Careers

The Children’s Aid Foundation is Canada’s leading national charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system. With the support of our generous donors, we provide access to the opportunities these children need to reach their potential against all odds. Last year, we delivered a wide range of high- impact programs and services, transforming the lives of over 23,000 children and youth. All children have the right to become healthy, contributing members of society. Our kids need your help to get there.

They depend on us. We depend on you. Join us and help Canada’s most vulnerable kids break the cycle and define a vision for themselves of a successful future.

The Foundation has an ambitious agenda for growth and is in the midst of the National Campaign for Child Welfare, a $60-million campaign to catalyze change for Canada’s most vulnerable youth – those who have experienced abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Together, we can help them overcome their trauma, develop their potential, and break the cycle for future generations.

Our staff members are a dynamic and highly committed team of professionals who are dedicated to delivering excellence and maximizing the social value of donations and volunteer contributions to child welfare in Canada.

Development Officer, Corporate Partnerships

Reports to: Director, Corporate Partnerships
Department: Development
Permanent, Full Time

Purpose of the Position

The Development Officer, Corporate Partnerships will increase gifts received from corporations; will develop and maintain positive relationships with decision-makers from corporations; will support the Director, Corporate Partnership in managing and stewarding strategic donor/prospect relationships. To be successful in this position, the candidate must be results oriented, possess relationship management skills and is passionate for creating more resources for underserved children and youth.

Responsibilities

  • Personally manage and grow a portfolio of corporate donors ($5k+) conducting cultivation visits, solicitation calls and stewardship activities
  • Work with Director, Corporate Partnership to identify new opportunities, develop cultivation strategies and conduct introductory calls/visits with prospects
  • Work in close collaboration with other staff or volunteers to secure corporate sponsorships, grow corporate employee giving program, and coordinate corporate launch or stewardship events
  • Working with the Development Team, contribute to annual and campaign fundraising strategy and planning
  • Support the corporate portfolio of the Director, Corporate Partnership, including preparation of correspondence, proposals, meeting briefs, call notes, Raisers Edge actions, and stewardship activities

Raiser’s Edge:

  • Ensure donor files are maintained and updated accurately in a timely fashion
  • Ensure compliance with Raiser’s Edge operating policies and procedures

Other Initiatives

  • Act as an Ambassador and attend events as required

Competencies and Skills

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and results-oriented environment
  • Excellent organization, planning and administrative skills
  • Evidence of leadership and initiative, tact, diplomacy, attention to detail and creativity
  • A proven track record in identifying strategic business development opportunities and developing sponsorship or cause-related marketing initiatives would be considered an asset
  • Working knowledge and experience in Raiser’s Edge (data entry, data maintenance, and database administration skills)
  • Good skills in MS-Word, MS-Excel and MS-PowerPoint, email, calendar, and web browsers

Qualifications

  • Relevant post-secondary degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of 2-3 years of charitable sector experience, or transferable experience of a business development role
  • Proven track record of securing gifts

Hours of Work

  • Regular office hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Occasional evenings and weekends during busy periods
  • Vacation restrictions during busy periods

To Apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please send a cover letter and a current resume listing your qualifications and experience to churley@cafdn.org no later than Monday, May 29, 2017. Please quote “DOC2017” in the subject line of your e-mail.   Please note: applicants will only be contacted if an interview is being requested.

 

Grants Officer

Department: Grants & Programs
Reports to: Director, Grants & Programs
2 year Contract, Full Time

 

Purpose of the Position

Working under the direction of the Director, Grants & Programs, the Grants Officer is responsible for the coordination and administration of grants disbursed by the Children’s Aid Foundation to partner agencies. The role involves end-to-end administration of grants to partner agencies throughout Canada, from the grant application through administration, evaluation and reporting on outcomes. The position acts as a liaison with outside agencies and shares funding outcomes and needs with the larger Foundation team.

