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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is seeking a National Grant Writer to support new and existing program activities and the development, writing and submission of grant proposals. As a key member of the National Fund Development team the Grants Writer/Proposal Writer plays an essential role supporting and achieving the national fundraising and strategic partnership activities.

WHY BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CANADA?

Since 1912, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been a social justice champion making a positive difference in the lives of Canada’s children and youth. Through the “power of three”–the family; the organization; and the mentor–we provide children the life-changing developmental relationships they need to reach their full potential.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada enables life-changing mentorship relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people. With 90+ member agencies serving more than 1,100 communities across Canada, each year we help over 26,000 young people access the transformative benefits of mentoring relationships with caring, trained volunteers. Our national organization provides services and programs to our membership agencies to assist them in their work with parents, caregivers, school communities, mentees, and volunteers.

Our staff and volunteers support diverse young Canadians by providing a safe passage through childhood. We help children overcome adversities and provide opportunities for them to grow and thrive as young adults.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING IN THIS ROLE?

This is a 12-18 hours per week position that reports to the National Vice President, Fund Development and Marketing. This is a contract part time opportunity to support BBBSC National Fund Development Team. The contract will end December 19, 2024. The Grant Writer will:

  • Provide grant writing and development services to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
  • Prepare proposals, renewals, and applications to existing funders, and managing related tracking and reporting.
  • Complete applications for potential funding based on current prospects identified.
  • Conduct additional prospect research to identify new opportunities that align with the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission and vision.
  • Carry out additional ongoing prospecting to identify new funding opportunities through corporate, foundation and government funding opportunities, grant planning, strategy and development.
  • Participate in internal team meetings as required.
  • Performing other tasks or duties as assigned.

WHY YOU?

As a key member of the National Fund Development team the Grants Writer/Proposal Writer plays an essential role supporting and achieving the national fundraising and strategic partnership activities. This role reports to the National Vice President, Fund Development and Marketing. You are detail oriented, and effectively manage your time to balance application deadlines, research activities and other duties. You will collaborate with the National Manager, Strategic Partnerships, and various internal subject matter experts to learn, synthesize and simplify a variety of concepts to create compelling proposals that optimize the application success rate.

This individual will contribute to the success of our annual National fund development goals. You bring 5+ years’ direct experience in writing and submitting successful grant applications for a National charity or social enterprise. Experience in multi-location social services projects and asset.

You appreciate the art of a well-written proposal balanced with all the technical skills to make your applications stand out among the crowd of fund-seekers. You are comfortable managing your schedule in a remote working environment.

You care about igniting the potential in children and youth.

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

In addition to being a team player, quick learner, and an analytical thinker the successful candidate will have the following Qualifications:

  • A degree/certification in the field of Communications, Journalism, Creative Writing Marketing, Business Administration, or a related field required.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in the field
  • Proven track record of developing, implementing, and reporting on grant applications.
  • Demonstrate measurable results and personal performance in grant writing initiatives.
  • Understand the funding mechanisms that assist national and not-for-profit charities.
  • Experience in writing government grants, researching and securing grants.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office particularly, Excel, PowerPoint along with Adobe Acrobat; Knowledge of Grant Connect or similar platforms an asset.
  • Robust writing skills with experience writing reports and detail oriented.
  • Experience working within a Federated model, charities and/or not-for-profit organizations.
  • Fluency in speaking, writing, and reading in English.
  • Ability to communicate complex terminology and services to diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a focus on ensuring principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion are respected.
  • Highly motivated, resourceful, and eager to contribute.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is committed to principles of anti-oppression and employment equity. We strongly encourage members of Indigenous, ethno-racial, LGBTQ+, Francophone, immigrant, refugee, differently abled and other equity seeking groups to apply and self-identify. Language abilities, especially bilingualism (English and French) are considered an asset.

If accommodation if required during the hiring process, please inform the hiring committee once selected for an interview. We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Although BBBSC works in a remote environment, there will be opportunities to for the staff to connect and engage periodically at in-person BBSC meetings and external events.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to Lovejeet Chohan, National Manager, Human Resources & Governance. The posting will be active until the position is filled or a candidate has been identified.