Partnerships Director

Context and Background:

LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact envisions a society where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Since LEAP was founded over six years ago, it has built a unique venture philanthropy model across the country, catalyzing large scale social impact by selecting, supporting and scaling breakthrough social ventures and unleashing the potential of collaboration across sectors. Today, LEAP’s portfolio consists of 14 social ventures and it has mobilized over $12M of pro bono, influenced over $50M of funding toward its portfolio, and impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands across Canada and beyond.

LEAP is seeking a dynamic Partnerships Director with strong communication skills and enthusiasm to create support for doing good, better.  Working closely with the Managing Director and leveraging the Board of Directors, the Partnerships Director will develop and execute LEAP’s advancement, business development and new sector partner development plan.

This position offers a unique opportunity to blend your go-getter attitude and your skills and knowledge with your passion for and experience in social impact and to grow a young, dynamic organization to amplify change in Canada.  The role reports to LEAP’s Managing Director and collaborates with the rest of the team, located in the Boston Consulting Group office in downtown Toronto.

Primary Responsibilities:

Along with the Managing Director, the Partnerships Director is responsible for revenue generation.  The Partnerships Director will be responsible for developing and executing LEAP’s revenue generation strategy (fundraising and earned revenue) and new sector partnership strategy.  This includes building and maintaining relationships, cultivating potential donors and exploring new funding, revenue generation and sector partner opportunities, influencing the allocation of capital towards high impact ventures, as well as raising awareness of the Centre’s work and impact.

Strategy development, execution and administration

  • Lead revenue generation strategy, set annual priorities, establish annual plan and critical path in partnership with Managing Director

  • Write proposals, track and report revenue generating activities and results

  • Manage cultivation of donors, donor stewardship

  • Manage and update databases to record donor information

Earned revenue activities

  • Lead, manage and maintain relationships with current donors, and enable Managing Director and Board to support revenue generating activities

  • Identify and cultivate new donors, sponsors and partners, and enable Managing Director and Board to support revenue generating activities

  • Solicit donations or sponsorships from individuals, foundations, businesses, and government

  • Execute on earned revenue channels

  • Develop strategies to encourage new or increased contributions

  • Spread awareness of LEAP’s mission and impact through the creation and execution of a robust communication strategy with donors

Event planning

  • Lead intimate gatherings of high net worth individuals

  • Lead strategy and execution for fundraising events

Sector Partner Development

  • Partner with portfolio team to identify private sector supports that would amplify the impact of our portfolio

  • Identify, cultivate and secure new sector partners

  • Onboard new sector partners with portfolio team

  • Track and report progress against targets

Skill Requirements:

Skill Requirements

  • Passion for creating social change and addressing systemic inequities

  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative through prior experiences

  • Ability to build and maintain relationships, cultivate people

  • Ability to influence others using excellent communication and storytelling skills

  • Creativity, imagination and an entrepreneurial attitude towards fundraising and business development

  • Excellent interpersonal, collaboration, communication and public speaking skills

  • Excellent organizational management skills, ability to develop plans and to set and achieve strategic objectives

  • Ability to produce and edit high-quality written materials (articles, presentations etc.)

  • Strong computer skills are required

  • Capability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

  • Demonstrated ability to generate revenue, donations; meet financial targets

  • Resilience, particularly when faced with setbacks

  • Positive, proactive attitude, drive and enthusiasm

  • Demonstrated cultural competence working across many different populations

  • Experience in marketing, public relations, events, advertising, sales and/or finance is an asset

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage all qualified candidates, without regard to race, colour, citizenship, religion, sex, marital / family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, Aboriginal status, age, disability or persons who may require an accommodation, to apply.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to by June 30, 2019. We are only able to contact candidates selected to move forward in the process.