Canadian Cancer Society

Community Fundraising Specialist
Posted Date: 
Monday, April 24, 2017
Closing Date: 
Monday, July 31, 2017

Imagine working for an organization that exists to create a world where no Canadian has to fear cancer. At the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), our teams include people just like you: dynamic, innovative, empowered, passionate and committed to creating real change.

As Canada’s largest national health charity and leader in the fight against cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society has had more impact in more communities than any other cancer charity. On February 1, 2017, CCS and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) joined forces. This unprecedented merger allows the new CCS to have an even greater impact on cancer research and vital support services for people living with and affected by cancer.

o We spearhead life-saving research. As the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, the Society has invested more than one billion dollars in research so far, and efforts have led to breakthroughs that revolutionize the way cancer is diagnosed, treated and prevented.
o We empower people facing cancer with free information and support services for patients and their families. Since 1996 the Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Information Service has helped more than one million Canadians with their cancer-related questions.
o We lead change for a healthier Canada. The Canadian Cancer Society has been a forceful and persistent voice on the tobacco control front, and efforts have led to laws that prohibit smoking in public spaces and workplaces, ban cigarette displays and vending machines and help control contraband.

CCS also mobilizes a community of volunteers to help deliver programs, organize fundraising events, push change through government and fuel prevention efforts.

All of this is made possible through our ground-breaking fundraising programs and campaigns such as Relay For Life, Daffodil Month and The CIBC Run for the Cure, as well as the unwavering support of our corporate partners and donors.

Be part of our team and make the biggest difference in the fight against cancer as a:

Community Fundraising Specialist

Waterloo Region/Wellington County, ON

Regular, Full-Time

File AFP 736


With direction and support of the Manager, the Community Fundraising Specialist is responsible for the planning and implementation of fundraising events at the local level. The Community Fundraising Specialist contributes to enhancing the quality and profile of the Society fundraising in community and works in collaboration with a community office team to enhance relationship management.


o Collaborates with the Manager to develop an annual fundraising plan. Monitors progress against the plan and advises the Manager when adjustments to the plan are required.
o Assumes responsibility for all aspects of detailed planning and implementation of fundraising events. Develops and implements event/campaign specific work plans to achieve priorities with input from staff and leadership volunteers identifying strategies, sources and timelines.
o Schedules and coordinates logistics and people for each initiative in collaboration with volunteer leadership. Manages acquisition of materials and resources and tracks and confirms invoices associated with all events. Is available on-site during events to ensure last minute requirements are addressed.
o Looks for opportunities to customize/enhance and steward fundraising initiatives and organizers. Assesses local needs, conditions and historical results, and develops/recommends modifications to increase unit revenues.
o Develops and builds on a sustainable revenue model within the Independent Fundraising Event (IFE) portfolio expanding within the region where possible.   Recruits, develop and steward IFE’s.
o Work towards the development and implementation of relationship management strategies within all community office revenue streams.  Contribute to the development and implementation of a rolling portfolio of prospects with a capacity to make a major gift to meet revenue goals within the Community Office.
o Represents the Society at events. Builds external relationships by speaking at community venues to increase the profile of the Canadian Cancer Society and its fundraising efforts throughout the community.
o Proactively liaises with the appropriate staff on policy and other related fundraising topics. Shares information on local fundraising accomplishments that may be of benefit to other units/regions.
o Oversees the work of fundraising volunteers. Acts as a resource to support their efforts; provides orientation, coaching and guidance.
o May be responsible for supervising the work of level 2 and 3 fundraising staff. Provides training in all aspects (computer, tasks, etc.), assigns and monitors work, addresses developmental needs in collaboration with the Community Office Manager.
o Other duties as assigned by the Manager.
o Work in compliance with the provisions of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations.


o Post-secondary education in a related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience. CFRE designation an asset.
o 2 years working experience in the fundraising area (events, campaigns and working with volunteers), preferably in a multi-level organization within diverse communities. Supervisory experience is an asset.
o Ability to work independently and on various tasks simultaneously.
o Demonstrated experience in overseeing tasks of others and to work with others on a job to achieve the best results.
o Must be highly motivated and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.
o Good oral and written communication, interpersonal and presentation skills. Ability to speak to groups of people in a variety of settings.
o Demonstrated experience in problem solving and good judgement.
o Demonstrated time-management and organizational skills. Flexibility with changing priorities and ability to remain focused to meet targeted timelines.
o Proficient in MS Office (Outlook/Word/Excel).
o Demonstrated experience in using databases and ability to be able to train on databases; and the ability to learn and adapt to new technology.
o Positive attitude; ability to take responsibility and be accountable; ability to deal with change in the workplace and be innovative; respect for others.
o Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
o A criminal record check is required.
o Non-smoker.


o Office environment with occasional requirements to work outside of regular office hours
o Some evening and weekend work required.
o Some travel required (regularly within greater local area, occasionally beyond)
o Works outdoor and exposed to elements during key events.
o Set up and take-down at events.
o Regular lifting and carrying up to 20 lbs.


CCS offers meaningful opportunities to make an impact in the fight against cancer.  We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, supportive and exemplifies our core values:


In return for your contributions, we offer an attractive compensation package that encompasses a competitive salary, excellent benefits and the opportunity to have a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can make a true difference every day. Please indicate your salary expectations in your cover letter. Please be advised that this posting will be open until filled.


Qualified non-smokers are invited to send their resume, cover letter and salary expectations, quoting the File #:AFP736 in the subject line of the email, to:


We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Canadian Cancer Society is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. CCS will make available reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request.


For more information about how you can join the fight against cancer and become a member of our dynamic team, please visit our website at 


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