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Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world, making MS Canada’s disease. The MS Society of Canada is the country’s leading MS advocate, funding leading research in MS and programs & services that help people live well with the disease.
Reporting to the Regional Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for the planning and execution of various fundraising campaigns and events throughout York Region, Durham Region and Northumberland County, including MS Walks and chapter-led fundraising events (e.g. annual golf tournaments). Further, the role is responsible for supporting the coordination and execution of assigned MS Bike events, stewarding I Challenge MS fundraising within Durham Northumberland and York Region and annual campaigns such as Burgers to Beat MS. The role involves program development, community engagement, volunteer engagement, and fundraising.
The incumbent will be required to complete the screening process including completion of appropriate background checks in compliance with the National Screening Measures Policy.
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Responsibilities: Plans, coordinates and leads fundraising activities within two chapter service areas – Durham Northumberland and York Region, with primary focus on the four MS Walk within Durham region, chapter led fundraising events, third party fundraisers, and, national and provincial fundraising initiatives executed with the support of the chapters throughout York Region, Durham and Northumberland Develops new fundraising initiatives as required while maintaining and growing existing fundraisers Manages I Challenge MS (or third party) relationships ensuring proper stewardship of organizers, including ensuring the processing of receipts Acts as a principal contact for fundraising events by maintaining correspondence with sponsors and participants both new and existing, and responding to general inquiries Manages donor programs – In Honour, Celebration, Monthly giving, major gifts and planned giving Coordinates all volunteer requirement for Walk and Chapter fundraising Develops and maintains relationships and provides customer service for event participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers Recruits, develops, and maintains relationships corporate and business contacts and service clubs Seeks public speaking opportunities at community and business functions; makes presentations to service clubs and organizations for support and cooperation Works with local media to actively promote fundraising initiatives including development of press releases, media packages, feature stories and event coverage as assigned Uses social media tools to promote fundraising and volunteering with the chapter, National and Division offices, and other local chapters within the Multiple Sclerosis Society Builds strong relationships with board and committee members, volunteers, staff and donors Other duties as assigned Qualifications: University Degree or Community College Diploma in fundraising, communications, PR, business or marketing with 2-3 years of experience in fund development, special event planning, project management and/or public relations or the equivalent education and experience A valid G driver's license and access to a reliable car is required Proven success coordinating fundraising campaigns and events Knowledge of sponsorship, marketing and media relations’ processes and procedures Experience recruiting and managing event and committee volunteers Self-starter with excellent customer service and problem solving skills Strong organizational skills, able to balance multiple priorities with overlapping deadlines Strong verbal and communication skills with good interpersonal skills to communicate in a professional manner and work collaboratively Superior computer skills, with experience in Microsoft Office and an aptitude for database systems Experience in Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point, and Microsoft Outlook e-mail Good networking skills Special Considerations: Travel throughout York Region, Durham Region and Northumberland County is required on a regular basis (i.e. weekly). On an occasional, scheduled basis (e.g. MS Bike) travel will be required outside of the chapter service area, into other Ontario communities Flexibility to work evenings and/or weekends Flexibility to work from home and within downtown Toronto office Physical demands of special events including packing, lifting carrying and loading
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