Posted On: 2018-06-29
Closing On: 2018-07-27
Location: Toronto
Effective: asap
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description

Job Posting – Event and Sponsorship Manager - CNO  

Closing Date:  July 20, 2018

Organization:  Right To Play Canada

Department/Division: Canadian National Office

Work location: Toronto, ON

Authorized to Work in: Canada (i.e., Canadian citizen or permanent resident)



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 15 countries, Right To Play transforms the lives of more than one million children each week through play, 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.

In Canada, programming includes the Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program, which partners with more than 85 Indigenous communities and urban organizations across the country to run weekly play-based programs that build self-confidence while providing access to physical activity, healthy food, homework support, mentorship and skills training. Canadian programming also includes Youth To Youth (Y2Y), a Toronto based program that trains and empowers older students to lead games and activities for younger children.

Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. To learn more visit, follow @RightToPlayCAN on Twitter and ‘Like’ us on Facebook.



The Event and Sponsorship Manager develops the fundraising strategy for Signature Events, as well as managing all logistics, budgeting and follow-up processes for these events. The Heroes Gala is a $2M fundraising event for RTP that brings together high-profile individuals from the corporate, philanthropic and sports communities. It is supported by an equally high-profile volunteer committee. In addition, this position provides guidance and oversight for all of Right To Play’s Signature Third Party Fundraising Events in Canada and will play a key role in developing innovative stewardship events and experiences.

The Event and Sponsorship Manager will have fundraising experience as well as a demonstrated track record of project management, internal communications and delegation, and an excellent ability to manage external relationships.  This role succeeds through the ability to collaboratively meld together the goals and input from key stakeholders.



Job Responsibility #1: Event Management (50% of Time):

  • Develops and executes an annual strategic event plan
  • Creates and manages events’ annual budgetary plan
  • Negotiates and manages vendor relationships
  • Develops relationships internally and externally and leverages partnerships to assist with the creation, delivery and selling of events
  • Leads in the planning, development and execution of Signature Events
  • Volunteer management and engagement at Signature Events
  • Manages Signature Third Party Fundraising Events (over $100K)


Job Responsibility #2: Sponsorship Management (25% of Time):

  • Creates event and campaign sponsorship model and strategy
  • Works with Corporate Partnership Team to solicit new sponsors for events and campaigns and transitions event sponsors into long term partners
  • Engages new sponsors in multi-year agreements for ongoing events


Job Responsibility #3: Committee Engagement (15% of Time):

  • Manages and works with event committees for events
  • Has regular calls and meetings to ensure that all tasks are completed on time
  • Utilizes event committees to develop new vendor and sponsor relationships


Job Responsibility #4: Systems and Support (10% of Time):

  • Creates templates (critical path, budget etc) to be used across the office for events
  • Reviews all event critical paths, budgets etc
  • As the in-house event expert, provides guidance to other staff members leading events
  • Develops, manages and reports on a pipeline of event and sponsorship opportunities
  • Supports the Canadian National Office staff as needed




  • University degree in any of the following areas; fundraising, business management, marketing or related field



  • 5 years or more progressive experience in corporate or non-profit fundraising event management
  • Demonstrated success in securing sponsorship for events and programs
  • Ability to own the strategic event planning process, while leading and managing a team through project planning and execution
  • Track record of developing, growing and executing successful events
  • Experience developing and customizing high end stewardship events



  • Excellent working knowledge of the media landscape, understanding of social media activation and community engagement
  • Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Attention to detail in planning large events



  • Adjust quickly to new cultural environments
  • Ability to work with key influencers and stakeholders to meld goals, ideas and expectations
  • Highly responsive, and strong ability to work with senior fundraising volunteers
  • Prioritize and manage heavy workload
  • Willingness to travel as required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Good team work ethic, and also capable of working independently
  • Able to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines within budget
  • Decision making skills



  • Fluency in oral and written English



  • Post-graduate Certificate in Events Management
  • Certified project manager
  • Experience in non-profit sector, particularly international development
  • Ontario Driver’s License and willingness to drive as required (vehicle not required)


Employment Start Date:    Immediately

Contract Duration:  Full Time, Indefinite

Compensation: We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including Group RRSP Plan with 3% matching contributions, gym membership, flexible work policy (ie. work from home and flex hours) and summer/winter hours.



If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to: and kindly insert “Response to HR” 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 provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. We offer a family-friendly environment, that allows for flexible work arrangements in order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance.

We are 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