Job Posting 76331

Manager, Special Events & Partnerships
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
Toronto Metro area
closed 6 days ago (Wed, 20 Oct)
full time

The Organization

When you are sitting at your desk are you thinking you would rather be pitching your charities vision to a prospect? Are you always hunting for your next big donor? Are you matching individual’s needs to your charity’s vision? Or vice versa? Do you love big events or major gift calls more? After your grand event is over, do you consider your work done?


If you answered yes to any of these questions above, we want to talk to you!


Our high impact charity has an amazing 76-year history of innovation to make Ontario more accessibly and equitable. We support people living with spinal cord injuries to live the life they choose in a fully inclusive Ontario.


What we do

Every day, our staff works towards SCIO’s vision of making Ontario a more accessible and inclusive community. We believe in the power of choice, for all, and we want to change the way the world sees people with disabilities. Our founders envisioned a better, healthier, more inclusive life for people with spinal cord injury and set out to make it so. We are honoured to carry forth that tradition every day in Ontario, as we work for and with people with SCI to live the life they choose.


Job Summary

SCIO is just finishing our Rolling Through Barriers fundraising and awareness campaign, more than doubling our revenue and donor goals. You will work with a loyal group of volunteers, executing a ski day event that is in its 21st year and raises in the six figures. We rose to the challenge of Covid-19 by going virtual, being nimble and creative. We are a small but mighty team.


As part of that dynamic provincial team, the Manager, Special Events & Partnerships will plan, manage and execute fundraising event initiatives while developing and maintaining relationships with donors, volunteers and sponsors. As the supervisor of one direct report and three volunteer committees, this position will also identify key partners and lead sponsors for multi-year support and expand current event sponsor involvement to other events, revenue streams and opportunities with partnership proposals.


Reporting to the Director, Development you will:

Plays a key role in supporting SCI Ontario’s strategic direction for fund development to maintain and grow the donor database within the events and corporate partnerships stream and move individual donors and companies into the major giving & planned giving revenue streams.


Primary Focus: Special Events

  • Leads SCI hosted and third-party events across 7 regions including 2 signature events, as specific to fundraising
  • Secures event sponsorship through stewardship activities, cultivates, and acquires new sponsorships
  • Manages event support services i.e. - committee development, marketing materials (in collaboration with Marketing & Communications), participant and volunteer recruitment
  • Coordinates media presence and materials in conjunction with Manager of Marketing & Communications
  • Plans, recruits, directs, delegates and monitors activities of special event volunteers
  • Develops and manages budget and business plans for each event
  • Manages up to date records of donors, donations, sponsors, volunteers, notes, codes, etc. for all special events through Raisers Edge

Secondary Focus: Partnerships

  • Identifies key partners to engage and solicit for support
  • Identifies lead sponsors at the $10,000.00 + level, with a focus on multi-year agreement and lifetime giving value
  • Solicits for multi-year support from current event donors and new prospects
  • Expands current event sponsor involvement to other events, revenue streams and opportunities with partnership proposals


Your skills include:

  • Post-secondary Degree or Diploma in a related discipline (Fund Development, Event Planning, Public or Community Relations)
  • Minimum 5 years fundraising experience (with a specific focus on events management, fund development, marketing, and public relations); with a minimum of 2 years in management
  • AFP membership, a definite asset
  • Superior volunteer management/development skills
  • Proven ability to evaluate, motivate and manage prospects and donors
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills with project management experience
  • Ability to prioritize and work independently
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated experience working within MS Office and Raisers Edge database or RENXT
  • Willingness to work non-traditional work hours, as may be required
  • Valid driver’s license, with access to a reliable vehicle


Your professional disposition, exceptional relationship-building and service skills coupled with a solid record of dependability and commitment will make you the ideal candidate for this position. 


Given the essence of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, lived spinal cord injury experience will always be considered an important criterion among the criteria that are part of any given search. Spinal Cord Injury Ontario is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to achieving accessibility in employment for persons with disabilities, while ensuring inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments.


SCIO is committed to equity diversity, and inclusion in our recruitment processes. We strive to create a workplace that reflect the communities we serve, and everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work with a sense of belonging.  We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to: Indigenous peoples, members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin; persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities; persons who identify as women; and persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.


Reasonable and appropriate accommodation will be provided during the recruitment process upon request and addressed confidentially. We thank all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. Upon request, this position will require a Police Record Check and credentials verification.


If you would like to join our team, please forward your resume and corresponding cover letter, outlining your professional competencies and salary expectations in confidence by October 20, 2021 to: Human Resources, SCI Ontario, 520 Sutherland Drive, Toronto, ON M4G 3V9, E-mail: . We thank all applicants; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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