applicant personal details (names, email, addresses), educational institutions, years of work experience, and personal interests to reduce potential for bias. Please make sure to detail your experience in your resume/cover letter to ensure the committee has the information they need to assess your qualifications for the role.


Please note:

Thank you for your interest in joining our team! 


FoodShare is a food justice organization. This means that we are committed to working to identify and dismantle systemic forms of oppression that cause and perpetuate food security inequities. 


Racialized people and others from equity-seeking groups are over-represented in food insecurity and poverty statistics, but are significantly under-represented in community based food organizations. We believe that those most affected by an issue must have access to paid positions in organizations tasked with challenging poverty and food insecurity. FoodShare strives to create a workspace that reflects the diversity of identities and lived experiences that exist within the communities we work alongside. 


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