Posted On: 2019-05-01
Closing On: 2019-05-29
Location: Toronto
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

Type: Full-time, permanent

Location: Toronto, ON



Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is the only national, volunteer-based charity focused on finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the lives of children and adults affected by these diseases.  

We are one of the top two health charity funders of Crohn’s and colitis research in the world, investing $122 million in research since 1974, leading to important breakthroughs in genetics, gut microbes, inflammation and cell repair as well as laying the groundwork for new and better treatments.

We are transforming the lives of people affected by Crohn’s and colitis (the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease) through research, patient programs, advocacy, and awareness.

Our Crohn’s & Colitis Make it stop. For life. Campaign has already achieved $70 million (or 70%) of its goal, and funds raised are already advancing our mission.

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Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC) is seeking an experienced and collaborative leader, with demonstrated success in community engagement and fundraising to be our National Director, Community Engagement.  Passionate about our cause, the ideal candidate understands the importance of grassroots engagement and community outreach in revenue generation, and is able to build genuine relationships with prospects, donors, staff and volunteers. 

Based in our National Office in Toronto, and reporting to the President and CEO, the National Director, Community Engagement will lead a team of 25 staff through six (6) direct reports. The National Director will provide strategic leadership in the planning and execution of community-based strategy for fundraising and volunteer activation. This position is responsible for our Regional teams as well as our Signature Events and Volunteer Engagement teams.                

The National Director, Community Engagement will be a consummate relationship builder who balances planning and strategy development with their keen desire to activate people and communities to engage with our cause. The successful candidate will have a mastery of the mechanics of fund development and a proven track record of mobilizing volunteers and staff to be champions of a cause.

Critical to this position are superior communication and relationship management skills with donors and a genuine interest for interacting with people. A driven and nimble change manager, the new incumbent will thrive in ambiguity and will be a forward thinking, motivated, and inventive leader who fosters a culture of philanthropy and shares this passion with others. 

Resourceful and creative, the ideal candidate will seek and seize opportunities to develop new and existing possibilities for major gift support and partnerships. The Director will focus on engaging communities in Crohn’s and Colitis Canada efforts that thoughtfully align donor and volunteer opportunities with the priorities of our organization. 



  • Self-motivated, influential and engaging with an authentic passion for philanthropy and an understanding of the role that diverse and inclusive communities play in building a vibrant charity.
  • Creative, strategic and results oriented.
  • An empathetic and inspiring communicator and skilled listener, the successful candidate will take the time to understand both the organization and our constituents.
  • Capacity to work in a team environment, executing a strategic plan nationally while working collaboratively in achieving goals with staff and volunteers within our regions.
  • Ability to lead and influence staff and volunteer teams and create a culture of accountability.
  • Strong presentation, communication, and writing skills.



  • Experience in community-based fundraising including special and third-party events, peer-to-peer canvassing and volunteer development.
  • Demonstrated leadership excellence in a charitable or not-for-profit environment.
  • Successful experience in developing and executing long-term plans while leveraging immediate opportunities and managing short-term objectives.
  • An understanding of data analysis and analytics together with financial literacy to support budget and forecasting processes.
  • Ability to articulate the mission and goals of CCC both verbally and in all forms of written communication.
  • Significant progressive experience in major gift fundraising and campaign development.
  • Experience in growing relationships and funding support from both individual and corporate donors.
  • Experience leading a large team of staff (including remote staff) and supporting senior volunteers.
  • Strong strategic and operational skills, with the ability to work together with staff and volunteers to achieve success.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to manage key relationships with donors, staff, and volunteers.
  • Resourceful and well organized; able to manage competing priorities, complex situations and deadlines.
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft office; experience with CRM.            
  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent; CFRE is an asset.
  • Ability to travel periodically and work evening and weekends when required.



  • Contribute to the development of annual regional and consolidated national financial budgets across all community-based revenue channels and regional priorities.
  • Develop and grow revenues across a diverse program of fundraising activity including In Tribute, mid-level, special and third party events, workplace and service club giving, P2P (peer to peer) and giving circles, etc.
  • Leverage regional teams to actively support other CCC initiatives including direct marketing (mail, digital, etc.), major gifts, planned giving, corporate sponsorship, education and research forums, marketing and awareness, etc.
  • Promote and build a culture of philanthropy across Canada leveraging nationwide synergy together that reflects relevant regional differences and all forms of diversity.
  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive and effective special events program including CCC’s signature event Gutsy Walk.
  • Analyze, create, pilot and build innovations in CCCs’ annual fundraising program that integrate our core programs with new innovations for community and donor engagement.
  • Collaborate actively with the Mission team to ensure appropriate representation of staff, scientists, clinicians, etc. at donor meetings and/or events.
  • Recruit, develop and provide regular coaching and performance management to team of community development/fundraising professionals across Canada.
  • Lead the Volunteer Management team to ensure a robust program of recruiting, orienting, inspiring and recognizing volunteers to give time and expertise to CCC.
  • Ensure the CCC’s chapter leadership model is active, consistent and leveraged for local presence and support. 
  • In partnership with the National Director, Leadership Giving & Corporate Sponsorship, provide regular briefings, coaching and advice to the Development Committee and its Chair.
  • Genuinely engage with senior level volunteers and staff to create enthusiasm for exercising their influence in their own constituencies. 



Crohn’s and Colitis Canada provides a competitive compensation package and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to Please quote "National Director, Community Engagement" in the subject heading in your email. We thank all applicants for their interest to work at Crohn’s and Colitis Canada; however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is committed to making our recruitment process accessible to all candidates and provides accommodations for disabilities upon request.