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  • Posted:Feb 21, 2020
  • Apply by:Mar 06, 2020
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Junior/Entry level
  • Location
  • Toronto, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Kids/youth
  • Impact Category
  • Nonprofit
  • Company Type
  • Nonprofit

About this position


Right To Play is a global organization that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity using play. By harnessing play, one of the most powerful and fundamental forces in a child’s life, we help 2.3 million children to stay in school and out of work, to prevent life-threatening diseases like HIV and malaria and to stay safe from exploitation and abuse. We are the only global development organization focused exclusively on using play to transform the lives of children and youth impacted by poverty, war, disease and inequality.

Established in 2000, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in 22 countries across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

With a shared passion for our mission, our Culture Code guides how we act and interact based on five core pillars:

  • Accept Everyone – Be intentional about inclusion
  • Make Things Happen – Seek opportunities to lead and innovate
  • Display Courage – Act with integrity
  • Demonstrate Care – Look after yourself and one another
  • Be Playful – Have fun at work

Please visit our website to learn more about who we are and what we do, and watch this video to find out about the five pillars of our Culture Code.


Right To Play’s Canadian National Office (CNO) is a busy hub, generating revenue of $11M annually for Right To Play programs, and providing crucial support in advancing our vision of a healthy and safe world through the power of play.

Reporting to the Director, Major Gifts, with a dotted line to the Events and Sponsorship Manager and the National Director, the Development Assistant will primarily support the Signature Events portfolio, but will also be a valuable asset for the Major Gifts and Corporate Partnerships units.

The Development Assistant will be responsible for assisting with event management and research of corporate and individual prospects. The ideal candidate for this position will possess fundraising and event experience and a demonstrated track record of project management, office administration and excellent skills in organization and problem solving, as well as a positive can-do attitude.


Job Responsibility #1: Signature Event Coordination (Between 50% to 75% variable over the year)
  • Input, track and maintain donor, sponsor and event data in database and related systems.
  • Support stewardship strategies to ensure seamless transition between events and stewardship activities
  • Assist with the development of templates (e.g. critical path, work plan)
  • Conduct research on prospects (e.g. donors, sponsors) and help prepare solicitation materials for events
  • Create, prepare, and distribute agendas, minutes and supporting documents for meetings with event committee, vendors
  • Assist with all vendor relationships (e.g. meeting coordination, invoice processing)
  • Assist with and respond to inquires from the public related to Signature Third Party and Signature Right To Play events and attend and represent Right To Play at these events as needed.
  • Administration of committee meetings and coordination of committee member support needs
  • Filing and tracking of all invoices and expenses
  • List management for events, including guest registration, dietary needs
  • Logistical support for The Heroes Gala, sponsorship breakfasts, athlete ambassadors in attendance at special events, and volunteer coordination.
Job Responsibility #2: Support Major Gifts and Corporate Partners Portfolio (Between 10% to 25% variable over the year)
  • Schedule and coordinate logistics for meetings with prospects, donors, senior volunteers
  • Draft written materials including briefing materials, call reports, meeting materials, progress reports, and planning documents as appropriate
  • Draft, format and edit a range of donor correspondence including gift acknowledgements
  • Assist with the preparation of proposals, stewardship reports, and other materials and packages
  • Assist in managing prospect portfolios through the timely and accurate coordination, inputting, tracking and reporting of prospect actions
  • Ensure timely and accurate follow up and implementation of prospect and gift related actions
  • Provide administrative support and assistance as needed with organizing cultivation, stewardship and recognition events (quarterly salons, annual donor appreciation events, webinars)
  • Provide accurate, responsive and professional administrative and organizational support to the Corporate and Major Gift teams
  • Update and maintain donor database, electronic and hard copy files and records, making sure customer relationship management databased is current and maximized for tracking of stewardship of major gift donors.

Job Responsibility #3: National Director Support (Between 10% to 25% variable over the year)
  • Assist with the booking, tracking and logistics for four (4) annual Canadian Advisory Board (CAB) meetings
  • Assistance drafting and tracking CAB communications
  • Assistance maintaining donor records and correspondence and moves are kept up to date on behalf of the National Director on database
  • Provide general administrative and donor relations assistance to the National Director
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Job Responsibility #4: Perform other Duties as Assigned (5% of Time)


  • Post-secondary diploma or undergraduate degree in Event Management, Marketing, Fundraising or related field

  • Minimum 1-year experience with a non-profit organization
  • Experience in corporate and individual fundraising and in planning and implementing events, preferably fundraising events
  • Experience working with executives, donors and volunteers

  • Project management and prioritizing skills; ability to work on several projects concurrently handling competing deadlines
  • Possess excellent organizational and creative thinking skills; attention to detail is imperative
  • Excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with donors, sponsors, volunteers and the ability to communicate with diverse stakeholders effectively
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong judgment skills with experience identifying and anticipating issues and problem solving
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Adaptable with ability to work well under pressure
  • Has a passion for event management, and the ability to provide outstanding customer service while building relationships with external vendors and internal partners

  • High level of proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Knowledge and experience with customer relationship management database

  • Fluency in oral and written English


You love interacting with people and making every interaction pleasant (even over email). You are organized, thoughtful, and detail-oriented.  You thrive in a fast-faced environment where change is a reality.  You understand the value of prompt attention to donor inquiries and do your best to provide a quality customer service experience.  You enjoy events and get a deep sense of joy, satisfaction and pride out of seeing ideas become reality and knowing that you played a role (both big and small) in bringing a vision to life.  You want to be mentored and have the chance to learn from your colleagues and the experience of working with a powerhouse fundraising committee and board.  You are excited at the opportunity to help to put on one of Canada’s top charity benefits.


The opportunity to work with a passionate, innovative and collaborative team where you have the ability to make things happen. You will gain experience working for a globally recognized organization with a healthy culture premised on our Culture Code (accept everyone, make things happen, display courage, demonstrate care & be playful). In addition, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including group RRSP plan with 3% matching contributions, gym membership, flexible work policy (e.g. work from home and flex hours) and summer/winter hours.

Target Start Date:           March 2020

Contract Duration:         Permanent/Full-time    


If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to careers@righttoplay.com and kindly include “Development Assistant” and your name in the subject line. Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Right To Play provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. We offer a family-friendly environment that allows flexible work arrangements in order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance.

We are a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory police record check and vulnerable sector screening as a condition of employment.

Should you require any form of accommodation during the recruitment process, kindly contact the People & Culture team by email at careers@righttoplay.com

To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at www.righttoplay.com.


About us

Right To Play's mission is to protect, educate and
empower children to rise above adversity using the power of play.

Every day, millions of children face poverty, war, disease and poor education. For many of these children, culture, tradition and economic barriers can force them into dangerous and limiting futures, which may include child labor, early marriage, illiteracy and violence. Right To Play empowers the children in our programs to rise above these barriers, discover possibilities, and find a way back to hope. We harness the power of play to protect, educate and empower children to rise above these challenges and unlock their potential.

Play keeps children in school and out of work. It helps them overcome challenges that could rob them of their dignity, their promise and put them at risk. Play teaches them how to prevent disease and resolve conflicts, and gives them the confidence to dismantle barriers and create opportunities where often there were none.
Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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