Bilingual Grant Development Specialist

Applications for this position have been closed. Thank you for your interest!

Position: Bilingual Grant Development Specialist

Location: Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa preferred

Supervisor: Senior Manager, Philanthropy and Public Engagement

Position Type: Full-Time, permanent

Language: English and French

Travel: Infrequent travel within Canada

Salary Range: $65,385 to $76,196 with competitive benefits

Job Requirement: Must be able to work in Canada

Closing date: June 5, 2023


Do you want to make a real and lasting difference in peoples’ lives? If you are looking for a not-for-profit organization that has an inviting, collaborative work culture and supports employee professional growth, come join our team of amazing, capable and diverse professionals who are driving change to advance gender equality and reduce poverty.

Are you interested? If so, we want to hear from you.

We are looking for a passionate and strategic individual to be part of our growing team, a person who enjoys teamwork and celebrating wins, someone who is an expert writer and storyteller and who can apply that to help us raise vital funds for the women and girls we support. The successful candidate will be responsible for establishing new philanthropic partnerships with foundation funders to effectively cultivate lasting relationships with Crossroads International in order to support raising a minimum of $1.5M annually.

Key responsibilities include research and relationship building with prospective funders, as well as writing of highly customized funding proposals and stewardship reports. Because of your outstanding qualities in donor relationship building, your character as a Gender Equality Champion and your abilities in facilitating large gifts from foundations, together we will leverage knowledge, expertise, and dollars to create a just and equitable world.

The ideal candidate will be personally aligned with Crossroads’ vision of ONE WORLD where poverty is eliminated, equality prevails, and the rights of women and girls are fulfilled.


  • Develop a portfolio of foundation funders to achieve annual revenue targets. Assume primary responsibility for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of about 50 foundation partners, securing a minimum of $700K in grant donations annually.
  • Maintain and build relationships with current funders and prospects; coordinate foundation giving program including researching new funding opportunities.
  • Collaborate with program colleagues to develop and frame proposals that reflect Crossroads’ programmatic priorities that align with the focus areas of funders. This includes preparing concept notes, letters of intent, writing compelling grant proposals, online applications, and sending progress reports.
  • Prepare briefing notes, prospect profiles and call reports for funder meetings. All notes including insights from prospect research, emails, gifts, meeting outcomes and events which are entered into Raiser’s Edge in a timely and accurate fashion.
  • Oversee the grant portfolio timetable; manage all the timelines and deliverables; ensure next steps for each funder are scheduled. Maintain current files and correspondence related to each funder.
  • Update a library of grant support documents including board lists, bios, annual reports, etc.
  • Run queries and produce reports that reflect portfolio activity and progress towards goal achievement.
  • Research and write donor marketing and stewardship materials including presentations, prospect notes, articles, acknowledgement letters and web copy.
  • Occasionally serve as backup for donor administrative duties including response to donor inquiries and recording database entries.
  • Participate in monthly meetings for the Philanthropy and Public Engagement team and contribute to planning for initiatives to diversify and grow Crossroads’ donor base and to enhance donor engagement.
  • Act as the Privacy Officer working with leadership to ensure privacy policies and procedures are in place for the organization and educating staff on matters related to data protection and privacy; monitor incoming correspondence for privacy related emails.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Post-secondary degree (BA) in relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Three years’ experience in proposal writing relevant to this position with proven success in securing grants
  • Demonstrated success in identifying and securing new philanthropic partnerships
  • Experience in prospect research, donor stewardship and donor management systems
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills, with experience in reviewing, editing and synthesizing project reports, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, articulating results and producing high quality donor communications
  • Experience designing project budgets and financial reporting for funders
  • French and English skills (verbal and written fluency required)
  • A desire for change, an eagerness for learning, ability to learn quickly and enthusiasm for a growing, adaptable work environment
  • Excellent project management, organizational, analytical and administrative skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required, and experience with relational CRM databases (Raiser’s Edge preferred)
  • Resourcefulness, ability to work independently and as a member of a team in an energetic environment
  • Respect for a high level of confidentiality
  • Experience in international development a strong asset


  • An equitable, inclusive, collaborative work environment where you have the opportunity to make an impact daily.
  • Enthusiastic encouragement to develop both personally and professionally, taking advantage of a range of learning and development opportunities available to our staff.
  • A hybrid working model to allow you to enjoy the benefits of both office based and remote working.
  • An excellent, competitive benefits plan for you and your dependents.
  • 3 weeks of paid vacation, 3 weeks of wellness leave and 3 days of professional development leave.
  • Annual cost of living increases, pending Board approval, and salary equity reviews every three years.
  • Fun!


the organization

Crossroads International is a leading Canadian volunteer cooperation agency which has been advancing equality for women and girls and eradicating poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries in Africa for over 60 years. Crossroads invests in local partner organizations in 9 countries who are best positioned to meet the needs of their communities. With them, we pilot innovative approaches, and empower women and girls to become leaders and live free from violence. Every year Crossroads engages hundreds of experienced volunteers and staff North and South who apply their expertise locally to address poverty and inequality. The organization’s 50+ employees are based in Canada, Senegal, Ghana and Tanzania, and Crossroads’ volunteers fulfil over 100 mandates per year.

Crossroads is committed to principles and values of access and equity. Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

Crossroads is also committed to preventing and addressing sexual misconduct and advancing anti-racism. To that end, the organization is a signatory to Cooperation Canada’s Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct and the Anti-Racism Framework for Canada’s International cooperation sector.


ONE WORLD where poverty is eliminated, equality prevails, and the rights of women and girls are fulfilled.


If you are interested in joining a dynamic international development organization, please submit your resume and cover letter in one document (Word or PDF) before 5 pm EST on June 5th, 2023 by e-mail to Applications must include “Bilingual Grant Development Specialist – Your Name” in the subject line of the email. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Not sure you have everything we’re asking for, but know you can make a big impact? Tell us your story and we will be happy to consider you.

Crossroads is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect this commitment. Crossroads is committed to diversity in the workforce and individuals from all minority groups are encouraged to apply.

We thank all applicants in advance, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

To learn more about Crossroads please visit our website (

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