Coordinator, Fund Development (Summer Position)

Are you a passionate communications/fund development professional looking to apply your creative energy and talents to meaningful work that serves people in your community? 

Dogs with Wings Dog Assistance Society (DWW) is a mighty non-profit agency that transforms the lives of individuals and social service agencies by providing highly trained Assistance Dogs. We are seeking a dynamic individual that can assist in coordinating and implementing integrated communications, marketing and fund development plans. 

The successful candidate will: 

  • Engage in donor cultivation and prospecting; donor recognition
  • Assist with DWW giving programs
  • Special projects: plan/development for monthly giving, canvassing plan/campaign
  • Representing DWW at events; coordinating various events/activities, securing tangible gifts for our annual gala
  • Liaise with suppliers to ensure products meet objectives and specifications, on time and within budget
  • Work across the organization to provide communications support for community engagement and other external events (ie. annual gala), activating other in-person and virtual events, reporting on outcomes
  • Review content and obtain approvals for web pages, newsletters, and other forms of stakeholder communication
  • Generate unique story ideas and media pitches to advance the DWW’s strategic goals, connecting people to our cause with a focus on raising awareness and garnering philanthropic support
  • Support the work of colleagues within the division of Development & ExternalRelations and across multiple departments (ie. prepare proposals, reports, and sponsorship updates)
  • Achieve results with a commitment to a respectful and inclusive style, being a driver of change and ingenuity
  • Oversee the fund development donor database (Donor Perfect) and other related platforms; conduct donor research and prospecting, identify/analyze/report on trends in giving, create cases for support, carry out donor stewardship/recognition, and ensure timely issue of income tax receipts
  • Ensure the integrity of data and perform regular maintenance of donor information•Lead social media content development, prioritize content, and map social media postings
  • Serve on assigned committees to oversee, develop and execute communications, marketing and development plans for small to medium sized projects
  • Represent DWW at external events and conduct presentations as needed; attend public events and presentations with a DWW dog (a willingness to learn our training techniques and comfort in handling dogs is a must)

Job Requirements: 

  • Completed/In progress post-secondary diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary credential in Business, Communications/Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or a related discipline)
  • A minimum of 1-2 years directly related experience 
  • Experience within a public sector or non-profit communications and/or fundraising environment is preferred 

What do you need to bring to this position? 

  • Demonstrated ability to build strategic relationships with stakeholders
  • Excellent project management, communication, presentation and relationship-building skills
  • Excellent written communications and the ability to create engaging pieces that stand out and draw people in
  • Demonstrated creativity and the ability to bring ideas to life
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to set goals, create action plans and evaluate progress and results
  • Adoption of a strong donor-centric approach demonstrated by the ability to anticipate, understand and respond to the needs and expectations of stakeholders
  • Superior problem solving skills, a high level of organizational ability and ability to deal with multiple deadlines and demands
  • Self-directed with the ability to take initiative
  • Experience and proficiency with utilizing contemporary computer technologies (ie. TEAMS platform, Adobe Suite) and contact management databases
  • Ability to work irregular hours on occasion around events and activities
  • A focus to continuously improve systems, processes and practices and to recommend solutions

The successful candidate will be provided with mentorship and feedback on all communications, marketing and fundraising activities the candidate undertakes.

This full-time/summer position (2023) reports to the Associate Director, Stakeholder Relations (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) with some irregular hours from time to time (evenings and weekends) around events and other activities. This position pays $17/hour, 35 hours per week. This job is partially funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Grant, which restricts applicants to between the ages of 15 to 30 years of age at the start of employment. 

Application Process: 

Submit your resume and cover letter by the closing date of May 14th, 2024.

DWW strives to provide access and accommodations throughout the application and selection process. We invite applications from all qualified candidates and welcome self-declarations of status in the interest of equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

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