Founded in 1918, CNIB is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected charities. For 99 years, the organization has been Canada’s primary source of support for people who are blind or partially sighted, providing crucial vision loss rehabilitation services to thousands of Canadians each day.

With a dedicated team of approximately 700 staff members and thousands of volunteers across the country, CNIB is proud to be there, every step of the way, for people who are blind or partially sighted and their families, from the crucial early childhood years through adulthood and into the autumn of life. We also work diligently to increase public understanding of vision health, and to advocate proudly for an inclusive society where no citizen is left behind, regardless of vision loss.

CNIB has ambitious goals for the future. Through our new strategic plan, CNIB is working to ensure that every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted has access to the full range of services they need to increase their independence and have more control over their own lives.

For more information, please visit or call 1-800-563-2642.


January 25, 2018

Job Title:

Specialist, Grant Writer & Stewardship


Permanent, Part-Time (21 – 28 Hours)


Ottawa or Toronto



The Specialist, Grant Writer and Stewardship creates compelling content that helps donors and prospective donors connect to and understand CNIB's work, and to see the impact of their donations. Through collaboration with the major gift team, the position is responsible for assisting with the writing, research, submission, tracking and reporting of grants and proposals, that aim to fund CNIB's programs across Ontario.

Reporting to the Director, Philanthropy, the Specialist, Grant Writer and Stewardship will work with both internal and external constituents to develop effective written proposals detailing CNIB’s mission, programmatic priorities and initiatives, and impacts.


Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

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

  • Works closely with various service and operations teams to accurately represent the programmatic elements of the organization's work through grant proposals.

  • Prepares highly customized proposals for current and potential donors.

  • Works with Financial Analysts to prepare customized project budgets and reports to accompany proposal submissions.

  • Coordinates, writes and monitors the submission of any interim and final reports required for funded projects.

  • Works with Program and Service staff to establish program and funding direction for proposals, accurate and achievable program goals and objectives, measurements and outcomes.

  • Ensures appropriate administration of donor information in the donor database and supply reports and analyses to the Director, Philanthropy.

  • Develops fundraising communications support materials for priority initiatives.


Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Knowledge of grant application processes and research/writing techniques

  • Excellent proposal writing skills and knowledge of outcome-based evaluations

  • Strong analytical skills, i.e. ability to interpret and present data.

  • Superior interpersonal skills, including ability to work both as a member of a team and autonomously, and to relate effectively with people at all levels, both internal and external to CNIB.

  • Excellent attention to detail, time management skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines.

  • Strong organizational skills, with superior attention to detail.

  • Self-starter and resourceful.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage time and work with competing priorities and projects.

  • Excellent team player


Experience and Education:

  • Completion of post-secondary education in marketing, communications, public relations, fundraising, or equivalent work experience.

  • 3-5 years' experience in research, writing and execution of grant applications and partnership proposal

  • Well-developed interpersonal and communications skills

  • Excellent writing and verbal skills

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software, desktop publishing, and Database Management Systems


    Work Environment:

  • Willingness to work flexible hours

  • Willingness to be a passionate advocate for CNIB and those we serve.



Closing Date for Applications:  February 9, 2018

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.