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Full-Time Job Postings

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Grant Writer (Toronto)

Based out of B’nai Brith Canada’s Toronto Office, the Grant Writer is primarily responsible for developing and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations, and will persuasively communicate mission and programs to potential funders. Reporting to the COO and the CEO, the Grant Writer will assemble and submit grant requests, establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts, conduct prospect research, submit timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects, and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines. 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources, persuasively communicating the organization’s mission and programs to potential funders.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Work with the finance department to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
  • Ensure prompt acknowledgement of foundation gifts.
  • Maintain calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.
  • Provide stewardship to current funders, providing regular written updates (newsletters etc) to corporate and foundation funders.
  • Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals
  • Provide writing support for major funders and individual contribution letters and acknowledgements
  • Understand institutional history and programs.
  • In consultation with the Executive Assistant, make appointments for the CEO with foundation officers and other prospects.
  • Maintain records, including grant tracking and reporting.
  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide written materials necessary for donor stewardship.
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Post-Secondary Degree or relevant Grant Writing experience; CFRE credential would be an asset
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Excellent analytical, and research skills are essential
  • Candidates must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and highly-organized
  • Experience using online Grant support databases and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information
  • A high level of computer literacy required
  • Candidates must possess an ability to work well under pressure
  • A solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Strong contributor in team environments

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years’ experience with grant writing.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Able to monitor and meet income goals.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@bnaibrith.ca.

Advocacy Coordinator, Quebec and Eastern Canada Region (Montreal)

As the Advocacy Coordinator, Quebec and Eastern Canada Region, reporting to the Director, League for Human Rights, you will be responsible for developing networks and community connections across Quebec and the Eastern Provinces, liaising closely with law enforcement, provincial and municipal governments, campus groups, community agencies, and others to increase awareness of B’nai Brith, The League for Human Rights, our Anti-Hate Hotline, and our advocacy initiatives.

Responsibilities

  • Source and approach potential community and campus groups, law enforcement agencies, and other human rights organizations, building awareness of League operations and offerings to Quebec and Eastern Canada
  • Work as on-the-ground support for advocacy initiatives, ensuring proper implementation in your region
  • Respond to antisemitic incidents in Quebec and Eastern Canada by accurately recording the incident using national template and intake form and following up with clients
  • Creation of new initiatives, community events, and programming designed to build awareness of B’nai Brith and the League for Human Rights in Quebec and Eastern Canada
  • Ensure implementation of national initiatives (e.g. campus advocacy program)
  • Develop regional League for Human Rights committees in Eastern Canada

To succeed in this role, you will

  • Utilize established personal connections within the Jewish community, academic, public and private sectors to network and grow awareness of The League in Quebec and Eastern Canada
  • Have a strong knowledge of human rights in Canada and around the world, with a particular focus on antisemitism
  • Have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate well with a variety of groups and in diverse circumstances
  • Have the ability to work effectively in collaboration with multi-faith and cross-cultural partners to plan and execute events relating to, and in promotion of, human rights
  • Possess excellent time management skills, be self-motivated and entrepreneurial
  • Demonstrated understanding of project development and implementation within community-building frameworks
  • Proficiency in MS Office, and Google Cloud, with the ability to effectively learn and use additional systems, including website content management systems and client database software
  • Be able to work with little oversight or supervision while managing a satellite location

Education & Qualifications

  • Post-secondary degree in relevant area of study
  • 3-5 years experience in community outreach, advocacy or similar role
  • Fluency in English and French required

Deliverables - Year One

  • Increase reporting to The League’s anti-hate hotline in Quebec and Eastern Canada region
  • Connect with all major metropolitan police agencies in Quebec and Eastern Canada, and determine correct contacts for reporting incidents and gathering statistics
  • Create a database of contacts in community/cross-cultural agencies, synagogues, student/campus groups, government (municipal and provincial)
  • Execution of League events Quebec and Eastern Canada
  • Implementation of Campus Advocacy initiatives on two university campuses in Eastern Canada
  • Successfully recruit 50 new members to B’nai Brith from Quebec and Eastern Canada
  • Create Eastern Canada Region mailing list on Nation Builder 

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@bnaibrith.ca.

National Director of The League for Human Rights (Toronto)

The National Director of the League for Human Rights (LHR), a passionate and tenacious individual with excellent communication skills, oversees the operations of the advocacy team of B’nai Brith Canada. In this capacity, the National Director develops and implements the strategies and initiatives which enables the LHR to carry out its mission of fighting racism, antisemitism and all forms of bigotry and intolerance through advocacy, education, coalition building, government relations, communication and media relations, leadership cultivation and engagement and relationships with other communities. The National Director manages other LHR staff, and directs the efforts of our regional offices with respect to advocacy.  The National Director reports directly to the CEO of B’nai Brith Canada in Toronto.