 

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and manage grants distributed to partner agencies
  • Recommend budget allocations
  • Prepare documents, forms, reports, and contracts
  • Act as a liaison with agencies and students funded by the Children’s Aid Foundation
  • Administer online granting systems
  • Ensure the timely payment of grants and awards to recipients
  • Prepare financial reports and accrual lists
  • Produce reports on programs and granting activity using a range of sources such as the granting database, agency reports and student information
  • Assist with the production of donor reports
  • Assist with donor stewardship activities
  • Share stories about grants and coordinate recipients as ambassadors
  • Evaluate grants and make recommendations on future granting activity
  • Collect outcomes and measure impact of grants
  • Champion the needs of children, youth and partner agencies and bring forward fundraising and granting opportunities
  • Complete fundraising feasibility studies and research on the child welfare topics
  • Be an expert on the issues and trends within the child welfare landscape
  • Develop and maintain information resources for grants
  • Maintain accurate and timely information in the grants database
  • Organize and maintain all grants files and resources
  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures manuals
  • Participate in events as a Foundation representative
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Competencies and Skills

  • Excellent organization, planning and administrative skills
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management
  • Advanced research skills
  • Advanced report writing and editing skills
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in MS-Word, MS-Excel and MS-PowerPoint, email, calendar, and web browsers
  • Intermediate to advanced data entry, data maintenance, and database administration skills
  • Intermediate to advanced program evaluation skills
  • Basic financial reporting
  • Basic project management skills
  • Basic desktop publishing using MS-Office applications

 

Qualifications

  • Relevant post-secondary degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in a related role
  • Previous experience working with youth, in child welfare or social services an asset
  • French language proficiency an asset

 

Hours of Work

  • Regular office hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Occasional evenings and weekends during busy periods
  • Vacation restrictions during busy periods

 

To Apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please send a cover letter and a current resume listing your qualifications and experience to churley@cafdn.org no later than Monday, May 29, 2017. Please quote “GOC2017” in the subject line of your e-mail.   Please note: applicants will only be contacted if an interview is being requested.

 

Project Manager

Department: Marketing & Community Engagement
Reports to: VP Marketing & Community Engagement
Contract: asap – March 30, 2018 with potential to extend

Background

Background: September 2017 marks the launch of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. In preparation for this brand evolution, we are proposing the creation of a strategic sub brand that will help create awareness, differentiation and credibility in the marketplace. The sub brand will be an important unifying force for the Foundation – creating an integrated, wide reaching national movement connecting all Foundation activities: public/community level fundraising, advocacy, national award, corporate sponsorship, retail activations, media/public relations among others.

The role of Project Manager will be to design and launch the inaugural Children’s Aid Foundation National Award, integrating this activity into the broader national launch plan. The award will be announced in September 2017, and awarded in September 2018.

The new national award will be a key activation of the sub brand – specifically to build national exposure and credibility in the child welfare/child rights sector. This award will recognize an extraordinary Canadian person or initiative that has made an indelible mark on the child welfare landscape. This award will serve to showcase the recipient’s dedication, service, contributions or extraordinary measures taken to improve the lives of abused, abandoned or neglected children and youth. As part of the award, a cash grant will be awarded to a child welfare/child rights/child and youth serving agency in Canada. This national award program will run alongside the local award program run by the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and the three other Toronto-based child welfare agencies and will consider the longer term plan for the award, and possible expansion (including sub categories, geography etc).

Position Summary: The position will lead the award framework – from concept to launch, including developing the submission criteria, granting approach and reporting requirements, agency partner/stakeholder engagement strategy and marketing and communications plan. This role will work collaboratively with a cross functional team and senior volunteers at the Foundation (including Marketing & Community Engagement, Grants & Programs, Board, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and other external stakeholders) and has shared responsibility for program outcomes, in support of abused,

neglected and vulnerable children and youth across Canada. The position requires excellent project management skills and organizational skills.

 

Key Responsibilities

Program Development

  • Environmental/competitive scan/determine best-in-class approach  Author criteria for nominees (specific to the award as well as within current Foundation award framework)
  • Develop adjudication process, recruit awards committee, manage committee meetings
  • Overall project timelines, approval process, stakeholder requirements, budget

National Agency Partner Engagement

  • In consultation with Director, Grants & Programs, develop agency partner network/framework
  • Create outreach plan and conduct communications/engagement to establish agency partner network
  • Develop criteria for granting, including reporting back timeline and requirements

Marketing and Brand Stewardship

  • In collaboration with Marketing & Community Engagement team, develop and execute promotional plan to successfully announce and launch the first year’s award at this year’s Recognition Night (September 6, 2017), as well support/elevate the Foundation’s broader awareness and credibility goals (event, media & public relations, digital etc)
  • Working with the support of the Development Directors, identify and operationalize the new national award and the committee with consideration of Foundation donor awards framework/stewardship goals
  • Develop a sponsorship/corporate partnership framework in collaboration with the Director, Corporate Partnerships
  • Actively participate in the brand stewardship of the new sub brand, with the award as a key tactic in brand building nationally

