Posted On: 2017-11-07
Closing On: 2017-11-30
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: December 2017
Employment Type: Contract
CAMH is Canada’s largest hospital specializing in mental illness and addictions, and one of the world’s leading academic health science centres in the field. By delivering leading-edge treatment, driving research discoveries, creating knowledge and training for the next generation of mental health care practitioners and advocating nationally, CAMH seeks to inspire a movement for change so as to ensure any person living with mental illness is restored.
CAMH Foundation is charged with raising and stewarding funds that will empower CAMH to achieve its aspirations and change mental illness – locally and globally.
The Senior Development Writer will play a key role in the fundraising effort at CAMH Foundation. The successful candidate will join a team of communicators, digital marketers, donor relations and events professionals who craft programs to spark connection and build relationships between CAMH and those with a desire to give.
First and foremost, they will be responsible for writing transformational and major gift fundraising proposals and will also be adept at writing a wide range of communications and marketing materials.
The successful candidate is a passionate storyteller who is willing to roll up their sleeves and equally write an Annual Report, stewardship report or speaking notes.
The successful candidate will be our lead transformational and major gift proposal writer, entrusted with creating compelling, emotive and visually appealing proposals that convey the opportunity and impact available to be made at CAMH and for the cause of mental health.
You will thrive when working alongside the hospital and foundation colleagues to create materials that are highly effective and succinct (often working under tight timelines). Inquisitive, unafraid to ask questions and share your expert communications opinion to help create compelling materials is where you excel.
In addition to being a gifted writer, our successful candidate will be an excellent relationship builder, adapt at navigating competing demands and able to identify key messaging opportunities in a sea of content. Knowing that each word is important, and sometimes a picture or visual is even more important.
Our successful candidate will simplify complex medical concepts into easily understood descriptions that show impact and encourage donor engagement.
Experience with writing and editing proposals, grant submissions and related advancement materials will be considered an asset. Experience working in InDesign and having a visual flair, will also be an asset.
Our Ideal Candidate
This role is ideal for a skilled writer who possesses strong problem-solving skills, analytical ability, political navigation instincts and deep professionalism. While hospital foundation experience is an asset, passion for healthcare alongside intellectual curiosity is a must. We are looking for someone who thinks visually and understands that often less words equates to more impact. It’s ‘how’ the story is told that will result in the desired outcome.
Our successful candidate will be an emotionally mature, self-motivated professional with presence, exceptional writing ability and a strong work ethic. S/he understands the importance of strong relationship building and brings a positive energy with a ‘can do attitude’ alongside strong interviewing and research skills. The successful candidate will be/possess:
Selected candidates will be required to submit 2 - 3 relevant samples or work related to this position.
Please Note: This position is a one year full time contract with an anticipated start date of December 4, 2017
Salary Range: Competitive Salary and Benefits
CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.
CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.
As an employment equity employer CAMH actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, (including people with who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.