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Manager, Leadership Gifts – Child Witness Centre

…..that you were a child or youth who was a victim or witness of abuse or violence
…..that the accused was someone you know
…..how this can affect you and your family over a lifetime

Now imagine that someone is there to walk with you through the investigation, help you and your family receive the support that you need, and if charges are laid, support you and advocate on your behalf through the court system. That is the work of the Child Witness Centre and we will be there so you and your family are heard, helped and can begin to heal.

The Child Witness Centre is hiring a Manager, Leadership Gifts! We are looking for someone who:

  • is passionate about ensuring that children and youth who are or may become victims or witnesses of abuse or crime receive the support that they need.
  • has strong relationship building expertise, and demonstrated success with a wide range of donors and funders

We have gone through considerable growth in the past three years with the implementation of a new initiative – a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre – and have completed our Safe Hands-Strong Futures community campaign which raised $2million in program funding to support our work in the Centre. We are looking to build on our campaign successes and to grow our Leadership Gifts Program.

In this permanent fulltime position, the Manager of Leadership Gifts will report to the Executive Director and assume a lead role in the development, coordination and delivery of the Leadership Gift Program for the Child Witness Centre. For the 2019-20 fiscal year, the revenue generation goal is $500,000. The incumbent will have strong support from the Executive Director as part of the plan to build capacity and ensure success.

Specifically, the Manager of the Leadership Gifts Program will be responsible for:

  • Leading the development and implementation of a fulsome Leadership Gifts Program and its day to day management as part of the overall fundraising plan working with the Executive Director, departmental staff, Board of Directors and volunteers as appropriate
  • Overall cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of relationships with individuals, corporations, community groups, foundations and other donors and funders with a giving potential of $5,000 or more
  • Growing the donor base by researching, identifying and nurturing relationships with prospective donors and funders based on alignment with the work of the agency, across Waterloo Region and Guelph and Wellington County.
  • Achieving the revenue targets for the Leadership Gifts Program and reporting regularly to the
    Executive Director
  • Maintaining a comprehensive and accurate donor database
  • Preparing and submitting letters of request /proposals, applications, and accountability/evaluation reports, and other communications to donors and funders
  • Ensuring a ‘donor centric’ approach with communication and recognition tailored to meet the needs of the individual donor or funder
  • Speaking publicly about the work of the agency and our case for support


  • Post-secondary education
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification is an asset, including involvement or experience in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) or CAGP
  • Proven strong relationship and community development skills.

Competencies and Experience:

  • Demonstrated passion for services for children and youth who have experienced an adverse childhood experience and for the work of the Child Witness Centre.
  • Strong understanding of the challenges faced by children and youth who experience abuse or are victims or witnesses of crime.
  • Demonstrated track record in fundraising, including working with a variety of donors across the giving spectrum and cultivating and soliciting personal leadership gifts. Experience in fundraising for children and youth services or victim support services is an asset.
  • Experience with and knowledge of the Waterloo Region and Guelph and Wellington County philanthropic community.
  • Highly motivated and creative with a natural flair for building relationships.
  • Resourceful, independent, and comfortable working within a team-oriented environment.
  • Effective time management, organizational, process and planning skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, communication and presentation skills to widely varied audiences.
  • Computer proficiency including but not limited to experience with online resources, fundraising software and Microsoft Office software (word, powerpoint, spreadsheet and database applications).
  • Valid driver’s license and access to vehicle to travel.
  • Able to work on weekends and evenings as required.
  • Acceptable current Vulnerable Persons Check and a Family and Children Services Check.

Compensation will be based on experience and skills.

Application Process: Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Laura Muirhead, Executive Director
Child Witness Centre
111 Duke Street East, Kitchener, ON N2H 1A4

More information about the Child Witness Centre can be found at www.childwitness.com.

