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An incredibly strong brand with an excellent reputation and strong donor support.
Autonomy to bring creative ideas forward as the Ottawa Food Bank looks to attract and retain new donors, particularly through major and corporate giving, and new signature events
Lead, Empower and Coach
Take a successful group and elevate it to a sophisticated and dynamic fundraising and communications department
Director of Communications and Development @ Ottawa Food Bank
Company: Ottawa Food Bank
Position: Director of Communications and Development
Location: Ottawa, ON
The Ottawa Food Bank is a Canadian registered charity and non-profit organization established in 1984. With a vision to provide healthy, accessible, and sustainable food for all, the Ottawa Food Bank is working in partnership with a network of over 100 food programs to create a healthier city by empowering people, increasing access to healthy food, and advocating for systemic changes that will reduce food insecurity.
Skills & Experience
High-volume & Fast-Paced
Comfortable changing focus quickly making decisions without being afraid to fail and getting rid of obstacles so your team can do their best work
A collaborative, compassionate, innovative, and inclusive leader with proven experience managing and implementing effective communications and fundraising objectives
You have led a team of five or more staff and have been responsible for annual revenue goals of over $5 million
You can provide your team with clear direction and insight to enhance their ability to execute on goals and objectives
Familiar with areas such as major and corporate gifts, events, and annual giving programs, and you have worked to successfully grow revenues through strategic planning and execution
Openness & Feedback
Characteristics that you instill within the teams you work with, as you believe equal and honest input from all members leads to the most effective and successful outcomes
Summary of the Role
As Director of Communications and Development, you will lead the communications and fundraising strategy of the Ottawa Food Bank. As an organization by the community and for the community, you will have the immense responsibility of raising over 95% of the revenue that enables the Ottawa Food Bank’s important work.
Reporting directly to the CEO, and working with the senior leadership team, you will have the opportunity to lead and direct all the fundraising efforts (over $12 million in donations plus $9 million in gifts in-kind) and the communication strategy for one of the most respected and established charitable organizations in Ottawa. You will help shape the strategic direction of the organization, as we enter our next phase of strategic planning to achieve our new long-term goals.
This is an exciting time to be a part of the organization. Our staff, volunteers, community partners, and strategic networks are committed to reducing poverty, making a long-lasting impact, and effecting real change in the lives of many in the nation’s capital. Over the past few years, the pandemic has brought food insecurity to the forefront of people’s minds. There is incredible momentum right now to make a systemic change so everyone in our city can thrive.
In these unprecedented times, you will have the opportunity to lead and inspire an experienced, close-knit team of nine that continually strives to perform at their best. Additionally, with a seat at the senior leadership table, you will have the opportunity to be both hands-on in building out the organization’s strategic planning initiatives, while also leading your team through the effective execution of those initiatives. You will be working closely with other departmental leaders to establish organizational pillars and help to further unify the organizational culture and meet the food demands in the city.
The Ottawa Food Bank encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including Black, Indigenous, people of colour, 2SLGBTQIA, persons with disabilities, and women. Please let us know if you require any form of accommodation to fully participate in the selection process.