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Development Associate, major gifts

Job Type:  Full-time

Travel:       Regular travel required within Canada as well as minimal travel to international destinations

Benefits:    Medical, Dental and Life Insurance (for Canadian Residents)

Salary:       Commensurate with skills and experience


OneBook is a small Canadian charity with a big heart and an even bigger vision. We want every person on earth to experience God’s Word in the language they understand best and be transformed forever. We believe this ministry happens best through locally led language development, Bible translation, mother-tongue literacy, and community development initiatives. Currently, OneBook is engaged in ongoing projects serving more than 35 language communities in seven countries across Africa and Asia. Since inception in 2009, our project teams have translated the New Testament (and one full Bible) in 50 minority languages. Our work is impacting more than 150 language communities and counting.

We are looking for an experienced fundraiser to join our small but mighty team of Canadian staff who are committed to the mission of OneBook and passionate about this wonderful work. 

Position Summary:

The Development Associate, Major Gifts cultivates and solicits major gifts from individuals, churches, foundations, and other organizations. They are responsible for developing new relationships with prospective donors, as well as stewarding existing relationships with individuals, churches, foundations, and others. Working both independently and in partnership with their colleagues, the Development Associate – Major Gifts conducts personal visits, makes face-to-face and written solicitations, drafts proposals and reports, and facilitates creative, meaningful connections with donors and prospects. Develop an excellent recordkeeping and a growing knowledge of the ministry to support these endeavors.

The Development Associate will have two areas of responsibility:

  1. Stewardship - Assume responsibility for cultivating an active donor portfolio of Individuals, Businesses, Churches, and Foundations

  2. Prospecting – prospect new major donors, churches and foundations.  



1.  Major Gifts Stewardship (50%)

  • Create, retain and grow a portfolio of strategic major gift and foundation partnerships through letters, proposals, telephone, emails, and personal meetings. 

  • Identify, cultivate, steward relationships to maximize donor engagement and grow both new and existing funding.

  • Develop and execute organizational strategies to acquire, build, and advance donor relationships 

  • Develop and implement strategies for growing donations from churches and denominations.


2.  Prospecting (50%)

  • Identify and cultivate relationships with individuals, businesses, churches, and foundations to grow a portfolio of new major donors. 


3.  Other Duties as assigned

  • Other responsibilities that would enhance OneBook overall performance as determined by the President and Development Lead.



  • The Development Associate is accountable to the Development Lead 

Ideal Candidate Qualifications, Skills and Attributes: 

  • A heart for using your skills for the ministry of Bible translation, literacy, and community development - you want to be a part of bringing God’s Word to the people of the world in their own language. 

  • Demonstrated experience in major gifts fundraising, planning and development.

  • Demonstrated excellence in communications, relationship building and team building.

  • Experience inspiring, developing and working with a diverse group of volunteers and donors.

  • Ability to communicate the vision and key messages of OneBook to the community. 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Excellent presentation skills.

  •  Highly motivated, efficient, and flexible individual; positive attitude, initiative, good judgment, ability to work independently with little supervision.

  • Committed to bottom line results.

  • A demonstrated ability to organize work, set priorities, meet deadlines and work under the pressure of time constraints.

  • Detail oriented with strong analytical and research skills.

  • Willing to travel up to 50 percent of the time.

  • A valid Driver’s License and access to a vehicle.

  • Must be able to sign the OneBook statement of faith and community covenant.


To Apply:  Please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to


We thank all interested applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.  

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