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Director of Development and Communications

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Date Posted: 10-31-2018
About UNITY Charity
UNITY Charity engages and empowers youth to be role models and leaders in their communities. UNITY engages youth 10 to 18 by implementing school and community programs helping youth positively express their stress and develop skills for success. UNITY empowers youth to make better choices as leaders, mentors and positive community role models leading to more productive citizens, safer schools, and healthier communities.  UNITY Charity is one of Toronto’s fastest growing charities, engaging thousands of youth each year.  At UNITY Charity we work according to one simple mantra: DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO.   Our organization values passion, integrity, respect and community, and expect all of our representatives to embody these values, including the Board of Directors.  UNITY Charity’s board is one where professionals, experts and others passionate about the UNITY cause are able to come together and give back in a meaningful way by supporting the organization’s governance, fundraising, strategic planning, networking and much more.

Find out more about UNITY here: www.unitycharity.com

Job Description

As the Director of Development and Communications, you will be active and accountable in the areas of development, communications and organizational leadership and strategy. The position reports to Unity’s Executive Director. At this moment, this position will be managing two direct reports.
Development: provide vision and strategic leadership and take accountability for strategies that identify, cultivate, and gain or enhance the interest and involvement of prospective funders through a variety of revenue streams.  
Communications : provide vision and strategic leadership and take accountability for developing, implementing, and evaluating on-brand marketing and communications for all stakeholders.
Leadership: supervise and coach your direct reports and provide leadership support to the entire team alongside the Executive Director and National Programs Director.
Partnerships: sustain, steward and grow current business and community partnerships for Unity on a local and national level and ensure the business objectives of both partners are successfully executed. 


Leadership Skills
  • As an ambassador of Unity’s core values (respect, integrity, passion, community, youth), you will have the ability to lead, support, inspire, and grow your team
  • Team management experience with the ability to have difficult conversations with staff and others as necessary
  • Effective at delegating, guiding, and enabling an efficient team to excel and achieve even greater impact through close knowledge of the skills, abilities, and ambitions of team members
Communication Skills
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Knowledge of various communication disciplines, techniques, best practices, and planning methods
  • Experience in managing and conducting fundraising communication and marketing programs, including strategic planning
  • Experience implementing and producing impactful marketing and communication materials, such as newsletters, social media, web, flyers, videos, and annual reports
Accountability and Organizational skills
  • Ability to be accountable, and keep others accountable to see projects, programs and efforts through to completion.
  • Strong ability to manage multiple competing priorities and deadlines
  • Self-directed with ability to organize, plan, and prioritize
  • Critical thinking and detail orientation
Problem Solving skills
  • Ability to deal with complex issues as they arise and overcome challenges in a collaborative fashion
  • Ability to make sound decisions in a timely fashion seeking team input, using data, and applying creative approaches and innovative ideas
  • Influential Partnership Builder & Strengthener
  • Successful at building and managing relationships, and influencing without authority
  • Ability to identify potential partners and strengthen existing relationships
  • Persistent and sales oriented while maintaining a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of how to capitalize on strategic opportunities to benefit Unity’s goals
Interpersonal and Collaboration skills
  • A high degree of self-awareness and commitment to continuous professional and personal growth for self and team members
  • Very collaborative with the ability to work well with a diverse range of people
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Supports an anti-oppression framework in a workplace setting.

Additional Info:

The successful candidate will have an innovative, entrepreneurial and caring spirit and a passion for the Unity Charity mission.  A post-secondary diploma or degree in a relevant field will be considered a strong asset, along with previous development and communications experience. A knowledge of Hip Hop culture and its related art forms will be considered an asset.  We are seeking someone with a minimum of 6-8 years related experience, including broad experience working with multiple stakeholders preferably in the charitable or not-for-profit sector. We are looking for an accountable team player who is results-oriented and driven to improve the lives of youth in the community.  

You are a marketer, strategist, and a confident leader with a wide professional network as well as a combination of ambition, insight, diligence, and creativity that materializes opportunities.  An effective relationship builder and team leader, you have a successful track record in fundraising and management. You have experience achieving financial targets and managing a budget and are skilled at continuously searching for funding prospects and generating funding. Experience running fundraising and donor stewardship events and campaigns is considered a strong asset. 
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