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Senior Development Associate


Job Title: Senior Development Associate
Division: Development
Reports to: Director: Wholistic Growth and Partnership 
Location: Hybrid Position.  Preference to applications in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario or Nunavut
Salary: $65,000 (Ontario) annually or $90,000 (Nunavut)

Be part of the innovative future of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) learning and digital skills training by joining our team. Working alongside rural, remote, Indigenous and other communities, Pinnguaq supports the development of STEAM skills through innovative technology, art, and play. 

The Development Department
The Development Department is responsible for the long-term viability of the organization by evaluating the impact of our current initiatives and generating revenue for operations.  Wholistic Growth and Partnership leads Pinnguaq’s fund development and partnership strategies and are also responsible for fostering a culture of data-driven evaluation touching on all aspects of the Pinnguaq lifecycle (Education, Resources, Mentorship, Employment, Production, Advocacy). 

What does Success in Development Look Like?

  • We know what has the biggest impact for our communities and have sustainable and diverse. funding and partnerships to ensure that work continues.
  • We over-deliver on impact for our partners and funders with timely reporting and effective storytelling.  
  • We have a pipeline of diverse funding sources that wills support financial sustainability over the next number of years.

Job Description
As a member of our development team, you will explore new and diverse funding opportunities and partnerships to support the organization's operations.  As a Sr. Development Associate, you are a skilled communicator (verbal and written) who generates financial resources for their organizations by taking ownership and leading grant applications, fundraising proposals, and appeals and cultivating strong relationships with potential partners, donors, and institutions.  In this role, you will assist our team to develop fundraising proposals and grant applications associated with new opportunities and will work closely with the subject matter experts to create customized, comprehensive responses and budgets for submission.

What Does Success as a Sr. Development Associate Look Like?

  • You are an expert in identifying, qualifying, and producing funding proposals in response to multiple opportunities that align with Pinnguaq's strategic priorities, mission, vision, and values. 
  • You have helped open up new avenues of support (through donations,  funding, or partnerships) to grow Pinnguaq's life cycle initiatives and financial sustainability.  
  • You have invested in and developed strong partnerships with relevant organizations across the country. 

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct prospect and content research to develop and submit grant applications, fundraising proposals, and budgets, including LOIs and EOIs from multiple sources (government-federal, provincial, municipal, private foundations and for-profit corporations) through persuasive communication that meets expectations and a high standard of quality.
  • Thoroughly review, understand and communicate grant and proposal requirements to develop submission in line with Funder needs
  • Coordinate pre and post-grant resources including scheduling strategy meetings, preparatory information, registering for info sessions or  bidders conferences, follow-up on grant status, recognition requirements, etc.,
  • Manage timelines and projects from the start and throughout the solicitation cycle to coordinate requirements with contributors, stakeholders and support amendments, updates, and touchpoints.  
  • Gather proposal information by identifying sources of information, reviewing historical resources, sector research, crafting new information, while also identifying and communicating challenges/risks associated with submission.
  • Write, revise, or create responses for:  need for support, project relevance/value,  project objectives/key deliverables, implementation schedule, delivery methods, staffing capacity, standards of performance, evaluation, and measurable outcomes.
  • Develop multi-year project budget breakdowns, recognizing eligible and non-eligible costs, partner cash/in-kind contributions and cross-referencing other project contributions
  • Maintain quality results by using templates, and following proposal-writing standards including readability, consistency, and tone
  • Transpose grant information to online application portals
  • Assist in maintaining and developing development tools – templates, graphics, analysis reports etc.
  • Documenting grant and donor management process, assumptions, funder information, contact touch points, and submission status through Donor Perfect database.  Ensure all data and documents are saved to appropriate locations.
  • Establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with funder contacts and program officers, as well as community contacts to build relationships
  • Support the new Pinnguaq Foundation with effective fundraising and proposal campaign strategies by building and maintaining relationships with potential donors, and creating Foundation content including thank you letters and correspondence.
  • Assess needs and contribute to the development and implementation of plans for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and recognition

 Attributes and Qualifications
A successful Development Associate will be a strong problem-solver and be detail-oriented with above-average organizational and verbal and written communication skills.  Strong project management skills are also essential.

  • Bachelor’s degree and knowledge of development principles and practices, or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum three (3) of related and recent experience 
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to take concepts and turn them into tangible deliverables.
  • Calm, cool personality able to deal with the pressure of multiple timelines and priorities. 
  • Amiable personality and positive outlook to working with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong writing skills and proven experience in grant writing is required 
  • Work as a collaborative and flexible team player in a dynamic and fast-paced team environment
  • Experience in collaborative community engagement and stakeholder relations
  • Excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to work independently and remotely.  This is a hybrid position with in-office expectations
  • Experience within rural, remote, and Indigenous communities in Canada is an asset. 
  • Fundraising experience within a not-for-profit, charity or social enterprise setting is an asset 
  • Experience in S.T.E.A.M and the Trades is an asset. 
  • The ability to speak and write in English, French, and/or Inuktitut is an asset. 

Pinnguaq Association is strongly committed to fostering diversity within the communities we serve. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Pinnguaq Association is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. Please inform us should accommodation be required at any point in the recruitment process. 


$65,000.00 per year

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