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Manager, Community Fundraising

Heart and Stroke is a special type of company. We’re a foundation, a place that values championing health and has a bias for action as we tackle heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to promote health, save lives and enhance recovery.

Who we need

Heart and Stroke is adding bold, passionate, fearless and compassionate people to our dedicated teams across the country. We need a builder - of relationships, of teams and of strategy. Someone who can motivate, focus and lead the newly structured team in Victoria. This is a chance for someone with a sales background to recognize and realize the possibilities of the market we are in; capitalize on the untapped opportunities out there; and exponentially increase the fundraising dollars we bring in. We need someone with unbounded energy and passion to help solve a massive problem that impacts the lives of people in Canada living with heart and brain diseases. We’re hiring for a Community Engagement Manager in our Victoria office. Someone who wants to make a difference and save lives every day by:

  • Promoting leadership and community giving expertise to a team of staff and senior level volunteers to successfully achieve fundraising goals.
  • Developing a portfolio of prospects including key businesses, organizations and individuals at various stages of identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Collaborating with internal partners to effectively steward relationships including identifying and engaging top donor prospects in the region.
  • Promoting Heart and Stroke’s mission, and implementing strategies to strengthen community presence.

What’s in it for you? Heart.

Hear the stories. From the 8-year-old boy who recognized the signs of a stroke in his father the day after a Jump Rope for Heart kick-off session at his school, to the tearful thank you of a parent whose child has a future thanks to research we funded. You will know that your work has meaning.

Every dollar counts. Every volunteer is vital. Every relationship is valued. You will feel the impact of your efforts as you build relationships in the community and bring in the donations we need to continue to educate Canadians and fund research - including research that will close the gap in women’s heart and brain health.

Amazement. That feeling you get at the end of every day you are part of our team making a tangible impact on the well-being of your family, your friends, your community. You will be part of a foundation that worked to reduce trans fats in the food supply, place AEDs in communities across the country and control the marketing of tobacco.

Rewards. When a school, business or community can come together to raise funds that support our cause, it will be because you were there along the way, cheering them on and providing support. You will experience deep personal satisfaction as you lead your fundraising teams to success.

Timing. Now is the time to make a career move into a foundation to do meaningful work every day.

Who you are

You strive for greatness. You want to channel your knowledge into a place with a higher purpose as you continue to build our your career and brand. You are a trusted advisor who can engage internal teams as easily as you can community members and corporate investors. You are driven to achieve your goals: to make an impact on the bottom line and on the lives of the people we support. You have the experience, the spirit, and the hustle to take this role, this office and this team to the next level.

How you will make an impact every day:

  • Develop and execute local community engagement and fundraising plans, monitoring benchmarks to ensure annual goals are achieved. You will:
    • Support the Regional Director and internal partners to identify prospective donors (from current roster) for major gifts, legacy giving and corporate philanthropy.
    • Use data analytics and the community fundraising strategy to engage supporters further and increase donor acquisition, participation and revenue.
    • Prioritize, cultivate and steward existing top relationships to deepen their connection to Heart and Stroke.
    • Develop and implement strategies to introduce, maintain and expand relationships with new and current businesses, organizations and individuals to achieve fundraising objectives.
  • Collaborate. You will work with colleagues to identify and maximize cross-functional/cross-market opportunities in alignment with the Foundations mission and new National initiatives.
  • Community engagement and volunteer development. You will grow and support a diverse volunteer leadership team to champion the success of Heart and Stroke; provide corporate and personal giving; inspire and motivate the involvement and giving of others.
  • Develop a volunteer structure. You will support community activities and be the Heart and Stroke representative at community, corporate and health-related functions.
  • Lead the development and management of the area office. You will complete evaluations, forecasting, and reporting; perform financial ROI analyses; identify areas of growth and opportunities to leverage technology.
  • Roll out a community engagement strategy. You will provide operational leadership for the refinement and growth of four National fundraising programs (Jump Rope for Heart, Heart & Stroke Canvass, Big Bike, My Own Fundraiser).
  • Demonstrate values and competencies of the Foundation. You will:
    • Encourage open communication and foster an environment where team members willingly help each other, conflicts are quickly resolved, agreed-upon standards are respected, and there is shared accountability for the overall success of the office.
    • Partner with Human Resources to recruit skilled talent and sustain a high performing, highly engaged and Nationally aligned team.
    • Provide clear direction, coaching, and feedback; ensure team members are well supported in fulfilling their accountabilities, achieving their revenue goals and developing their skills to attain their career potential.

What you bring:

  • The education. You have a university degree in a relevant field.
  • The experience. You have 5+ years meeting and exceeding business development or fundraising deliverables. You know how to work across multiple branches/locations and effectively roll out a national strategy. You can navigate geographical and cultural divides and work with diverse stakeholders. You are proactive, goal-oriented and creatively resourceful.
  • The relationship building expertise. You can gain the trust of the community, business, and school audiences, deepening existing and growing new relationships. You can inspire action, build momentum and encourage participation.
  • The communication skills. You are a trusted advisor who can influence stakeholders and volunteers. You can effectively promote opportunities and partnerships through excellent public speaking, presentations and face-to-face networking. You have outstanding written and verbal skills. You can build persuasive arguments to support business goals
  • The team-building. You can coach and engage a team, creating an environment that is motivating and inspiring. You can foster a culture of collaboration and learning aligned with the Foundation’s values.
  • The analytics and processes. You can interpret reports, manage financial information, extract data and apply information for forecasting. You can design and implement processes; manage a demanding schedule; and, prioritize efforts to achieve high value.
  • The technical abilities. You are highly proficient with a CRM database and MS Office. Familiarity with a fundraising platform would be an asset.
  • The flexibility. You can lead, participate in and support evening and weekend community events. You understand late or extra hours are often needed. You have a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle and the ability to travel throughout your geographic area.

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If you want to join the fight against heart disease and stroke while building an engaged and giving community, apply here.

To learn more about our mission, our values and the difference our foundation makes in the lives of Canadians at every age, visit our website or check out our latest posts on Twitter.

Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment. If you have been contacted for an interview and require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise, and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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