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Manager of Communications and Fund Development

Employee Group: Administrative Team
Reports to: Executive Director
Direct Reports: Not applicable
Last Date Revised: March 2019

Purpose Statement:
Optimism Place Women’s Shelter and Support Services is an organization that provides emergency shelter, counselling, advocacy and support to women and their children fleeing domestic violence across Perth County. Our Mission supports women alone or with children to live free of abuse by providing shelter and confidential, non-judgmental service. We are committed to ending the cycle of abuse and violence by raising awareness through prevention, intervention education and advocacy.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Manager of Communications and Fund Development is responsible for building relationships with a diverse group of community stakeholders and funders, promoting the integration of awareness, advocacy and fundraising. In this role, you will manage all of the activities related to leveraging increased public attention to Optimism Place Women’s Shelter and Support Services and the issue of violence against women and children. This will include communications, fundraising, public education and advocacy.

The Manager of Communications and Fund Development shall contribute to the achievement of the mission, vision, values and overall strategic directions of the organization.



  • Develop and execute an agency communications strategy, set advocacy and communications targets;
  • Develop and execute a social media plan;
  •  Maintain Optimism Place’s presence on social media platforms;
  • Prepare and update communications content of marketing materials including newsletter, website content, speaker’s package, presentations, brochures, publications, annual report and related materials;
  • Liaise with external providers for the purchase of promotional supplies within approved budget;
  • Stay up to date on issues related to violence against women;
  • Position Optimism Place as an expert and information resource for VAW issues in Perth County;
  • Act as a media contact, in collaboration with the Executive Director;
  • Respond to all verbal and written requests related to community engagement in a professional and timely manner.


  • Establish annual fundraising work plan in collaboration with Executive Director and Financial Manager to meet annual fundraising targets;
  • Research funding opportunities that align with Strategic Priorities (governmental, corporate, private foundations, etc.);
  • Review and submit proposals for funding in collaboration with the Executive Director and Finance Manager;
  • Explore and implement innovative fundraising models;
  • Plan and execute fundraising activities and events;
  • Engage agency staff and volunteers in ongoing fundraising activities as Chair of the Fundraising Committee;
  • Promote, facilitate and support third-party fundraising;
  • Coordinate and represent Optimism Place at third-party fundraising events;
  • Create and maintain an agency donor database, issue tax receipts and thank you letters;
  • Respond to all verbal and written requests related to fundraising, including events, in a professional and timely manner

Public Education and Advocacy:

  • Coordinate external presentations, relevant trainings and events related to the issue of violence against women;
  • Create and maintain an inventory of presentations (data base);
  • Create and maintain an inventory of supplies for community engagement events;
  • Develop and maintain an updated resource library on violence against women issues;
  • Respond to all verbal and written requests related to public education and VAW events, in a professional and timely manner.


  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual activity and impact reports for the Executive Director;
  •  Prepare and present Annual Fundraising Budget in collaboration with the Executive Director and Financial Manager.


Education & Experience:

  • University Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Fundraising or equivalent;
  • Demonstrated skills in communications, public relations, fundraising, grant and proposal writing;
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in the not for profit sector;
  • Demonstrated success in securing community sponsorships and partnerships;
  • Superior ability to engage with and communicate to a variety of audiences;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of issues relating to violence against women;
  • Ability to think strategically;
  • Experience leading/managing capital campaign(s) would be an asset

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Advanced knowledge of social media platforms;
  • Advanced computer competencies (Outlook, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher);
  • Graphic Design experience;
  • Advanced database management skills – experience with fundraising platforms an asset;
  • Vulnerable Sector Screen required;
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License, reliable vehicle and automobile insurance with the ability to travel throughout Perth County required;
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours (some evening/weekend work may be required).

This is a permanent, full time position (32 hours/week) with competitive salary and benefits.
Qualified applicants are invited to submit their application letter and current resume by e-mail to
Jasmine Clark, Executive Director at by April 17th, 2019.

Optimism Place is committed to equity and employment and hiring practises that allow us to hire qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. We will make reasonable accommodation, based on any human rights protected grounds, to support candidates to participate in the hiring process.

We thank all applicants and will directly contact only those candidates selected for further consideration.

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