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Pathways to Education Canada

Development Officer, Corporate Activation and Stewardship


Posted On: April 28, 2023
Closing On: May 15, 2023

Location: Toronto, Ontario (Hybrid)
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $55,500 - $65,750


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We’re looking for someone who can change the paradigm for Canadian youth living in poverty. Someone who enjoys building partnerships, making an impact, and working with energetic, high-performing teams. Is that you?

Pathways to Education is a national, charitable organization breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Its award-winning program is creating positive social change by supporting youth living in low-income communities to overcome barriers to education, graduate from high school, and build the foundation for a successful future. Through the collective power of partnerships, Pathways to Education’s innovative program is preparing youth for tomorrow.

The Opportunity

As a key member of the Resource Development department’s Corporate Philanthropy team, you will help raise Pathways Canada’s profile with corporate partners and contribute to the fundraising efforts that enable the delivery of the Pathways Program to thousands of students across the country. Reporting to the Director, Corporate Philanthropy, you will be involved in the development and execution of best-in-class corporate partnerships by building strong and impactful relationships with corporations and supporting the alignment of corporate community investment objectives with Pathways’ mission.

As the successful candidate, you are an experienced relationship manager and partnership-builder with strong communication skills. You enjoy collaborating with your colleagues and leveraging internal expertise to develop, maintain, and enhance positive relationships with Pathways’ corporate partners. You are a creative thinker with demonstrated success in building and stewarding corporate partnerships up to the six-figure funding level, and are passionate about achieving fundraising goals to create positive social impact for young people across Canada.

What You’ll Do

  • Collaborate with departments and teams across Pathways Canada to identify and execute opportunities to build and enhance partnerships through marketing and communications, engagements, events, thought leadership, and other organizational initiatives.
  • Support the Corporate Philanthropy team with the cultivation of new corporate funders by developing and delivering productive donor meetings, presentations, and resources that align corporate funder interests and objectives with the Pathways mission and existing partnership benefits.
  • Contribute to the strategic development of enhanced cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship opportunities and processes for the Corporate Philanthropy team, leading to exceptional partnership development and delivery.
  • Lead the seamless administration of corporate donor commitments, including drafting gift agreements and ensuring timely gift processing.
  • Execute gift agreement commitments and facilitate donor requests, including communications and marketing initiatives, events and presentations, alumni internship and employment postings, employee giving campaigns, cause-related marketing promotions, and other deliverables.
  • Act as team lead for corporate activation, recognition, and benefits related to Pathways event sponsorships, including Grad Ball, Pathways’ annual fundraiser.

What You Bring

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with the capacity to communicate confidently with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Experience in fundraising, stewardship, or a related area (e.g., corporate social responsibility, cause marketing/sponsorships, corporate account management, or business development).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to provide information clearly, compellingly, and concisely.Ability to plan for future events, trends, problems, and opportunities, and develop creative solutions to support team success.
  • Ability to think strategically, work independently, meet deadlines, and manage competing priorities in a high-volume, results-oriented environment.
  • A positive outlook and a commitment to teamwork, contributing to a culture of professionalism, openness, and communication.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Bilingualism in French and English is considered an asset.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge/RENXT and/or Adobe InDesign is considered an asset.

What We Offer

  • An exciting opportunity to be part of a leading not-for-profit dedicated to excellence and impact.
  • A collaborative work environment with a culture of innovation.
  • Opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Generous vacation and health benefits package.
  • Group RRSP program.

To confidentially explore this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume with the subject line ‘Development Officer, Corporate Activation’ to talent@pathwayscanada.ca. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on May 15, 2023. Pathways Canada thanks all applicants for their interest. Due to volume, only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.

Pathways to Education Canada is committed to fostering a diverse work environment, one that is inclusive of different races, ethnic origin, citizenship, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ages, family status, disability status, and intersectional identities. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply and advise us of any accommodations or supports needed