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Sunnybrook Foundation

Senior Manager, Events (Contract – 15 months)

Posted On: September 5, 2023
Closing On: September 15, 2023

Location: 2075 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5
Effective: As soon as possible
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $82,000 - $101,500

Title: Senior Manager, Events (Contract – 15 months)

Department: Community Engagement

Reports to: Director, Marketing & Communications

Direct reports: Six Direct Reports – Senior Officer, Officers & Coordinator

Sunnybrook is a premier academic health sciences centre, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, with a vision to invent the future of health care. Our mission is to care for our patients and their families when it matters most.

From our beginnings as a hospital for Canadian veterans, Sunnybrook has flourished into a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto, evolving to meet the needs of our growing community. Today, with 1.3 million patient visits each year, Sunnybrook has established itself across three campuses and is home to Canada’s largest trauma centre.

Our five strategic areas of focus are:

  • Brain Sciences
  • Cancer
  • Heart and vascular
  • High risk maternal and newborn
  • Trauma

Position Description

The Senior Manager is a senior and passionate leader who will be a leading force in the continued growth and development of Sunnybrook Foundation’s $5m and growing event portfolio. They must possess excellent leadership and project management skills, be able to work collaboratively and have a strong service-oriented mindset.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership, direction and mentorship to the team for the creation and execution of all events ensuring they meet their objectives
  • Manage a team of six direct reports, including provision of performance management, coaching, fostering staff development and ensuring the individuals on your team are thriving in their own roles
  • Manage assigned budgets; prioritize resources; operate within allocated funds, budget constraints, established guidelines and Foundation policy, notifying the Director of variances and adjusting strategies as required
  • Continually review event processes and resources; making strategic, operational and creative improvements
  • Working with the team, develop, execute and evaluate annual event plans for community fundraising events, signature and partnership events identifying opportunities to increase revenue and participant experience
  • In collaboration with the Director, develop and execute an annual sponsorship strategy in support of all applicable events
  • Lead retention strategies of large community events and supervise retention of all community events in conjunction with the senior officer.
  • Oversee the design and development of collateral in conjunction with internal and external partners to support community events for use by organizers to amplify and elevate the donor experience with Sunnybrook Foundation, as well as expand audience reach
  • Engage and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to develop event project plans
  • Engage event committee volunteers by building their commitment over the longer term, ensuring that the skills, capabilities and strengths of volunteers and volunteer leaders are recognized, developed and maximized within the Foundation’s goals and priorities
  • Manage and monitor the event team’s usage of Raiser’s Edge ensuring accuracy and integrity of data
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships with vendors and contractors.

Skills and abilities:

  • Collaborative partner who works well with a variety of cross functional stakeholders to drive organizational success
  • Analytical, strategic and creative thinker, and constant learner who stays on top of event fundraising strategies.
  • Highly proactive self-starter who takes initiative and thinks ahead while managing day-to-day needs of the team/event portfolio
  • Ability to work under pressure, handle competing deadlines, respond promptly to donor/volunteer requests
  • Strong judgment skills, experience identifying and anticipating issues
  • Ability to maintain a positive, flexible and responsive attitude, professional image and team – oriented style
  • Embraces planning, attention to detail and managing multiple priorities
  • Ability to make decisions in ambiguous situations, exercise good judgment based on information and analysis in a fast pace, and deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – presents ideas clearly and concisely
  • Experience being an effective leader/manager while also willing to roll up sleeves and be an active contributor
  • Ability and openness to adapt to a changing environment

Job requirements:

  • Minimum college and/or university degree or equivalent
  • Minimum 7 years professional and progressive experience in executing large events, acquiring sponsorships, fundraising and development of third party event programs
  • Experience working with volunteer committees, understanding the importance of effective volunteer relations
  • Experience in the healthcare sector an asset
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Understanding and experience of fundraising systems – Raiser’s Edge, Convio/Team Raiser, Artez, Luminate an asset
  • Understanding of Canada Revenue Agency Guidelines


  • An exciting opportunity to be part of a leading not-for-profit
  • Generous leave entitlements including December holiday closure and early closures leading into long weekends
  • Flexible hybrid work model as is appropriate to the role


If you would like to apply for this role, please send a cover letter and a current resume listing your qualifications and experience, by September 15, 2023 to

Please quote “Senior Manager, Events” in the subject line of your e-mail. We thank all applicants in advance. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Sunnybrook Foundation is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodations for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Sunnybrook Foundation is strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion within its community and encourages all applicants including but not limited to: Indigenous, Black and other racialized persons, all religions, cultures, and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation, and everyone who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Please be advised that in order to be eligible for employment at Sunnybrook, all new hires must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series); AND have received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago. Medical exemptions or any other kind of requested exemption based upon the Hospital’s obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis.