Posted On: 2017-04-10
Closing On: 2017-05-01
Location: Toronto
Effective: June 2017
Employment Type: Full-Time
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Job Description

Frontier College is a national, non-profit literacy organization which was founded in 1899. We work with children, teens, adults, and families who need help to improve their literacy skills. We work with a variety of community-based organizations to deliver volunteer-run, community-based programs across Canada.

Reporting to the Manager, Communications and Leadership Giving, the successful candidate plays the lead role in the planning, marketing, and execution of all special events and drives the research and business case development for new events. The Coordinator will also play a supportive role in increasing annual giving from individuals through prospecting, cultivation, and stewardship activities.

The Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans for each event; marketing and communications to support the events; and maintaining and building relationships with corporate supporters, event committees, volunteers, suppliers, and staff. The Coordinator will work with other members of Frontier College staff, regional offices, and the President’s office to support the overall revenue generation plan.

The Development and Events portfolio at Frontier College comprises special events (fundraising, internal, and public), third party events, sponsorship, cause-related marketing partnerships, and local community and business engagement.

Overall Accountability

The Coordinator will report directly to the Manager, Communications and Leadership Giving. The successful candidate will be part of a small and cohesive revenue generation team. Frontier College’s revenue stream is diversified across the country and across all levels of government, corporations, foundations, and individuals. The role will enhance and support individual and event revenue generation within this framework.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organize and run special events
  • Source and foster relationships with suppliers, sponsors, and volunteers
  • Manage event related activities including research and planning; budgeting and invoicing; sponsor coordination and management; supplier liaison and agreements; prize donation procurement; producing marketing collateral (tickets, posters, invitations, web site and social media content); building and maintaining registration forms and reports, volunteer recruitment and schedules; travel arrangements; evaluation
  • Identify, solicit, and steward event attendees, donors, and sponsors
  • Evaluate event performance relating to revenue and participation levels
  • Coordinate marketing and fundraising activities at third party and public events
  • Draft proposals for solicitation, cultivation meetings, and presentations
  • Coordinate messaging and activities related to events on social media platforms
  • Attend meetings with committees, suppliers, and sponsors; prepare agendas, update stakeholder lists, and take and distribute minutes  (may occur outside work hours)
  • Collaborate effectively and provide support to Frontier College staff, volunteers, and alumni on regional events
  • Drive the research and business case development for new events as they are required to supplement or replace existing events
  • Collaborate closely with development colleagues in increasing support from individuals to support the revenue generation plan (includes writing and researching various ad hoc reports, acknowledgments, research, and other general administrative requirements)
  • The successful candidate will be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and willing to take complete ownership of projects and duties

Skills and Attributes

  • Charitable sector experience in event fundraising or event development and execution in the private sector
  • Strong organizational and time management skills to determine work priorities and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced and resource-lean environment
  • Highly organized and great attention to detail
  • Proven administrative and analytical skills
  • Good relationship builder with the ability to develop trust
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent customer service skills including face-to-face, written, and over the phone communication
  • Professional and compelling written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrates initiative, drive, and strong self-motivation abilities
  • Proven ability to attain financial and project goals within prescribed timelines
  • Proven ability to exercise diplomacy and good judgment
  • Team player, resourceful, and organized; able to multi-task in a variety of contexts
  • Experience and comfort working with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including boards, volunteers, and donors
  • Exceptional people skills; act as representative of the organization
  • Ability to network and develop meaningful contacts
  • Adherence to industry standards as they relate to confidentiality
  • Adherence to CRA rules and regulations
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications and relational fundraising database software. Social media knowledge, as it relates to marketing events and community engagement, is also an asset
  • Superior record keeping skills; ability to develop and manage budgets and financial reports
  • Ability to work effectively in fast-paced, lively, and changing environment

Additional Assets

  • Bilingualism (French/English) written and spoken an asset
  • CFRE designation an asset
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle as travel may be required
  • A passion for the mandate and activities of Frontier College

Working Conditions

Occasional evening and weekend work. Travel is required. Job involves occasional moving of event supplies and equipment. Heavy lifting required.

Compensation: We offer an attractive compensation package, excellent benefits, and a chance to work in a supportive environment.

This job opportunity may remain posted until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resumé to Michelle Fraser by midnight on May 1, 2017. Only candidates who are to be interviewed will be contacted. Michelle Fraser,

Closing date: May 1, 2017

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