Fundraising Manager

About the Position

The Fundraising Manager is responsible for the coordination and execution of capital fundraising campaigns, primarily for the Glace Bay Family & Youth Centre. The Fundraising Manager uses expert communication skills and a keen sense of initiative to seek out and identify fundraising opportunities, develop relationships with potential donors, and manage fundraising campaigns.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and steward capital fundraising campaigns, identifying clear dollar amount goals and engaging, innovative, and ethical approaches to reach goals
  • Build and nurture relationships with community stakeholders, project champions and donors, and future building patrons and visitors
  • Research and make recommendations of grants and donor prospects
  • Grant writing, as well as writing for various communications materials
  • Establish and manage database of potential donors
  • Collaborate and lead internal conversations with the team about fundraising potentials
  • Promote awareness of the organization’s mission and work
  • Participate in internal team meetings, as required
  • Maintain quality, safety and the confidentiality of employees, clients, and volunteers
  • Maintain professionalism, tact, diplomacy, and sensitivity to portray New Dawn in a positive manner, consistent with its values and vision
  • Update job knowledge by engaging in professional networks and participating in professional organizations
  • Respond to the needs of others with effective communication, mutual respect, and consistent follow through to build trust and workplace relationships
  • Promote the mission and values of New Dawn both internally and externally
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Properties & Development


  • Minimum two (2) years experience in fundraising, sales, or marketing
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in communications, public relations, arts, or related field
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Natural story-teller and strong relationship building skills
  • Passion for research and data-driven projects
  • Ability to successfully balance priorities while managing multiple tasks
  • Experience in writing grant proposals, press releases, and fundraising letters
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Experience working with and advocating for vulnerable populations
  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and with guidance from others
  • Ability to work effectively with others; to work together towards a shared goal
  • Highly organized and ability to work well under pressure
  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite of programs and applications
  • High level of integrity, confidentiality, and accountability
  • Understands servant leadership and community-focus as central to the work

Work Conditions

  • Travel will be required.
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.
  • Overtime may be required; working evenings/weekends and needed.
  • Interacts with employees, management, and public at large.
  • Environment can be busy/noisy at times.

About New Dawn

New Dawn Enterprises Limited is a private, volunteer-directed non-profit social enterprise dedicated to community building. It seeks to identify community needs and to establish and operate ventures that speak to those needs.

Incorporated in 1976, New Dawn is the oldest Community Development Corporation in Canada. Today it employs 150 people across 10 companies: New Dawn Homecare, New Dawn Guest Home and New Dawn Home Living, New Dawn Meals on Wheels, the Eltuek Arts Centre, Café Marie, New Dawn Properties, Cape Breton Island Centre for Immigration, New Dawn Centre, and New Dawn Community Engagement.

All of its work is in service of building a more vibrant and self-reliant Unama’ki-Cape Breton Island.

Atlantic Immigration Program Employer

New Dawn is proud to be an Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) employer. This means that New Dawn has been approved as an AIP employer and, as such, can endorse the AIP-PR application of an eligible employee.

Note: employees are responsible for verifying that the employment position/category is eligible under the AIP program, or any other immigration program/stream for which they intend to seek the support/endorsement of New Dawn.

Salaried Employee Compensation Package 

New Dawn Enterprises believes in supporting the well-being of its employees and, in service of this, has created the following compensation package for permanent, salaried employees of New Dawn Enterprises, in addition to their salaries.

Canada Life Group Benefits: Medical, Dental, Life Insurance
New Dawn offers its employees group benefits provided by Group Health. Fifty percent (50%) of these benefits are paid by the employer, except for Long-Term Disability benefits which are fully (100%) paid by the employee. The plan also includes a component for Life Insurance, Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) and Vision Care. Dependent life is also included.

Self-Directed Registered Retirement Savings Plan
Employees may choose to begin participation in New Dawn’s Self-Directed RRSP plan after completion of three (3) months of employment. Employees may contribute up to 5% of their gross salary, deducted from their pay cheque. This is matched by the employer to a maximum of five percent (5%).

Reduced Hours Work Week
In recognition of the benefits of greater work-life balance and the value of flexibility and autonomy for human wellbeing, New Dawn has adopted a Reduced Hour Work Week. All full-time salaried employees are required to be in the office for 32 hours per week. These hours can be worked over four or five days. At the start of employment, a schedule will be drafted that meets both the needs of the company and the employee.

Professional Development
New Dawn acknowledges and is committed to the ongoing professional development and lifelong learning aspirations of its staff. The acquisition of new position-relevant skills and perspectives by employees creates a stronger, more informed, and modern organization.

Employees are strongly encouraged to research and outline education and/or professional development opportunities to discuss with their manager in the creation of their work-plan.

Paid Holidays
New Dawn observes thirteen (13) public holidays and other days for which staff will be paid. They are: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day

In the spirit of family, the President reserves the right to close the office between Christmas and New Year’s to enable employees to spend time with their families. This option will be reviewed, and a decision made annually depending on operational requirements. These non-statutory days will have no impact on employee vacation time.

Paid Vacation
All new employees entering the organization as a salaried employee will earn 15 days of paid vacation during the annum.

Mental and Physical Health Days 

Employees will be entitled to seven (7) days paid leave at the beginning of each calendar year. This can be carried forward to a maximum of fifteen (15) days total. It can be used for physical and metal wellness/illness and appointments for the employee or their family members.

Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP)
New Dawn’s Group Benefits Plan also includes the provision of an Employee and Family Assistance Program. The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EAP) is a support system that employees and their families can turn to for confidential help with stress, anxiety and depression, family and relationship issues, addictions, legal and financial difficulties, health and nutrition concerns and workplace and career difficulties. The program is confidential and optional and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Café Marie Discount

Employees of New Dawn Enterprises can take advantage of a 20% discount at Café Marie, located in the Eltuek Arts Centre.

Years of Service

The Years of Service Recognition Program recognizes and rewards the service of New Dawn employees at milestones in their careers. All permanent full-and-part-time New Dawn employees are eligible to receive the Years of Service award.

STAR Program

New Dawn is proud to recognize and reward the excellent work and achievements of its employees. Managers at New Dawn will be given an annual budget to provide ongoing and immediate recognition to their direct reports throughout the year.

Corporate YMCA Membership Program

In an effort to create more opportunity for staff health and wellness, New Dawn offers a corporate membership in partnership with the Cape Breton YMCA. The corporate membership gives staff a 12% discount on the cost of membership, additionally New Dawn pays half the cost of an individual discounted membership.