Posted On: 2021-03-19
Closing On: 2021-04-20
Location: 755 Oakdale Road, North York, ON, M3N1W7
Effective: Mid to late May
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Success Beyond Limits - Fund Development Manager

Young people growing up and attending school in the Jane & Finch community are facing barriers produced by the social, structural, political and historical conditions that have developed over the past four decades.

Success Beyond Limits is a grassroots organization which responds to the needs of youth in the Jane & Finch community by identifying the obstacles placed in their path; designing interventions to help students manage and overcome these obstacles; having young people be part of the decision-making process; and staying laser-focused on ensuring the academic and personal success of all the community’s youth.

Our Vision 

A collaborative, youth-led, community-based movement that provides youth with holistic supports to complete their education and experience success in their lives.

Our Mission 

To improve educational outcomes, expand possibilities, and support youth in the Jane & Finch community along their individual paths to success.

Our Core Values

Youth-led: Everything we do aspires to and is designed for establishing youth ownership of SBL by engaging and responding to the voices of youth. Youth are involved in our governance, as well as planning, adjusting, and delivering programming.

Collaborative: The common ground of success in education for our youth is where we meet with individuals, organizations, agencies, institutions and movements.

Community Based: Our focus, mandate and staffing are community-based, community-focused, and community-empowered.

Flexible: All programming maintains flexibility in order to respond to amplify the voice of youth and respond to their evolving needs.

Success Beyond Limits recognizes that there are multiple systems at work which negatively impact the most vulnerable students in the school environment. For this reason, SBL:

  • Opens avenues of learning to narrow the persistent opportunity gap in our community
  • Harnesses the neglected or overlooked talents of middle and high school students
  • Uses a unique mentorship approach firmly grounded in community knowledge to support and train senior students who have shared life experiences with their mentees.

Success Beyond Limits is constantly looking to: build our capacity; make our existing programs more sustainable; meet the identified needs of our students; and broaden our impact.

To strengthen the financial base of the organization which will enable us to advance this work, SBL requires the services of a Fund Development Manager who will help us to grow the investment we need for our existing programming and build our capacity and sustainability.

As an organization, SBL has been successful in part because of our shared leadership model where staff work collaboratively - from delivering programming to ensuring we have the necessary funds to operate. This expectation would apply equally to the Fund Development Manager.


Position Description

Reporting to the Co-Executive Director (Operations), the Fund Development Manager will have primary responsibility for Fund Development and will also assist in addressing Communications related issues.

Fund Development

  • In consultation with the Co-Executive Director (Operations) and oversight from the Fund Development Committee (FDC), prepare proposals and submit applications in response to funding requests from foundations, corporate entities, and provincial and/or federal government agencies
  • In collaboration with the FD Cte, devise and implement a fundraising plan and timetable when it is deemed appropriate to do so
  • Oversee a process of donor identification (through research), tracking and profiling development and make solicitation calls, with volunteers where necessary
  • Research and propose to the Fund Development Committee a donor management platform best suited to the organization and oversee its procurement and deployment
  • Keep records of all interactions between prospective donors and volunteers and enter key information into database based on predetermined criteria
  • Create written communications such as web content and reports related to Fund Development
  • Prepare weekly FD status reports & ensure action items are followed up by person(s) responsible
  • Provide staff and volunteers with the necessary communications materials related to donor engagement
  • Provide notetaking for FD Cte meetings and ensure follow up on action items


Skills & Education

  • Minimum 3 years of fundraising experience, preferred
  • University degree, college diploma and/or post-diploma in fundraising, marketing & communications or event management or related program, preferred
  • CFRE designation is an asset but not required
  • Familiarity with the impacts which the public education system has on high needs urban communities, like the Jane & Finch neighbourhood and, the broader issues and challenges faced by youth living in these communities, is desirable
  • Experience with donor databases and/or contact management software is essential
  • Strong Communications (written and oral) in English is required
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office is required
  • Experience with website management is an asset

Other considerations

  • Flexible hours and ability to work remotely
  • Some travel may be required. Access to a vehicle is an asset 

Full time position – 35 hours per week

  • Salary Range: $60k - $70k per year
  • Placement on the salary scale to be determined by an assessment of the successful candidate’s qualifications and work experience

Submission process:

Letter of Interest accompanied by an updated resume may be submitted to:

Tesfai Mengesha, Co-Executive Director, Operations:

Regrettably, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Application deadline: Tuesday, April 20, 2021.