Posted On: 2017-09-28
Closing On: 2017-10-30
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

About The Learning Partnership

Celebrating over 20 years of service in supporting excellence in public education, The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. We do this through five key deliverables - innovative student programs, executive leadership for educators, knowledge mobilization and policy, tribute celebrations of excellence and ongoing collaborations across Canada. Since 1993, more than 6.9 million students have participated in The Learning Partnership's programs.

For more information on The Learning Partnership (TLP) visit



Reporting to the Director, Development & Government Relations, the Proposal Writer persuasively articulates The Learning Partnership’s (TLP) mission, vision and work to current and potential funders.  The Proposal Writer is primarily responsible for researching and qualifying prospects; developing proposals, letters and reports for governments, corporations, foundations and other grant-making organizations; tracking submissions and deadlines; and ensuring stewardship obligations are met. The Proposal Writer works closely with program staff at both the head office and across Canada to provide strategic advice and tactical support to ensure programs and initiatives are fully and sustainably funded.  The Proposal Writer has principal responsibility for maintaining a pipeline of active prospects, meeting proposal and reporting deadlines set by external funders, and ensuring donor stewardship obligations are honoured.

We are seeking an effective communicator, with a strong writing background, great research and analytical skills and a strong attention to detail.  An ability to juggle multiple priorities, stay focused and work well with internal and external stakeholders are strong assets.



  • Research, write, edit and obtain approvals for all proposals/RFPs and report to current and potential funders.  Edit proposals and applications for accuracy, completeness, clarity and compliance with funding requirements.  Submit and track all deadlines and submissions in database (Raiser’s Edge).  Respond to follow-up inquiries as needed to manage the capture/proposal processes.  Work with Database Administrator to track pledges and flag overdue payments.  Work cross-departmentally to ensure stewardship obligations are honoured.  Actively and constantly seek to improve the proposal process by engaging with appropriate parties, as required.
  • Research, write and edit letters, presentations, one-pagers and other materials to properly appeal to the funding organizations’ board and sponsors.
  • Identify, research and qualify new government, corporate, foundation and other grant-making prospects.  Research and qualify prospects brought forward by other staff.  Review lapsed donors and advise on renewed engagement strategy.  Review and bring forward suitable RFP opportunities.  Provide strategic input and tactical support for donor and prospect management.
  • Partners in Learning Membership Program:  Write custom solicitation letters consistent with The Learning Partnership’s image and brand to school boards, associations, corporations, etc.  Track new and renewing members. Ensure membership benefits are realized.
  • Individual Giving:  Write custom annual solicitation letter to current and prospective individual donors.
  • Provide backup support to Database Administrator as needed.  Review and sign off on weekly gift reports.  Provide reception relief during assigned lunch hour, once per month.  Complete kitchen duties, once per year.  Attend TLP events (e.g. Champions of Education Tribute dinner, Canada’s Outstanding Principals Gala) and assist with tasks, as assigned.  Volunteer at various student programs events, as needed.  Other duties as assigned.



  • Minimum level of education required is a bachelor degree, preferably in communications, public relations, business or technical writing.
  • Minimum five years of experience researching, writing and editing proposals and reports, ideally in a not-for-profit environment.
  • Superior written communication skills and ability to persuade and influence decision makers through written content.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database, including the ability to create and modify records, queries and reports.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to read, interpret and apply rules and regulations specific to each RFP/proposal.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and to work under pressure to meet deadlines for grant/sponsorship opportunities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and independently when required to provide necessary documentation, research and information to support grant/sponsorship opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and leverage innovative approaches to prepare and present grant applications and funding proposals.
  • Exhibit a positive attitude with a demonstrated ability to be adaptable to change by focusing on solutions and identifying opportunities for improvements.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with advanced skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint including strong competency using Adobe Acrobat.



  • Integrity:  We hold ourselves accountable.
  • People:  We empower each other to excel.
  • Collaboration:  We build trust.
  • Innovation:  We are bold life-long learners.
  • Excellence:  We continually raise the bar.



  • None



  • Normal office environment.
  • 35 hours of work per week.
  • Sitting and standing for the duration of a regular work day.
  • Working on a computer (includes mouse, monitor and keyboard) for the duration of a regular work day.
  • Being flexible to work evenings during busy times or during TLP events.


We look forward to reviewing your candidacy and invite you to apply online with your cover letter and resume (in Word or PDF format).

The Learning Partnership values diversity and is committed to being an inclusive organization.  We will make reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process for candidates who inform TLP in advance of known disabilities.

Thank you for your interest in The Learning Partnership.  Good luck!