Fund Development & Brand Ambassador
Hopewell Children's Homes Inc. Southern Ontario
closes in 13 days (Fri, 13 Aug) full time
• $59,592 - $70,637
Fund Development & Brand Ambassador
$59,592 - $70,637
Hopewell is seeking a full-time permanent Fund Development & Brand Ambassador to steer and grow fund development and promote our organization.
If you have a passion for making a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities and can effectively establish positive, professional relationships with community members and potential donors, influencing others to share your passion and donate to a worthwhile cause, we are looking for you!
As the Fund Development & Brand Ambassador, you will champion Hopewell’s fund development initiatives and create “attention grabbing” messages, visuals and social media content that tell the “story of Hopewell”. You will also develop and implement new and innovative fund development strategies that align with our strategic plan and highlight our programs, services, and people.
The Fund Development & Brand Ambassador will help build and sustain Hopewell’s annual fund development revenues through planning, coordination and execution of special events and donor development. This position will be responsible for the administration and execution of gift planning operations, the coordination of marketing and stewardship efforts on behalf of the organization, and the management of donor relations. The Fund Development & Brand Ambassador will also promote the agency through social media posts and communication campaigns that highlight our supported individuals, and the impact Hopewell programs and services makes in their lives.
The Fund Development & Brand Ambassador is a skilled fundraiser, storyteller, and relationship builder. The Fund Development & Brand Ambassador has a donor-centred approach to funder research and is goal-oriented with a solid understanding of the Canadian philanthropic environment, legislation, and available charitable vehicles, including familiarity and experience working with grant writing and planned gifts, including bequests, trusts, insurance, and annuities. The ability to collaborate, build trust, develop relationships, protect privacy, and conduct thoughtful, professional communication with donors and their families is a key aspect of this role.
Duties and responsibilities
Strategic Fund Development & Donor Relations
Plans, develops, manages, and evaluates all aspects of fund development, including but not limited to, digital campaigns, third party events, cause marketing, direct mail, grant applications, special events, major gifts, sponsorships, bequests, and other fund development initiatives. Will strategically focus on securing and stewarding principal gifts, major gifts, and planned gifts from a diverse community of organizational and individual donors.
Develops and executes strategies to meet and grow Hopewell’s fund development projections in line with the organization’s strategic plan, including overseeing specific fund development campaigns for the organization. Proactively develops and implements strategies that identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward a major gift pipeline of corporate, foundation, and individual donor prospects in all stages of the development cycle.
Oversees the planning and implementation of effective stewardship and recognition programs to ensure donor retention. Successfully works to upgrade donor contributions.
Provides strategic direction for grant proposals, case for support and other fund development materials.
Ensures the ongoing success of fund development events through sponsorship acquisition and fulfillment of benefits.
Contacts, cultivates, and solicits prospective sponsors, building relationships for mutually beneficial partnerships.
Researches new or emerging grant opportunities available at the community, regional, provincial and federal levels.
Acts as the lead on sponsorships and gifts, including developing proposals, crafting benefits and recognition strategies, reporting, and pitching to corporations and individuals.
Acts as a brand ambassador, promoting and building awareness of Hopewell’s programs and services. Leverages opportunities to create stories of impact and able to effectively share Hopewell’s story with parents, program partners, donors, community champions and other stakeholders.
Represents the organization at community events and public speaking engagements and in the philanthropic community.
Advances integrated marketing and communication strategies, including print and digital products (newsletters, donor impact reports, annual report), presentations and other tools. Effectively executes direct mail and email campaigns and creates Hopewell branded advertising and marketing materials.
Develops, fosters, and maintains positive networking relationships with key stakeholders, and liaises with local media to continually promote the organization.
Working within Hopewell’s digital communications policy and strategies, creates and manages timely, compelling, informative and engaging content for both social media, and the organization’s website. Engages with followers to enhance relationships, gather testimonials and find the next great story.
Management and Leadership
Oversees the fund development and donor development program, including major and planned giving, tracking and monitoring the stewardship of the program.
Promotes the organization through development, implementation, and measurement of communications and community engagement practices.
Coaches and mentors members of the Leadership team on fund development best practices.
Prepares and manages annual business plans and budgets related to fund development and brand ambassadorship.
Provides strategic leadership and support to the Executive Director, Director of Administration and Operations and volunteers in moving top prospects through the donor cycle.
Provides leadership to fund development event staff, volunteers, and volunteer committees, including the board of directors and its subcommittees.
Adheres to industry best practices for fund development and brand ambassadorship. Develops, implements, and monitors compliance with fund development policies and procedures.
Works collaboratively across organizational teams and programs in the achievement of the organization’s mission and vision.
Develops policies, procedures, and guidelines as well as new/enhanced program initiatives for Hopewell’s overall fund development and brand ambassadorship programs.
Maintains comprehensive donor records utilizing a CRM database.
Remains apprised of emerging charitable sector trends and legislation and ensures organizational compliance.
Minimum post-secondary education from an accredited university or college (University degree preferred) combined with at least five (5) years of direct leadership experience in the fund development sector, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation completed or in progress is an asset.
A demonstrated interest in Hopewell’s mission and programs supporting individuals with a developmental disability.
Personal experience cultivating and closing large, transformational gifts and successfully managing relationships over time with major donors and sponsors.
Engaging and dynamic leader, with strong people management skills and ability to positively influence others.
Superior communication and interpersonal skills; writing winning proposals and associated development materials and correspondence.
Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills to work effectively with senior leaders, board members, donors and volunteers.
Ability to creatively write and design promotional materials and social media posts that attract a variety of audiences.
Superior project management and time management skills.
Donor-centered and goal-oriented with solid understanding of Canadian philanthropic environment, legislation and available charitable vehicles; including familiarity and experience working with planned gifts, including bequests, trusts, insurance, and annuities.
Ability to handle multiple competing priorities and be self-motivated to perform self-directed work.
Deadline-oriented, with demonstrated ability to take responsibility for projects and complete them in a timely manner.
High energy, enthusiasm, and a demonstrated ability to work professionally and effectively under pressure.
Results-driven, hard-working and always focused on continuous improvement.
Strong client, customer or donor service orientation and superior communications skills including oral/public speaking, written, and listening.
Strategic, big picture thinker with a superior ability to develop innovative solutions and cost-efficient processes.
Strong analytical, planning skills: budgeting, operating plan development, business case development
Excellent computer proficiency with Microsoft Office with a solid working knowledge of donor management database software. Familiarity with CanadaHelps software is an asset.
Flexibility to attend evening/weekend events as required.
Valid Class G Driver’s License with reliable vehicle to travel for work related purposes.
Satisfactory Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector screening is required.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and detailed cover letter for consideration outlining your relevant qualifications and experience as it relates to this position to:
Hopewell is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment. We welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your background, education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and/or beliefs.
Hopewell welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Should you require accommodation, please contact:
Connor Plant, Human Resources Assistant at: or 519 836 9641, ext: 239
We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in employment with Hopewell. We would like to inform our applicants that only those candidates selected for interview consideration will be contacted.
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