Development Coordinator, Corporate Engagement and Grants
Free The Children - Toronto, ON

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Position Available: Development Coordinator, Corporate Engagement and Grants

Are you a self motivated and driven person who is organized and enthusiastic about supporting youth and educators in making a difference in the world?

Free The Children empowers youth to fulfill their potential to be agents of change. Through our organization's unique youth-driven approach, more than one million young people have been involved in our innovative programs in more than 45 countries. Founded by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children has an established track-record of success, with three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize and partnerships with the United Nations, and Oprah's Angel Network. In 2011 Free The Children, was awarded Canada’s Top Employer for Young People for our amazing opportunities for young employees!

Free The Children seeks a Development Coordinator to support our Corporate Engagement and Grants department who will write proposals, prepare power point presentations, coordinate special projects and serve as support to facilitate communication with the Board of Directors and associations. The coordinator must be an enthusiastic self-starter who is able to adhere to deadlines, can multitask, writes well and enjoys new challenges.

A minimum two-year commitment is required and there are two streams of compensation for our entry level coordinator roles:

The Housing option compensation offers a base salary

  • Year 1: $20,000 plus shared accommodation included
  • Year 2: $22,000 plus shared accommodation included

The Non-Housing option compensation offers a base salary

  • Year 1: $27, 500
  • Year 2: $29, 500

There is a six (6) month probationary period, upon reaching the three (3) month period, all staff members are offered a health plan including dental and Employee Assistant Program. The position is based out of Free The Children’s International office in Toronto (233 Carlton Street). This role is perfect for a new graduate who is looking to grow and work hard for two years. You love big goals and surpassing expectations.

While resumes are important, we want to know what makes you a great fit for our team and culture. We will consider resumes on a rolling basis and would like the right person to join us as soon as possible.


Business Development

  • Support the Associate Director of Development/Development Manager with the development of strategic pitches and proposals to engage new corporate funders.
  • Develop highly customized presentations for use by Senior Team in engaging new prospects.
  • Write highly customized corporate proposals for both North American and International projects and funding opportunities.
  • Develop highly customized grant proposals for both North American and International projects and funding opportunities.
  • Identify and write government grant applications at Municipal, Provincial and National levels of government.
  • Communicate with implementation teams to gather relevant information about programs and impacts.
  • Attend prospecting events as needed for business development and ensure identification of leads.


  • Identify potential prospects based on organizational need and alignment with Free The Children’s priority funding needs.
  • Identify potential opportunities for funding, specifically among Foundations and Government granting opportunities, based on alignment with Free The Children’s priority funding needs.
  • Conduct comprehensive research of prospective funder interests and objectives.

General and administrative

  • Support the development of partnership agreements following successful proposals.
  • Update status of proposals and leads.

Reporting and Relationships

  • Collaboration with the Associate Director of Development/Development Manager is required on the creation and delivery of prospect proposals and lead generation and management.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate Degree in Business, International Development or other related field.
  • Marketing experience would be an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills in all internal and external relations.
  • Outstanding work ethic.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple responsibilities within tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically when developing partnership opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and within a team setting.
  • Positive attitude, high energy, flexible and enthusiastic.
  • Advanced writing skills and attention to detail.
  • Commitment to maintaining accurate and detailed files, databases and work logs.
  • Excellent comprehension and ease with the application of Microsoft Office programs, particularly

PowerPoint and Excel.

What makes Free The Children unique…

A Top Employer for Young People, Free The Children is filled with passionate, driven, hardworking, entrepreneurial, shameless idealists, this means we work late, set high goals and exceed them, and then push hard the following year to beat and exceed last year’s goals of empowering youth to change the world.

If you are looking for a predictable 9-5 work environment, this won’t be the right fit.

If you are inspired and excited by collaboration, making friendships with the most incredible people, unique additional responsibilities like working on our We Days and your personal values align with our core values, we would love to hear from you.

Free The Children sincerely thanks all those who apply, however only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

About this company
Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner that believes in a world where all children are free to achieve their...