Development Associate

Offre d'emploi #5398

    • Employer: Windmill Microlending
    • Location: Calgary
    • Date de clôture: août 31, 2019

About Windmill Microlending

Windmill supports immigrants, including refugees, who arrive in Canada with professional skills but who lack Canadian accreditation. Lacking the financial resources to pay for the training and licensing, they often fall into low paying "survival" jobs to make ends meet. Without income, collateral or credit history, it is difficult, if not impossible, for them to access financing and reach their professional goals.

Windmill addresses this problem by providing micro loans of up to $15,000 to internationally trained immigrants so they can obtain the Canadian licensing or training they need to work in their field. Since 2005, Windmill has provided $25 million in loans to 3,800 immigrants across Canada from a wide range of occupations. The impact of a Windmill loan is profound:


  • The income of skilled immigrants is increased 2-3x on average. With the help of a $7,000 loan, the average loan doubles or triples the recipient's income.
  • The contributions of skilled immigrants to the Canadian economy multiplies exponentially. Every $1 invested in Windmill returns $38 for the Canadian economy in the first year after a borrower completes their learning plan.
  • Canadians, as a whole, benefit when immigrants are able to put their skills to work in Canadian communities, particularly where there are skill shortages. Unemployment among our clients drops from 40% to 10% as a result of a Windmill


Windmill is the only national organization providing micro loans to skilled immigrants.


In the past decade, Windmill has grown from a grassroots organization in Calgary approving seven loans in its first year, to a national organization approving 819 loans in the past year. With over 180,000 skilled professionals entering the country each year, and awareness of the program still low, Windmill's Board and CEO are positioning Windmill to increase its impact exponentially.


Position Description

Windmill Microlending is seeking a highly organized and passionate individual to provide quality research, analysis, project management, and stakeholder  engagement, to a growing fund development team. With ambitious targets and a start-up sensibility, Windmill (WM) is raising support across Canada to fuel our impactful work. This full-time position, is based in Calgary, reports to the National Director, Development, and collaborates with the Development team as well as Marketing & Communication, and Finance & Risk. The Development Associate is responsible for implementing key aspects of WM's fund development program. S/he will play an important role in supporting the significant growth and organizational change WM expects to experience over the next few years. The WM environment is fast-paced and entrepreneurial.


The Development Associate role will have the following responsibilities:

Prospect Research

  • Researching, compiling and analyzing detailed prospects for prospective WM donors and investors. Make recommendations to the National Director, Development about the linkage, interest and ability of prospects and help qualify and prioritize prospects for

Stewardship & Ongoing Donor Engagement

  • Implementing WM's stewardship program, including acknowledgement, appreciation, recognition, sponsorship benefits and activations and ongoing donor

Government Funder Reporting

  • Ensuring WM delivers outstanding support and Completing monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as required to federal and provincial funding partners. Includes data compilation, narrative commentary and financial information.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • The Development Associate role is collaborative and Participating in special projects and assisting across departments for the realization of pan­ organizational objectives will be a key responsibility for the position.


Key Competencies and Characteristics

  • Project Management - The Development Associate will have the capacity to manage complex projects involving multiple internal and external stakeholders. Task management, timely communication, supportive engagement and proactive execution within a fast-paced environment will be required.
  • Excellent Written and Oral Communication Skills - The Development Associate will be required to write proposals and applications, internal and external communication documents, and develop content for presentations. A donor­ centred perspective will be required for most communications. Bilingualism in English and French considered an
  • Familiarity with the Non-Profit Sector and Fund Development - The Development Associate will require an understanding of the non-profit, charitable and social enterprise sector, as well as have working knowledge of fund development
  • Attention to detail - The Development Associate's copy editing skills are unparalleled and a resource for the whole team. Further, the Development Associate will take the utmost care to deliver excellence, whether in written correspondence, administrative coordination or in creating memorable WM experiences for our
  • Exemplary Planning and Time Management Skills - A self-starter, the Development Associate will be comfortable multi-tasking and prioritizing the daily
  • Flexible and Team Oriented - The Development Associate takes pride in setting others up for success and meets new challenges and change with positivity.


Qualifications and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years experience in fund development  role preferred
  • Knowledge of donor-based CRM systems and processes
  • Bilingual (English/French) is an asset
  • Experience with government and stakeholder reporting is an asset
  • Related experience that demonstrates growth and the progression of skills and responsibilities
  • Intermediate to advanced MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook)
  • Must have ability to learn new software systems
  • Desktop publishing and design capability an asset

Working Conditions:

  • Shared open office space
  • Full-time (37.5 working hours, 40 hour work week)
  • Flexibility to work outside of regular business hours due to committee and other meetings, events


  • Commensurate with experience. Windmill offers an attractive compensation package.


If you meet the criteria above and are interested in applying for the position, please send your resume to (reference: Development Associate).
We are actively recruiting for this position, so to ensure you are given due consideration for this opportunity, interested candidates should send their resume, including a cover letter and salary expectation, as soon as possible.
The successful candidate will be required to provide a Police Clearance Certificate. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted directly. No phone calls, please.

Information on Windmill Microlending can be found at