Director, Partnerships – INDSPIRE

Indspire is seeking a creative, energetic and growth-oriented fundraiser as the new Director, Partnerships who is driven by our North Star – supporting the educational journey so that every Indigenous student will graduate. Reporting to the Vice President, Development, and as a key member of the Development team, the Director will be an important contributor to the shared fundraising goal of $23M.

Responsible to develop, manage and expand sponsorships and support from a variety of institutional partners, the new Director will be an engaging relationship builder who will lead and inspire a dedicated team of high performers to new levels of growth. The Director, Partnerships will seek out and pursue opportunities for growth and secure private sector support for Indspire by identifying and qualifying foundations, organizations, and corporations. As a natural problem-solver and a driven and focused fundraiser, the Director will cultivate and nurture strong and lasting relationships with donors and prospects that lead to mutually successful partnerships.

Salary Range:  $102,386 – $127,982

Posted On:  August 30, 2023

Closing On:  September 28, 2023

Location:  Toronto, Ontario

Employment Type:  Full Time

Level:  Management

Salary Range:  $102,386 – $127,982


Focused on supporting events and program activities, while driving partnership strategies that generate revenue, the Director will be skilled at managing multiple projects and priorities in a fast-paced environment. Leading and working closely with the four members of the Partnerships team, the Director will be a mentor and coach, modeling the values of Indspire while ensuring team goals and performance targets are met.

Working collaboratively with colleagues at both our Toronto and Six Nations offices, the Director will reflect Indigenous values and espouse cultural competence as they work to bring the vision of Indspire to donors. They will build meaningful relationships and secure immediate and long-term philanthropic support in a manner that acknowledges the reciprocity of the Indspire giving relationship.


Indspire is an Indigenous charity that has grown and developed into one of the Top 10 Charities of Impact in Canada that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.

Education is the common denominator that can address systemic issues of health, wellbeing, economic and social disparity and intergenerational trauma. For Indigenous people in Canada, education is where it begins. Education builds capacity.

For more than 35 years, Indspire has provided scholarships and bursaries for Indigenous people to pursue educational opportunities – from college and university to vocational training, to high school equivalency studies. We also provide programs and resources to Indigenous students and for K‐12 educators through conferences and mentorship, plus the inspiration of a national celebration of Indigenous achievement through the annual Indspire Awards.

We serve First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students in remote communities, rural areas and urban centres across Canada. With the support of our funding partners, we disburse financial awards, deliver programs, and share resources with the goal of increasing graduation rates for Indigenous students.

Our Educator Resources serve educators, communities, rural areas, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 Indigenous student success.

Vision: Enriching communities by enhancing Indigenous achievement and education.

Mission and Mandate: To inspire Indigenous students to achieve their highest potential by:

North Star: Supporting the educational journey so that every Indigenous student will graduate.

Statement of Values:

Our current strategic priorities are:

  1. Advancing Excellence in Education and Achievement
  1. Telling Students’ Stories
  1. Operating as an Efficient, Effective, Accountable and Sustainable National Indigenous Charity


Indspire Events & Programs

Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships And Awards: Our flagship program, providing bursaries and scholarships to eligible students for college, university and vocational training.

Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering: A national event where Indigenous high school students explore career and post‐secondary education options, tour campuses and meet potential employers. The Gathering changes locations every year.

National Gathering for Indigenous Education: An annual Gathering of K‐12 educators from across Canada that connects and supports educators of Indigenous youth in sharing best practices, curriculum enhancements and educational innovations.

Rivers To Success: Mentoring Indigenous Students: A national online mentorship program for students in three streams – high school, post‐secondary and career transition – that offers programming, resources, access to elders, Indigenous mentors, Indspire Laureates and Building Brighter Futures alumni.

Indspire Awards: Represent the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people. Indspire Award recipients provide inspiration for our young people and serve to educate all Canadians about the tremendous contributions that Indigenous people are making across the country.

Approximately 90% of Building Brighter Futures recipients graduate.

90% of Building Brighter Futures recipients have obtained employment.






KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Indspire. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Samantha David, or Jill Anderson, KCI Search + Talent, at

Interested candidates are invited to send a resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by September 28, 2023. All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.

To view the full Position Brief, please visit:

We are an Indigenous organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We encourage applications from qualified Indigenous persons and all others interested in the position.

Indspire is committed to ensuring an equal opportunity recruitment process. Accommodations are available to all applicants upon request. We are committed to providing any accommodations required to ensure a barrier-free process. Please contact the search consultants via the email listed above and we will work with all applicants to accommodate any accessibility needs.

The salary range for this role is $102,386 – $127,982. Indspire also offers a pension and a comprehensive benefits package.

Indspire staff enjoy the flexibility of a hybrid work model, working in the office 3 days per week, located at Six Nations of the Grand River or 555 Richmond Street West in Toronto, Ontario.