Full-Time Fundraising & Communications Opportunity

Full-time Fundraising & Communications Opportunity with Blind Beginnings

This is an opportunity to enhance the impact of our established and growing charitable organization whose mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted, and their families. At Blind Beginnings, we provide diverse programs, experiences, counselling and peer support, and opportunities to support our children and youth in creating fulfilling lives.  We envision a world where seeing things differently inspires limitless possibilities. For more information about Blind Beginnings, visit us at www.blindbeginnings.ca

Position Title:    Officer, Fundraising and Communications
Term:                      Permanent (contingent on available funding)
Salary Range:     $45,000 – $55,000 commensurate with experience and                                                 qualifications.
Location:              Metro Vancouver
Note:                       Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends
Closing date:      October 29, 2018

The Officer, Fundraising and Communications will be responsible for raising revenues to meet the organization’s annual budget needs as well as communicating Blind Beginnings’ mission, vision and objectives to all internal and external stakeholders. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, this role is central to the sustainability and growth of the organization.

Summary of Responsibilities/Accountabilities

Fundraising

  • Development and execution of the Blind Beginnings’ Fundraising Plan, in alignment with the Strategic Plan.
  • Research of prospective granting organizations (corporate and family foundations, government) and preparation of grant applications, working collaboratively with Executive Director and Program Coordinator.
  • Development and execution of Annual Giving Campaign with specific emphasis on cultivating and growing the base of individual donors (monthly and annual), as well as sources of community support and third-party initiatives (e.g. service clubs, schools, golf tournaments).
  • Development and execution of a Major Gifts Campaign for both corporate and individual prospects, including planned giving opportunities.
  • Staff leadership for the Volunteer Committee responsible for the annual Gala fundraising event, including sponsorship solicitation and recognition, publicity and media relations, financial management and volunteer management.
  • Management of the donor cultivation and recognition process, from donation thank you letters to acknowledgement in communications vehicles (website, annual report, newsletter, etc.) and invitations to special events; oversight of the donor management system is also required.

Communications

  • Development and execution of Blind Beginnings’ Marketing and Communications Plan, in alignment with the Strategic Plan.
  • Creation, updating and management of all content related to programs and services offered by Blind Beginnings for fundraising and communications applications.
  • Development of all communications content and execution oversight of Blind Beginnings’ full range of communications platforms including website, social media, email system (MailChimp/Keela), and other vehicles as appropriate.
  • Cultivation of media relationships and management of all media solicitations and opportunities, in consultation with Executive Director.
  • Creation and production of all promotional materials for community events, including banners, brochures, posters, etc.

About You

You have a proven reputation as a successful fundraising professional, a record of integrity, the ability to work within a team and independently, and a passion for helping children with disabilities in BC.  You have a natural capacity to inspire and engage individuals to do greater good and, as a lifelong learner, you are ever curious and always abreast of leading-edge industry best practices.

Experience/Skills/Education

  • Minimum of 5 years of related experience in a similar role supporting a not for profit/charity organization;
  • A certificate/diploma in Communications, Fundraising, Public Relations, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated success identifying and executing fundraising and communications plans
  • Detail oriented with strong project management, time management and planning skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a multi-functional team environment, be self-motivated, and resourceful
  • Intermediate to advanced MS Office skills (including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word)
  • Superior writing and editing skills as well as oral communications skills;
  • Demonstrated success utilizing social media communications (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram)
  • Comfort interacting with persons with a disability is essential

Please send applications to Amy Amantea at: amy@blindbeginnings.ca Please include a cover letter and resume and how you learned of the position.

We thank all applicants for your interest.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.