CCLF is seeking a Fundraising Specialist on a part-time, contract basis to play a central role in growing and evolving our Foundation’s philanthropy program, with a focus on building meaningful relationships with existing and prospective donors. The Fundraising Specialist will contribute to the development and consistent delivery of exceptional and impactful donor interactions, participating in activities related to the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift donors. This key team member will be a highly organized, resourceful and collaborative self-starter who has a passion for building literacy in Canada and is comfortable working in an evolving not-for-profit start-up. The Fundraising Specialist will work closely with the entire CCLF team, and report to the CEO.
Key Roles and Responsibilities:
Write compelling communications to engage existing and prospective donors in CCLF’s mission.
Research and develop inspiring funding proposals, grant applications and cases for support to secure giving, predominantly in the six-figure range, demonstrating a high degree of sensitivity and ability to adapt writing style for different audiences and authors.
Identify prospective funding opportunities that align with CCLF’s programs and initiatives.
Collaborate with the Communications team and Programs team on content creation in various aspects of the Foundation’s communications, ensuring the donor perspective is represented and ensuring all messaging is on-brand.
Support senior leaders in researching and planning for donor meetings, thereby enabling senior leaders to approach every donor meeting with confidence.
Articulate the features and impacts of new programs and initiatives, and integrate content into new and existing fundraising vehicles.
Develop a process for managing the workflow to deliver high-quality communication pieces on deadline (research, collaboration, writing, contributors’ work, editing, approval, design, translation) and manage the records around such communications in CCLF’s databases, including Salesforce.
Lead the development of innovative, meaningful stewardship communications that will surprise and delight donors of all levels and types.
Professional Experience and Qualifications:
A deep belief in CCLF’s mission of advancing children’s literacy in Canada.
Excellent interpersonal skills with a strong sense of diplomacy and demonstrated ability to build strong, collaborative relationships with colleagues, volunteers, donors and other stakeholders.
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategies and build experiences that strengthen long-term relationships with donors and/or volunteers.
Demonstrated, well-developed communication skills (written and verbal) including experience in creating and presenting compelling proposals to donors.
Superior project management skills and ability to coordinate multiple priorities concurrently.
Understanding of current and emerging best practices in stewardship and donor engagement.
Ability to work independently, rise to new challenges, find creative solutions, and prioritize competing demands in a fast-paced environment with an unwavering commitment to detail.
Proficient oral and written communication skills in English with French language skills considered a strong asset.
Computer proficiency in using the MS Office suite and experience with donor databases such as Salesforce will be considered an asset.
Demonstrated experience in the not-for-profit sector (donor relations, alumni relations, event management) or equivalent client-focused environment.
Available to occasionally work flexible hours (including some evenings).
Post-secondary education or equivalent, ideally in a relevant field such as Fundraising, Project Management, Public Relations, Communications or Marketing.
Compensation & Work Environment
The role will begin with a commitment of approximately fifteen (15) hours a week for a six-month period on a contract basis at an hourly rate of $30 to $40, commensurate with experience. CCLF’s offices are currently located in downtown Toronto, but the successful candidate may elect to work from the CCLF offices (upon reopening) or remotely. This role offers a successful incumbent significant opportunity for growth in alignment with organizational growth.
Please send your resume along with a cover letter that includes up to six bullet points enumerating how your qualifications align to this role. These two documents should be submitted in one electronic file byJune 8, 2020 to email@example.com.
We thank all applicants for their interest in working at CCLF; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
CCLF is committed to making our recruitment process accessible to all candidates and provides accommodations for disabilities upon request.
About Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation
The Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation/ Fondation pour l'alphabétisation des enfants canadiens (“CCLF”) is a charity that was founded in May 2017 with the mission of ensuring that all children in Canada are equipped to achieve their full potential. We champion, connect and develop initiatives that will enable Canada’s children to become the most literate in the world.