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Business Development Specialist

Job Title: Business Development Specialist

Reporting to: Director of Business Development and Engagement

Department: Business Development and Engagement

Location: Remote but working hours must include 10 to 4pm EST and the ability to come to Toronto quarterly.  Option to work from our office if local to Toronto.

Employment Type: Full time (37.5h/week), permanent

Compensation: $75,000-$87,000 annually, commensurate with experience, plus benefits after probation period.

Estimated Start Date: October 2022

About SI Canada

SI Canada is a national charity that supports a network of social innovators: people and organizations with a focus on social and environmental change. We are a national initiative founded by seven social innovation organizations: Radius (BC), ABSI Connect (AB), Social Enterprise Centre (MB), CSI (ON), La MIS (QC), Inspiring Communities (Atl) and Diane Roussin from the Boldness Project providing Indigenous leadership. SI Canada collaborates with these and other organizations across the country with the goal of strengthening the social innovation ecosystem’s capacity to address the root causes of systems-level problems in Canada. We work to connect innovators with the resources and opportunities they need to solve complex problems and create transformative change.

About the Role

You will work side-by-side with the CEO, Director of Business Development and organizational partners  to realize our funding goals, coordinating and contributing to joint program development, funding proposals, and support the design of fundraising campaigns as appropriate. Your experience in developing proposals for all levels of government, foundations, corporate sponsorships and individual contributions will help to shape how fundraising gets done. You will conduct prospect research to grow our fundraising pipeline, support the stewardship of our funding relationships, and prepare funding submissions. 

In this role you will be:

  • Working with the Director of Business Development and Engagement, CEO, Partners and  senior leadership team, support the development, implementation, and  reporting of  SI Canada’s revenue generation strategy.  Responsible for coordinating and tracking all aspects of the implementation of the strategy for the organization and across the SI Canada network
  • Working with the team to strengthen and build relationships with our current and potential corporate, government and philanthropic funders  to enable cultivating lasting relationships aligned with mutual goals and purpose.
  • Specifically coordinating key events and meetings
  • Be an active and collaborative staff member, attending internal and external meetings to achieve partnerships goals, stay up-to-date on all activity at SI Canada, and share information about funding possibilities and progress
  • Develop and maintain effective systems to support the business development and revenue generation  functions, including maintaining up-to-date information around funding programs and deadlines in Donor Files and the CRM
  • Act as the lead writer on all grant proposals and applications
  • Work with the Communications team to ensure an appropriate  range of fundraising content and collateral, including contributing to the Annual ReviewWork with the Communications team to coordinate engagement activities to ensure the organization is well positioned for success.
  • Support the Director of Business Development and Engagement’s reporting duties by  producing regular reports for the Senior Leadership Team/ or the Chief Executive and Board of Directors.
  • Other duties as deemed necessary


This role might be a good fit if:

  • You have a university degree in Business Administration, or an acceptable combination of education and progressively responsible experience.
  • You are in your zone as a grant writer and are energized by developing persuasive materials that bring clarity and meaning to proposals and sponsorships.
  • You know how to create a mean slide deck with tools such as PowerPoint, Google Slides, and Canva
  • You have knowledge of the charitable funding environment in Canada, with proven experience in applying for and receiving philanthropic and government funding
  • You are experienced with matching programs and partnerships potential with funding needs, often with multiple stakeholders
  • You are a natural at building relationships, with outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • You excel at writing and editing, bringing detail and acumen to your work.
  • You love leveraging a CRM system to track and deliver on your goals
  • You are a creative and innovative thinker with superior time management skills and are able to work effectively independently – you are an opportunist
  • You are a confident decision maker and demonstrate sound judgment, accountability, integrity, and dependability
  • You excel at planning and organizing to achieve your best results
  • You are skilled at working with teams to support the positioning of opportunities to bring alignment between funders and organizations. 
  • You are confident in building relationships with funders and individuals for the long term through good communication and trusting relationships.
  • You enjoy being part of a team working to bring positive social and environmental change across diverse challenges and opportunities
  • You are adaptable and flexible to change
  • You embrace the value of social innovation

These would be considered bonus

  • Government relations experience
  • Bilingual in English and French (spoken and written)

Want to apply but aren’t sure you have all of the relevant knowledge and experience? If you’re close, don’t hesitate, do it! Your unique skill set may be exactly what we need.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility

Please let us know of any specific requirements needed before your interviews – we will be happy to work with you on any accommodation requests.

We advocate for the presence and contributions of all people regardless of ability, age, cultural background, education, ethnic origin, gender expression, gender identity, immigration status, language, marital status, nationality, physical appearance, political affiliations, perspective, race, religion, sexual orientation, sexuality, family status, socioeconomic status, or other such considerations, and intersectionalities therein.

We recognize international experience and strongly encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply!

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 19th, 2022, or until the position is filled. Please click the “I’m interested” button to submit your full application including your resume and cover letter as soon as you are interested.

The (Typical) Process

Every job at SI Canada is unique, but the process will look something like this:


You send in your resume and cover letter to our recruiting system

Initial Interview

A first short interview, approximately 15-20 minutes


Depending on the role and the number of applicants, we may send you ‘homework’ to help showcase your skills

Panel Interview(s)

A 45 minute to 1.5 hour interview with 2-3 staff members

Third interview

Occasionally a third interview is needed – mostly for senior positions

Reference Checks

We’ll chat with 2-3 of your past employers and coworkers to learn more about you and your working style

The Offer

We reach out to our top candidate with an offer of employment


We know how difficult applying for jobs can be so we try, to the best of our ability, to inform candidates of our decisions via e-mail and/or phone call in a timely manner. Bear with us as this may take a few weeks depending on the position!

We communicate with applicants using our HR software system – sometimes emails get lost. Be sure to check your SPAM folder regularly after applying.

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