Botanical gardens play an increasingly important role in the 21st century: they are public
institutions best positioned to provide knowledge and understanding of the world of plants
and the importance of plants and healthy ecosystems to all other life on earth.
Located adjacent to Toronto's extensive urban ravine system, Toronto Botanical Garden
(TBG) is embarking on an exciting landmark capital expansion to achieve world-class
excellence in education, conservation, research and horticultural display across a 35-acre
footprint that will serve over 1 million visitors a year.
Toronto Botanical Garden is a registered charitable organization, governed by a Board of
Toronto Botanical Garden will be renowned for its display of nature's beauty and as a
dynamic hub for plant-centred learning, conservation and research.
Toronto Botanical Garden connects people to plants, inspiring us to live in harmony with
Reporting to the Director of Development, the part-time Grant Writer will write coherent,
organized and compelling proposals that will result in significant financial support. They
will apply their knowledge of TBG and its programs, and best practice to reach revenue
goals. The successful candidate will collaborate with team members in the organization
and develop relationships with key stakeholders.
To ensure success, the individual will demonstrate a commitment to and understanding
of the TBG mission and vision, be deadline driven with the ability to handle competing
priorities related to the grant writing process. This role will be required to work 2 to 3 days
Duties & Responsibilities
- In consultation with the Director of Development, works closely with our teams to assess our strategic priorities in order to seek out grant opportunities that are
aligned with our needs.
- Using a research database and prior knowledge and experience, builds a pipeline of granting organizations that are a good fit for TBG.
- Prepares grant proposals by determining requirements through active consultation with TBG departments, gathering and formatting information, writing drafts, and
- Determines proposal concepts by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs and responding appropriately to requests for proposals (RFPs).
- Develops proposals by assembling information including project nature, objectives/outcomes/deliverables, implementation methods, timetables, staff
support, budgets and evaluations.
- Gathers proposal information by identifying sources of information, coordinating submissions and identifying and communicating risks associated with proposals.
- Meets proposal deadline by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and submission. Proactively manages well in
advance of grant deadlines.
- Maintains quality results by using templates; following proposal-writing standards including readability, consistency, and tone; maintaining proposal support
- Maintains database by entering applicable information into Raiser's Edge including contacts, call, meetings, etc.
- Continually improves proposal-writing results by evaluating and re-designing processes, approach, coordination, and boilerplate by evaluating grant feedback
and learnings from prior applications.
- Proactively manages and adheres to all grant obligations and requirements including the creation of report outs, impact reports and final reports.
- Supports stewardship activities relating to the relationship both during and after the grant is either awarded or denied.
- Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; maintaining personal networks.
Education and Professional Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, Media, or related field Experience
- Minimum of 5 to 8 years' experience in grant writing, prospect research and general fundraising
- Impressive track record in meeting or exceeding revenue goals
- Excellent knowledge of fundraising information sources
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Excellent research and analytical skills
- Excellent project management skills
- Must be proficient with technology tools, including working in Windows PC computer environments, research databases and using Microsoft and Google
programs and applications. Working knowledge and experience with Raiser's
- Experience working with cultural institutions an asset
- Ability to work occasional irregular hours will be required
- Graphic design skills would be an asset Personality and Attributes
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal relationships and strong collaboration skills with all key stakeholders which include staff, members, donors and volunteers
- Creative and outside the box thinker
- able to see/develop new directions and opportunities
- Attention to detail, responsive and adherent to deadlines
- Excellent time management, organization and planning skills
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and to take initiative
- Strong sense of accountability, commitment towards measuring outcomes and ability to work in a results-oriented culture
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and manage competing priorities
- Maintains and communicates a positive attitude, exercising diplomacy, confidentiality and good judgement
777 Lawrence Avenue East
Application for consideration
Please send your resume and covering letter outlining your interest in this role to: