People for Education is seeking an Advancement Director. This is a new position at the organization. They will report to the Executive Director, and work alongside the Research Director to help lead the conversation about the power and promise of public education in Canada. They will be responsible for promoting our work and brand, building partnerships & ensuring that the organization has a broad range of support.
We are looking for someone who can translate the organization’s objectives into a comprehensive marketing and development strategy. Specifically…
• Be the brand champion – use brand and marketing principles to fuel the organization.
• Lead fund development – Identify prospects and channels for revenue and develop a plan to secure funding.
• Steer communications – Develop audience objectives, strategies, and messages to widen and deepen brand engagement.
• Lead content creation – Translate the research into relevant content for a diverse group of stakeholders and audiences.
• Direct and oversee all organization communication – Build a consistent voice and identity and ensure its consistent use and application across the work – in PR, media, fundraising, events, presentations and outreach.
The right candidate will also have the capacity to:
• Be entrepreneurial – you know how to figure stuff out and then make it happen.
• Act collaboratively – you can be an engaged partner with the Research Director and the research team to mine compelling messaging from the research and evidence.
• Confidently use technology – you know how to use the tools that support development, donor stewardship, and communications e.g. donor databases, online analytics tools, WordPress, Google grants etc.
• Write well – You communicate in a compelling and engaging style that is effective with donors, contributors, colleagues and government, and you can write in long and short form, edit, and craft messaging.
• Build a support base – you understand the grant process, how to build partnerships, prospect for sponsors and funders, and build community.
• Supervise people – hire and oversee contract talent as needed and direct and support staff.
At least five years experience working in the non-profit sector
A university and/or college degree in a related field
Experience leading a team
Sound knowledge of fundraising principles and process
Experience in the effective management and support of volunteers and board members
Proficiency working in an MS Office environment
Fluency in French is an asset
CompensationThis is a full-time permanent position located in downtown Toronto. The salary range is between $70,000 and $85,000 and includes benefits and a pension plan.
How to ApplyPlease create one pdf for your application – with a letter explaining your interest and fit, and your understanding of our work, as well as a CV and a writing sample. Please send the application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
About People for Education
For over 20 years, People for Education has been the champion of public education. We have evolved from a Toronto neighbourhood grassroots collective to a nationally recognized research and advocacy force independently operating as a non-partisan, charitable organization.
Public education – when it is functioning at its best – is the proven path to success.
But if Canada’s public education system is going to work to its full potential, the system needs to evolve and respond to a rapidly changing world. That evolution requires credible evidence and effective advocacy and People for Education provides both.
Our experience at People for Education has shown that our outside influence is a crucial element in ensuring public education lives up to its promise.
There is no other organization like ours in Canada – we track progress in the education system, and design and field innovative research to fuel new thinking on indicators of success for students and for the system.
But we don’t stop there. We facilitate the dialogue, engage the public and media, partner with organizations inside and outside education, and make recommendations to government.
Through evidence-based public discussion, People for Education connects the dots between a strong and valued public education system and the future success of our country.