Philanthropy Outreach Coordinator (Taggart Family Y)

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Position: Philanthropy Outreach Coordinator (Taggart Family Y)
Location: Taggart Family Y
Type: Full-time, contract, preferred start date June 19th, 2023, 12-month contract with possibility of extension
Preferred start date: Monday, Jun 19, 2023
Closing date: Friday, Jun 09, 2023


As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA of the National Capital Region responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide lasting solutions. Serving thousands of people across our region annually, we are a leader and valued partner in creating a vibrant and healthy community where everyone belongs and can reach their full potential. This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, respect, and inclusion, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.

Working for the Y

Are you looking to use your skills and unique gifts to make a real difference in your community? The YMCA of the National Capital Region is a great workplace committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. The YMCA provides hundreds of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities. Whether you are starting out in your career or a seasoned professional, you will find many exciting opportunities to achieve your personal and career goals. Some of the benefits of working for the Y include:

What we offer

At the Y, you will be part of a vibrant and diverse network of people whose shared vision is to change lives and make our communities home to the healthiest children, teens, adults, and families.

Our competitive wage and benefit package include:

  • Free YMCA gym membership;
  • Discounted Y program fees (including health & fitness programs, child care, and camps);
  • Access to our YMCA Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) including free, immediate, confidential assistance and counselling for you and your family members for mental and physical health, and financial advice, among other 12 suites of services;
  • Health and Dental Insurance;
  • Long-term Disability and Life Insurance;
  • Access to our Canadian YMCA Retirement Fund pension plan;
  • Up to 25 vacation days per year including two float days, and one birthday vacation;
  • Maternity leave benefits for up to 18 months.

*Some benefits may vary based on employment terms

What do you offer?

Reporting to the Philanthropy & Community Engagement Manager, the Philanthropy Outreach Coordinator provides support for the research, preparation and crafting of funding proposals, as well as assisting with the planning and execution of signature outreach initiatives at the YMCA of the National Capital Region.

Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Preparing proposals and grant applications.
  • Performing administrative work in researching, identifying, developing and responding to funding opportunities with government agencies and private or corporate foundations.
  • Assisting with the planning and implementation of various types of fundraising and relationship building events.
  • Communicating with multiple stakeholders, including donors, sponsors, vendors, members, partners and colleagues.
  • As per the Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons Policy, staff of the YMCA will take allegations of abuse seriously.  
  • All staff members are familiar with their duty to report and the procedure for reporting suspected abuse or neglect of a child.

What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?

At the YMCA of the National Capital Region, we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals.

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Post-secondary education in fundraising/event planning or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.


  • Fluent in English, oral and written
  • Bilingualism an asset

Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • A minimum of 3 years’ work experience in the field of fundraising/philanthropy 
  • Demonstrated experience developing proposals and/or grant applications, as well as excellent overall research and writing skills
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience coordinating events and leading fundraising initiatives
  • Proficient with a variety of computer software applications, such as Microsoft Office. Experience with fundraising tools such as Raiser’s Edge is a strong asset
  • Well-versed in various social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram
  • Willing to work outside of regular office hours, as necessary
  • Commitment to working as a part of cross-functional teams
  • Experience working with volunteers is desirable

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada.
  • Criminal Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector, not more than 6 months old is required. 
  • Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for the Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons, and submit the certificate of completion.

Core Competencies:

  • Commitment to Y Vision & Values: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of an appreciation for the mission, vision and strategic outcomes and values of the YMCA.
  • Leadership: Is a self-starter and is self-motivated to seek solutions and source opportunities for the YMCA and its programs.
  • Quality Focus: Strong writing ability, with high degree of accuracy, ensuring deadlines and commitments are met.
  • Results-Oriented: The ability to achieve and exceed identified goals.
  • Service-Oriented: Deliberately identifies and creates opportunities to enhance each and every person’s YMCA Experience.
  • Teamwork: The ability to work effectively with others to achieve optimal collective results.

About diversity and inclusiveness at the Y: 

Inclusiveness is a part of our core values and we are committed to ensuring the diversity of the people and communities we serve and as well as our staff. We welcome candidates from racialized groups, invisible minorities, Indigenous People, women, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

How to apply?

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position.  Internal applicants can apply only after completing the probationary period of their current job, unless approved by People and Culture.

Applications must be submitted to the YMCA of the National Capital Region, and all cover letters should be addressed to Marianne Long. Please send applications to Marianne Long, Philanthropy & Communication Engagement Manager (

Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The YMCA of the National Capital Region is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please advise in advance if you require any accommodation during this process. We believe all people have the right to live free from discrimination or harassment of any kind.

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