Posted On: 2018-02-08
Closing On: 2018-02-23
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: early April
Employment Type: Contract
Level: Senior
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Job Description


Right To Play is a global organization committed to improving the lives of children and youth affected by conflict, disease and poverty. Established in 2000, Right To Play has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development which focuses on quality education, life skills, health, gender equality, child protection and building peaceful communities. With programming in over 20 countries, Right To Play transforms the lives of more than one million children each week using play and sports, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our work with children, Right To Play advocates with parents, local communities, and governments to advance the fundamental rights of all children.

Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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Right To Play’s Canadian National Office (CNO) is a busy hub, generating funding of $8.5M for RTP programs in 2018, and providing crucial support in advancing our vision of a healthy and safe world through the power of sport and play. Reporting to the Director, Marketing and Communications, the Development Writing Specialist is responsible for donor communications to support the cultivation and stewardship of individuals and corporations, in order to meet the CNO’s fundraising and awareness objectives.

This is a one-year maternity leave contract position. The individual who joins us will be a critical member of a small but growing team working to increase Right To Play’s presence in the Canadian market. The Development Writing Specialist will be responsible for fulfilling a wide variety of writing assignments, working closely with all other CNO teams. Assignments include: impact reports, pitch decks, grant and proposal writing, stewardship letters, website and social media pieces and creation of key messaging.

As a member of the CNO Communications Team and active within the larger global communications and marketing team, the Development Writing Specialist plays an important role in the creation of materials that support fundraising efforts globally. This is a deadline-driven position for a professional and engaged self-starter with a wide range of writing skills. The Development Writing Specialist will be an inspired storyteller, who can process complex international development information and translate it into a wide variety of compelling and impactful donor-centric communications pieces. A keen follower of fundraising trends and best practices, they will be Right To Play Canada’s in-house expert in donor communications.


Job Responsibility #1: Donor Communications (75% of Time):

  • Work closely with the Corporate Partnerships and Special Events team to support the creation of compelling sponsorship and partnership proposals and stewardship materials to fulfill partnership obligations;

  • Create scripting and supporting materials crucial for the success of our annual Tribute Dinner, a core fundraising program of the CNO;

  • Work in close collaboration with the Community Engagement team to develop targeted communications for prospective and existing donors, including: proposals, online solicitation, stewardship reports, key messaging catalogues;

  • Project manage the donor communications cycle, which includes:

    • Leading efforts to establish a regular and engaging calendar of communications for individual and corporate donors;

    • Managing budget, developing content and working across teams to collaborate on finished products;

  • Draft proposals for high net worth donors, and produce impact reports that showcase donor dollars at work;

  • Support grant writing and stewardship communications for the Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program in collaboration with the Development Manager, Canada Programs and Director, Canada Programs;

  • Manage on-going projects, such as:

    • Project management of the Annual Report, which may include: recruiting and selection of a designer, drafting content, managing feedback and approvals among various stakeholders internally;

    • Sourcing content, drafting copy and designing layout of the bi-annual donor stewardship letter;

  • Collaborate on planning and management of budgets associated with design and production of key donor outreach materials.

Job Responsibility #2: Collaboration On Canadian and Global Communications Objectives (20% of Time):

  • Work with the CNO Communications Team to refine our brand voice in Canada, and play a central role in the development of effective key messages to guide donor communications;

  • Participate in the planning and development of overall annual communications strategic plan, guiding the calendar of donor-facing communications;

  • Coordinate with international, regional and field Fundraising and Communications teams to collect program-specific content (e.g. stories, results) for the purpose of developing relevant donor materials;

  • Collaborate with the international Fundraising and Communications teams to develop and share donor stewardship and results reporting for use by global team;

  • Provide copy writing and content feedback on external communications;

  • Learn and understand the Right To Play brand to ensure it is properly represented in all donor communications;

  • Maintain CNO style guide and refresh donor and partner outreach materials to reflect changes to annual organizational numbers, statistics, brand elements.

Job Responsibility #3: Other Duties as Assigned (5% of Time)




  • Undergraduate degree, preferably in communications, marketing, or other related field.


  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience;

  • Experience in a donor-centric fundraising environment;

  • Experience with CRM databases and digital donation platforms;

  • Preference for candidates with experience in an International Development setting.


  • Budget Management;

  • Understanding of digital outreach platforms, including: mail delivery (e.g. Mail Chimp), social media and website;

  • Experience and/or familiarity with Canadian Press Style;

  • Knowledge of the Adobe design suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) an asset;

  • Experience working with Microsoft Office applications;

  • French considered an asset.


  • Inspired storyteller, with excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • Keen attention to detail, with a strong commitment to upholding brand values;

  • Deep understanding of effective donor and fundraising communications strategy;

  • Interest in and active knowledge of current trends in donor relations;

  • Experience in both traditional and digital donor outreach;

  • Organized, with exceptional ability to manage multiple priorities and tight deadlines;

  • Ability to take initiative to ensure results, with a talent for building consensus and driving projects forward across multiple stakeholders;

  • Strong time and project management skills, with exceptional ability to juggle multiple projects and priorities at once;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with diverse groups of people, including: agency partners, staff, committees and volunteers;

  • Operates with a high level of personal integrity, responsibility and initiative;

  • Flexible and adaptable; able to work both independently and as part of a team.


  • Fluency in oral and written English.


Compensation:                    We offer a competitive salary and benefits package

Employment Start Date:    Early April

Contract Duration:              One year maternity leave contract   


If this position excites you, please respond by end of business on February 23, 2018 with a cover letter and resume to: and kindly include “Response to HR – Development Writing Specialist” in the subject line. Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Right To Play is a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory police record check as a condition of employment.

All applicants are notified that, where needed, accommodation for disabilities will be provided on request. This includes accommodation for attending interviews and assessment tests.

To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at