Director, Community & Donor Engagement – KERRY’S PLACE

Reporting to the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, this new position will be responsible for all revenue generation programs and activities and will represent Kerry’s Place in communities throughout Ontario.

The Director will lead the development of a comprehensive fund development strategy and subsequent annual plans, with a goal of strengthening existing initiatives and implementing new streams of revenue. The incumbent will identify resource requirements to support the strategic direction for fundraising and community engagement including current and future investments in staffing, volunteers, systems, and processes. The Director will manage and implement fundraising plans and activities, event coordination, corporate partnerships, team development, and volunteer relationships. Salary Range:  $97,000 – $108,500

Posted On:  November 14, 2023

Closing On:  December 11, 2023

Location:  GTA, Ontario

Employment Type:  Full Time

Level:  Senior

Salary Range:  $97,000 – $108,500


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Kerry’s Place, Canada’s largest service provider for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, is seeking a Director, Community and Donor Engagement to lead fundraising, volunteer, and community engagement in support of the mission of enhancing the quality of life for people with Autism.

This is an opportunity for an experienced fundraising generalist with a passion for engaging broad and diverse communities to build relationships across Ontario and grow a fundraising program. Along with fundraising, experience working with volunteers and coordinating events as well as promoting the mission throughout the community will contribute to success in the position.

At Kerry’s Place, we help enhance the quality of life for more than 8000 people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) each year! Our dedicated team of professionals have become experts in the field through our continuous training and development programs. Get ready for a fun and vibrant career because every day is an adventure at Kerry’s Place!


Kerry’s Place is Canada’s largest service provider to families with children, adolescents, and adults, with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Since 1974 Kerry’s Place has been creating and providing evidence-based supports and services across the province of Ontario that enhance the quality of life of those with ASD.

With staff of more than 1200, Kerry’s Place is one of the only organizations in the country that serves the entire life span of those with ASD.

Through the Ontario Autism Program, we provide children and youth, and their families a menu of timely, evidence-based services needed to achieve their goals at home, at school, and within their communities. This initiative serves individuals with ASD up to age 18, delivering skill-building groups, individual consultation, parent training and coaching, system navigation and family support.

Programs and Services

Kerry’s Place provides numerous Community Services and Supports, including our day and overnight respite options to provide a well-deserved break for families with loved ones with Autism, along with our many camps, swim programs and leisure groups.

Our Adult Skill-Building and Peer Support Groups broaden the social circle for every individual we support.  Our Employment Programs help young adults with Autism develop skills that lead to meaningful, lasting employment opportunities.

We provide adults with ASD Residential and Semi-Independent Living Supports at 90 distinct properties across Ontario. Our group living approach provides a safe, 24-hour, home environment where residents are encouraged to pursue their own personal goals including outings into the community, employment, athletics, and a varied array of hobbies and interests.

Many of our residents grow with Kerry’s Place, spending upwards of 30 years with us. And through a lifetime of shared pursuits and generational experiences, we too, grow with them.

Our Vision

Persons with Autism are full and equal members of their communities.

Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life for persons with Autism by being leaders in:

Our Values

Our Aspirations

Over the course of the current strategic period and on through to 2035 we aspire to be:

2023-2026 Strategic Plan

Strategic Theme #1: Service Excellence

Strategic Result: A high performing organization that provides innovative and exceptional services for Autistic individuals and their families, and that supports the future growth and sustainability of the organization.

Strategic Theme #2: Organizational Excellence

Strategic Result: A high performing organization with exceptional people able to adapt and provide excellent supports and services.

Strategic Theme #3: Sector Leadership

Strategic Result: A leader in providing innovative and exceptional services across people’s lifespan.

Fundraising At Kerry’s Place

Fundraising currently makes up about 0.5% of overall revenue, driven by the annual Golf Classic event, major gifts from individuals and foundations, and monthly giving. The goal of the Director Community and Donor Engagement is to work with the team to develop a holistic strategy to grow all aspects of the fundraising program (including major and planned gifts, direct response, community events and special events). In addition, our ambition is to launch specific campaigns to help fund exciting projects on the horizon.



Fundraising Strategy and Management


Resource Management



Working Conditions & Physical Requirements


KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Kerry’s Place. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Mia Gardiner, Senior Consultant, KCI Search + Talent by email at

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by December 11, 2023.

The total compensation hiring range for this position is $97,000-$108,500, including a variable pay component recognizing the unique role and revenue generation responsibilities, with annual increases. Kerry’s Place offers a wide range of additional benefits.

Kerry’s Place is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in employment and welcomes applications from all qualified persons. Kerry’s Place is also committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

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