Posted On: 2018-09-26
Closing On: 2018-10-12
Location: Toronto
Effective: December 2018
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

About ALS Canada 
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or motor neuron disease) is a disease that gradually paralyzes people as the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body. Over time, as the connection with the muscles break down, someone living with ALS will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe.
ALS Canada works with the ALS community to improve the lives of people affected by ALS through support, advocacy and investment in research for a future without ALS. 
We are a registered national charity that receives no government funding – all of our services and research are funded through the generosity of our donors and partnerships with provincial ALS Societies working together in a federated model. Through the ALS Canada Research Program, we fund peer-reviewed research grants, foster collaboration and build capacity within Canada’s ALS research community, and participate in new areas of research well-positioned to have an impact. Within Ontario, ALS Canada has a role similar to that of the provincial ALS societies, providing services and support to help meet the needs of people living with ALS in the province. ALS Canada advocates federally, provincially and locally for better government support and access within the healthcare system for people affected by ALS. 
We live our values of accountability, collaboration, compassion, integrity, resiliency and respect – they form the guidance of how we go about our work.
Our world is challenging. The people we serve are dealing with a devastating illness. But in the midst of it, their resiliency and spirit is remarkable and moving. You will be touched by the community and will find a way to naturally and effectively engage. 
Role Description
ALS Canada is looking for an energetic professional to join our team. We’re seeking someone who understands the critical contribution they will make to our vision to make a difference in the lives of people living with ALS today and to a future without ALS. Reporting to the VP Fund Development, the Manager of Events leads the Ontario events portfolio including the Ontario WALK for ALS (while supporting other WALKs across Canada). This leader sets objectives, develops fundraising models, project plans, tactics and evaluation standards to maximize revenue growth, reach and sustainability for the Ontario events portfolio (revenue $2.6 M). The incumbent will work closely with internal and external teams - 12 Regional Managers, 60 volunteer WALK coordinators, and numerous volunteer Ambassadors. This role will have one direct report.
- Leads the organization and delivery of the Ontario WALK for ALS, including volunteer development
- Develops strategies to grow event participation (individuals and teams) and revenue with an emphasis on recruitment, support, recognition and retention 
- Continually evaluates and improves program planning, operations, logistics and delivery
- Ensures effective donor and volunteer relations including appropriate recognition, acknowledgement and reporting - to cultivate relationships with our supporters and ensure the sustainability of events
- Working with the VP, Development and Coordinator, solicits and secures Provincial and Regional Event sponsorships
- Develops training supports for key volunteers – including developing and implementing the Provincial WALK training session
- Creates and manages event budgets, providing regular financial reports and executing events within the approved budget
- Support local activities and perform other duties, as required
Competencies and Skills:
- University degree, college diploma or equivalent combination of education and related experience, including fundraising certification and other relevant post graduate studies
- Minimum of 5-7 years of event management experience – at a senior coordinator or management level
- Proven background in leading national and regional event fundraising campaigns with revenue targets of $1M + that are supported by volunteers
- Excellent communication and analytical skills
- Ability to multi-task and manage several project aspects with competing deadlines
- Demonstrated experience working with volunteers
- Diplomatic, tactful, confident, assertive, enthusiastic and a team player
- Proven background in managing multi site / provincial or national events
- Proven experience securing corporate sponsorships (Provincial, Regional and local) 
- Innovative leader with a passion for new and emerging trends in integrated communications and understanding of how they can be applied to benefit the organization
- Exceptional written and verbal communications skills with the ability to effectively interface with Senior Management, Board, partners and staff
- High degree of judgement, political sensitivity and creative problem solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
- Positive and results oriented, with interpersonal skills and integrity that inspires trust
- Working knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office suite of products, Frontstream/Artez and Raiser’s Edge
- Driver’s License required
- Access to a vehicle an asset
- Bilingualism an asset
- This position involves some moderate lifting, shipping and handling
- Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills
- Ability to work in a fast paced and results oriented environment
- Excellent organizational, planning and administrative skills
- Evidence of leadership and initiative, tact, diplomacy, attention to detail and creativity
Please send your cover letter and resume to by October 12th, 2018. In the subject line, please write – Manager, Events. We will reply to let you know your email has been received, but will only contact people we will be interviewing.