Posted On: 2017-12-03
Closing On: 2017-12-22
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: Immediately
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Toronto will host the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions from November 1-7, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. We expect to attract more than 10,000 persons from more than 75 nations and 200 unique spiritual traditions to this citywide celebration of humanity’s many cultures and religions. Our goal is to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions to create more peace, justice and sustainability.

The theme, “The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change” will inspire activities that include over 500 plenaries, workshops, and exhibitions involving spiritual leaders, heads of global and regional organizations, workshop leaders, filmmakers, artists, academic scholars, students, educators and musicians.

This event, referred to as the “Toronto Parliament,” is a program of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, a U.S. not-for-profit, and is being coordinated, in part, by a Toronto-based not-for-profit. This position would be located in Toronto and report to the organization’s Director of Resource Development who is based in Chicago. It is a full-time, temporary or contract position, with potential for continuation after the Parliament.

Who We’re Looking For: The Development Manager will be a strategic thinker, have excellent interpersonal skills, be motivated by results, and have demonstrated success in managing relationships with funding partners. He or she will work in a collaborative, innovative environment, building and stewarding relationships and securing financial support for the Toronto Parliament. The Development Manager will provide local support to the Director of Resource Development who is based in Chicago. Together they will build the revenue stream for the Toronto Parliament from sources that include foundations, individuals, corporations, and governmental entities. The Development Manager will liaise and collaborate with staff and the event’s co-chairs, committee members, and volunteers.

How You Will Have an Impact:

·       Co-chair the Toronto Fundraising Committee of the Steering Committee that’s preparing for the Parliament, along with the Director of Resource Development.

·       Collaborate with the Director of Resource Development to identify, research, manage and steward Canadian funding initiatives for the Toronto Parliament.  

·       Report on targets and deliverables that support the organization’s financial goals.

·       Leverage existing relationships to identify fundraising opportunities and strategies.

·       Work with internal and external partners, consultants and volunteer advisory groups/committees to engage required expertise and direction in developing and/or implementing funding solicitations.

·       Attend discovery and pitch meetings with prospects to support opportunity development.

·       Prepare well-researched strategic background summaries and briefings for funding solicitations.

·       Oversee the customization of donation, sponsorship, and grant opportunities for donors and corporate partners, aligning individual and corporate objectives with the Parliament’s priorities and maximizing partnership outcomes.

·       Solicit and prepare staff and volunteers to solicit grants, sponsorships, and donations.

·       Oversee grant writing for local prospects.

·       Supervise volunteers and/or an assistant who will provide support for grantwriting, foundation and donor research, scheduling, recordkeeping, and stewardship.

·       Collaborate with outreach volunteers to develop scholarship funds for individuals who would be otherwise unable to attend the Toronto Parliament.

·       Work collaboratively with internal stakeholders to ensure the established sponsorship grid is applied consistently and to ensure the effective rollout of donor/partner deliverables and fulfillment of related contractual obligations.

·       Manage the activation and stewardship functions with the goal of creating motivated long-term supporters for potential continuation of interfaith activities in Toronto after the Parliament.

Your Qualifications and Attributes:

·       5+ years of relationship building experience in a cause-marketing, sponsorship, community social engagement, marketing or public relations environment

·       Demonstrated understanding of donor/sponsor stewardship relationships

·       Excellent negotiating and influencing skills with external organizational supporters

·       Demonstrated success in contributing to a collaborative work culture, ensuring cross-functional collaboration

·       Excellent research, writing and communication skills

·       Excellent organizational, project management and resource management skills

·       Self-motivated, with sound judgement and ethical decision-making skills

·       Adept at working in a complex international organization, supporting multiple internal and external stakeholders who may have competing/conflicting priorities

·       Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and fundraising software    

To apply:

If you would like to be part of a global movement that encourages inclusion and diversity, and if you have the qualifications required, we invite you to forward your resume and cover letter to: Diana Faust, Director of Resource Development,