Posted On: 2019-11-13
Closing On: 2019-11-30
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior

Job Description


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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Reporting to the National Director, Community Engagement and, as an integral member of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s management team, the Regional Director will serve as the key leadership role for the Ontario Region. They will be responsible for ensuring the implementation of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s strategic goals and operational priorities within the assigned region.  This position champions the vision and models the values of the organization, internally and externally, while fostering an environment of teamwork, excellence and shared success.

The Regional Director will work closely with and foster positive relationships with major donors, key volunteers, regional sponsors, corporations and the scientific community.  They are also responsible for managing human and financial resources through strong staff leadership as well as the development of annual budgets and the operating plan for the region.  The scope of work includes overseeing staff, communicating with the media in accordance with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s policy, raising awareness among the general public about the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada mission and values, handling financial and banking matters, etc.



  • A University Degree in social sciences, business or non-profit management is preferable;
  • Minimum 2 to 5 years of experience cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift prospects
  • 5 to 7 years of related leadership and staff management experience, derived from a non-profit, public sector, community agency and / or health related discipline;
  • Completion of a certificate in the fields of fundraising (CFRE) and volunteer management or appropriate equivalent is preferable but consideration will be given to individuals in the process of achieving this;
  • Proven, successful track record in:
    • management level leadership;
    • Staff management and leadership of cross-functional teams in home-based offices;
    • Strong understanding of and the ability to work effectively in a multi-tiered organization;
    • Demonstrated capacity to work with diverse internal and external groups and interests and to facilitate a consultative process;
    • Operations, financial processes and budget management;
    • Solid public relations and media relations.
  • Strategic business awareness and planning skills; ability to operationalize the organization’s vision and strategic plan and deliver successfully on outcomes;
  • Strong team leader with ability to build and lead a strong staff team; possesses superior human resources management and development skills;
  • A strong, positive self-starter who is passionate about the mission and achieves results; displays awareness and insight into the disability issues affecting persons living with Crohn’s disease or colitis;
  • Ability to work well with senior volunteers in a leadership capacity;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills;
  • High degree of professionalism and integrity; strong emphasis on ethical behaviour;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate diplomacy, tact and sound judgment;
  • Displays an entrepreneurial spirit but also works collaboratively with colleagues;
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and strategic relationship-building skills to exert influence and develop constructive working relationships with a wide range of persons and organizations; ability to build rapport quickly and inspire in others a sense of commitment, enthusiasm and excellence;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as database management (Raiser’s Edge).
  • Able to work evenings and weekends, when needed; and
  • Successful completion of a criminal and credit background check.


Major Gifts and Annual Fundraising

  • Works to develop a prospect pipeline and actively cultivates, solicits and stewards  major gift donors and prospects for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada;  
  • Works closely with National Office to ensure implementation of major gifts and planned (legacy) giving programs;
  • Oversees the implementation of regional events/programs, e.g. galas, signature walk events, and other events by Development Coordinators as appropriate;
  • Supervises and provides coaching to staff support for fundraising events, campaigns and special initiatives within the region, working in close collaboration with national and other regional colleagues in the planning and development of these activities;
  • Evaluates new and existing fundraising initiatives in their region, including identifying potential new funding sources and maintains relationships with donors, and or regional sponsors;
  • With the assistance of national and local staff, Identifies, researches and sources funding opportunities to benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s mission (e.g. through speaking engagements, prospect cultivation, local and regional relationship building etc.);
  • Personalizes proposal templates to secure grants from regional and local  foundations, corporations, service clubs and other grant-making organizations;
  • Assesses third party fundraising activities and actively seeks out opportunities that are aligned with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s objectives.

Strategic Planning

  • Establishes and implements organizational goals and outcomes in the region in accordance with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s strategic plan and identifies the required resources to achieve the goals;
  • Directs the staff’s implementation of the strategic plan and any business policy;
  • Communicates with key stakeholders to identify the changing needs and conditions in the communities within their region;
  • Collaborates with the senior management team on strategic initiatives, as well as the implementation of key deliverables and day to day operations.

Staff Leadership

  • Provides leadership to staff distributed throughout the region through support and coaching, leading to high motivation and strong performance;
  • In consultation with the National Director, Community Engagement and the Manager, Human Resources, recruits, hires, supervises, evaluates and releases all staff within the region;
  • Encourages team building by facilitating open communication and positive working relationships with staff.

Planning, Budgeting, Financial Administration and Policy Compliance

  • Works with the National Director, Community Engagement and the VP, Finance and Administration to develop and implement an annual regional business plan in alignment with overall strategic plan;
  • In conjunction with annual fundraising plan development, creates the regional budget annually, and assists Chapters to complete their regional budgets; ensures compliance with approved budgets and proposes revisions as necessary;
  • Reviews monthly financial statements for accuracy and undertakes analysis of the results to ensure that the region stays within budget; implements appropriate actions to ensure strong fundraising results and / or reduction in expenditures as needed.

Volunteer Engagement and Services

  • Oversees their staff to recruit, motivate, train and support volunteers through chapter development workshops across the region and through everyday interactions;
  • Coaches and assists staff in the assistance and encouragement of Chapters, Chapters in Development, and Affiliates to help them reach their objectives as outlined in the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada chapter standards;
  • Ensures Crohn’s and Colitis Canada chapter standards are monitored by staff and applied in the region.

Education/Awareness and Communications

  • Works with staff to develop strategies to stage education seminars within the region and liaises with appropriate agencies to maximize opportunities;
  • Works with Marketing and Communications team to increase public awareness;
  • Issues local media releases and proclamations, as appropriate, and carries out activities during November Awareness month;
  • Builds and maintains relationships with regional research scientists and other key healthcare professionals;
  • In accordance with overall Crohn’s and Colitis Canada policies and guidelines, acts as liaison to government officials and the medical community in their region in coordination with National Office personnel.


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 "Regional Director - Ontario" 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.