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Manager--Grants and Partnerships, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation--Ontario Chapter

Status: Full-time
Posting close date:  February 23, 2007, 5 p.m. EST

Established in 1986, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is the leading national volunteer-based organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. CBCF works collaboratively to fund, support and advocate for relevant and innovative breast cancer research; meaningful education and awareness programs; early diagnosis and effective treatment; and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer.  

The largest of CBCF's four regional offices, CBCF - Ontario Chapter raises and allocates funds for programs unique to the needs and priorities of the breast cancer community in Ontario. The Chapter carries out its mission through its provincial Board of Directors, its volunteer network across the province, and its staff.  CBCF-Ontario Chapter Allocations and Health Promotion Department is responsible for allocating approximately $11.0 million annually for breast cancer research, health promotion and mission-related programs that make a difference.

Position Summary

CBCF-Ontario Chapter seeks two exceptional individuals for full-time openings in its Allocations and Health Promotion Department for the role of Manager - Grants and Partnerships.  These individuals will work collaboratively with the Ontario Chapter allocations and health promotion team to further strengthen the Community Health Promotion Grant Program, Fellowship Program, and develop and manage new cause-related initiatives and partnerships to meet CBCF's charitable objectives and strategic priorities.  


1.    Development and Management of Special Initiatives and Partnerships

  • Develop special initiatives and partnerships within the context of CBCF's strategic priorities
  • Establish targets and benchmarks for partnerships and special initiatives
  • Conduct research and analysis, and work collaboratively with the Allocations and Health Promotion team to strengthen initiatives and partnerships to maximize funding impact
  • Manage partner relationships and special initiative programs

2.    Allocations Programs--Grants

(a)    Grants Management

  • Coach grant applicants and recipients regarding grant guidelines, criteria, and application procedures
  • Assess grant applications for eligibility and completeness
  • Assess the capacity, leadership and fiscal qualifications of grant applicants
  • Prepare briefing documents and recommendations for review by the Allocations team
  • Prepare reports and discussion documents for volunteer peer review and advisory/board committees
  • Monitor progress and results of grant projects
  • Assist with the recruitment of appropriate peer review panels and committee members
  • Provide support and act as a key contact for volunteers during the grant review process
  • Provide support to allocations-related advisory committees, board committees, and volunteer task forces as required
  • Draft print and presentation materials, including letters, reports, calls for proposals, funding guidelines, application forms, power-point presentations, etc.  
  • Ensure that appropriate departmental files and records are maintained
  • Assist in the development and implementation of an electronic grant management system

(b)    Knowledge Transfer

  • Work collaboratively to identify opportunities and strategies to profile and share learning and resources from funded projects with internal and external stakeholders
  • Identify current resources and information available on allocations practices and breast cancer through subscriptions, internet, meetings, etc. and shares information with staff and committee volunteers
  • Work collaboratively to identify opportunities and strategies for building capacity in grantee communities

(c)    Other

  • Perform other related duties as requested

Required Qualifications and Abilities


  • Post-secondary degree, Graduate degree preferred
  • Minimum of three years' progressive program management experience in a not-for-profit environment, preferably related to research and/or community-based projects in the health/social services sector
  • Experience in proposal writing and program assessment or grants management
  • Excellent knowledge of program planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Strong computer skills with experience in MS Windows, Excel, Word and web-based applications
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills


  • Good organizational skills and multi-tasking ability
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills together with good judgment
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team while effectively maintaining responsibility associated with a specific role
  • Ability to work under strict deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong conceptual, analytical and writing skills
  • Experience using a community development approach
  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines while maintaining quality
  • Detail-oriented
  • Must be able to work with diverse communities and constituencies

Desirable Qualifications and Abilities

  • Experience working with volunteers and/or as a volunteer
  • Experience with grant management software
  • Knowledge of medical and scientific terminology
  • Knowledge of health promotion terminology
  • Knowledge of French

Some additional work outside the regular work day is expected for evening and weekend meetings and attendance and participation at special events.  Occasional travel within the province of Ontario is required for this position.

If you are confident that your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for this position, please forward a cover letter and resume to the attention of

Wilma Fernandes, Executive Coordinator
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation--Ontario Chapter

or fax to: 416-815-1766

or by mail to: 20 Victoria St., 6th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2N8