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Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) is comprised of a high-energy, dedicated team determined to make a difference in the fight against blindness. We are motivated by the profound impact that sight-saving research and education programs have on families living with blinding eye diseases. FBC is an equal opportunity employer and supports applicants with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request throughout the recruitment process.

Is this you?

Are you passionate about being part of an organization committed to eliminating blinding eye diseases? Would you consider yourself an expert communicator, a passionate advocate, a team player and highly motivated professional? Can you multitask while keeping your eye on the goal? Are you a proven leader with a passion for developing and growing your team’s potential?

Do you possess a higher than average EQ and are used to working cross functionally by lending your knowledge and experience to others? Can you take complex science and distill concepts down to digestible content for every person? Would your peers consider you an expert and credible source on blinding eye diseases and have you spoken at industry events on the topic? If you have media training, that’s a bonus!

Your former managers would affectionately refer to you as their “utility player,” meaning they could assign you a lot, or assign a task outside of your job description and you’d get it done, with near flawless execution and delivered on time.

Are you intellectually curious? Do you often ask yourself, “so what?” and are you constantly on the lookout for new, innovative ways to generate revenue or partnership opportunities?

If this sounds like you, please read on…

The Position

This is a critical leadership position within the organization and is replacing an outgoing team member who is moving onto another exciting opportunity after five successful years in this role. Our successful candidate will report to the President & CEO and will be a core member of the Senior Leadership Team. They will lead a highly performing team of six (all currently in place) and will act as the internal expert on the science behind fighting blinding eye diseases.

A key component of this role will be the ability to communicate extremely effectively, verbally or written. Our candidate will be able to distill important research, clinical and sometimes confusing information in an easy-to-understand and digestible way. At the same time they will be a leader among their scientific and medical peers and considered an expert and credible source on discoveries related to blinding eye diseases.

The communication element will be extremely important when our successful candidate is assisting their peers in Philanthropy. The Philanthropy, Special Event Fundraising and Corporate teams will rely on the Director to assist them in distilling content when creating Major Giving proposals and at times the Director of Research & Mission Programs will attend Major Giving meetings with donors of significant giving capacity.

The Director of Research & Mission Programs oversees the communications team, which owns the marketing and communications channels for the organization. The Director of Research & Mission Programs will be a regular contributor to the organization’s web properties and will write frequent articles regarding recent discoveries on the topic of fighting blindness. They will have two full-time direct reports who manage the day-to-day as it relates to communications.

Advocacy and Community Engagement will be an important element to our candidate’s success. They will oversee a full-time staff member who manages Advocacy and will assist them where appropriate to improve Canadian access to new treatments and encourage a vision health care strategy across Canada. Community Engagement is an area of opportunity for the organization and as our successful candidate will be a prominent member of the scientific community on fighting blindness, they will be a key player in building momentum around a community movement to fight blindness. This includes overseeing programs that are currently in place, which include the Young Leaders program and Vision Quest.

Fighting Blindness Canada is launching a new mission program this Fall with the recruitment of a Health Information Officer and establishing vision care pathways which includes medical referral tools, online educational materials and a phone line to help navigate genetic testing and medical information.

Our Director of Research & Mission Programs will be a comfortable public speaker. They will enjoy representing Fighting Blindness Canada in the media, at scientific and medical meetings, and will frequently interact with senior volunteers, donors, stakeholders and board members. They will be accountable for the strategic leadership and operational direction for all research and mission programs in accordance with the FBC’s strategic vision, annual operating plan and budget.

Primary Accountabilities

The successful Candidate will be accountable for the following:

Leadership & Cross Department Collaboration

  • Acts and contributes as a core member of the senior leadership team
  • Leads the development and oversees the implementation of a multi-year, multi-pronged plan for FBC’s mission programs including: funding and oversight of scientific research grants, research trainees initiatives, education programs including Vision Quest, Young Leaders, Vision Care Pathways, Health Policy, Advocacy, and Communications
  • Supports three key external expert advisory groups to promote and develop the most impactful research portfolio; these committees include:
    • Scientific Advisory Board
    • Patient Registry Steering Committee
    • Mission Investment Steering Committee
  • Leads the Mission Investment Steering Committee in strategic planning, operational planning and problem solving to facilitate the effectiveness of mission-related activities
  • Oversees the program evaluation plan that measures FBC’s progress and assesses the impact of the mission programs. This will include the development of key indicators and metrics to measure program performance standards of accountability
  • Identifies, assesses, and informs the President & CEO of internal and external issues, risks and opportunities which may affect FBC’s mission, branding, fundraising, research activities, health policy advocacy and community engagement, and recommend mitigating strategies as required
  • Assesses situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization
  • Seeks and creates innovative and non-traditional partnerships to move forward with key initiatives that further FBC’s mission
  • Assists the Philanthropy team, specifically the Director of Philanthropy, in the development of proposals, stewardship impact reports, and on occasion, attends meetings with high net worth donors to distill the science into layman’s terms with the goal of securing financial commitments for the organization

