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WaterAid Canada

Manager of Philanthropy

Posted On: February 20, 2024
Closing On: March 10, 2024

Location: Remote, Ottawa/Toronto preferred
Effective: April 2024
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $70,000 - $75,000

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Terms of Appointment:
  • Place of Work: 100% Remote. We support and enjoy a remote working environment. Preferably candidate should be based in Ottawa or Toronto, with consideration given to Western Canada candidates.
  • Contract Type: Permanent/Full-time
  • Reports to: Associate Director of Philanthropy
  • Travel: There may be some limited travel within Canada
 About WaterAid Canada:

WaterAid Canada is a dynamic non-profit organization, dedicated to transforming lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene, and sanitation in communities around the world. As part of the global WaterAid federation, we work tirelessly to create a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation. With a commitment to innovation and growth, we are seeking passionate individuals to join our team and contribute to our mission.

We celebrate, support, and encourage diversity and difference for the benefit of our employees, our mission, and the communities we serve.  WaterAid is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

WaterAid is committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of all individuals.

Job purpose

To fuel WaterAid’s global mission and programs, the Philanthropy Team drives WaterAid Canada’s efforts to increase impact through innovative, high-value partnerships with a diverse set of private, large family and corporate foundations, government, and HNWI individual donors.

As a member of the Philanthropy Team, the Manager of Philanthropy creates impact by raising income from high-net-worth individuals and foundations by identifying, cultivating, and securing gifts of $5,000+ and maximizing relationships that add value to WaterAid’s mission and strategy.

About the Role:
  • Research and identify potential funding opportunities aligned with WaterAid Canada’s mission and goals.
  • Cultivate, manage, and maximize existing relationships to align donors’ and philanthropic goals and broaden their philanthropic support.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with foundation representatives, grant-making entities, and high-net-worth individuals.
  • Lead the development of grant proposals, ensuring alignment with the organization’s strategic priorities.
  • Develop and manage a pipeline of potential high value relationships, annual and multi-year opportunities with a goal of $500,000 in revenue.
  • Ensure there is active moves management and sufficient lead generation to deliver against planned growth and income.
  • Engage in and ensure that opportunities conform to WaterAid’s Ethical Policy.
  • Using Raiser’s Edge / NXT, keep clear, accurate and timely records on our fundraising database of all prospecting and partnership conversations and use it to inform prospecting plans.
  • Maintain strong relationships across the WaterAid International Federation; support WaterAid International to maximize global fundraising initiatives; represent and advocate for WaterAid Canada priorities within global fundraising working groups.
  • Develop and deliver tailored and compelling proposals that keep WaterAid’s donor prospect journey outstanding and relevant.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams within WaterAid Canada, such as with Communications and Brand, International Programs, Finance, Advocacy and Policy, Annual Campaign lead, and Database.
  • Utilize data-driven insights to adjust strategies for optimal performance.
Essential Qualifications and skills
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience generating and closing donations of 4-6 figure gifts.
  • Proven experience in managing diverse portfolios and achieving fundraising targets.
  • Strong leadership, portfolio management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Donor-focused lens throughout fundraising cycle.
  • An understanding of the Canadian foundation sector.
  • Excellent communication skills and a proven ability to listen and engage with authenticity, as well as the ability to distil strategic or programmatic information to new audiences.
  • Confidence and ability to network and represent WaterAid.
  • Knowledge of the international development sector an asset.
  • Proven track record of building and managing meaningful relationships with foundations and high-net-worth individuals.
  • Collaborative working style to create innovative and strategic propositions and work positively in a team environment, towards shared goals.
  • Proven ability to exercise discretion and sound judgement to maintain confidentiality; commitment to upholding honest & ethical practices to ensure the safeguarding of people and organizational assets.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel) as well as a CRM (Raisers Edge / NXT);
  • Ability to travel domestically and potential for rare international travel.
  • Flexibility to work across time zones, with varied work hours, and maintain a healthy work/ life balance with supports in place.
How to Apply:

Please apply directly through WaterAid’s career portal Manager of Philanthropy in Canada at WaterAid with your CV and a cover letter in one document, in either Word Document or PDF format

Our People Promise

We will work with passion and focus to ensure safe and sustainable water, toilets and hygiene are available to everyone, everywhere. WaterAid is a place of purpose – where people have a real commitment and shared responsibility for the impact we have.  We are a global community with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, motivated by inspiring, stimulating work. We are determined to put the wellbeing of our people first, to be a place where people feel safe and able to contribute their voice and truly live our values.

Equal opportunities

We are an equal opportunity, disability-confident employer and are dedicated to achieving the highest standards of diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs, traditions and ways of life. This includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or social origin, health status, and economic or social situation.


We are also committed to protecting everyone we come into contact with. We have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of power, privilege or trust across our global work, and any form of inappropriate behaviour, discrimination, abuse, bullying, harassment, or exploitation. Safeguarding the people and communities we work with, our staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks (which can include counterterrorism, safeguarding and criminal records checks).