SPONSORSHIPS & EVENTS COORDINATOR
Founded in 2001, the rare Charitable Research Reserve is a community-driven urban land trust, nature reserve and environmental institute with its headquarters and first three locations comprising over 900 acres within the Haldimand Tract that spans six miles on either side of the Grand River from source to mouth, land granted to Indigenous Peoples in 1784 to recognise their support for the British in the American Revolution. In Wellington County, rare is creating an Eramosa River Conservation Corridor to protect forever the river and its adjacent forests and uplands –– lands of the highest ecological significance and which are so far largely unaffected by direct human impact –– ensuring connectivity of spaces and survival of species in an increasingly and rapidly developing area. For all its properties, rare acknowledges and is grateful to all of the original stewards of the land. Understanding that this land has been rich in diverse Indigenous presence since time immemorial rare would like to honour and respect the sovereignty of both First Nations in the area: the Onkwehon:we Peoples of Six Nations of the Grand River and the Anishinaabe Peoples of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. As well, rare acknowledges the Neutral people –– for whom there is archeological evidence on the property dating back 10,500 years –– and also those Indigenous Peoples who currently live, work, play and learn in the urban landscape around the properties, such other self-identified and status First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
While the goal of rare is to steward its sites and ecosystems intact in perpetuity, for the community to enjoy, forever, in a natural state, it also promotes the lands as a living laboratory for research — including in-house monitoring programs and partnerships with other institutions, citizen scientists, artists and Indigenous Peoples. Research then informs restoration practices and education programs through a Chain of Learning that reaches even the youngest learners in a program called Every Child Outdoors (ECO), a model of active, hands-on, problem-based environmental learning, driven by inquiry in the out-of-doors.
Reporting to the Fundraising Team Lead, the Sponsorships & Events Coordinator will work collegially as part of a fundraising and communications team, and with program advisors, staff and volunteers to interpret rare and its needs to the broader community in order to build support – both political and financial – for its mission and programs. This position requires flexibility, sensitivity and creativity to help rare meet major campaign goals while building a healthy, ongoing annual fund.
The position works in close collaboration with the Major Gifts Manager and the Development and Communications Officer. This position often seeks support for events and programs initiated by these colleagues while also assuming responsibility for rare’s major all hands-on deck events and fundraisers, such as the Spring Eco Market and the Walk and Run for rare, raising cash and in-kind sponsorships, leading volunteer teams, overseeing the implementation and spearheading the day of the event, and ensuring all sponsorship activations are carried out as agreed and providing post-event fulfillment events with the goal of renewing multi-year commitments.
Responsibilities include identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship to secure sponsorship for events and to build a solid base of annual supporters. This entails, among other things, raising funds and gifts-in-kind for recognition events, cultivation events and program events. In particular, rare wants to grow its annual Walk/Run for rare into a signature event that provides a major boost to the operating budget.
Responsibilities and Deliverables include but are not limited to:
The rare Charitable Research Reserve strives for:
This is a salaried full-time position with a competitive health benefits package. Salary level: $55-62k and commensurate with experience, skills, education and training of the successful candidate.
Paid time off:
Flexible work arrangement:
Paid benefits – excellent group benefit package:
How To Apply:
Deadline for applications is June 30, 2022.
Applicants should send their resume and cover letter as an attachment to the following email address: .
Only documents including a cover letter and resume compiled into one PDF file will be reviewed. Any application materials provided within the body (text) of your email will not be considered. Cover letters for this position may be addressed to Stephanie Sobek-Swant. Please include the name of the position for which you are applying in the email subject line.
No phone calls please. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.
As part of our commitment to racial justice, reconciliation and equity building, we welcome individuals from marginalized communities including Black people, Indigenous people, people of colour, 2SLGBTQIA+ and self-identifying women candidates to apply for this position. We encourage people with disabilities to apply. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
We are dedicated to removing bias from our hiring process. For this reason, we have implemented an anonymous review component in our recruitment process. What does this mean? We will be removing your name, address and e-mail address from your application/resume prior to it being reviewed by the hiring manager, during the first stage of the recruitment process. If you are selected for an interview, this information will become available to the hiring manager only at that time.
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