Development Officer - Ottawa Victim Services

Our Organization

Ottawa Victim Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission is to provide emotional support, practical assistance, referrals and advocacy to individuals who have been victimized as a result of a crime or tragic circumstance, without judgment in order to lessen the impact of victimization. Operating 24/7, OVS is a community-based agency committed to treating individuals with courtesy, compassion and with respect for their dignity, privacy and diversity. Serving the Ottawa community for more than 24 years, including the provision of essential services throughout the pandemic, our staff are supported by 90 volunteers whom we dispatch to support shared clients with the Ottawa Police Service, the Ottawa Hospital, City of Ottawa and numerous other community partners in responding to crime and tragedy.

Position Overview

Working in a hybrid model, this flexible, part-time position will be responsible for developing sponsorship in both Private and Public sectors, as well as building an individual donor list for OVS operating expenses, programs, and other related activities. The Development officer will work closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop compelling fundraising messages and customized strategies to develop long-term investment and giving.

The Development Officer will maintain existing and build new sponsor relationships through effective communication and marketing strategies, converting new sponsors into committed supporters through the identification of shared values and goals. Responsibilities include:

  • preparing grant applications and requests for funding from foundations, corporations, and government sources;
  • developing and cultivating relationships with business and private donors including the implementation of a donor management system;
  • solidifying relationships with civic, provincial and federal government funding representatives; and
  • establishing measures to evaluate fundraising activities.


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with fund development as a primary responsibility.
  • Degree in Business or Not-for-Profit Management; Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Designation. Equivalencies in experience and education will be considered.
  • Established track record of increasing philanthropic revenue within the funding community.
  • Experience with Planned Giving programs, digital campaigns, major gifts and annual appeals, including social media fundraising.
  • Proactive leadership skills; well-honed negotiation skills.
  • Strong presentation, meeting and facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated research, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and fundraising database systems.


  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and/or a passion for social justice.
  • Fully bilingual written and spoken.

Work Environment:

The OVS office is a comfortable modern working environment located in Preston Square on Preston Street with access to unlimited coffee bar. The charity’s activities and programs offer exciting changes to work routine throughout the year. This ongoing position will be flexible with some requirements to meet the project- based timelines. This part-time position will include both in-office and remote work. In addition, some evenings and/or weekends may be required.

  • Creative and flexible work environment
  • Great work life balance
  • Small, highly collaborative team making a difference every day
  • Professional development allowance TBD
  • Central location near transit, shopping and great lunch spots

Other Information:

  • 16 hours per week
  • Salary starting at $25-30 per hour commensurate with experience

Please Note: All candidates must successfully complete a Criminal Records check and a Vulnerable Sector check prior to commencing employment at Ottawa Victim Services. We actively encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply in order to cultivate an organization that promotes fairness and inclusivity, aligning with the broad range of cultural demographics and ensuring enhanced achievements through diverse representation. Special consideration may be given to applicants belonging to any of the following equity-seeking groups: women, Indigenous peoples, individuals with disabilities, and racialized persons.

Posting Closes: February 29, 2024.

Forward your resume and cover letter outlining your experience in fundraising and your interest in this position to executivedirector@ovs-svo.com 

Please Note: Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest

Job Type: Part-time

Required experience:

  • Fundraising: 3 years