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Easter Seals Ontario

Community Engagement Officer

Posted On: September 8, 2022
Closing On: October 23, 2022

Location: Toronto
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: 50,000-60,000

Have you enjoyed success in raising funds for a worthy cause? Are you a strong relationship builder who relishes the opportunity to meet new people? Do you enjoy seeing the positive impact of the work you do?  If you answered YES, you may be our next Community Engagement Officer.


About Easter Seals Ontario

Easter Seals Ontario is a registered charitable organization that helps children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Since 1922, with the help of our generous donors, Easter Seals Ontario has been offering programs and services that enable kids to experience greater independence and focus on what they can do rather than on their limitations. We assist families with the purchase of essential mobility and accessibility equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, porch lifts and ramps, as well as toileting aids and bathing equipment. We are also an industry leader in providing fully accessible summer camp programs at our two camps, Camp Woodeden in London and Camp Merrywood in Perth. In addition, Easter Seals Ontario offers access to special education and other information resources for parents and public education and awareness on disability issues.


What’s it like to work at Easter Seals Ontario?

It’s challenging, stimulating, and hugely rewarding. Our positions offer tremendous diversity and excellent opportunities for professional growth, focusing on our Core Values by being bold, working stronger together, by being a champion to help make a difference. Together, we are helping kids BE KIDS!


We get excited about creating positive change for the kids and families we serve and feel like we have done our job when a community comes together with pride to achieve these incredible outcomes.


Position Overview:

The Community Engagement Officer plays a key role in the strategic planning and execution of major fundraising events. Working collaboratively as a member of the Toronto GTA Philanthropy team, this position will support and build networks of committed volunteers, donors, sponsors and vendors who will help drive fundraising initiatives and create a positive image of Easter Seals within the GTA area.


Key Priorities for the Role:

  • Strategic oversight and logistics support of fundraising events
  • Identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of relationships including sponsors, participants, donors, vendors, and volunteers
  • Making genuine and authentic connections with people connecting them to our purpose while providing them personal care and attention
  • Contributing to Easter Seals Ontario’s culture by understanding and supporting our Mission and Vision, and actively demonstrating our Values
  • Support relationships including volunteer recruitment/scheduling
  • Coordinate all aspects of event logistics, sponsorship generation, participant registration and volunteer support for existing event portfolio
  • Build and strengthen relationships with multiple audiences including donors, volunteers, community partners, media, and families
  • Help identify opportunities to grow financial support for Easter Seals Programs


Major Responsibilities Include but are not limited to:

  • On-site event management including, but not limited to move-in/out, staging, staff and volunteer coordination, auction, and display set-up/tear down etc.
  • Execute, manage, and evaluate event timelines, critical paths, production, and processes to meet budgeted fundraising goals
  • Securing new sponsorships with local businesses, including the ability to prospect for new sponsors, creating sponsorship materials and proposals
  • In collaboration with the Manager of Community Engagement and the Director of Philanthropy conduct critical financial evaluations of events (including return on investment, growth forecasting and revenue evaluation)
  • With support of the Philanthropic team, identify multi-year sponsorship opportunities and major giving prospects
  • Negotiation of services with vendors and suppliers to meet event requirements.
  • Monitoring and tracking constituent data, and event revenue and expenses to ensure alignment with approved event budgets through E2RM and RE
  • Management, include succession planning, and collaboration with event committee members
  • Supporting pre and post preparation for event committee meetings including taking meeting minutes and committee follow-up
  • Conducting research to assess a community’s needs and understand the role Easter Seals Ontario will play to support these needs
  • Liaising with staff across the organization, Easter Seals Ontario volunteers at events, as well as external vendors and suppliers
  • Ensure appropriate and representative stewardship and recognition opportunities for sponsors, donors, and volunteers
  • Other related responsibilities, as assigned

Required Experience & Education

  • University degree or community college diploma in a related field or equivalent background in fundraising.
  • Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) designation is preferred
  • Minimum 4+ years experience in fundraising, events planning and and volunteer coordination would be an asset
  • Experience in the non-profit or charitable sector considered an asset
  • Experience with event planning and media relations considered an asset
  • Experience working with Raiser’s Edge database an asset

Required Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail (specifically timelines and data management)
  • A genuine and authentic connection with people and our purpose, with the natural ability to make others feel your personal care and attention for them
  • Demonstrated ability to be a collaborative team player, establishing and maintaining positive working relationships, both internally and externally
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and with flexibility, to respond to rapidly shifting priorities
  • A strong commitment to support Easter Seals children and families, and the creativity and resilience to adapt to changing market conditions

Hours of Work & Working Conditions

  • Flexibility Schedule (occasional weekend and evening work required)
  • Valid Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle/travel will be required
  • Proof of Full Covid-19 Vaccination is required
  • Successful completion of a Police Background check

For consideration, please submit your resume to Human Resources to Please attach your cover letter (including salary expectations) and resume as one document and reference “COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OFFICIER” clearly in the subject heading.


Easter Seals Ontario sincerely thanks all applicants for their interest in advance however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Note: The position will remain open until filled and rolling interviews will be conducted as soon as qualified applications are received. No phone calls please.


Easter Seals Ontario is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from equity seeking groups. Candidates with be provided with an overview of the various elements of the selection process, such as tests, skills demonstrations, etc. Easter Seals Ontario is committed to providing reasonable accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.