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Kids Help Phone

Senior Development Officer, Partnerships Events

Posted On: June 12, 2024
Closing On: June 27, 2024

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $71,800 - $97,300

Job Description 

Position Title: Senior Development Officer, Partnerships Events
Department: Department of Advancement
Reports To: Advancement Director, Community Events & Partnership Experience
Salary Range: $71,800 – $97,300
Job Type: Full Time, Hybrid, 2-3 days in Office
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Job Posting Close Date: June 26, 2024
Hi there,We’re so glad you found us.

It is an exciting time at Kids Help Phone. We are on a transformational journey, one that will reshape the landscape of youth mental health in Canada.

In March of last year, we launched Feel Out Loud, a historic, national movement anchored by a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $300 million by the end of 2024 to reach young people in every corner of Canada with expanded access to e-mental health services.

We’re adding to our innovative fundraising team who will help fuel this mission. If the thought of making a positive impact on the mental health of young people in Canada inspires you, this could be for you.

First, here’s a bit about our story: 

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only free, 24/7 service offering professional counselling, information, referrals, and texting support for young people in both English and French. We provide life-changing support to youth millions of times each year

We began in 1989 as a unique telephone counselling service, and for nearly 35 years, we’ve evolved our response and innovated our offerings and technology to stay relevant to youth, recognizing the complexity of issues they face.

Today, Kids Help Phone has become more essential than ever before. So has our goal of transforming to meet the needs of young people in Canada. As a part of our strategic objective of maximizing access, we’re committed now more than ever to reaching more people in every corner of Canada.

Do you want to join our journey and make a meaningful impact?

Unlock your potential. Carve out a career as unique as yourself. Grow with us.

The Opportunity  In partnership with the Advancement Director, Community Events & Partnership Experience, KHP is seeking a Senior Development Officer (SDO) to join our team and drive fundraising events in Ontario.

The SDO will be responsible for the development and implementation of peer-to-peer events, partnership and third party events, and community fundraising, including activities related to corporate development. Events include Night to Nurture Gala, Kids Help Phone Golf Classic, and BMO Walk so Kids Can Talk.

The successful candidate will be an established fundraising professional, with diversified experience in events, sponsorship, and corporate partnerships. They will be a strong relationship builder with fundraising knowledge of the Ontario market.

They will be self-driven, independent and demonstrate excellent communication skills with both internal and external parties. They will work with senior executives and volunteers, and will be familiar with best-in-class volunteer management strategies.

The SDO, Partnership Events will join a dedicated team of 5 fundraising professionals – located in Toronto – including one direct report – as part of a 30 person Advancement Department.

What you’ll contribute:

As a strategic partner of the Advancement Director and in partnership with the department of Advancement, the SDO will:

  • Implement a fundraising event strategy that meets the objectives of sustaining and expanding existing event revenue sources. The plan includes budgets and stewardship of our signature event, BMO Walk so Kids Can Talk, third party events in Ontario, as well as two major partnership events, The Night to Nurture Gala and the Nestle Golf Classic.
  • In collaboration with the Advancement Director, lead portions of the development of annual and long-term community fundraising, event, corporate development plans, including an annual budget for these revenue streams in the context of organizational objectives.
  • Seek out local corporate prospects and strategic partners for the development of initiatives to create fundraising activities and increase revenue to generate awareness/visibility for Kids Help Phone through events, promotions, workplace giving, sponsorships, employee engagement, cause marketing, gifts in kind and leads for major gifts etc.
  • Identify opportunities for revenue potential and pipeline development within the community fundraising strategy.
  • Manage related volunteer event committees to ensure success.
  • Manage and support Kids Help Phone volunteer-led and/or organization-led events, and support community-based third party events by ensuring proper processes and guidelines are followed.
  • and/or arrange for and support an appropriate spokesperson for events/ corporate presentations.
  • Manage annual expense budgets for assigned projects and events.
  • Oversee the Development Officer, Partnership Events, in the planning of events and committee management; support of community volunteers, and corporate partners in all planning, fundraising initiatives and other opportunities.
  • Ensure all community-facing and fundraising activities are entered into the Raiser’s Edge database in a timely manner.
  • Working with administrative team members to follow all cash management, receipting and accounting procedures.
  • Work with corporate partners; identify leadership and other volunteers to support community events and fundraising.
  • Works with Advancement colleagues on the development of internal communications, briefing notes, research profiles, gift agreements, stewardship reports, and accountability reports.
  • Develops and maintains an in-depth knowledge of Funding Priorities and applies this knowledge in matching the interests and needs of prospects.
  • Promotes a culture of inclusion, with a commitment to the equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion initiatives designed to foster an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming work environment for individuals with diverse backgrounds and identities.