Research, Education, and Health Policy Development

  • Manages the development of web-based education programs
  • Works closely with the President & CEO (and with external advisory committees as appropriate) in developing, implementing, and evaluating research initiatives, educational programs, and health policies advocacy; takes proactive steps to implement decisions and move projects and initiatives forward
  • Oversees FBC’s research grant and trainee portfolio
  • Lead contact for the ophthalmology, optometrist and optician communities, including academic departments of ophthalmology and optometry
  • Lead contact for vision research community including facilitating the establishment of the Canadian Vision Research Network
  • Oversees FBC’s advocacy program and cultivates key relationships with the lived experience community including CNIB, CCB, Retina International, and related stakeholder organizations. Provides input to organizational strategies to influence public policy as it relates to the support of vision research and access to vision health resources, including new diagnostic tools, such as genetic testing, and new therapies
  • Oversees the development of mission program evaluation frameworks that measure outcomes against the strategic plan and ensure continuous improvement to achieve the Strategic Plan 2019-2023

Financial and Resource Management

  • Oversees the nationwide annual mission program plan, integrates budgets, objectives, priorities and targets for research and mission programs
  • Works with the Leadership Team on the annual operating plans, budgets and strategic directions for presentation and approval of the Board
  • Accountable for ensuring that the research granting function operates in a manner that supports the funding of research with the greatest potential to impact FBC’s mission, while also being responsive to investor and donor interests
  • Ensures appropriate financial oversight of research grants
  • Approves expenditures in accordance with the annual budget and within the authority delegated by the President & CEO

Communications

  • Manages communications team to develop and implement the annual communications plan
  • Oversees the development of FBC marketing plan to implement the Strategic Plan 2019-2023
  • Oversees and contributes to content creation (InVision, monthly eNews, Annual Impact Report, etc.)
  • Oversees ambassador program
  • Oversees brand integrity
  • Acts as a national spokesperson to deliver key messages and represents FBC on various external stakeholder groups including ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, vision scientists, health charity coalitions and committees, general public, donors, media, etc.

The Ideal Candidate

Our successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • University degree or equivalent combination of work experience and education, ideally a PhD in Knowledge Transfer, Biology or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive under pressure while seeking values-driven and team-based results
  • Superior interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate effectively with people at all levels both internal and external
  • Exceptional writing and presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate to a diverse constituency
  • Strong public speaking ability, bonus if media trained
  • Strong management skills, with the ability to mentor, coach and supervise professionals
  • Ability to develop and manage departmental and project budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, develop and “close” individual relationships, and clear evidence of ability to close gifts
  • Experience working with a non-profit Board of Directors and other volunteers
  • CFRE designation considered an asset
  • Monthly travel is required in Canada and an annual international medical conference

To Apply

If you are someone looking for an outstanding challenge, working with a great team for a very important, uniquely focused organization, then what are you waiting for? Apply now to Lindsay Preston by sending your Cover Letter and CV to lindsay@phcap.ca.

The application deadline is October 7, 2019.

FBC is an equal opportunity employer and supports applicants with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request throughout the recruitment process.

Please note only qualified respondents will be contacted.

View this job posting in WORD or PDF format.

Is this you?

Would you be invigorated to work for a movement that is discovering cures for blinding eye diseases?

Your peers would describe you as a proactive self-starter, with which you would humbly agree. You have successfully sought out new relationships for your organization and have found ways to continually engage and involve your corporate partners. You would consider yourself an “up and comer”; you are extremely motivated and have a high tolerance for ambiguity.  You have a strong command of the written language and feel comfortable creating proposals and writing grants.

You may currently be in a fundraising support role and you are looking to work on the front-line. You are known as a ‘go-getter’ and are not afraid to pick up the phone and speak to anyone – though beyond that you find ways to make meaningful connections with folks.

You are extremely organized and don’t get distracted easily. You know how to effectively identify and foster corporate relationships. Ideally, you have successfully worked in corporate fundraising within the charitable sector and have secured support from corporations and their foundations in the form of philanthropic gifts, sponsorship, cause marketing, and workplace fundraising including third party events.

