Posted On: 2018-06-29
Closing On: 2018-07-15
Location: Toronto
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior

Job Description


As Canada’s largest national health charity, we fund the most promising cancer research, champion cancer prevention efforts and deliver programs and services that benefit Canadians affected by cancer. Join us and you can work with passionate and committed individuals from coast to coast who are working towards a world where no Canadian fears cancer.

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In collaboration with the Vice President, Run for the Cure, Relay For Life (ON) and Youth, and based in the Toronto office, the Senior Manager, Signature & Special Events Fundraising, leads the successful planning and execution of fundraising and stewardship plans for the department.

The successful candidate will take a lead role in strategic planning within the national portfolio while simultaneously being focused on executing strategies in Ontario. The ideal candidate for this role genuinely enjoys building and managing relationships, is meticulous, works collaboratively with colleagues and is driven to deliver strategies that increase efficiency, maximize revenue and minimize cost of fundraising.

Exceptional leadership, relationship development, sales acumen, and communication skills are key elements to this role.



  • Works with leadership from across the country within the Signature and Special Events portfolio, developing and overseeing the implementation of fundraising and stewardship plans aimed at growing participants and donors
  • Develops and executes an acquisition plan for new fundraisers
  • Creates and executes processes to record, monitor, measure and report on fundraising and stewardship tactics using CCS systems
  • Works with signature events team members and cross-functional partners across the organization as part of a project-based model to collaboratively develop tools and resources needed to facilitate events
  • Proactively monitors and manages Signature Events across Ontario and acts as a resource to leadership volunteers, provincial staff and community office staff to ensure the successful and consistent implementation and delivery of events
  • Works collaboratively with community office staff to enhance national strategies and tactics to drive revenue and participant numbers in local markets
  • Develops regional communication processes and tactics, ensuring clear and consistent messaging between volunteers and CCS staff
  • Leads program development in concert with the Senior Manager, Signature & Special Events Logistics to plan and execute the annual Volunteer Run Director Training conference and Relay For Life Training Summit
  • Identifies training needs and implements appropriate plans for staff and volunteers in key areas of responsibility
  • Maintains a portfolio of 50+ high value key accounts with established retention goals; ensures maximization of networking and stewardship opportunities, and that all stakeholders receive correspondence, reports, and updates in a timely and professional manner that meets their individual needs
  • Manages and executes the sponsorship sales cycle for event partners and prospects in local Ontario markets
  • Manages and participates in the recruitment, supervision, evaluation, coaching, training and leading of a team of five signature and special events fundraising staff 
  • Works collaboratively and maintains a positive working environment with internal stakeholders
  • Utilizes CCS databases and systems to manage relationships, accurately record interactions, and run reports for planning and executional purposes
  • Supports the creation and implementation of CRM processes for signature events
  • Provides in-depth post-event analysis and reports to evaluate the overall success of fundraising and stewardship tactics. Makes recommendations on short and long-term strategies for new opportunities to increase revenue and enhance the participant experience
  • Monitors and tracks revenue and expense budgets to ensure adherence to financial policies and controls
  • Works in compliance with the provisions of The Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations. (Reviews and complies with the Health and Safety Policy).



  • University or college degree or equivalent experience in a related subject
  • 7+ years’ experience in not-for-profit fundraising, stewardship, special events, and program/project management
  • Demonstrated success in event fundraising, building and managing portfolio’s in excess of $1 million
  • Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to develop work plans and adhere to deadlines
  • Demonstrated skill in managing and developing a team
  • Experience working with volunteers in a staff leadership position
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Negotiation, problem-solving and diplomacy skills to resolve issues with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player
  • Self-motivated, with an ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to interpret and translate data into actionable strategies and measure program performance and effectiveness
  • Demonstrated skills in strategic and operational planning
  • A team player that values an environment of open communication and collaboration
  • Experience in a multi-level organization and working with colleagues in remote offices is an asset
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suites, including SharePoint
  • Knowledge of fundraising databases including Raisers Edge, Salesforce and Luminate Online is an asset
  • A flexible schedule which allows for multiple after-hours events and meetings
  • Ability to travel within Ontario to conduct meetings with stakeholders – i.e. a valid Ontario Driver’s License
  • Access to a vehicle and knowledge of French is considered an asset
  • Works with confidential issues and data
  • Occasional periods of extended travel and hours of work, including evenings and weekends.



CCS offers meaningful opportunities to make an impact in the fight against cancer.  We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, supportive and exemplifies our core values:

                                              CARING   COURAGE   INTEGRITY   PROGRESSIVE

In return for your skills and dedication, we offer an attractive compensation package that encompasses a competitive salary, excellent benefits and the opportunity to have a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can make a true difference every day.



Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter and salary expectations here by July 15, 2018.

The Canadian Cancer Society is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. CCS will make available reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request.

We thank all candidates for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please note that in keeping with the mandate of the Canadian Cancer Society to model and promote healthy lifestyles, employees are not permitted to smoke in or about Society premises or while carrying out CCS business.