What You’ll Need:

  • University or college degree in fundraising or related experience in events, fundraising, or business development.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive Special Events or Fund Development  experience, with demonstrated success in soliciting Sponsorship.
  • Advanced skills in MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), SharePoint, Raiser’s Edge or related fundraising database system.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with donors and prospect pipelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and motivate teams of volunteers.
  • Track record of great fundraising results.
  • Excellence in written and oral communication and ability to communicate key organizational messages to influence others for fundraising purposes.
  • Experience in engaging corporate partners and their employees in revenue development activities, initiating, supporting and strengthening alliances.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including public presentations.
  • Meticulous attention to detail to proofread and edit documents.
  • Demonstrated tact, diplomacy, and interpersonal skills to liaise with senior management, staff, and donors.
  • Strong organizational skills to determine work priorities and manage multiple projects in a fast paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build and maintain positive working relationships and work in a team-based environment.
  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel within Ontario.
  • Ability to transport items weighing up to 50lbs to the event site and work outdoor events.
  • Fluency in French considered a strong asset.

Why Kids Help Phone?

  • Meaningful opportunities to make an impact.
  • Modern, collaborative space and an environment where you are valued and appreciated.
  • Employee Wellness programs.
  • Extensive medical, dental and optical coverage.
  • Work/life balance and flexibility.
  • We take great pride in our first-class team and culture. Open-door approach at all levels.
  • Rapidly growing organization with a focus on continuous innovation.
  • Real-time coaching and feedback, growth opportunities, and a supportive and collaborative team.

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you may be asked to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role and the overall business objectives of Kids Help Phone.

Don’t meet every single qualification and requirement? Studies have shown that women and racialized people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Kids Help Phone, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles that Kids Help Phone is recruiting for.

Applications for this position will close at 11:59pm on the job posting close date listed on the job posting. Submissions received after this time may not be considered

To learn more about Feel Out Loud: the largest youth mental health movement in Canadian history: 

  • What I Wouldn’t Do (North Star Calling) – a star-studded anthem and video created by over 50 Canadian artists who united across the country to form the musical collective Artists for Feel Out Loud, with the sole purpose of amplifying the conversation around mental health and empowering young people to feel out loud.

Join us!  

Visit our careers page and apply now!

For more information about Kids Help Phone, please visit our website: Accredited member, Imagine Canada Standards Program.


  • Hybrid Work Model                             Health care
  • Life insurance                                      Vision care
  • Wellness Program                              Pension Plan
  • Flex Time                                            Dental care
  • Life Insurance                                     Emergency Travel Assistance
  • Accidental Death Insurance
 The Small Print: Accommodation Statement:

Kids Help Phone welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities, as such reasonable accommodations are available upon request from a candidate with a disability, thus ensuring you can take part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process. If, as a qualified job applicant, you make an accommodation request, we will consult with you and provide reasonable accommodation according to your accessibility needs. If you wish to make a request, please provide a cover letter when applying for this position.

The successful candidate to this role may be asked to complete a background screen, which may include criminal, credit, employment, educational checks and/or COVID 19 vaccination checks. All offers of employment are conditional on the receipt of satisfactory results of any applicable check.

Statement on Inclusion Diversity Equity Accessibility (I.D.E.A.): 

Kids Help Phone provides services in one of the most diverse countries in the world. The diversity of our communities takes many forms. It includes differences related, amongst others to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, gender expression and presentation, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, and socioeconomic status. We see diversity as an asset to our organization and communities and strive to be reflective of the communities that we serve. We commit ourselves to promoting better understanding and appreciation of our human diversity; a commitment which is best realized through our individual and collective effort.

We are professionally and personally committed to celebrating the rich diversity, equity and inclusion of people who work in our company, to those who live in our communities, and to those who access our services and resources. We believe that it is critical that our services empower freedom of thought and opinion in an environment of mutual respect. All our activities and interactions are enriched by accepting each other as we are and by celebrating our uniqueness as well as our commonality. We are guided by the principle that celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion enriches and empowers the lives of all people.

Message to Agencies:

Kids Help Phone does not accept unsolicited telephone calls, referrals or resumes from any source other than directly from candidates. Kids Help Phone will not consider unsolicited telephone calls, referrals and/or resumes from vendors including and without limitation, search firms, staffing agencies, fee-based referral services and recruiting agencies. The submission of referrals or resumes by anyone other than a candidate directly to Kids Help Phone is not welcome. Unsolicited referrals and resumes sent to Kids Help Phone will be deemed gratuitous, and Kids Help Phone will not be obligated or bound in any way to pay a referral or any other fee if a person referred to us from a source other than a direct candidate is subsequently hired.