Posted On: 2018-01-25
Closing On: 2018-02-21
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: March 26, 2018
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Position:                             Manager,  Fund Development  Capacity Building

Reports To:                         Senior Vice President,  Advocacy, Communications  and Public Policy

Office address:                  YMCA Canada, 1867 Yonge Street, Suite 601, Toronto, ON (preferred;  some flexibility)

Anticipated start date:      Monday, March 26, 2018

Salary range:                       $60,000 - $75,000  annually



The YMCA is a powerful association of people joined together by a shared passion to foster a sense of belonging for all. In an age of complex social challenges, the YMCA is steadfastly dedicated to building healthy   communities  by inviting and encouraging Canadians to join in, to give back, and to gain the connections, skills, and confidence they need to thrive.

YMCA Canada is a charity and the national office providing support  to 47 YMCA Member  Associations. For more than a century, we’ve been at the heart of communities across the country, serving evolving needs and  providing  vital community  services. For more information,  please visit


Reporting to the SVP, Advocacy, Communications  and Public Policy, the Manager is an integral  member of a cross-functional team responsible  for leading the national brand  strategy, national advocacy strategy, fund development  capacity building,  research, federal government  relations, and marketing  and communications.

This position provides leadership to initiatives that increase the capacity of YMCA Member  Associations to develop effective fund development  strategies and practices; that support the fund development  functions of YMCA Canada; and that enable the strategic initiatives of Plan Y: Expedition, the federation strategic plan.

Essential Functions and Duties:

Resources and training:

  • Manage a community of practice and resource-sharing platform to expand the capacity of YMCAs in Canada in their fund development  efforts
  • Provide resources and best practices aligned with national branding  and positioning standards
  • Ensure activities and resources are current on trends and legal issues relating to fund development

Technology and online giving:

  • Provide or procure training and support necessary for fund development  technology, including the online giving platform, the online peer-to-peer giving platform, and YMCA Canada Raisers Edge satellite databases
  • Oversee and maintain the national online giving platform and peer-to-peer giving tools that drive online donations to YMCAs in Canada
  • Manage donor database technology, including  a pilot multi-site Raiser’s Edge database
  • Find new opportunities  to build fundraising technology capacity in YMCAs across Canada

Donor and prospect relationship management  (fundraising  and sponsorship):

  • Research and evaluate prospective  funders, corporate partners  and individual  donors, as needed on behalf of YMCA Canada, to explore mutually  advantageous opportunities  for YMCAs in Canada
  • Coordinate and support  primary relationship  holders in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process
  • Oversee the development  and management  of a system to track and properly steward all financial and non-financial national office partnerships  and relationships

YMCA Canada Endowment Program – Heritage Club:

  • Work with the Chair and the SVP to implement  the stewardship and recognition strategy
  • Supports  the development  and implementation  of the cultivation and prospect strategy

Donor communications  development:

  • Case development  as needed for specific projects, in a variety of mediums  including  formal presentations,  web copy and/or e-appeals
  • Work in collaboration with the MARCOM team on integrated  campaigns and resources
  • Develop stewardship  materials as needed  for national projects, including  templates and tools for YMCAs


  • Other duties as assigned
  • Supervises  staff and/or volunteers in a manner  that promotes the YMCA as an employer of choice
  • Represents  the YMCA in a professional manner
  • Adheres  to the YMCA Child Safety and Protection Policies and Procedures, specifically to understand and comply with the legal responsibilities  and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to the Children’s  Aid Society

Job Specifications:

  • Post-secondary education in related field
  • Subject matter expertise in philanthropy including  fundraising,  fund development, planned  giving,  and volunteerism
  • Experience in training  and development
  • Excellent writing  skills
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal  skills
  • Proven planning  and project management track record
  • Demonstrated  ability to meet demanding deadlines  and complete a range of tasks with a high degree of initiative, independence,  and attention to detail
  • English/French  bilingual,  an asset
  • Advanced  Microsoft Office 365 skills
  • Police record check required


Working at YMCA Canada means joining a dynamic, resource-lean team who work closely with YMCA member Associations across Canada in the pursuit  of our mission.   The position is full-time and we offer a competitive compensation package including  employee benefits and a pension plan.


To apply:

Please send your resume and a cover letter telling us why you think you’d be a great addition to the YMCA

Canada team to  Applications  will be accepted until February 21, 2017.   We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

Please be advised that offers of employment  are contingent  upon the completion of a Police Records Check. YMCA Canada values the diversity  of people and communities  and is committed to excellence and inclusion.