The Opportunity

Are you passionate about protecting farmland for a resilient local food system?  Are you dedicated to raising funds for a cause you care deeply about?   Are you a team-player with a positive attitude and commitment to working cooperatively with others?

The Ontario Farmland Trust is looking for a motivated Development Manager to work as part of our team, managing and executing our fundraising and communications programs.  We have worked hard over the past few years to incorporate a culture of philanthropy into our organization.  We have dedicated directors, staff, and volunteers that are ready to help – however you will be the primary driver of these activities.

Job Duties

As a small charity, every team member does a little bit of everything, and we are always willing to help each other.  The Development Manager is responsible for leading and coordinating all aspects of OFT’s fundraising and communications strategy.  In short, we need you to help us and our supporters protect more farmland in Ontario.  Main expectations include:


  • Identify and engage prospective donors creatively and effectively to encourage support.
  • Steward and deepen long term relationships with existing donors to maximize support. 
  • Get to know our donors and why they care about protecting farmland.  Maintain an active schedule of one-on-one engagement with our supporters.
  • Create and oversee a Major Donor Strategy, including a legacy giving component.
  • Develop regular mailings and e-appeals to members and supporters.
  • Update and implement our Fundraising Strategy.
  • Lead our Fundraising Committee (made up of staff, board, and volunteers), and develop learning opportunities to strengthen our ability to help with philanthropic efforts.
  • Research and write grant applications to various foundations (shared by all staff).
  • Investigate opportunities for sponsorship.


  • Maintain our contact database and manage member relations (we use Keela).
  • Ensure communications increase our potential to engage with donors, volunteers, and the community.
  • Prepare high quality outreach and communications materials that resonate with our supporters, including an annual report.
  • Oversee and develop new content for our website, blog, e-news, and social media.

Required Skills & Attributes

  • 5 years of demonstrated fundraising experience.  CFRE Designation considered an asset.
  • Experience motivating staff, Board, and volunteers in the execution of various fundraising techniques.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.  Ability to manage tight deadlines and competing priorities.
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office, social media, and web communication tools.  Design skills considered an asset.
  • Passionate about agriculture, farmland protection, and land conservation.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Team-player with a positive attitude and commitment to working cooperatively with others.

Ontario Farmland Trust is a great place to work

  • Our team is motivated and we work hard, but we are also strongly committed to a balanced lifestyle.  We allow for flexible work hours and telecommuting.
  • We pride ourselves in having a supportive culture that facilitates communication, creativity, and professional development. 
  • We have an engaged team that is constantly learning, improving, and having fun.
  • We value each team member’s unique perspective.  We are interested in your opinion and we want to know what you think!
  • We are committed to protecting farmland and rural landscapes in Ontario.  You will have the chance to join us on site visits to our protected farms.
  • We are part of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance – you will have the ability to connect with (and learn from) colleagues from across the province.
  • We have a small staff complement of three full time staff.  We have very low turnover, and permanent opportunities do not arise often. 😊

Location: It is important that the candidate be able to work productively from home, with regular check-ins and the ability to participate in video team meetings.  An ergonomically correct workstation is required.  In person meetings may resume at our office at the University of Guelph.  Events may occur across Ontario.

Details:  This is a full time permanent position, 30 or 37.5 hours per week (negotiable).  We will consider a wide range of experience levels, and compensation will be commensurate with experience.  The ability to work flexible hours is occasionally required for events and meetings.

To Apply: Please forward your cover letter, resume, and references (in one document) via e-mail to by Monday May 10, 2021, 12pm EST. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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