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All inquiries will be kept in strict confidence. Please note that the deadline for submitting a resume and cover letter to the above email address is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Development Specialist – Government and Foundation Relations

This position actively seeks grants offered by varying levels of government and public/private foundations and develops and submits applications, ensuring compliance with all recognition and reporting requirements. This position is also responsible for keeping senior management and other relevant stakeholders apprised of new public policy developments and funding opportunity announcements at various levels of government, as well as actively fostering relationships with relevant government officials and foundation representatives.


Grant Proposal and Report Writing:

  • Carefully reads over grant guidelines to ensure eligibility.
  • Liaises with programming and other staff members at THEMUSEUM to compile information required to complete grant proposals and reporting requirements.
  • Coordinates with external stakeholders to obtain relevant information and supporting materials, such as letters of support.
  • Plans and writes persuasive grant and award applications and grant reports, ensuring that all directions provided are followed with a high level of accuracy. This can include high level project/program descriptions, and narratives containing details on such topics as: collaborations and partnerships, curatorial vision, anticipated outcomes and goals, realistic work plans and budgets, and community/individual impact, among others.
  • Maintains a detailed record of all grant application due dates, and reporting due dates, to ensure timely submissions.

Prospect Research:

  • Conducts online research to identify prospective granting opportunities through government sources, government agencies, and public and private foundations that align with our organization’s mission or current initiatives.
  • Creates updates and maintains an active list of current prospective grantees with aligned funding interests.
  • Liaises with programming and other relevant staff members at THEMUSEUM to discuss potential government and foundation funding sources for current/future needs and projects.
  • Communicates with staff or representatives for grant programs to find out more information and determine an appropriate fit with our organization/need.
  • Researches applicable award opportunities for organization, staff and board members to enhance the profile of THEMUSEUM.

Foster Government and Foundation Relationships:

  • Conducts research to keep apprised of relevant policy and funding announcements at various levels of government and inform the CEO, Leadership Team and Board Members when applicable.
  • Maintains and updates a list of relevant local, provincial, and federal government representatives and associated contact information.
  • Reaches out to government representatives to request meetings and/or provide feedback on specific initiatives; keep them informed as to upcoming initiatives/events or other items of interest; and maintain positive relationships with government officials.
  • Reaches out to local Foundation executives, trustees, and/or board members to request meetings and conversations with the purpose of developing and maintaining positive relationships.

Record Keeping:

  • Maintains a detailed record of all communications with external stakeholders, funding bodies, and government officials in the SUMAC database.
  • Creates, updates and maintains constituent records, including contact information for external stakeholders, government and foundation funding bodies, and government officials in SUMAC database.
  • Creates updates and maintains a record of government and foundation funding programs identified through prospect research.
  • Maintains a detailed record of all pending and secured grants, as well as reporting requirements and submitted documents, in the SUMAC database.
  • Files final versions of submitted proposals, and reporting documents in relevant development folders.
  • Attending special events and business meetings outside of regular office hours may be required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Two Year Community College Diploma in business administration, fundraising, communications, arts management, not-for-profit management.

The following are assets to the position:
Certified Fund Raising Executive Designation (CFRE) Diploma/Degree in fundraising

Three years related experience, including:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Well-developed research skills
  • Background in fundraising/non-profit industry or government
  • Presentation skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong proofreading skills
  • Ability to read, retain, and report on large amounts of information quickly and with accuracy
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects with competing deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate with/take direction from a variety of internal and external partners and stakeholders

Please direct resumes & cover letters to:

10 King Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3
Attention: Paige Phillips
Email: Paige.Phillips@THEMUSEUM.ca

We thank all interested applicants; however, THEMUSEUM will contact only those candidates to be interviewed. No phone calls please.

Deadline: March 6th, 2019

Description of Organization: THEMUSEUM’s vision is to awe, inspire and enlighten and as such stages permanent and travelling exhibitions for both children and adults. Located in downtown Kitchener, THEMUSEUM is a charitable organization in an emerging field in Canada. THEMUSEUM offers a unique blend of art and technology at play and provides an opportunity for children and adults to learn in a fun, imaginative, non-traditional, creative environment.