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Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre

Director of Fund Development & Communications

Posted On: December 7, 2023
Closing On: January 21, 2024

Location: Toronto
Effective: As soon as possible
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: 100,000 - $115,000

Land Acknowledgment

Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (Boost CYAC) is situated on the traditional territories of the Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, who have been the traditional caretakers of this land for thousands of years. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and Peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect. We are grateful to share this land as treaty people who learn, work, and live in the community with each other.

Organizational Overview

Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (Boost CYAC) is a registered charity that provides a range of services to children, youth and families, who have experienced abuse or violence, with offices in Toronto, Barrie and Peterborough. We provide individual, group, family and community services that include trauma assessment, counselling, and therapy, advocacy and support services during child abuse investigations, court support and accompaniment services and abuse and violence prevention materials and trainings. Boost CYAC is accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, an independent non-profit organization that offers accreditation specifically tailored to community-based health and social services across Canada.

Position Overview

Reporting to the President & CEO, Boost CYAC is seeking a permanent full time Director of Fund Development and Communications, to oversee the development, management and implementation of Boost CYAC’s fundraising, donor relations and communications plan.


Fund Development

  • Development and implementation of a multi-year fundraising strategy including major gifts, annual giving and other strategies and an implementation plan to grow annual fundraising.
  • Work closely with co-chairs of the Boost CYAC Fundraising Advisory Board to develop and implement funding raising events.
  • Engage, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio primarily consisting of individual prospect donors through events.
  • Engage with, and professionally support, senior staff and volunteers in major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.
  • Develop annual fundraising plan; forecast and track annual department budget; drive best practices for pipeline prospecting, management, reporting and tracking for major gifts.
  • Lead the planning and implementation of Boost CYAC’s prestigious Butterfly Ball; peer-to-peer fundraising such as the Toronto Polar Bear Dip, marathons/walk-a-thons, EchoAge; and other third party events.
  • Maintain accurate, professional records, actions and reports and oversee administration of donor management databases. Experience using Donor Perfect is considered an asset.
  • Manage charity profiles with donor directed funds, such as Benevity, Gift Funds, Benefaction, Canada Helps.


  • Develop and oversee the implementation of Boost CYAC’s communications strategy and builds support for the organization’s brand, mission, vision and values.
  • Supervise junior communication staff and work collaboratively to:
    • develop broad communications on behalf of Boost CYAC and internal partners;
    • prepare compelling and strategic major gift materials including cases for support, briefing documents, grant proposals and stewardship activities;
    • develop content for social media posts/designs and management of content calendar;
    • manage, design and edit content on the Boost CYAC and the National CAC/CYAC websites; and
    • organize and track communications outreach including proactive and reactive media requests.


  • Participate actively as a member of the Leadership Team, collaborate with Board of Directors, Co-chair Board sub-committees for revenue generation, communications and government relations.
  • Work proactively to build a culture of philanthropy and forge strong commitments and ties to the community, building awareness of the position and its role within the organization.
  • Build and enhance the processes and practices necessary for best practice fundraising and communications within the organization.
  • Contribute to ongoing development, evaluations, accreditation requirements and quality improvements within the department and organization
  • Support a workplace that embraces diversity and inclusion, encourages teamwork and complies with all the applicable regulatory and legislative requirements.


  • A Bachelor’s level degree in Business, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations and Nonprofit Management or equivalent combination of education and experience. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) professional designation (or in progress) required.
  • Minimum of five (5) years senior management experience in fund development with a proven track record of working with senior executives, Board members and volunteers, soliciting and closing major gifts private donors and investors, businesses and corporations at the five figure level and above.
  • High-energy, results-oriented, process driven professional with proven experience leading a team and a broad understanding of the Child & Youth Advocacy Model and fundraising and communication needs associated with children mental health and trauma services.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relational skills, and demonstrated ability to work with donors, funders, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors, ideally in a non-for-profit setting.
  • A professional presence and capability to exercise independent judgement, initiative and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and experience applying anti-oppressive practices in the workplace.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, work proactively, manage competing priorities and demonstrate effective follow through in a complex environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster effective and responsive communication with donors and cultivate and build lasting donor relationships.
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office software, demonstrated knowledge of Donor Perfect, Gift tools, Constant Contact, Adobe Pro, and WordPress (Divi).
  • Awareness of Canada Revenue Agency guidelines and the Federal Income Tax Act regarding charitable donations and sponsorship.
  • Excellent organization, planning and time management skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to write effectively and persuasively.
  • Maintain a high degree of motivation and strong work ethic consistent with the employment philosophy of Boost CYAC.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends when required.
  • Satisfactory clearance under the Vulnerable Sector Screening process.

Additional Information


  • 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 201, Toronto ON M4P 3B7

Work Schedule

  • Monday to Friday, thirty-five (35) hours per week
  • Weekly evening shift required
  • Flexible working hours
  • Hybrid working model with the opportunity to work from home up to two (2) days per week


  • Extended Health and Benefits
  • RRSP, with guaranteed and matching components
  • Health Spending Account
  • Employee & Family Assistance Program
  • Three (3) weeks paid vacation, sick leave, and personal obligation days

Boost CYAC is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the populations we serve. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals including applicants from all cultures, racialized communities, abilities, diverse sexual and gender identities and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Boost CYAC is committed to providing accommodation in all aspects of the recruitment and hiring process under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  The Manager of Human Resources will work with applicants to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation at any stage of the recruitment and hiring process.

We thank all applicants for their submission; only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.