Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (Boost CYAC) is a registered charity that provides a range of services to children, youth and families, who have experienced abuse or violence, within the City of Toronto. We provide individual, group, family and community services that include trauma assessment, counselling, and therapy, advocacy and support services during child abuse investigations, court support and accompaniment services and abuse and violence prevention materials and trainings. Boost CYAC is accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, an independent non-profit organization that offers accreditation specifically tailored to community-based health and social services across Canada.
Boost CYAC is seeking a permanent full time Director of Fund Development and Communications, reporting to the President & CEO to oversee the development, management and implementation of Boost CYAC’s fundraising and communications plan. The ideal candidate will promote public awareness of Boost CYAC’s mission, vision and values to increase awareness and drive a three year strategic plan for revenue generation to diversify revenue. Lead the implementation of the organization’s signature events; Butterfly Ball and Toronto Polar Bear Dip. Specific tasks include but are not limited to researching corporate, private foundations and large individual donor prospects, developing and preparing proposals, reporting to funders, preparing external and internal communications, planning and implementing special events.
- Minimum of five (5) years senior management experience in fund development with a proven track record of soliciting and closing major gifts from individuals, businesses and corporations.
- Engage, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio primarily consisting of individual prospect donors through events.
- Engage with, and professionally support, senior staff and volunteers in major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.
- Develop annual fundraising and communication plan; forecast and track annual department budget; drive best practices for pipeline prospecting, management, reporting and tracking for major gifts.
- Experience in event fundraising, leading the planning and implementation of Boost CYAC’s prestigious Butterfly Ball; peer-to-peer fundraising such as the Toronto Polar Bear Dip, marathons/walk-a-thons, EchoAge; and third party events.
- Meet and exceed financial and activity; forecast and track quarterly fundraising projections, achievements and gaps.
- Maintain accurate, professional and current Donor Perfect and hard-copy records, actions and reports. Manage charity profiles with donor directed funds (Benevity, Gift Funds, Benefaction, Canada Helps).
- Participate actively as a member of the Senior Leadership team, collaborate with Board of Directors, Co-chair Board sub-committees for revenue generation, communications and government relations.
- Establish and manage Boost CYAC’s communications strategy and build support for the organization’s brand, mission, vision and values.
- Work collaboratively with Boost CYAC and its community partners on a broad communications strategy, positioning and messaging.
- Prepare compelling and strategic major gift materials including cases for support, briefing documents, grant proposals and stewardship activities.
- Content development, social media posts/design and management of content calendar.
- Manage; design and edit content on the Boost CYAC and the National CYAC network websites.
- Organize and track communications outreach including proactive and reactive media requests.
- Work closely with the Leadership Team, Board, and staff to lead the development of integrated plans and strategies for fundraising, stewardship and associated communications.
- Work proactively to build a culture of philanthropy and forge strong commitments and ties to the community, building awareness of the position and its role within the organization.
- Build and enhance the processes and practices necessary for best practice fundraising and communications within the organization.
The right person for this role will have:
- A Bachelor’s level degree in Business, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations and Nonprofit Management or equivalent combination of education and experience. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) professional designation (or in progress) required.
- High-energy, results-oriented, process driven professional with proven experience leading a team and a broad understanding of the Child & Youth Advocacy Model and fundraising and communication needs associated with children mental health and trauma services.
- Excellent interpersonal, relational, organizational and communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work with donors, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors, ideally in a non-for-profit setting.
- Successful track record with revenue generating and business development, working with senior executives, Board members and volunteers, soliciting and closing major gifts at the five figure level and above.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and experience applying anti-oppressive practices in the workplace.
- Extremely effective interpersonal skills with a professional presence and manner, and capable of exercising independent judgement, initiative and flexibility.
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically, work proactively, and manage competing priorities in a complex environment.
- Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office software, demonstrated knowledge of Donor Perfect, Gift tools, Constant Contact, Adobe Pro, and WordPress (Divi).
- Awareness of Canada Revenue Agency guidelines and the Federal Income Tax Act regarding charitable donations and sponsorship.
- Excellent organization, planning and time management skills and attention to detail.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to write effectively and persuasively.
- Maintain a high degree of motivation and strong work ethic consistent with the employment philosophy of Boost CYAC.
- Contribute to ongoing development, evaluations, accreditation requirements and quality improvements within the department and organization.
- Support a workplace that embraces diversity and inclusion, encourages teamwork and complies with all the applicable regulatory and legislative requirements.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends when required.
- Satisfactory clearance under the Vulnerable Sector Screening process.
Boost CYAC is and equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the populations we serve. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals including applicants from all cultures, racialized communities, abilities, diverse sexual and gender identities and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
Boost CYAC believes that vaccination is a key element in the protection of our clients, families, employees, students, volunteers and contractors against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, proof of full vaccination or exemption under the Ontario Human Rights Code must be submitted to Human Resources seven (7) calendar days prior to start date.
Boost CYAC is committed to providing accommodation in all aspects of the recruitment and hiring process under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Manager of Human Resources will work with applicants to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation at any stage of the recruitment and hiring process.
We thank all applicants for their submission; only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.