Manager, Events

  • Location : Canada (Remote)
  • Full Time, Permanent

Parkinson Canada is the definitive voice for the Parkinson’s community in Canada. Our purpose is to transform the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. We do this through research leading to better treatments and the end of Parkinson’s, advocacy bringing the voices of Parkinson’s to the forefront and support that helps people live well with Parkinson’s through education and services.

A national registered charity, Parkinson Canada operates through the generosity of donors and is an accredited organization under the Imagine Canada Standards Program.

As a Parkinson Canada Employee, we believe in being:

  • Bold by embracing new ideas and confidently taking action.
  • Compassionate by striving always to walk in the shoes of those we serve.
  • Collaborative by working cooperatively with all stakeholders so that together we can achieve more.
  • Trustworthy by keeping our word and always doing what we promise.

About the role

The Manager, Events fulfils a leadership role in ensuring the successful planning and implementation of Parkinson Canada’s fundraising events including primary responsibility for Parkinson Canada SuperWalk, Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Growling Beaver Brevet, and Fundraising Your Way (third-party fundraising). A seasoned peer-to-peer fundraising strategist with excellent logistic and stakeholder relations skills, the Manager, Events will provide support, expertise, and guidance to those wishing to undertake events in support of Parkinson Canada, and will direct, coach, and mentor the team members who operate within the Events portfolio.

Key accountabilities

Planning and Implementation of Parkinson Canada Fundraising Events:

  • Work with the Director, Events as part of the overall Events Team on the strategic direction of events and initiatives. 
  • Ensure the development and execution of SuperWalk, Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Growling Beaver Brevet, and Fundraising Your Way (third-party) fundraising strategy, operational plans, and budgets. 
  • Oversight of assigned events including budgets, timelines, logistics, and other key measurable items. 
  • Track Key Performance Indicators and proactively identify areas for investigation and improvement, making recommendations accordingly. 
  • Build meaningful and effective relationships with event participants, donors, volunteers, and sponsors, providing excellent customer service and coaching while strategically identifying ways to maximize fundraising results. 
  • Support the development and implementation of new events.  
  • Manage execution of Events Coordinators on assigned tasks and event portfolios in pursuit of overall participant and revenue goals. 
  • Lead Events staff in ensuring the management of bookings, insurance, permits, and logistical materials as required. 
  • Develop event messaging (autoresponders, coaching messages, etc.) and support the delivery of segmented communication strategies.  
  • Work with Director, Events to develop, test and refine online content, messaging, and marketing strategy to support annual revenue and growth. 
  • Support staff in delivering volunteer recognition, training, and development of tools, liaising with the Volunteer Coordinator. 
  • Identify sector trends in third-party fundraising and develop new and/or foster existing third-party tools and initiatives to create new campaigns and support overall revenue targets. 
  • Work with the Philanthropy team to develop a robust participant and donor recruitment and stewardship strategy that enhances participant numbers and fundraising, generates prospects for the Philanthropy Team, and ties into Parkinson Canada’s mission. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 

Leadership and Events Team Support:

  • Support staff recruitment and retention including recruiting, hiring, performance management, and termination of personnel with support and counsel from the Director, Events, Human Resources, and Finance and Administration. 
  • Monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and recommend salary adjustments with support from the Director, Events.  
  • Mentor and coach Event Coordinators and direct reports (staff and/or volunteers). 
  • Promote a high-performance and continuous improvement culture that values learning and a commitment to quality. 
  • Assign staff to projects and functions, monitoring processes, workload, and results. 
  • Lead bi-weekly event meetings as part of the event leadership team; record notes and ensure all action items are completed. 
  • Be a resource to Event staff acquiring and sharing information, best practices, and new ideas pertaining to each specific event. Ensure appropriate and timely responses to volunteer and staff event coordinator requests. 
  • Promote and facilitate the use of standardized event processes and tools.  
  • Support colleagues with templates, tools and guidance needed to execute successful events. 
  • Support the Director, Events and Vice President, Philanthropy as required. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 

What is needed to succeed in this role

  • 5+ years of special events fundraising expertise, with demonstrated leadership in growing event fundraising programs and revenue.
  • Diploma or Degree in fundraising, social services, or volunteer management with specific knowledge of events and volunteer development.
  • Ability to travel with a G valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
  • Demonstrated understanding of peer-to-peer fundraising theory, the role of events within the overall fundraising plan, solid technical expertise and superior implementation and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically and manage tactically.
  • Proven ability to set priorities and manage organizational and strategic change.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise multiple staff, volunteers, and project elements.
  • Strong leadership in recruiting, coaching, training, and developing staff.

Salary Range: $65,000 – $75,000 CAD

Join a team that celebrates diversity and inclusion and values work-life balance. We offer comprehensive benefits, generous time-off and vacation and opportunities to make a difference. If you are passionate about applying your knowledge, skills and experience to improve the lives of Canadians living with Parkinson’s, then this role is for you!

How to apply

Parkinson Canada has implemented a mandatory vaccination requirement for all its employees. Proof of full vaccination will be required prior to commencement of employment.

Please send your résumé and cover letter in confidence, stating salary expectations by 5:00 pm EST on December 1, 2023.

Human Resources
Parkinson Canada
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Parkinson Canada has implemented a mandatory vaccination requirement for all its employees. Proof of full vaccination will be required prior to commencement of employment.

Parkinson Canada will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Please indicate accommodations as required if contacted.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to pass a standard Criminal Record Check.