Development Manager, Indigenous Programs (Maternity Leave Cover)

Organization: Right To Play International
Department/Division: Canada National Office (CNO)       
Work Location: Toronto or Vancouver, Canada
Work Arrangement: A combination of in-office and remote-working in accordance with Right To Play’s work arrangement and the operational needs of the department
Authorized to work in: Canada (Eligible to work legally without requiring sponsorship or work permit)
Target Hiring Range: CAD 78,000 – 84,000 per annum (pending 2024 pay award) 
Target Start Date: Early January 2024
Contract Duration: Full-time / 9-10 months fixed term contract
Application Closing Date: November 7, 2023 23:59 EST

ABOUT US:       
Right To Play is a global organisation that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity through the power of play. We help millions of children each year to stay in school and out of work, to prevent life-threatening diseases and to stay safe from exploitation and abuse. We are the leading global development organization that uses play to transform the lives of children and youth impacted by poverty, war, disease and inequality.

Established in 2000, Right To Play reaches children through experiential programming in 15 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. These programs are supported by our headquarters in Toronto, Canada; London, UK and seven national offices across Europe and North America.

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, what we do, and find out about the five pillars of our Culture Code.

Reporting to the Senior Development Manager, Indigenous Programs, the Development Manager, Indigenous Program’s principal accountabilities will be to manage a portfolio valued at approximately $2M of primarily government and institutional prospects and donors in support of Indigenous Programs. You will also have responsibilities for proposal development, grant writing and donor stewardship reports for both prospects and donors.

You will also work closely with the Executive Director, Indigenous Programs – Canada in the development of new funding relationships with government and institutional partners.

Occasional travel to key fundraising markets within Canada is expected.
#1: Lead for Government and Institutional Funding Relationships (55% of Time):

  • Leads the development of the domestic government fundraising strategy and key government relationships with the support and guidance of the National Director, Program Directors and Executive Director, Indigenous Programs.
  • Leads the grant management cycle for government funding (prospecting to reporting), engaging identified team members for technical input and final approvals in accordance with RTP grant management standards.
  • Ensures community voice and priorities are represented in submitted proposals.
  • Manages donor stewardship for all domestic government stakeholders, including appropriate program and other team members as identified.
  • Responsible and accountable for developing and maintaining key government partnership opportunities, both with political and civil service.
  • Supports the development of sourcing new revenue leads.
  • Supports community partners in their own fundraising or grant writing, including co-development of proposals that would support partnerships.

#2: Proposal, Grant Writing and Stewardship Report Development for Indigenous Program Fundraising (30% of Time):

  • Acts as the lead writer for the Indigenous Programs portfolio, writing, submitting, managing grant proposals and custom donor reporting.
  • Develops custom pitch decks to communicate organizational priorities with potential government and institutional partners.
  • Collaborates with the Indigenous Programs team to identify programmatic priorities to communicate with potential government prospects and donors.
  • Furnishes prospective funders with supporting documents.
  • Maintains proficient knowledge of the organization’s history and programs.

#3: Administration (10% of Time):

  • Manages and records all fundraising activity in the MCRM software in accordance with reporting and performance measurement policy.
  • Establishes and adheres to process, systems and policies for cultivating and stewarding assigned constituents.
  • Conducts research and analyses major trends that may affect Canada’s relationship with government (provincial and federal) and institutional donor portfolio.
  • Recommends changes in marketing materials, strategies, etc., by evaluating results and competitive developments.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.

#4: Perform Other Duties as Assigned (5% of Time)

  • University degree in a related field


  • 5 years in a non-profit fundraising role with an established track record of securing gifts and exceeding fundraising targets
  • Experience in developing new funding relationships with government partners
  • Experience in writing fundraising proposals and stewardship reports


  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; excellent writing skills
  • Outstanding relationship building skill with ability to build collaborative relationships at all levels
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a team player
  • Highly motivated and able to adapt quickly in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to manage multiple responsibilities and meet a range of deadlines on time
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Demonstrated business acumen and strategic thinking
  • Creativity in developing partnership strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to persevere and problem solve
  • Dedicated to working in an organization that is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples


  • Familiar with the barriers faced by Indigenous children and youth in Canada due to the legacies of colonialism, residential schools and the resulting inter-generational trauma
  • Solid understanding of fundraising software such as MS CRM or Raiser’s Edge
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office Suite


  • Fluency in spoken and written English


  • Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) Certification
  • Project management experience
  • Experience fundraising for children and youth programs
  • Fluency in French

You are highly driven, collaborative, and results-oriented with outstanding writing skills.  You are an exceptional communicator with excellent networking skills. You are passionate about working to support children and youth and you are thrilled at the opportunity to make an impact in Indigenous communities across Canada.

The opportunity to collaborate with an innovative global team who are passionate about working with children and youth. 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 and be playful). You will be immersed in an environment where learning and development is encouraged and valued, and “play” is appreciated as a core avenue to building community.

  • Flexible work arrangements (e.g. work from home and flex hours)
  • 15 days annual leaves
  • 3 personal days per year
  • 5 personal learning and development (L&D) days per year
  • Annual learning week
  • Annual staff recognition awards
  • Opportunity to connect with employees across our offices (e.g. Facebook Workplace)
  • Opportunity to engage in global projects and initiatives
  • Wellness programs
  • Playful activities and events

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply with your resume and cover letter in English via the application link.

Application Link:

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Shortlisting of applications will begin immediately, and interviews may be held before the closing date.

Right To Play provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. As such, we encourage groups who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply for positions at Right To Play. We offer a family-friendly environment that allows for flexible work arrangements in order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance.

We value and promote a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Should you require any accessibility related accommodations or specific adjustments to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process, and thereafter, please reach out to the People & Culture team by email at [email protected]. All information provided will be treated as confidential and used only to provide an accessible candidate experience.

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 Vulnerable Sector Screening or equivalent criminal check as a condition of employment.

To protect the health and safety of our employees and the communities we serve, Right To Play requires all employees and volunteers based in Canada to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

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


October 30, 2023


November 7, 2023


Contract Position


Toronto or Vancouver Canada


Right To Play International