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October 18, 2013
Job Title:  
Manager, Grants & Foundations
Full-time, permanent
Toronto, ON or any Regional Office within Ontario
The Manager, Grants & Foundations is responsible for foundation outreach activities, focused on cultivating long-term, donor-centred relationships and developing sustainable sources of income.
Reporting to the Director, Fund Development (Major Gifts), Ontario Division and working closely with the National Director, Foundation Relations, the Manager will develop and implement solicitation strategies for foundation fundraising, including prospect identification and planning, proposal development and writing. 
Covering a broad range of duties, the position involves working with both internal and external constituents to develop effective written and oral presentations detailing CNIB’s mission, programmatic priorities and initiatives, and impacts, especially by means of proposals. 
Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):
·        Work with the Director, Fund Development (Major Gifts) and National Director, Foundation Relations and CNIB’s senior management team to maximize foundation support for the organization’s programs and services.
·        Work closely with various service and operations teams to accurately represent the programmatic elements of the organization's work through grant proposals.
·        Execute comprehensive prospect research capacity; identify and qualify prospective donors; and develop and execute solicitations.
·        Prepare highly customized proposals and other solicitation materials for public and private foundations.
·        Develop, write, coordinate and monitor the submission of any interim and final reports required for foundation support and project funding.
·        Cultivate and strengthen effective relationships with current foundations, and identify and foster new foundation prospects, particularly by maintaining ongoing contact and effective working relationships with foundation program officers.
·        Develop a budget and monitor income forecasts in relation to an Ontario foundation portfolio.
·        Manage the recognition and stewardship of donors and all gifts received in a timely manner.
·        Ensure appropriate administration of donor information in the donor database and supply reports and analyses to the National Director, Foundation Relations.
·        In conjunction with National Director, Foundation Relations, participate in national team meetings to qualify, coordinate and prioritize cultivation strategies for donors and prospective donors.
·        Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in foundation fundraising and philanthropy.
Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience)
·        Post-secondary education in marketing, communications, public relations or related program
·        Minimum four years progressive experience in fund development
·        Demonstrated ability to identify, develop and secure foundation grants
·        CFRE designation or equivalent an asset
·        Knowledge of foundation application processes and research/writing techniques
·        Strong proposal writing skills and knowledge of outcome-based evaluations
·        Demonstrated ability to research and grasp complex programmatic priorities within a non-profit environment
·        Ability to translate highly technical information and concepts into easily readable language
·        Knowledge of the operation of a fund development department and its function in a non-profit organization.
·        Knowledge of privacy legislation and able to conduct business in accordance to CFRE/AFP/CAGP code of Ethics
·        Comfortable working in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment
·        Superb interpersonal skills; exceptional active listening, intuition and observation skills; and the ability to build strong relationships
·        Thoroughness, timeliness, flexibility and an ability to juggle priorities and meet deadlines
·        Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications as well as other software applications such as CRM (familiarity with Raiser’s Edge software a plus)
·        Ability to work effectively in a team environment
·        Resourceful, results-oriented with a positive, "can do" attitude
·        Willingness to work flexible hours
·        Willingness to travel
·        Willingness to be a passionate advocate for CNIB and those we serve.
Closing Date for Applications:       November 15, 2013
Please Send The Application To and quote the job title in the subject line.
Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.
We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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