 

Qualifications

  • 7+ years of relevant experience in one of more of the following areas: media and public relations, advocacy, research & grants administration, event production
  •  Experience in developing, administrating, executing awards programs, competitions or juried shows
  •  University or college degree/diploma program in public relations, child welfare/rights, social work, human rights/social justice
  •  Proven experience in working in a matrixed organization, managing committees and multiple stakeholders
  •  Experience working in/with not for profit sector

 

Skills and Abilities

  •  Demonstrated ability to take initiative, set priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced and results oriented environment
  •  Comfortable with ambiguity
  •  Excellent project management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities
  •  A personable, team oriented- professional who enjoys interaction with people at events
  •  Ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically with volunteers and colleagues at all levels
  •  Exceptional relationship-building skills with agency partners, donors, volunteers, colleagues and other key stakeholders
  •  Experience with MSOffice, e-communications platforms (Constant Contact, Mailchimp, Survey Monkey etc)
  •  Experience with database programs like Raiser’s Edge and MicroEdge GIFTS
  •  Basic Adobe Creative suite an asset
  •  Creative problem solver, curious, pro-active, collaborative
  •  Goal setting and achievement oriented
  •  Passion for child rights and social justice

 

Scope and Nature of Accountability

The position requires independent judgement in determining completion of priorities; work is generally structured and decisions are within established systems and framework, although creativity and resourcefulness is required to problem -solve or optimize existing frameworks when net new opportunities arise.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Position requires collaboration at all levels and across business team(s)
  • No direct reports

 

Key Internal and External Contacts

Major Internal Contacts
Marketing Communications team
Development team
Grants & Programs team

Major External Contacts
Board members, volunteers, committee members
Agency partners

 

Hours of Work

  • Regular office hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Occasional evenings and weekends during busy periods
  • Vacation restrictions during busy periods

 

To Apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please send a cover letter and a current resume listing your qualifications and experience to churley@cafdn.org no later than Friday, June 2, 2017. Please quote “PMC2017” in the subject line of your e-mail.   Please note: applicants will only be contacted if an interview is being requested.

 

Grants Intern

Department: Grants & Programs
Reports to: Program Manager
Temporary Contract, $15/hour

Purpose of the Position

Working under the direction of the Program Manager, the Grants & Programs Intern will be responsible for helping with the coordination and administration of grants disbursed by the Children’s Aid Foundation to individual scholarship recipients and partner agencies, and in the implementation of the new Element Fleet Management Youth Capital Program and the HSBC National Transformation Project.

 

Eligibility

Please note: Due to potential conflicts of interest, students currently eligible for Children’s Aid Foundation grants and scholarships cannot be considered for this position

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • 30 years of age or under at the start of employment
  • Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

 

Responsibilities

  • Writing biographies of scholarship recipients
  • Corresponding with youth receiving post-secondary education grants and/or participating in the Element Fleet Management Youth Capital Program
  • Tracking student documents that are submitted and scanning any that arrive in hard copy
  • Managing student photos
  • Tracking Graduation Award applications & following up with students as required
  • Following up regarding missing documents, answering questions regarding Recognition Night and tracking RSVPs
  • Providing assistance with data entry and database maintenance
  • Conducting research on specific topics related to the Foundation’s work, such as issues in child welfare, education, and evaluation and impact measurement
  • Assisting with the Foundation’s events and/or special projects
  • Other administrative and Foundation duties as assigned

 

Competencies and Skills

  • Excellent organization, planning and administrative skills
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to write a short biography about a student from their application
  • Excellent oral communication skills, and a friendly and professional manner
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in MS-Word, MS-Excel and MS-PowerPoint, email, calendar, and web browsers
  • Intermediate to advanced data entry, data maintenance, and database administration skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of databases, specifically Raiser’s Edge and MicroEdge GIFTS database software, would be an asset
  • French language proficiency would be an asset

 

Location and Hours of Work

  • Our office is located in downtown Toronto on the Bloor-Danforth subway line (Spadina and Bloor)
  • 19 June – 4 August 2017
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required

To Apply

Send a recent resume, cover letter and 1-2 page writing sample to Wendy Chan no later than Friday, 2 June at 5 pm ET. Only candidates selected for a

 

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