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Sickkids Foundation

Sr. Specialist, Research Services

Posted On: June 21, 2024
Closing On: July 2, 2024

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: contract
Level: senior
Salary Range: $80,051.00 - $115,076.00


SickKids Foundation, with over 50 years of philanthropic impact in 2023, is Canada’s largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care, raising over $200 million last year. As a national charity, SickKids Foundation invests in national and international initiatives to benefit children in Canada and around the world. As the fundraising partner to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), we are aligned in supporting Precision Child Health (PCH), the future of tailoring medicine to each child’s unique traits so SickKids can diagnose faster, treat smarter, and predict better.

We are driven by our core values of integrity, collaboration, excellence, innovation, and inclusion, with goals of delivering an unmatched donor experience, investing in our people and culture, driving innovative and sustainable fundraising, and leading in digital charity.

SickKids Foundation is committed to an inclusive culture by embedding equity, diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We aim to build awareness and skills in this area, both internally and with our partners. Our commitment extends to creating a safe, positive work environment. For details on our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion commitment, please click here.

We’re committed to attracting and retaining passionate individuals to help create a healthier future. That’s why SickKids Foundation is looking for a new Senior Specialist, Research Services.

Position Status: Temporary 12 – month contract

Available: Immediately

Description of the Position:

The Senior Specialist, Research Services provides responsive, accurate, precise donor intelligence and information that informs the decision-making of fundraisers so that a desired plan of action is confirmed; and identifies prospects whose connections, interest, capacity or philanthropic inclination predispose them to support hospital fundraising priorities.
The position reports directly to the Associate Director, Prospect Research and Market Intelligence.

You will:

  • Provide timely, responsive research service to Foundation staff in accordance with the Research Service Level Agreement;
  • Collect information, interpret, analyze, assess, evaluate and synthesize data into a coherent and accurate report to support planning and decision-making by fundraisers;
  • Consult with fundraisers to establish timeframes and clarify research requirements;
  • Collaborate with the Research Services Team to build/create prospect identification strategies to meet overall departmental goals;
  • Conduct strategic prospecting using proprietary information, demographic data, business intelligence, analytics, and/or electronic/print resources to identify major gift prospects;
  • Ensure that relevant information regarding donors and prospects is up-to-date and accurate on the donor database and track strategic research data on the database to facilitate ongoing and future prospect identification;
  • Share relevant information with the Foundation’s fundraisers to facilitate the development of prospect management strategies to better cultivate and solicit major gift prospects;
  • Collaborate with fundraisers and the Research Services team to maintain prospect management procedures and initiatives, and to support prospect portfolio management goals;
  • Monitor major news publications and digital media for announcements and news items concerning major gift donors, prospects, and the Foundation.

While we know that for any job posting no one candidate will possess the qualifications being sought in equal measure, below is an outline of the qualifications we believe are important for a candidate to bring to the position or for the successful candidate to develop while in the role:

  • Minimum 5+ years of work experience related to prospect research and/or prospect management;
  • Master of Information & Library Science preferred;
  • Proven record of accomplishment in the fundraising research environment;
  • Experience working with the Microsoft Office suite, database management and spreadsheet software, online subscription services/databases;
  • Exceptional technical skills, including data analysis, segmentation and screening;
  • Familiarity with database querying and visualisation tools to identify prospects and evaluate pools and portfolios;
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in fundraising principles and practices, including the participation in the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement and other professional development activities;
  • Excellent analytical, verbal and written skills. Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources into a coherent and accurate profile report presentation format that is used to support planning and decision-making;
  • Strong sense of initiative, client-service orientation and attention to detail;
  • Organizational skills, are detail oriented, with strong follow through;
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment;
  • The ability and adaptability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously while working in a changing and fast paced environment with tight deadlines.

We’re looking for a passionate individual who is interested in moving the dial and making a difference. We are an environment that looks to attract hardworking and committed people; people who want to challenge themselves and grow with a globally recognized brand that continues to change the world. If this describes you, consider joining our team. We look forward to reviewing your application.

Total Compensation Package:

Hiring Salary Range:$80,051.00 – $100,065.00; with the ability to progress to a maximum of $115,076.00. To ensure fair and equitable pay at SickKids Foundation, placement on the salary range will be based on your years of experience, skills, and qualifications relevant to the Senior Specialist, Research Services.

To help you lead in the fight for kids’ health and to support your health, wellness, and career growth, in addition to competitive compensation, we offer a comprehensive benefit package (includes a flex benefit plan) and flexible work arrangements to name a few!

Hours: 35-hour work week, flexible work options available

Date Posted: June 19, 2024

Available: Internal and External Candidates

Deadline: July 2, 2024


Please apply on-line by visiting our website: SickKids Foundation is committed to its people and the talents, capabilities, and perspectives they bring to our mission. We live that commitment by being open and accessible to all, by valuing and respecting every individual, and by equally supporting every employee. As an organization proud to have joined the BlackNorth Initiative’s CEO pledge, we uphold our commitment by inviting and encouraging individuals from diverse lived experiences from Black, Indigenous, communities of colour, people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ community and all candidates who may contribute to the further diversification of the Foundation’s community.

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