League for Human Rights Programs and Policy

  • Develop, adapt and implement programs shaped by needs of the regions and aligned with national priorities in the areas of human rights, education, antisemitism, prejudice, diversity, hate crimes, extremism and terrorism.
  • Increase understanding of LHR policies and positions within regions and among B’nai Brith leadership and donors.
  • Represent LHR at a broad range of public forums and in the media.  Respond to events, issues and incidents related to LHR's mission
  • Strengthen and cultivate relationships with government officials, civic, religious and communal leaders, law enforcement and other stakeholder groups
  • Organize, lead, coordinate, report, complete and publish B’nai Brith’s annual Audit of Antisemetic Incidents
  • Contact or oversee contact of all relevant police forces and other police organizations across Canada to collect accurate information required for completing and publishing the Audit
  • Responsible for management of all advocacy staff members nationally
  • Ensure that staff are properly trained, supported, and mentored
  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring and onboarding of new staff members
  • Establish the goals and expectations for the LHR team and metric to measure effectiveness.
  • The National Director will also be responsible for the development of advocacy reports and collateral materials including reports, presentations and messaging, as well as public engagement strategies for the LHR

Research & Analysis

  • You will be responsible for managing research and monitoring human rights developments relevant to B’nai Brith
  • You will also track political and policy developments that could affect the Jewish and human rights communities, and in close consultation with the CEO, develop and manage the national LHR policies and agenda
  • Regular analysis of government grant opportunities

Regional Development

  • Liaise with regional Jewish communities and other groups as necessary
  • Develop, grow and maintain a strong volunteer LHR leadership group to assist in achieving the goals of B’nai Brith in Canada
  • Integrate university campus leaders in your strategy to achieve B’nai Brith’s goals and objectives for the LHR

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify key stakeholders, help develop and deliver appropriate messages and influence the agenda through effective communications in collaboration with the CEO and communications department (publications, events, face to face interactions etc.).
  • At all times display diplomacy, discretion, tact and political acumen
  • Develop, manage and monitor communication channels in support of strategy delivery 
  • Act as a liaison between B’nai Brith and national media resources to ensure a successful coordinated communication result, in collaboration with the communications department 
  • Work directly with the CEO and professional and volunteer leadership to analyze communication needs, determine objective plan strategies and design effective and comprehensive policy strategies and programs in a timely and cost-effective manner 
  • Provide reactive crisis and issues management support as required
  • This role requires an entrepreneurial mindset. Your advocacy and the relationships you have, and will build, enable the growth of our brand and presence by ensuring a favorable environment for LHR messaging and a strong network of partners and stakeholders
  • Accountable for human and financial resources in the LHR.  Manage all role relevant budgets and third party relationships 
  • Write or supervise the writing of materials in various formats (new media, brochures and newsletters, memoranda, feature stories, etc.) to meet the specific communication objectives for the governmental and diplomatic segments, as may be necessary
  • Some national travel will be required
  • Other projects/duties as assigned or needed

Behaviours/Competencies and Description:

Communicates relentlessly. Openly and effectively shares information, ideas, opinions and thoughts and attentively listens to and builds on the ideas of others.

Builds and maintains relationships. Connects with and influences others to create and maintain relationships built on mutual respect, understanding, confidence and trust.

Displays drive and purpose. Demonstrates focus, energy and persistence to achieve objectives despite obstacles. 

Lives the values. Aligns own actions with B’nai Brith values, and role model honesty, integrity and appreciation of individual and cultural differences.

Minimum Qualifications

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. 

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

  • Bachelor's Degree in an applicable field
  • Graduate or Professional Degree preferred
  • Excellent communications skills including public speaking; ability to represent complex and diverse issues in an articulate and compelling manner
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work with broad range of leaders and advocates; ability to build coalitions and establish strategic partnership
  • Outstanding leadership ability and team building, managerial, supervisory and organizational skills;
  • Commitment to B’nai Brith Canada’s and LHR’s mission, highly motivated with ability to demonstrate initiative and motivate others
  • Ability to readily understand and interpret research studies, statistics, and polls
  • A track record of success as an advocate for social change
  • Self-starter with excellent organizational abilities and Ability to Multi-task; Ability to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; Strong attention to detail
  • Awareness and in depth knowledge of the key issues facing B’nai Brith and Canada’s Jewish community
  • Able to communicate effectively to a wider range of stakeholders using a broad range of styles 
  • Ability to effectively articulate B’nai Brith messaging in both private meetings and at public events
  • Strong attention to detail, copy reading and copy writing 
  • Ability to assimilate large amounts of information, and proactively identify and articulate key points of relevance 
  • Apply judgement to situations that are often highly ambiguous and rapidly changing 
  • Ability to interact with all levels within the organization, including senior level executives and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to develop comprehensive strategic plans and the ability to translate these plans to executable operational plans and tactical activity 
  • Demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines.

Required Length & Type of Experience

  • 7-10 years experience in a leadership role in an NGO or in the corporate sector

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@bnaibrith.ca.

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