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Right To Play

Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement

Posted On: March 17, 2022
Closing On: April 3, 2022

Location: 43 Front St E, Unit 200, Toronto, ON M5E 1B3
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $84,000 – 90,000 CAD per annum

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JOB POSTING – Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement


Organization:                                                 Right To Play International

Department/Division:                                 Canadian National Office (CNO) 

Work location:                                               Toronto, Canada

Work arrangement:                                      A combination of in-office and remote-working in accordance with Right To Play’s work arrangement and the operational needs of the department

Authorized to work in:                                Canada (Eligible to work legally without requiring sponsorship)

Target Hiring Range:                                    $84,000 – $90,000 CAD per annum

Target Start Date:                                         Immediate

Contract Duration:                                Permanent/Full-time

Closing Date:                                                  April 3, 2022



Right To Play is a global organisation that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity using play. By harnessing play, one of the most powerful and fundamental forces in a child’s life, we helped 2.3 million children last year to stay in school and out of work, to prevent life-threatening diseases like HIV and malaria and to stay safe from exploitation and abuse. We are the only global development organization focused exclusively on using play to transform the lives of children and youth impacted by poverty, war, disease and inequality.

Established in 2000, Right To Play reaches children through experiential programming in 15 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. These programs are supported by our headquarters in Toronto, Canada; London, UK and eight national offices across Europe (Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK) and North America (Canada, US).

With a shared passion for our mission, our Culture Code guides how we act and interact based on five core pillars:

  • Accept Everyone – Be intentional about inclusion
  • Make Things Happen – Seek opportunities to lead and innovate
  • Display Courage – Act with integrity
  • Demonstrate Care – Look after yourself and one another
  • Be Playful – Have fun at work

Please visit our website to learn more about who we are and what we do, and watch this video to find out about the five pillars of our Culture Code.




Reporting to the National Director, Canada, the Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement will be responsible for design-thinking from strategy to execution of Right To Play (RTP) Strategic Partnerships, engagement priorities with signature CNO fundraising events. You will have one direct report (Development and Events Coordinator) as well as oversee the engagement and stewardship of volunteer stakeholders including Ambassadors and Playmakers Board and members of the Canadian Advisory Board.

You will develop a robust offering strategic fundraising initiatives in the live, virtual and hybrid space, working with a pipeline of 150-200 corporate donors. You will work cross-functionally, ensuring that the portfolio of properties and initiatives is designed and executed in a holistic and systematic way, generating revenue for RTP’s global program needs, and supporting Canada’s PLAY program.

You may require select travel to other parts of the country or global country programs, in order to support key initiatives. Occasional evening and weekend activity for donor events and meetings, is expected.




Job Responsibility #1: Strategic Partnerships (65% of Time):

  • Lead the CNO signature annual fundraising events and programs from ideation to execution (Heroes Gala, Virtual Quiz, etc.), working cross-functionally with internal and external stakeholders
  • Lead engagement and stewardship of corporate donors to build connection and investment in RTP’s global programming
  • Lead development and execution of Canadian engagement programs for select Global Affairs Canada grants
  • Create and launch new RTP fundraising properties (primarily corporate) that aligns with RTP master brand and has strong brand identity, brand equity and value proposition to attract donors
  • Serve as CNO lead on the Global Events team
  • Oversee third party event revenue and program



Job Responsibility #2: Engagement Programs with Key Volunteers (20% of Time):

  • Oversee the engagement strategy for Ambassadors and lead on the Playmakers portfolio
  • Provide support to select group of Canadian Advisory Board members
  • Lead in the recruitment and management of annual Heroes Gala Sales Committee
  • Provide collaborative leadership for other CNO wide engagement opportunities



Job Responsibility #3: Team Management and leadership (10% of Time):

  • Supervise the Events and Development Coordinator position, ensure staff has a clear understanding of their roles, responsibilities and accountabilities as outlined in their job descriptions to ensure quality performance
  • Provide counsel and support to the Stewardship Manager on the Ambassador portfolio
  • Project Management lead for CNO’ annual signature engagement property Rally For Girls Education
  • Design teams using a collaborative project-based mindset, working across departments with diverse, strong, and influential teammates to achieve common goals
  • Participate in senior staff and board activities to inform and lead the CNO’s fund development and engagement strategies and approaches


Job Responsibility #4: Other Tasks as Assigned (5% of Time)





  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent from a relevant university program


  • 10 years’ work experience in related fields of business development, corporate donor relations, events + sponsorship, strategic partnerships and engagement with a proven track record of successfully building and leading strong performing teams that generate significant revenue (more than $1.5M annually) and deliver impact


  • Critical thinking skills, with the ability to translate into tactical initiatives and objectives
  • Superior budgeting, strategic planning, forecasting and analytical skills
  • Excellent communications skills to deal effectively with all levels of internal and external decision-makers
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to synthesize information to steward partners and volunteers
  • Ability to plan and set priorities based on information from multiple sources, including creative design, planning and operations, fund development and evaluation
  • Ability to build and lead strong performing teams that generate revenue and deliver impact
  • Adaptable, solutions-focused and innovative
  • Passionate about youth empowerment, advocacy of vulnerable children and creating access and opportunities for under-represented and marginalized communities (BIPOC)



  • Excellent and holistic understanding of digital fundraising and virtual events technology including but not limited to: One Cause, Givergy, Streamyard, Microsoft Teams, MCRM, Zoom, Slack, etc.
  • Strong MS Office skills including Advanced PowerPoint



  • Fluency in spoken and written English



  • Post graduate degree in fundraising and event management or accreditation
  • Experience within a multi-national non-profit
  • Experience with fundraising for internationally based programs
  • Creative design technical skills such as Canva, Adobe InDesign, or AutoCAD
  • Fluency in written and spoken French


You are highly driven, results-oriented, collaborative and well-rounded leader with a passion for working with children and youth. You are an exceptional communicator with excellent networking skills.



The opportunity to work with a passionate, innovative and collaborative team where you have the ability to make things happen. You will gain experience working for a Great Place to Work® Canada Certified and globally recognized organization with a healthy culture premised on our Culture Code (accept everyone, make things happen, display courage, demonstrate care and be playful). In addition, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package including Group RRSP Plan, gym membership, flexible work policy (e.g. work from home and flex hours), personal days, personal learning and development days and summer/winter hours.



If you are interested in applying for this position, please click here to apply with your resume and cover letter.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Shortlisting of applications will begin immediately and interviews may be held before the closing date.


Right To Play provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. As such, we encourage groups who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply for positions at Right To Play. We offer a family-friendly environment that allows for flexible work arrangements in order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance.

We are a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening or equivalent criminal check as a condition of employment.


To protect the health and safety of our employees and the communities we serve, Right To Play requires all employees and volunteers based in Canada to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.


Should you require any form of accommodation during the recruitment process, kindly contact the People & Culture team by email at

To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at