Manager, Leadership Gifts Wanted – 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

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 Thursday, February 22, 2019.

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