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National Manager, Partnerships and Foundation Giving

Posted On: January 30, 2023
Closing On: February 28, 2023

Location: Remote
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $75,000 - $80,000

National Manager, Partnerships and Foundation Giving


JDRF is the largest non-profit organization in the world that is exclusively focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D). At JDRF, we realize that a cure is not just a destination but a journey. Our goal is to progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people’s lives and funding research into cures is our #1 priority. While we wait for cures, we also fund ground-breaking research that seeks to improve the lives of people with T1D.

In January 2021, JDRF Canada launched its $100M Campaign to Accelerate, a bold fundraising initiative that aims to transform our approach to T1D research, redesigning it for speed and maximizing our impact. It will move us beyond insulin and accelerate towards cures. At the half-way point, this is an exciting time to join JDRF as the Campaign will rally volunteers from coast to coast to help us raise $100 million to bring innovative and life-changing therapies to patients and families faster, and to ensure that Canadians living with T1D have greater access to lifesaving technology and mental health supports that help more people thrive.

We’re looking to hire a new team member to fill the role National Manager, Partnerships and Foundation Giving. In this role, you would be responsible for a comprehensive partnerships and foundation giving program. Working collaboratively across the organization, you would support regional development staff on Partnership and Foundation Giving fundraising while leading the fundraising efforts for both programs.


Does the above resonate with you? As the National Manager, Partnerships and Foundation Giving, you would have the opportunity to make an impact by:

  • Managing and growing a portfolio of strategic foundation partnerships, including prospect identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Maintaining a centralized application schedule and coordinating deadlines with proposal development, feeding into the Leadership Giving and Corporate Partnership teams’ prospect pipeline
  • Working with regional development staff across the country, deliver application support for local foundation grants and corporate applications by aiding staff in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding foundation and corporate donors
  • Developing a partnerships prospect list including but not limited to not-for-profit, government and other partnerships partners, including the pipeline strategy
  • Supporting the solicitation and engagement of potential partnerships; tracking and reporting on partnership acquisition initiatives, including the creation of follow-up plans for respondents, helping to identify warm leads, tracking responses, and coordinating communication with confirmed and prospective partners
  • Managing the activation and implementation of partnerships, including stewardship strategies that complement JDRF’s stewardship matrix
  • Developing overall business plan and timelines for Partnerships and Foundation Giving and developing strategies to ensure goals are achieved
  • Maintaining a comprehensive understanding of JDRF’s mission and research strategy

Does this sound like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? If you have the following qualifications, we’d love to hear from you!

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree or related equivalent combined with a minimum of five (5) years related Development/Advancement experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in foundation support within higher education and/or patient care and research sectors
  • Proven experience writing, revising, and editing grant proposals
  • Demonstrated success in strategic proposal development and donor solicitation, gift closure and stewardship
  • Superior verbal communication, writing, editing, listening, research and presentation skills with the ability to communicate easily and comfortably in professional foundation and corporate environments
  • Strong comprehension of knowledge translation related to research
  • Knowledge of legislation, regulations, legal and ethical standards/requirements relevant to the profession
  • Ability to identify leadership giving opportunities and quickly assess interest, capacity and connection
  • Ability to articulate the mission and goals of JDRF to the community at large
  • Knowledge of autoimmune disease and the Canadian health research landscape is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting the development and implementation of strategic partnerships, including in developing Memorandum of Understandings
  • Strong strategic and operational skills, with the ability to work together with other staff, volunteers, and partner organizations across Canada to achieve success
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to manage key relationships with donors, partners, staff, and volunteers
  • Resourceful and organized; able to manage competing priorities, complex situations, and deadlines
  • Proven ability to influence with integrity and to work independently
  • High level of technical literacy in the Microsoft suite of software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Bilingualism (English/French) is an asset.


Location Preference: Flexible within Canada – We are a remote-first organization so the incumbent in this role will work remotely from a home office. Any employees located in the Greater Toronto Area may have access to an office space in Toronto for hybrid-work options if preferred.







Why choose JDRF?

At JDRF, we foster innovation and strive to think differently while working towards our mission in a collaborative, dynamic and positive work environment.  Each day, we live our core values of Respect, Understanding and Integrity; Perseverance; Collaboration; Risk Taking and Entrepreneurship; and Efficiency, Effectiveness and Accountability. We prioritize growing our talent from within and strive to provide development opportunities to our team. We also offer a competitive compensation package including (employer paid) group benefits, group RRSP matching program, paid annual vacation, professional development opportunities and flexible working arrangements.



Ready to apply? Please submit your application online today!




JDRF strives to foster a workplace that reflects the diversity of the community it serves and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. JDRF is also committed to developing an inclusive, barrier-free selection process and work environment. Please advise if you require any accommodation measures to ensure you will be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation requests will be treated with confidentiality.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Mandatory vaccination policy: We require all JDRF employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The health, safety and well-being of our employees, volunteers, visitors, donors and event participants is our top priority. Throughout the pandemic, we have made adjustments to our health and safety guidelines, protocols and policies along the way based on the evolution of COVID-19 as well as public health guidelines, regional conditions and science-based evidence. Vaccinations, combined with other health measures remain the best way for everyone to help protect our staff, volunteers, donors and T1D community