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February 1, 2018

Job Title:

Manager, Philanthropy


Permanent, Part-Time (21 – 28 Hours)


Ontario West, Oakville - London



The Manager, Philanthropy, plays a key role within CNIB’s philanthropy  team through supporting the philanthropy functions related to the community giving program . This program strives to develop sustainable sources of income from community based events and by cultivating long-term relationships with donors and volunteers.


The selected candidate will be responsible for leading philanthropic endeavors and community events in Ontario West. Reporting to the Director, Philanthropy, and working closely with three other Community Giving, Managers for Ontario East, North and GTA as well as the Executive Director in the West, they will maximize support from the community by enhancing volunteer engagement opportunities and implementing effective local fundraising initiatives. This individual will also maintain a portfolio of prospects and donors and be responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship related to this portfolio.


Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

The position entails, but is not limited to, the following general responsibilities:


  • Within the framework of a nationwide philanthropy strategy, and working in conjunction with the Director, Philanthropy and Executive Director of On West, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate short- and long-term business plans for the Community Giving portfolio for their region.

  • Lead and is accountable for implementing Night Steps and other signature events in Ontario West locations (Oakville – London area).

  • Lead the development and initiate acquisition and retention strategies for donors, participants, team captains and sponsors for Night Steps in the Ontario West.

  • Oversee engagement of external vendors as appropriate to support specific strategic activities.

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Regional Managers and Program Leads to ensure all signature events are aided by effective volunteer fundraising committees to support CNIB-led event objectives.

  • Provide regular reports to the Director, Philanthropy and Executive Director, Ontario West, on business conditions, plans and budgets.

  • Serve as a spokesperson and represent CNIB at community and corporate functions as required.

  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of significant developments and trends in non-profit management, programming and philanthropy.


Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):


Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Proven experience in developing community fundraising campaigns including volunteer engagement, special events, corporate giving, service clubs and 3rd party events.
  • Must be proficient in third party event and Team Raiser.
  • Superior interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate effectively with people at all levels both internal and external to CNIB.
  • Solid writing and presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate to a diverse constituency.
  • A results-oriented focus, a driven attitude and an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office, Raiser’s Edge or other CRM platform.
  • Ability to develop and manage project budgets.


Experience and Education:

  • University graduate with a minimum of three to five years’ experience with not-for-profit fundraising and demonstrated results in building community giving programs, preferably Ontario based.
  • Proven project management and organizational skills with success in event management.
  • Self-motivated, with an ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, develop and "close" individual gifts, and clear evidence of moving the bar on existing relationships as well as creating new ones.
  • Experience working with a non-profit Board of Directors and community volunteers.
  • CFRE designation or equivalent an asset.



Work Environment

  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • Regional travel will be required



Closing Date for Applications:  January 15, 2017

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.

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.