National Executive Director

  • Full Time
  • Toronto

Canadian Friends of Shalva


Canadian Friends of Shalva – National Executive Director

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada but working with donors across the country.   Reports to CFOS President and Board of Directors & National Office in Jerusalem



Shalva inspires hope and changes lives. Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, is dedicated to providing quality care for people with disabilities through pioneering rehabilitative programs and therapy models.

The organization was founded in 1990 by parents whose son was rendered blind and deaf due to an injury when he was eleven months old. When their son experienced a miraculous breakthrough in communication at eight, Kalman and Malki Samuels committed themselves to help other children with disabilities. Their efforts started with six children in their apartment. Their innovative programs proved extraordinarily successful, and by 2018, a $70 million Shalva National Center opened in Jerusalem on land granted to Shalva by the Israeli government. It is now one of the largest centers for disability care and inclusion globally, serving over 2,000 children and adults through myriad programs.

For children and families, Shalva offers early intervention programs, inclusive daycare, preschools, rehabilitative recreation, a respite center, summer camp, sports and wellness activities, and helps supports parents to raise their children with disabilities at home within the family framework.

Shalva also provides a nurturing structure for adults with disabilities to live independently and benefit from meaningful employment and leisure opportunities, expanding their potential for personal development and social inclusion. This includes offering independent living apartments and jobs ranging from teaching assistantships to creating marketable products, thus helping these adults mainstream into the labor market. Those adults with lower functioning abilities currently residing with their parents attend weekly outings with professional counselors and benefit from a personally tailored, experiential learning curriculum to advance their independence skills.

Shalva certainly embodies its Hebrew name meaning peace, calm, and tranquility. For more information, visit



CFOS, founded its office in Toronto, in 2014, to raise funds and awareness for Shalva in Israel. The Israeli government provides 38% of the financial support of Shalva Israel. Other income is derived from Canadian Friends of Shalva and the other national offices as well as fundraising committees and Shalva’s social enterprises—Café Shalva, Events and Conferences, and Shalva SHOP.



The National Executive Director will be a proven front-line development executive and community builder. She/he will create and manage a strategic development plan that will lead to achieving targeted campaign goals in Canada. She/he will have a unique opportunity to incorporate diverse fundraising skills from prospecting, cultivation, direct solicitations, community engagement, event management, and relationship-building. This position will grow the pipeline of new major gift prospects and upgrade the level of giving from current donors.



• Partner with leadership to develop an annual strategic plan to grow the campaign;

• Work with the existing CFOS board members and cultivate new board members.

• Work with volunteer leadership to develop new initiatives, engage and inspire others to achieve mission goals;

• Implement and evaluate new and traditional major ($25,000+) gift and annual fundraising campaigns; work strategically with lay leaders to encourage them to build bridges and utilize their networks to help develop stronger relationships with other lay leaders, prospects, and donors;

• Identify, cultivate, and solicit high-net-worth prospects and ensure that donors at all levels are appropriately stewarded;

• Conduct outreach and cultivation of foundations and Jewish communal organizations such as Federations and synagogues

• Plan and execute fundraising and cultivation events and generate new and exciting programs for outreach to expand the donor base, including the next generation of donors with major gift potential;

• Collaborate effectively with the national staff to ensure maximum fundraising effectiveness to meet goals;

• Identify and cultivate lay leaders for future leadership roles

• Serve as an enthusiastic and well-informed spokesperson for Shalva. Continuously learn about the organization’s programs, research, and developments, and share them with selected donors and prospects;

• Staff fundraising visits by Shalva leaders from Israel to the region and help develop a variety of educational forums, events, visits, written communications, and one-on-one meetings;

• Develop promotional materials, transmittal letters, and other supportive material required for prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship;

• Ability to travel as needed; travel to Israel when deemed appropriate


• Bachelor’s degree required and at least ten years of successful fundraising experience within a Jewish communal, healthcare, or nonprofit setting;

• Deep knowledge of the Jewish philanthropic community in the region

• Significant proven experience identifying, cultivating, and soliciting five- to six-figure gifts from individuals and family foundations;

• Outstanding interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills are a necessity;

• Be articulate and charismatic and present the Shalva story convincingly and professionally in a way that engages, inspires, and generates enthusiasm among prospects;

• Ability to work in a highly collegial manner within a national and international organizational culture;

• Be an ambitious, dynamic, and motivated development professional who values a results-driven and highly-collaborative work environment;

• Determined and decisive, exhibiting sound judgment and grace under pressure;

• Be innovative, tenacious, and motivated to take on new challenges;

• Excellent computer skills; proficient in Microsoft Suite and other relevant programs, databases, and reporting systems;

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