Advancement Communications Specialist

Position: Contract - 2 years

Position Type: .8 – 1 FTE

Hours of work:  9am to 5pm (with one hour unpaid lunch), Monday to Friday

Classification: TBD

Location: Toronto campus - 306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7

Start Date: Immediate


About the position

Reporting to the Manager, Annual Giving and Communications, you have a passion for and strong experience in writing materials in support of various fundraising channels and activities. You will create compelling content for donors, parents and alumni. You will be working collaboratively with the Foundation team to write and edit communications required to promote the annual giving campaign and contribute to the development of new communications in support of a large comprehensive campaign. Through all stages of the donor cycle (identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship), your work will encourage engagement and philanthropic support to TFS – Canada’s International School. You will also provide support to our alumni communications, including social media and online content. This role is key to providing a positive donor experience, which will help to effectively acquire and retain donors, and engage alumni in personal and meaningful ways.


You will be responsible for the following:

  • Write, edit and update compelling content for donors, parents and alumni that reinforces the case for support including, but not limited to, annual giving appeals (email, letter), funding proposals, gift announcements, impact reports, content for digital media
  • Work closely with the Manager of Annual Giving and Communications to develop the Foundation’s communication strategy
  • Working closely with the School’s communications department, assist in the development and execution of an integrated social media strategy for the campaign and alumni community, ensuring that all channels and related messaging are aligned.
  • Collaborate with the Major Gifts team to develop major donor communication strategies. Support the development of cases for support and sophisticated lead and major gift proposals
  • Contribute to new communications vehicles in support of the campaign (e.g. newsletters, blogs).
  • Write speeches for senior leadership for donor, parent and alumni events.
  • Conduct primary research, conduct interviews, write, edit and proof internal and external communications (i.e. funding priority descriptions, donor/volunteer stories, impact stories).
  • Help coordinate the development and production of print and electronic communication related to all aspects of the Foundation’s work.
  • Work closely and proactively with departments and branches across the school to understand TFS’ unique value propositions and effectively make the case for support or demonstrate impact of support, as appropriate.
  • Help execute the plan and calendar for all Foundation communications to donors, parents and alumni at all stages of the donor cycle. Develop work back schedules and creative briefs.
  • Be available and eager to attend and assist at events and initiatives across the campus.

What we offer

TFS offers an exceptional and stimulating environment, along with competitive employment packages, including:

  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Professional development


Who we are looking for

We recruit candidates who embrace our TFS values of integrity, discernment, respect and engagement. The ideal candidate profile is as follows:


  • Post-secondary degree in Communications, English, Journalism or related field
  • Proven track record over 5 or more years in creating a variety of compelling donor communications and adept at connecting with an audience at an emotional, yet highly sophisticated, level that aligns with the case for support and the institutional voice and brand
  • A high degree of comfort and experience in adapting writing style to fit the author, audience, and voice of the piece, with a passion for effective story-telling
  • Ability to synthesize concepts and ideas into clear, concise and compelling written and designed documents.
  • Experience writing professionally in French (European) would be a definite asset
  • Prior experience in an academic environment would be an asset
  • Exceptional grammatical skills, with a comfort in providing editing support for leaders in the Foundation
  • An eye for detail, extremely organized and the ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines with high standards of quality and accuracy
  • A flexible self-starter, receptive to challenges, who maintains a positive, professional and collaborative attitude
  • Creative problem-solver who will bring a fresh perspective to the team
  • Tact and diplomacy skills in addition to awareness and ability to work within an environment that requires confidentiality
  • Effectively manages time and thoughtfully thinks through how to bring a project to fruition.  Ability to work effectively under pressure of high volume and multiple deadlines.
  • Enjoys building relationships of trust across a diverse organization
  • Proficient in word processing and internet search.  Experience working with web-authoring technology and desktop and web publishing tools are an asset.
  • A professional who believes in the mission of the school


TFS is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, do not hesitate to contact us.


Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a résumé as soon as possible. Please use the candidate portal through the link provided.

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