Coast Mental Health

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Development Officer - Events and Corporate Engagement

Nov 21, 2018
Various Locations, British Columbia

The Organization

Coast Mental Heath (Coast) is one of the largest mental health non-profit societies in Canada, and operates a large array of innovative housing and community based rehabilitation services for people with a mental illness living in and around Vancouver. Coast operates in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia providing approximately 1300 people with supportive housing and 4300 clients living in the community with wide variety of programs and services.

Coast Mental Health fosters a client-driven, recovery-oriented environment that promotes restoring health, personal growth and a return to society for individuals with a mental illness, through advocacy and providing direct programs and services. 

Coast Mental Health Foundation raises funds to support innovative recovery programs at Coast. We are a small team of dedicated individuals who believe that recovery and attaining one’s potential, despite a mental illness diagnosis, are possible.  The Foundation is currently building its team to strengthen the events and corporate support programs, primarily as they relate to the Foundation’s flagship event, the Courage To Come Back Awards. We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced Development Officer to help us take this portfolio to the next level.  We have big plans and want to build a strong team that together will help change the lives of people with mental illness. 

Job Summary

The Development Officer, will play a central role within the Coast Mental Health Foundation team.  Reporting to the Director, Fund Development, this role will be a knowledge expert in planning, organizing, executing and evaluating events including fundraising, cultivation, stewardship and recognition events. The primary responsibilities of the incumbent will be to support the execution of Coast Mental Health’s flagship event, the Courage To Come Back Awards, and to expand the engagement of event partners, sponsors and donors with Coast Mental Health Foundation.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Signature Event - Courage To Come Back Awards:

  • Working closely with the Director, Fund Development to support the execution of the Courage To Come Back Awards. 
  • Responsible for the planning and execution of the nomination process, recipient selection process, panel coordination, recipient relations, recipient dessert reception, night-of logistics, table seating, and working with the Volunteers Manager to ensure the signature event runs smoothly. 
  • Assist in the production and distribution, coordination and outreach for event materials, stewardship of partners, volunteers, and other stakeholders, as well as coordination of all external contractors providing services for the event.
  • Complete all support functions for the event accurately and efficiently, including creating, preparing, and distributing meeting minutes and supporting documents, ensuring the accurate recording of event guests and event donor information in the database, coordinating guest lists and preferences, and coordinating production and distribution of print materials for donor/sponsor/and participant’s solicitations, preparing draft budgets, tracking and reporting results to budget.
  • Support the Director, Fund Development in sponsorship and fund development, including liaison and support to existing sponsor and donor relationships.
  • Identify and secure sponsors. This includes ensuring that Coast fulfills all agreed upon benefits and commitments to our sponsors and partners, and exceeds expectations of sponsors/ partners/ donors, including personalized communication and appreciation. 

Third Party Events:

  • Meet or exceed budgeted Third Party Events financial goals
  • Identify and promote relationships with donors who can be further cultivated for future gifts
  • Renew and build strong relationships with third party Event supporters and committees
  • Use a ‘beginning to end’ strategy to ensure Third Party fundraising events operate seamlessly, and to provide a positive experience to build a long term relationship with Coast Mental Health
  • Maintain documentation on deliverables and communication
  • Maintain appropriate financial, contractual and other project documentation
  • Develop strategies to ensure that new donors and events are retained, and develop strategies that will help educate third party donors to become direct donors to Coast Mental Health
  • Present involvement opportunities for Third Parties portfolio through volunteerism and tours
  • Research and identify new third party event prospects and make actionable plans for solicitation
  • Represent Coast Mental Health at Third Party events and assist with Coast Mental health hosted events
  • Coordinate and join tours of Coast facilities alongside the program staff 

Coast Mental Health Foundation events

  • Working with the fundraising team, plan and execute other fundraising, cultivation, stewardship and donor recognition events, from concept to completion, ensuring they operate smoothly and efficiently 

Corporate Engagement:

  • Build Corporate partnerships to develop employee giving initiatives
  • Identify corporate partners and give presentations to employee groups to educate staff about Coast Mental Health and our mission
  • Develop and execute an acquisition plan for new corporate partners
  • Support the growth and development of corporate engagement opportunities
  • Routinely interact with organizations and employees for the purpose of developing stronger, deeper relationships between the donor/prospect and Coast Mental Health
  • Successfully align partner interests with Coast Mental Health
  • Liaise with the corporate community and execute other corporate engagement initiatives, including cause marketing, days of service, employee (third party) fundraising events and sponsorship opportunities throughout Coast. 

Other Duties:

  • Collaborates with the Director of Communications on marketing and communication strategies in support of events and corporate engagement initiatives, and ensure social media coverage of each event and the engagement of third party event stakeholders through social media
  • Provides support to the development team, and implements stewardship strategies to ensure seamless transition between fundraising events and other programs, working closely with other Foundation staff.
  • Working closely with the Volunteer Manager, ensures effective volunteer coordination and recognition for all events.
  • Keep and maintain accurate and up-to-date sponsor/donor records in both Raiser’s Edge database, as well as digital and paper files.
  • The ideal candidate will possess a degree or diploma from a recognized post secondary institution in a related area of study such as event management, marketing, communications, planning, business, or hospitality. 
  • Minimum 4 years progressive experience in managing complex charitable events and projects with multiple vested stakeholder interests, with a proven demonstration of entrepreneurial spirit, goals setting, attention to detail and successful execution.
  • Excellent event marketing skills, including online and in the community, and very strong communications skills overall.  Knowledge of fundraising strategies and practices is required. 
  • Software proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, a CRM database (Raiser’s Edge preferred)  is required, Wordpress knowledge is an asset. 

    Note: Successful completion of a Criminal Records Check will be required


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