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The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) works with community-level organizations which are turning the tide of HIV and AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2003, we have funded over 1600 initiatives, partnering with more than 315 community-based organizations in the 15 African countries hardest hit by the pandemic.

Reporting to the Media and Communications Manager, the Communications Officer will work collaboratively on SLF communications outreach activities (such as social media, websites updates).
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
The Social Media and Communications Officer will work strategically to increase opportunities for fundraising/event promotion/support generation, and to build and mobilize an online community for the SLF using Social Media, with a focus on paid and organic Facebook strategies. The Social Media and Communications Officer will help identify opportunities, and post engaging content to inspire people to support the SLF and its goals. The intent is to create an actively engaged community that is committed to furthering the SLF’s support to expert African community-based partner organizations to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa. This role will be responsible for interacting with communities in these platforms, increasing engagement, and growing the number of ‘followers’, to continuously expand the Foundation’s reach.    
The Social Media and Communications Officer will:
  • Regularly post and schedule content on various social media channels
  • Participate in identifying opportunities to generate content that is engaging, thought provoking and responsive and relevant to current events
  • Work with Communications, Fundraising, Policy and Programmes teams to ensure all content in our social media feeds align with organizational strategies
  • Use social media to promote live events to increase attendance, sell tickets, etc.
  • In collaboration with the Media and Communications Manager, capture video and audio content for social media, YouTube, B-roll and websites
  • In collaboration with the Media and Communications Manager, coordinate and conduct Facebook Live video streaming
  • In collaboration with the Media and Communications Manager, repurpose existing communications pieces, such as video, photos and written material for social media and newsletter distribution 
  • Create and edit short- and long-form videos for social media, YouTube and email distribution with keywords optimized for Google Search
  • Research and monitor social media and podcast ‘Influencers’ relevant to the SLF’s mission
  • Maintain a social media content calendar based on Foundation activities and world events
  • Track and report social media engagement to identify opportunities for increased donations
  • Track Google Analytics for evaluating traffic and performance of online activities and advertising
  • Landing Page/Sales Funnel design and creation for email lead capture
  • In collaboration with the Media and Communications Manager, identify and pursue opportunities for coverage by traditional and new media
  • In collaboration with the Media and Communications Manager coordinate the SLF response to media inquiries and information requests 
  • Track and compile media coverage and requests
  • Manage and format E-blasts (MailChimp) and social media analysis
  • Assist with video editing and photo cataloguing
  • Assist with basic photo editing and basic design
  • Assist in implementing media and outreach strategies around special events
  • Occasional writing (collaboratively) for E-blasts, websites, resource materials and social media
  • Coordinate with external partners for design and print production
Job Requirements:
  • Personal commitment to the values of feminism, social justice, solidarity, collaboration and gender equality
  • Able to demonstrate success managing social media in a not-for-profit organization or other professional setting
  • Savvy with creating and delivering social media strategies to increase community engagement, and conversion
  • Experience working in a professional setting with core social platforms including, but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram
  • Experience with Google Analytics, Sprout Social, and MailChimp
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign templates and basic photo editing, video creation and editing software, HTML, SEO
  • Sales Funnel know-how will be an asset
  • Ability to develop an effective targeted paid Facebook strategy aligned with fundraising objectives
  • Familiarity working with and reporting on data analytics
  • Experience coordinating communications production and approvals
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, flexible environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to balance priorities and manage multiple deadlines
  • Logistics management skills
  • Exceptional attention to details
  • Not-for-profit experience is an asset
  • Other duties as assigned
Those wishing to apply please send your resume and cover letter to: Please note “Social Media and Communications Officer” in the email subject line. 
The closing date for this position is October 23, 2018 at midnight.
Please do not call or email the Foundation about this posting. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


The Stephen Lewis Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Thank you for your interest!



The Stephen Lewis Foundation is a dynamic, collaborative, feminist organization with an unwavering commitment to supporting grassroots organizations across Africa in countries hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic. The work unfolding in these communities is ground-breaking as lives are rebuilt, rights are reclaimed and resilience re-forged. We are passionately committed to our partnerships and this model of working is infused into the fabric of our day-to-day work. An ideal candidate for this job will not just want to understand the issues, but will be energized and inspired by them, and in return move and inspire others to support/continue to deepen their engagement. 


