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Water First Education and Training Inc.

Senior Manager, Development

Posted On: March 1, 2023
Closing On: April 15, 2023

Location: Remote
Effective: As soon as the role is filled
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $75,000 - $95,000

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Are you looking for a place where you can help people, do meaningful work, and grow as part of a positive, collaborative team? Are you creative, enthusiastic, and great at building meaningful relationships? Join Water First, a passionate and growing organization working to support sustainable access to safe, clean water in Indigenous communities.

Water First is a Canadian charity that partners with Indigenous communities across Canada to help address the water crisis through education, training, and meaningful collaboration. 

We are growing and are adding a new role to our team!!  We are looking for a Senior Manager, Development to lead the fundraising team, foster strong relationships with donors and manage a portfolio of supporters who are invested in Water First’s work. 

You are:

  • A fundraising professional with 10-15+ years of progressive experience
  • A skilled and compassionate people leader who can motivate and empower your team to achieve goals
  • A purpose-driven and positive team player who believes in the Water First mandate

We offer:

  • A work-from-home/remote position
  • Flexible hours
  • Generous paid vacation
  • Health benefits
  • Defined benefit pension plan

Wage: $75,000 – $95,000 (Some flexibility based on level of experience)

Candidates must be available to travel during the week to the Creemore, Ontario office located at 178 Mill St., Unit D, for critical meetings as required.

You’ll thrive thanks to:

  • Collaboration with and support from a small, close-knit team of fundraising and communication peers who want you to love what you do
  • Opportunities to work with and learn from the entire Water First team of educators, technical leads, administrative staff and other contributors
  • A leadership team that believes in – and invests in – ongoing professional development 
  • Positive stories of the impact your work has on the communities and individuals we partner with

What you will be doing:

  • Provide senior leadership to the fundraising team; management support and coaching to ensure an effective fundraising program, with the support of the Director of Development
  • Contribute to the overall fundraising goal of $4,000,000+ annually by building and implementing key fundraising plans
  • Manage a portfolio of current and prospective major gift donors ($10,000+), including individuals, corporate and foundation donors
  • Provide a high level of personalized engagement and build meaningful relationships
  • Write and submit grant applications 
  • Develop and implement a grants management system
  • Enhance and manage a comprehensive Donor Stewardship Program for all Water First supporters
  • Implement best practices to steward and recognize donors, in a way that engages donors in Water First’s work, inspires lasting relationships and promotes engagement
  • Represent Water First and speak at events
  • Pursue new areas of growth for the fundraising program
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to support campaigns and initiatives

What you will need:

  • 10-15+ years of progressive fundraising work experience, with specific experience in major gift fundraising (managing relationships with donors contributing $10,000+ annually) 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of fundraising best practices and activities, donor engagement and accountability
  • Proven track record as a skilled leader with strength in hiring, recruiting, managing, developing, coaching, empowering and retaining individuals and teams
  • Demonstrated experience managing program expense budgets of $250,000+ annually
  • Experience speaking publicly to small and midsize groups 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working in a virtual environment with a variety of digital productivity tools and communication platforms
  • Strong time management skills with minimal need for supervision
  • Willingness to travel to northern Indigenous communities approximately 10% of the time to provide program and communications and fundraising support for program delivery

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, we would love for you to apply. Qualified Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply.

Apply today.

Water First is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical and or mental handicap or financial ability.

By following the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Water First Education and Training strives to ensure that all recruiting processes are non-discriminatory and barrier-free. If you require accommodation, please advise in advance of attending an interview.

While we appreciate all interest, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates will be required to undergo a Vulnerable Sector security check as a condition of employment.

Water First’s professional values:

Respectful  |  Challenge Seeker  |  Dedicated  |  Positive Attitude  |  Confident & Receptive

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