youth without shelter

director of philanthropy & Engagement


Position Overview

Organization: Youth Without Shelter

Title: Director of Philanthropy & Engagement

Reports to:  Steve Doherty, Executive Director

Team: 4

Location: Etobicoke, Ontario

Is this you?

Are you a passionate fundraiser who has experience leading development, communications, community engagement and strategic initiatives? Do you have a deep interest in youth welfare, social justice and ending youth homelessness?

You have a high tolerance for ambiguity, specifically during transitional phases. You aren’t afraid to roll up your sleeves and get into the ‘weeds.’ You consider yourself to be a fundraising generalist…you’ve done a bit of everything. You have experience that spans from annual giving programs through to securing gifts from high net worth individuals and government at all levels. To that end, you consider yourself a strong writer who adapts to their audience appropriately. You have a comfort level with events and appreciate the work that goes into planning and executing a successful one.

Your peers would say that you have a high attention to detail – you can pick up on things that most wouldn’t. You are known in your organization for being on top of the numbers. For example, if quizzed with no notice on the size of revenue, where it was coming from and how it’s being spent, you’d be able to rhyme the figures off…while comparing them against the year before with ease.

You have either reported directly to a board or have worked closely with a leader who has exposed you to your organization’s board where appropriate. You also have experience working directly with senior volunteers and associated committees. You are a strong leader – your people say you are a joy to work with (not for). You are known for your positive can-do roll up your sleeves attitude, you approach your work with a glass half full mentality and finally – you are deeply committed to your organizations mission.

You are a serious fundraiser, decision-maker, strategist and event-planner. You know data and numbers cold. You are a community based professional and are the first one to raise your hand when something needs to get done.

If this sounds like you, please read on…