The Women’s Centre Grey & Bruce Inc. is an innovative, caring and secure organization within the Violence Against Women sector, providing safe shelter, crisis intervention, safety planning, counselling and transitional services for women and children affected by abuse.  The Women’s Centre supports women and children as they build safe and sustainable lives free from abuse and violence. We are experienced in providing accessible, woman-centred and compassionate services. We are committed to accountability, self-evaluation and ethical practices.  We invite applications to fill the role of Fund Development & Communications Manager on or before December 3rd, 2018.

JOB DESCRIPTION                                                             

Position Title:   Fund Development & Communications Manager  

Position Type:  Permanent Full/Part-time (Negotiable 20-35 Hours/week) Non-Union

Reports To:       Executive Director

General Purpose:

The Fund Development & Communications Manager  is responsible for ensuring that all revenue targets are met in the annual budget including, but not limited to: corporate and community partnerships, individual donations, major fundraising events, direct mail programs, major gifts, and third-party fundraising. Duties include the managing of fundraising support staff, student placements, interns and volunteers and conducting their performance appraisals. The Fund Development & Communications Manager oversees all agency communications, media and public relations functions and is part of the Women’s Centre management Team.

Responsibilities/Duties:

Management of Fund Development Support Staff:

  • Effectively recruit, hire and train fund development staff, students and volunteers
  • Update job descriptions within the programs
  • Provide ongoing feedback, recognition, development opportunities, and discipline
  • Complete annual performance evaluations

Fundraising:

  • Prepare the annual fundraising work plan and budgets in conjunction with the Executive Director
  • Develop and submit grant proposals for funds from foundations, corporations and government agencies; maintain comprehensive schedule for grant opportunities, deadlines, follow-up activities, and reporting requirements for grants received
  • Plan a Critical Path for each agency event and ensure all equipment, sponsorships, volunteers etc., are in place
  • Act as a consultant and resource for designated fundraising projects
  • Ensure all fundraising/public relations activities adhere to federal and provincial privacy legislation and adhere to agency’s privacy policies and practices
  • Ensure that appropriate records of each fundraising project and donors are kept
  • Evaluate and review the successes and challenges of each fundraising project
  • Develop and grow the monthly giving program as well as the Adopt-A-Room program to increase predictable funding
  • Actively recruit new corporate, community partners and sponsors
  • Plan and implement recognition and appreciation programs to thank, reinforce and maintain long-term relationships with donors, third party event organizers and volunteers
  • Research, problem-solve, and maintain the donor database, issue tax reciepts and donor thank you letters
  • Conduct community presentations to donors, community partners, sponsors as required

Communications:

  • Design, produce, arrange printing, and dissemination of newsletters, annual reports and fundraising/communications materials
  • Design and post content for agency website, social media platforms and staff email signatures
  • Ensure that quotes are obtained, art work prepared and printing completed as required for each project
  • Establish and maintain an effective and consistent liaison with the local media; this includes public speaking when required and attend interviews
  • Coordinate media releases within established agency guidelines
  • Monitor and track all public and media relations activity
  • Develop strategies to ensure staff and volunteers represent the agency in a way that builds and nurtures strategic relationships
  • Ensure all agency documents and materials are AODA compliant
  • Provide fundraising updates at staff meetings and provide written reports for monthly board meetings

* Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director *

Qualifications:

  • University Degree or College Diploma in fund raising, public relations, marketing or related field and a minimum of three years’ experience in leading an agency’s Fund Development Team
  • Proficiency in the use of a computer, advanced knowledge and use of databases, internet and email fundamentals using Outlook/Exchange, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint
  • Graphic design experience producing print materials (brochures, programs, posters, newsletters) and multimedia programs.
  • Superior accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and set deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Solid interpersonal and communications skills (including oral, written and visual)
  • An understanding of the non-profit and social services sector an asset
  • Demonstrated professional appearance and conduct
  • Valid driver’s licence, insurance and access to a reliable vehicle

Interviewing will take place as potential candidates are chosen. Interested applicants are invited to email a cover letter with salary expectations and detailed resume immediately to the attention of Heather Fowler, Executive Director: heatherf@thewomenscentre.org

Note: This position is a negotiable full or part time 3-5 day/week opportunity with benefits and flexible work hours