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Pathways to Education Canada

Director, Fundraising Operations


Posted On: March 10, 2023
Closing On: March 24, 2023

Location: Toronto (Hybrid)
Effective: Immediately
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $105,000-$115,000


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Director, Fundraising Operations, Pathways to Education Canada

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

Reporting directly to the Vice President & Chief Development Officer the Director, Fundraising Operations plays a key role in strategy development, prospect and donor data management and the oversight of key metrics, and goals. The Director, Fundraising Operations provides strategic and informed counsel to the Vice President & Chief Development Officer (VP&CDO) based on the analysis of financial results, assessment of donor giving trends and measurement of Resource Development fundraising activity. The role drives donor activity by setting appropriate departmental goals and monitoring staff activity against departmental KPO’s. They will be joining at an exciting time with the development of a new fundraising plan that accompanies the outcomes articulated in a newly approved strategic plan.

The Director has both an internal and external “client service” philosophy and focus. They provide leadership, direction, and support to fundraising colleagues as well as coworkers across the organization.

What You’ll Do

  • Develop and communicate the annual operational plan (revenue, budget, activities) for resource development department, in collaboration with the VP & Chief Development Officer and in partnership with the finance department.
  • Co-create and monitor performance goals and metrics for the department related to revenue and activity.
  • Monitor the progress of RD staff team activities against departmental Key Performance Objectives (KPOs), initiating and identify trends, risks and opportunities.
  • Forecast and analyze revenue against goal to support strategic decision making
  • Oversee the donations acceptance process including maintenance of donation records and the processing of all contributions and official receipts for income tax purposes.
  • Oversee the prospect management systems including prospect research, relationship management and prospect identification.
  • Acts as a representative for Resource Development and collaborates with other departments, specifically (but not limited to) finance, business intelligence, human resources, and the project management office; ensuring the flow of information to fulfil strategy and key performance objectives.

What You Bring

  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience, of which 5 years should be in a complex fundraising environment, specifically major giving; with campaign experience an asset.
  • The ability to collect, analyze, interpret, and evaluate information, identifying insights and key trends.
  • Strong strategic thinking skills and ability to make recommendations within the context of a strategic plan.
  • Diplomatic and comfortable negotiating deadlines and deliverables with internal staff
  • Ability to communicate with and influence stakeholders at various levels throughout the organization.
  • Curious, innovative and learner mindset.
  • High degree of comfort and aptitude with technology.
  • Advanced knowledge in Raiser’s Edge NXT, and solid understanding of Power Automate and Power BI.

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 ‘Director, Fundraising Operations’ to talent@pathwayscanada.ca. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on March 24, 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 to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process.

Pathways is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its staff, visitors, and community partners. Accordingly, to be considered for employment with Pathways, candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in accordance with provincial guidelines, and provide proof of such vaccination at any time during the recruitment process as required by Pathways, subject to accommodations necessary pursuant to the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, the Human Rights Code, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Pathways will comply with all applicable privacy legislation.