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We do appreciate your interest in Toronto Wildlife Centre. Unfortunately, due to the anticipation of a high number of applications only candidates who qualify for an interview will be contacted. Please, no inquiries. Thank you for your understanding.
About Toronto Wildlife Centre:
Toronto Wildlife Centre is the only wildlife centre in the Greater Toronto Area and the busiest in Canada. Approximately 5,000 wild animals are admitted to the centre each year representing over 270 different species of wildlife.
Dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, and to educating the public on wildlife-related issues; TWC was the first wildlife centre in Canada with a full veterinary hospital and is the only one with a dedicated Wildlife Rescue Program. Approximately 30,000 phone calls from the public are handled each year through TWC’s Wildlife Hotline.
As a registered charity, TWC relies primarily on donations from members of the public and like-minded organizations. Volunteers work in all areas of the centre from wildlife care to IT support.
Status: Permanent, Full-time
Location: Downsview Park, with an expected move to the Rouge Park location in 2019 or 2020.
Reports to: Education & Outreach Manager
Starting Salary: TBD / Commensurate with experience
In this exciting role, you will work closely with the fundraising team and combine your fundraising, organisational, research and writing skills with your passion for promoting peaceful co-existence for people and wildlife.
The Grant Writer will work closely with our small development team to identify prospects, develop funding proposals, cultivate foundation and corporate donors, and prepare documents to support fundraising activities, track metrics, and steward donors.
- Conduct prospect research of foundations and corporations to identify key grant opportunities
- Identify, explore and develop new funding opportunities as they present themselves
- Work with fellow fundraising team members during grant development, and finalize all work with the Education and Outreach Manager and/or Executive Director prior to submission
- Assist with scheduling meetings with prospective foundation/corporate donors and prepare information
- Write engaging grant proposals, submitting them on time and tracking their outcomes
- Develop processes and forms to track activities, deadlines, stewardship goals and metrics for portfolio of 30+ funders
- Assist in developing grant writing and revenue goals
- Comply with all grant reporting as required
- Follow up with all grant proposals to ensure donor/prospect is thanked appropriately and receives materials or follow-up actions as outlined
- Maintain records in database, including all forms of contact with donors
- Assist with other fundraising projects as requested
- Participate in occasional evening/weekend and/or off-site meetings and events as needed
- Passion for Toronto Wildlife Centre’s mission
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
- Proven ability to multitask in a busy environment, to work well under pressure, and to prioritize tasks appropriately while meeting time-sensitive demands
- Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
- Proven ability to write clear, powerful and persuasive proposals
- Strong creative thinker with fresh and innovative ideas
- Knowledge of prospect research and fundraising approaches, techniques and strategies
- Knowledge of fundraising information sources
- Graduate of fundraising program or work experience equivalent
- Proficiency in Adobe Indesign, and Photoshop
- Familiarity with Etapestry database
- Experience writing for the charitable sector
To Apply: Toronto Wildlife Centre is a unique, busy and evolving organization. The demands are high and the rewards are great. If reading this job posting excites you, please get in touch.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Victoria Badham, Education & Outreach Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org and please write “Grants Writer” in the subject line. We thank you for your interest; however only people selected for interviews will be contacted.
Location(s): Downsview Park, with the understanding that plans are in place to move to Rouge Park at a future date
Reports to: Operations Manager
Start Date: As soon as possible
Compensation: TBD, Commensurate with experience
TWC is operated by a small group of highly skilled, paid staff, supported by several hundred volunteers who work in all areas, from wildlife care to administration. Volunteers range from teenagers to seniors and come from all walks of life; some have been giving their time freely for many years and new volunteers are joining us regularly.
The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for managing the volunteer team, coordinating and developing the Volunteer Program and liaising with other TWC programs and other external organizations as needed. This position requires experience working with volunteers, a strong administrative background, multitasking, and the ability to prioritize and communicate well in a fast-paced environment. As an environmental organization working with hundreds of species, including some at-risk species such as Blanding’s turtles, we could not do our critical work without our volunteers.
- Provide a positive, professional and safe working environment at all times
- Volunteer management including: recruitment, orientation, scheduling, training, attendance monitoring and maintenance of volunteer records and data
- Provide assistance with orientation and volunteer’s introduction to TWC
- Liaise with TWC staff and volunteers to keep all programs cohesive and to meet Centre needs
- Keep abreast of current volunteer management methods through literature perusal, conference attendance, networking and other sources
- Evaluate, update and expand existing programs, protocols/manuals and other material
- Develop new and innovative ways of improving experiences and recognizing achievements of volunteers
- Assist with all aspects of the Volunteer Program, including evaluation, updating and expansion of existing programs, manuals, training protocols, etc.
- Contribute to new and innovative ways of improving volunteer experiences, recognizing achievements, and participating in engagement, recognition and social events
- Some involvement with public relations, fundraising, administrative duties and other duties as needed
- Responsible for retention of volunteers through recognition, conflict resolution, regular communication, relationship building, and other means
- Assist with setting of Volunteer Program goals and strategic planning
- Provide information to the Executive Director and Operations Manager for assessing Volunteer Program budget for the next fiscal year
- Graduate of a volunteer management program or equivalent experience
- Minimum 3 years’ experience managing a medium to large volunteer program in a professional setting
- Strong administrative experience working in a fast-paced environment
- Strong leadership, training and facilitation skills
- Problem solver and critical thinker
- Commitment to excellence
- Exceptional interpersonal skills
- Professional, highly organized and self-motivated
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, high proficiency in computer skills and presentations
- Active and outgoing with the ability to engage youth and adults from a broad range of backgrounds and ages
- Valid driver’s license; own vehicle available for occasional use an advantage
- Must be available to work some weekends as required
To Apply: Please e-mail cover letter and resume to email@example.com; include “Volunteer Coordinator” in the subject line, and address to Isabella Thomas. We sincerely thank all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Toronto Wildlife Centre is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Please, no inquiries.