• 7 905 Wishes Granted
  • Coordinator, Events

The Position
The Coordinator, National Events will support national and regional (Greater Toronto & Central Ontario area) special event initiatives and programs that help generate revenue for our wish-granting mission.  This includes signature events (i.e., Make-A-Wish® Rope For Hope) and third-party events.  The select candidate will have fundraising experience as well as a demonstrated track record of event management, internal/external communications, and an ability to manage external relationships.
Primary Responsibilities:
The primary responsibility is to engage and work in collaboration with various individuals, businesses, community groups and schools (including post-secondary clubs) to increase event program revenue in the Toronto & Central Ontario ("TCO") market. This role will also provide some support to national event activities across Canada. 
Specific Accountabilities:
1. Revenue Development
  • Implement, execute and increase revenue for internal events (including signature event: Rope for Hope), executed in the TCO market;
  • Identify, secure and implement new community-based events;
  • Develop and roll out fundraising tools (i.e., online giving pages, pledge forms, e-communications, etc.) to improve event effectiveness and increase public involvement;
  • Liaise and support participants in the Celebration program (weddings, birthdays, etc.);
  • Help to grow student programs within the community (Kids for Wish Kids and Student for Wishes).
2. Relationship Management
  • Work with Volunteer/Event Committees to develop and identify new opportunities;
  • Act as a key liaison by supporting external events with suppliers, volunteers and speakers;
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders to continuously promote and advertise these third-party events;
  • Coordinate the stewardship and recognition of event donors/hosts to increase their level of engagement and support;
  • Take a lead as an ambassador at local events, school assemblies, company functions; etc., to share the mission, accept donations on behalf of the Foundation and liaise with wish families in attendance as speakers.
Other Key Responsibilities:
  • Administer Third Party/Special Event activities including: setting event goals and budgets; securing signed agreements, developing and following critical paths; executing event logistics; creating and maintaining event manuals; communications; reviewing and approving event materials and developing post-event reports;
  • Ensure event data is uploaded timely and accurately within the database;
  • Coordinate the review and approval process for event program materials, such as press releases, e-communications, etc.;
  • Assist in the development of sales packages and materials for sponsorship presentations;
  • Coordinate special initiatives (i.e., Committee meetings, recognition events, etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned.
Key Qualifications
  • Self-motivated through focused attention on achieving superior client service; 
  • Ability to multi-task through strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Superior written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills; 
  • Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Strong networking and relationship management skills;
  • Follows procedures, policies and protocols and strives to increase efficiency.
Other Requirements
  • Post-secondary education or equivalent and 2+ years successful event experience;
  • Working knowledge of fundraising;
  • Proficient PC skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Experience with Peer-to-Peer fundraising platforms (e.g., DonorDrive);
  • Proven data management and analysis skills;
  • Exceptional relationship building management skills;
  • Flexible and dynamic;
  • A valid driving license is an asset.


If you would like to apply for this role, please send a cover letter indicating your salary expectations and a current resume listing your qualifications/experience to humanresources@makeawish.ca by Thursday, February 28, 2019 5 p.m. EST. 
Please include the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your e-mail.

We thank all candidates for your interest; however, only those candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.