Autism Ontario

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Regional Fundraising and Finance Coordinator

Oct 19, 2018
Mississauga, Ontario
Early Career

Autism Ontario is a not-for-profit charitable organization founded in 1973 and is a strong voice for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Autism Ontario has 25 Chapters serving almost every corner of the province.  Each Chapter is run by parents, professionals, and self-advocate volunteers. These volunteers organize and support parent-to-parent contact, provide official Special Education Advisory Committee representation for ASD to boards of education, camps and public awareness forums. We pride ourselves on our mission to ensure that each individual with ASD is provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society. We are constantly evolving in order to improve the lives of the people we support.

Title:  Regional Fundraising and Finance Coordinator

Reports To: Community Events and Resources Manager

Location: Central West Region (Peel, Halton, Waterloo, Wellington, and Hamilton)

Hours:  37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE), some evenings and weekends required

Employment Type: One-year contract with the possibility of extension


For the past several years, Autism Ontario has been engaged in consultations to assess the structure and needs of our growing organization.  This assessment process has left us with some key takeaways, including the need to restructure our Chapter-based model.  To accurately gauge what a shift from a Chapter-based model to a regional-based model would look like, we are piloting a restructuring option in the Central West Region (covering Peel, Halton, Waterloo, Wellington, Hamilton, and surrounding areas).

The position of Regional Fundraising and Finance Coordinator will be one of two new positions in the pilot region.  The goal of the pilot is to strengthen the capacity of families and caregivers to achieve the mission and vision of Autism Ontario in the Central West region. This position will actively be involved with the evaluation and implementation of the pilot model and both the volunteer and staffing roles associated with it.



  • Develop and write various funding applications, grants and proposals  to support  the necessary funding levels and programs of  the region, adhering to organizational guidelines and policies
  • Provide leadership in generating financial resources to sustain the region
  • Coordinate fundraising efforts from existing and new sources
  • Assess viability of third-party events, where applicable, with volunteers and support as needed
  • Foster and maintain a positive relationship with event sponsors and funders (e.g., thank-you letters, funding reports, etc.)
  • Implement stewardship and recognition strategies for the region
  • Facilitate networking and development of community alliances/partnerships
  • Prepare deposits and related forms and submit copies to provincial office, and remit necessary documentation to Provincial Office in order to adhere to charitable laws
  • Develop an annual fundraising plan with targets, events, etc., and clear timelines and planned deliverables
  • Work closely and collaboratively with Community Events and Resources Manager and Provincial Office Fund Development Manager on regional fundraising plan
  • Communicate and work with the Community Events Coordinators and Family Support Coordinators around regional needs for grant writing purposes

Volunteer Support:

  • Coordinate with volunteers to have representation of the region at fundraising events, funders meetings, donor cheque presentations, and other meetings and community events where applicable
  • Navigate and manage various interpersonal situations between volunteers
  • Support program staff with campaign fundraising, mailing lists and assembling packages
  • Ensure policies and procedures are being adhered to which guide volunteer involvement and reflect the overall values of the organization
  • Find a place for all volunteers to shine, and to feel mobilized and empowered
  • Work closely with Regional Program and Volunteer Coordinator on regional pilot initiatives


  • Serve as first point of contact for questions from volunteers in the region
  • Act as a system administrator for relevant online platforms
  • Perform other general administrative duties, including maintaining files, purchasing supplies, mail distribution and maintaining office machines
  • Keep an up-to-date list of donors and grants in the region
  • Manage financial paperwork
  • Follow budgets


  • Working knowledge of ASD
  • Strategic and positive thinking
  • Strong planning skills and an ability to work independently
  • Proactivity in effective communications and conflict management skills
  • Flexibility, comfort with change and ability to support others through change management
  • Knowledge and understanding of the local service providers and the granting agencies within the Central West region


  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated fund development and experience writing grant proposals and reports
  • Experience organizing and working with volunteers in a non-profit setting
  • Experience in financial management and budget oversight
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as required
  • Ability and means to travel for meetings; a valid driver’s licence is required

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by email no later than October 19th, 2018, to the attention of Human Resources - In your cover letter, please highlight your relevant experience and salary expectations. Please quote “Fundraising Finance Coordinator” in your subject line of your email and application. We thank everyone for their interest in this position; however, only those candidates invited to interview with us will be contacted.

Autism Ontario is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or any other legally protected factors.

Autism Ontario is committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in concert with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, Autism Ontario will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the hiring process.

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