Imagine connecting and creating fruitful and meaningful partnerships with our various supporters—people who care deeply about the work of our community-based partners in sub-Saharan Africa, and are able to commit to bolstering their impact in the long term. This is a great opportunity for someone who is an experienced, highly driven fundraising professional who knows how to effectively lead a skilled and committed team, and is motivated to grow our fundraising revenue. 



Job Summary 

The role of the Director of Development is multifaceted—to develop, establish, lead and execute an effective multi-year fundraising program to support the on-going programs, projects and activities of the Foundation. The Director of Development works closely with the Executive Team (Deputy Director, Senior Director and the Executive Director) to both coordinate and lead ALL aspects of fundraising and development endeavours. The successful candidate will also be responsible for leading the Major Gifts program at the Foundation. 


This is a full-time position based in our downtown Toronto office. 


Duties and Responsibilities 


-Development and Implementation of Fundraising Plan 

  • Create, manage, implement and evaluate a fundraising plan consistent with organizational goals 
  • Work closely with the Executive Team and in collaboration with other fundraising teams to plan, coordinate and lead all fundraising activities at the Foundation 
  • Oversee and collaborate with other fundraising staff across the organization 
  • Direct and participate in research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors, to ensure that the Executive Director’s time is used efficiently and effectively for fundraising 
  • Retain current donors and expand donor base in line with the Foundation’s strategic plan 
  • Maintain understanding of fundraising issues and how they may affect and provide opportunities for the Foundation. Monitor philanthropic trends, and communicate with relevant staff to suggest program and fundraising modifications as appropriate 
  • Coordinate fundraising special events 
  • Attend community events, meetings, or conferences to promote organizational goals, or solicit donations or sponsorships 
  • Monitor and regularly report on progress to the Executive Director and Deputy Director regarding fundraising initiatives 


-Major Gifts 

  • Identify High Net Worth Donors, build and cultivate relationships, and secure philanthropic commitments from individual donors 
  • Develop a donor cultivation plan to move qualified prospects through the fundraising cycle to deepen their commitment and engagement 
  • Design and implement effective solicitation and stewardship strategies, including solicitation and stewardship plans, briefing materials, cases for support, proposals, presentations, and gift agreements 
  • Manage a personal prospect portfolio of individuals and create and implement an efficient yearly cultivation and solicitation plan 
  • Collaborate with the fundraising team to ensure proper clearance and strategy for approach 
  • Effectively and accurately communicate mission, values and fundraising priorities 
  • Update and maintain Raiser’s Edge software to capture all cultivation actions and relevant donor information for future analysis and donor stewardship 
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate donor and prospect profiles and records of contact. Continuously ensure that the organization’s donor database management system (Raiser’s Edge) is reflective of all fundraising activities 


-Administrative Tasks in support of Fundraising 

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Deputy Director on budget planning for fundraising, the identification of Foundation’s budgetary needs and the implementation of the fundraising strategy to meet those needs 
  • Oversee development and production of publications to support fundraising activities 
  • Ensure donors are thanked in a timely and meaningful manner 
  • Compile and develop materials to submit to granting or other funding organizations 



  • A minimum of 3 - 6 years of experience in the fundraising arena is desired, particularly in the areas of successful major donor recruitment and retention, corporate and foundation relationship building, successful donor campaigns, events, strategic planning, and fundraising program development 
  • Ideally, the candidate will hold membership in a professional association related to fundraising and development 
  • Excellent leadership, management and decision-making skills 
  • A post-secondary degree, preferably in marketing, communications, business, and/or finance, and relevant professional training in fundraising 
  • Strong communications skills, initiative, persistence, ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks, spirit of teamwork, and a positive approach are required 
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and comfort with Excel. Familiarity with donor databases a must 
  • Personal commitment to the values of feminism, social justice, solidarity, collaboration and gender equality 
  • Understanding of issues around HIV & AIDS an asset 


Supervisor: Deputy Director 


Those wishing to apply please send your resume and cover letter to: Please note “Director of Development” in the email subject line. 

The closing date for this position is October 5th, 2018 at midnight. 

Please do not call or email the Foundation about this posting. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


The Stephen Lewis Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. 



Thank you for your interest! 






The Stephen Lewis Foundation does host interns at our office in Toronto. We typically host interns who need to complete an internship or similar placement as part of a post-secondary programme. We endeavour to offer challenging and appropriate internships for students, based on the areas in which we work. We are an administrative office and may be able to offer opportunities in communications, finance or community events and relations. Please note that we do not carry out any international development programme design or planning, nor do we facilitate internship, employment, co-op or volunteer opportunities at the organizations we fund in Africa.


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