Location:      Canada/Virtual with possible periodic on-site attendance

Hiring Range:         $95,000 to $110,000

About Parachute Leaders in Injury Prevention

Do you want to make a difference on an issue that impacts the life of every Canadian? Join our dynamic team at Parachute, Canada’s national charity dedicated to injury prevention. Injuries are the No. 1 cause of death to Canadians ages 1 to 44 and the third-leading cause to all ages. Our mission is to create a safer Canada by preventing serious and fatal injuries through evidence-based solutions that advocate and educate. Our vision: A Canada free of serious injuries, with Canadians living long lives to the fullestFor more information, visit www.parachute.ca

Parachute offers team members a progressive remote work policy and flex hours, and a supportive and positive team environment. Along with competitive salaries within the non-profit sector, we provide competitive health benefits coverage, an RRSP matching program, and a paid time off package including vacation days, wellness days and paid companywide closure over the winter holiday break. 

Parachute aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of the Parachute community have a responsibility to uphold these values. 

Position summary

The Director, Development strategically leads and oversees all fundraising activities of the organization and will develop and implement a multi-year fund development strategy to support fundraising short-term and long-term goals.  

The position is responsible to ensure that Parachute’s annual revenue target is achieved and that a sustainable, scalable revenue generation model is developed and implemented.  

Working in conjunction with the senior leadership team, the Director will develop, nurture and grow current sponsorships primarily focusing on corporate, government and foundation sources, respond to grant proposals, and develop prospective donor relationships and proactive fundraising proposals for prospects. This position is also responsible for strategic thinking about aligning operational and strategic priorities with funders, proposal development and stewarding sponsors. 

The Director works closely with the VP Finance and Operations to incorporate fundraising efforts into immediate and long-term budgetary strategies.

Major accountabilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of a multi-faceted strategy and fund development plan that maximizes restricted and unrestricted support for each of the following revenue sources: government, private-sector organizations, corporate, national foundations and individuals and support team members to execute the plans.
  • Support the development and execution of strategies and actions plans for social enterprise revenue opportunities.
  • Oversee and where appropriate, collaborate with marketing and communications to create support grant writing, and guide and generate development materials for case statements to build awareness, increase engagement, and inspire commitment to philanthropic support.
  • Collaborate with marketing and communications on a digital fundraising strategy and integrated campaigns.
  • Create development communications content as well as marketing and branding pieces that augment brand identity and increase the profile of Parachute’s programs and sponsors in collaboration with the VP, Communications and Marketing. 
  • Maintain an active portfolio of prospects and monitor progress 
  • Maintain a strong understanding of programs and other Parachute assets that corresponds with operational and strategic plans. Work with team members to develop best course of action and most appropriate offering for each potential sponsor/funder. 
  • Identify and build collaborative partnerships to support the achievement of Parachute’s objectives and funding requirements
  • Serve as an advocate for Parachute and effectively represent Parachute to relevant partners and the community to increase awareness, referrals, and contributions.
  • Act as a relationship manager, cultivating partnerships, understanding and keeping funding partners’ objectives in mind.
  • Co-ordinate transition of funding agreements from fund development to delivery leads to ensure ongoing and seamless stewardship of partnerships. 
  • Initiate and steward renewals of funding agreements.
  • Lead the senior management team at weekly fund development meetings and action items for follow-up.
  • Ensure continued and strengthened management of internal fund development systems and revenue tracking and maintain strong communication and alignment with finance. 
  • Build expertise on priorities and trends of potential funders and best practices related to fund development and sponsorship in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Look critically at the wider adoption of Donor Perfect as Parachute’s CRM platform.
  • Present to the Board of Directors as required.
  • Perform all other duties as required.

Skills and qualifications

Work requires a minimum bachelor’s degree and/or combination of formal fund development training in a charitable or non-profit institution. 

Work requires seven to 10 years of progressively responsible experience:

  • Planning and carrying out fundraising campaigns and proposal development, particularly corporate and government sponsorships and partnerships.
  • Cultivating, soliciting and closing significant philanthropic gifts.
  • Strategic communications, stakeholder and public relations. 
  • Building brand, supporting fundraising and enhancing social media awareness.

The preferred candidate will possess:

  •  Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively about engaging donors nationally, and to develop plans of action and follow through.
  • Ability to be persuasive and able to influence, convince, and create a climate of confidence and trust on the part of donors and colleagues.
  • Superior problem-solving ability demonstrating maturity, sound judgment and professionalism.
  • Ability to work with little supervision but collaboratively in a complex and energetic environment.
  • Ambition, creativity, resourcefulness, innovation, self-motivation, and be self-directed and a team player
  • Exceptional writing skills and a compelling, articulate communication style. 
  • A high level of comfort with ambiguity and an ability to respond to change and commit to decisions under pressure
  • Project and data management skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite programs and proficient knowledge of Donor Perfect or other non-profit CRM software tools or donor management systems

Ability to speak French considered an asset 

Posting Date:  August 30, 2022

Closing Date:  September 13, 2022  

How to apply:  Apply directly online with your cover letter and resume to careers@parachute.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.