Job Category: Head Office

Position Type: Contract

Moorelands Kids is an innovative children’s charity empowering kids from low-income Toronto neighbourhoods to transform their lives. Our leadership and family programs, at Moorelands camp and in the city, teach kids the 21st Century skills they need to be outstanding leaders and engaged citizens. Moorelands is committed to excellence, innovation and accountability and offers possibilities for growth and a supportive and enjoyable work environment.

Position Duration: 8 weeks with potential to lead to a part-time, annual position as the Moorelands Kids Major Gifts Advisor

Employment Type: Part Time

Position Hours: 15 hours per week; or 120 hours total

Application Deadline: February 29, 2020

Role Outline

Moorelands Kids is seeking an experienced, professional, Major Gifts expert in corporate prospect development, to join its team.  Reporting to the Director of Development & Communications, they will be a key resource to the organization, responsible for identifying, writing, and submission of grant proposals to corporate funding entities; as well as providing reporting data on the performance of program activities that are funded by corporate and government grants. The goal is to have identified and written twelve specific grant opportunities between now and the end of the initial contract, with an anticipated outcome of three grants accepted and initiated within that same calendar year. Special consideration will be given to those who are recently familiar with changes in corporate platforms and have an intimate knowledge of corporate readiness to engage.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Through research, interviews and other means, gather information necessary to professionally represent the core program values; problem addressed by the program; program scope; and program outcomes and impacts for the purpose of identifying and engaging new funding sources.
  2. Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of Moorelands Kids and use that knowledge and understanding to better track all granting windows pertaining to those programs for which grants will be sought.
  3. Identify and recommend appropriate corporate, Federal, Provincial and Municipal grants and the optimal timing for submissions.
  4. Review recommendations with staff to determine 12 immediate grant-making governmental opportunities, identifying ‘best-fit program opportunities’ and specific project outcomes tied to likely funding sources.
  5. For each mutually agreed to opportunity, develop an individual grant proposal in accordance with each grant-making organization’s preferences and follows exactly each grant-making organization’s guidelines.
  6. Create a contact action cycle for those officers and the grant-making organizations, during their review of a submitted grant application; including the process and plan for supplying progress reports when required by a grant-making organization that has funded a project or program.
  7. Interact in a positive manner with team members, board members, committee members, donors and the community utilizing tact, diplomacy, and compromise.


  • Identify the hours you will be / can be regularly available for contact by Moorelands Kids’ staff in order to facilitate communications and meeting arrangements.
  • Build time into your work plan to discuss with the Moorelands Kids’ team, the most fitting approach for each grant opportunity to find the best alignment with Moorelands Kids’ programs, mission and mandate.
  • Check-in weekly with Director of Development to update her on
    • opportunities identified
    • status of each opportunity
    • challenges/issues
    • need for support
  • Include up to two revisions of all agreed upon grants written for Moorelands Kids’ Development Officers.

Required Qualifications

  • Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills
  • 6 years of superior proposal writing and prospecting skills with a specific focus on corporations in Ontario
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a small office environment
  • Demonstrated sensitivity and respect for donors and for those served by the agency
  • Superior online research skills, including Foundation Search and Big Online a definite asset
  • Proven project coordination skills, including the demonstrated ability to multi-task to deadlines
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Advanced computer skills including Google Docs and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Post-secondary education in a related field including fundraising, research, commerce, marketing, communications or the equivalent experience
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate a positive approach to daily problem-solving


  • Major Gift Relevant: 6 years (Preferred)
  • Grant Writer: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two, single paragraph, business case for support writing samples

Working at Moorelands Kids

Moorelands Kids is dedicated to empowering kids to transform their lives by providing fun, engaging, life and leadership skill-building programs to Toronto children and youth affected by poverty. Every member of our staff team is a leader.  We work hard to build a team environment where open, frank and respectful communications from everyone at every level is essential.  We remain firm in our belief that hard work, leadership and team spirit will be the keys to our success. It’s really quite simple – people make the difference.


  • We believe that every child has the right to succeed in life.
  • We believe that every child has strengths regardless of their life circumstance.
  • We believe that kids from low-income families face hurdles that other kids don’t, and because of this, they may miss out on reaching their full potential.
  • We believe that equipping kids with the tools to thrive will give them a better chance to achieve success.
  • We believe that their success is our legacy.

An Update from Lynda on COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and public health advice to stay at home, Moorelands Kids’ office staff are working remotely and our office will be virtual until June 8th. Staff members are available by email or phone. Please visit our contact page to get in touch via email or our staff directory for a list of phone numbers.

On Tuesday, May 19th, the Government of Ontario announced that overnight camps must remain closed throughout the summer. While we are so sad that Moorelands Camp will not be able to run as usual this year, this news was not unexpected and we understand this decision: the safety of our campers and staff is always our first priority. We are refunding all camp deposits/fees already paid. Details have been emailed to registered camper families.

But we do have some good news! In anticipation of this announcement, we had already made extensive plans for a fun virtual camp experience and we’ll be Sending Camp to Kids this summer! More details coming soon including how to apply starting May 25th!

We commit to maintaining our beautiful camp property. We will continue to do everything we need to do to make sure that we can be at camp next year and for many more years to come! That’s why we need your support now more than ever. If you would like to make a donation, please click here or call: 416-466-9987 ext. 309.

New Virtual Programs Launch!

We're excited to launch virtual leadership programs while TDSB schools are closed. Check them out here: Virtual Programs. We'll be making announcements soon about our new Virtual Camp for summer 2020. Stay tuned!

If you need information on COVID-19 or health advice, please visit Toronto Public Health’s website. Moorelands Kids will continue to post updates about our services as the situation evolves.

Stay safe and healthy,

Lynda Tilley, Executive Director | Moorelands Kids