You pride yourself in your relationship building (and maintaining) ability. You aren’t afraid of a challenge; in fact, challenges are what keep you going. You are known for your work ethic and want to inspire colleagues with your driven and motivational personality and work ethic. You are a culture-setter who cares about your personal well-being and the well-being of your team members as much as you care about the cause.

Does this sound like you? If so, please read on…

The Role

This is a newly created role, reporting directly to the President & CEO of Fighting Blindness Canada, Doug Earle. Doug is an exceptional major giving fundraising professional who possesses a depth of experience in securing transformational gifts from corporations as well as individuals and foundations. This would be an exceptional learning opportunity for someone who is looking to learn from one of the best.

The Manager, Corporate Development will manage the corporate fundraising activities for Fighting Blindness Canada. Our successful candidate will oversee and foster growth of a corporate revenue target of over $1 million annually, contributing to the organization’s ambitious goals. We’re looking for a strong writer, as a portion of the funding is secured via grants. The successful candidate will possess a deep passion for the work being done at Fighting Blindness Canada and will express a genuine curiosity and enthusiasm toward research and breakthroughs being achieved.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Corporate Sponsorship and Philanthropy

  • Leads the corporate philanthropy and sponsorship portfolio for all programs: mission and special event fundraising
  • Identifies and cultivates relationships with new sponsors and partners
  • Develops and implements strategies that engage, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of corporate donors
  • Collaborates with the Mission team to fulfill position’s responsibility for funding of mission programs including: research grants; research trainees; educational programs including Vision Quest and Young Leaders; FightingBlindness.ca; advocacy, and other mission programs
  • Collaborates with the Special Event fundraising team to fulfill position’s responsibility for achieving event sponsorship revenue for signature events: Comic Vision, Last Call, Cycle for Sight and Ride for Sight, and other fundraising events, and generate participant data to drive corporate sponsorship
  • Collaborates with the philanthropy team to support fundraising efforts and to help create compelling cases for support for various research initiatives and mission programs to diverse audiences, including major and leadership prospects
  • Supports the activities of the volunteers on FBC’s National Leadership Council for major and corporate giving activities
  • Develops an understanding of the educational, research, clinical and financial needs and goals of Fighting Blindness Canada
  • Prepares compelling and strategic fundraising materials including, but not limited to, briefing notes, proposals, sponsorship materials, and stewardship reports
  • Engages regularly with Fighting Blindness Canada leadership, the vision medical and research community, and staff to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward corporate partners
  • Leads the development and execution of commitments (donations, sponsorship, etc.) from corporations and foundations
  • Leads the development and delivery of stewardship of corporate donors including working with the Communications and Donor Relations teams for materials including, but not limited to, recognition and impact reports
  • Supports the President & CEO in the development and execution of commitments (donations, sponsorship, etc.) from corporations and foundations when required
  • Identifies prospective corporate partners and develop strategies to solicit prospects and steward their gifts, including written materials such as cases for support, proposals, and scripts
  • Prepares activity reports (includes names of donors to recruit/visit, solicitation calls, cultivation calls)
  • Maintains accurate, professional and current Raiser’s Edge records, actions, and reports
  • Cultivates strong professional relationships with leadership, volunteers, staff, medical and research community at Fighting Blindness Canada from across the country

The Ideal Candidate

  • A University or College education and 2-4 years of fundraising experience preferably in corporate development; A combination of relevant education and experience may be considered
  • Demonstrated experience closing gifts is required
  • A flexible team player able to collaborate with and inspire colleagues and senior volunteers
  • Extremely effective interpersonal skills with a professional presence and manner, and capable of exercising independent judgment, initiative and flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, entrepreneurially, works proactively, and manages competing priorities in a complex environment
  • Excellent organization, planning and time management skills with exacting attention to detail
  • Superb critical and analytical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to write effectively and persuasively (specifically need to know what goes into writing a good ‘ask’); experience writing grants will be considered an asset
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office software applications and demonstrated knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or equivalent
  • Committed to ongoing professional development, a CFRE designation is encouraged
  • Fluency in English and knowledge of French is an asset

To Apply

If you are looking for an outstanding challenge, working with a great team for an important, focused and successful organization, then please send your CV, along with a covering letter explaining why you should be a serious candidate for this mission-critical position to Preston Human Capital Group at lindsay@phcap.ca.

Please note the submission deadline of October 7, 2019.

FBC is an equal opportunity employer and supports applicants with disabilities.

View this job posting in WORD or PDF format.

FBC has a variety of internship/co-op positions open throughout the year. If you are interested in doing your internship/co-op with us, please do not hesitate to contact info@fightingblindness.ca

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