La Société de l’arthrite

La Société de l’arthrite

Arthritis affects more Canadians than any other chronic health condition. As many as 6 million Canadians live with arthritis (that’s 1 in 5 adults, plus 3 of every 1,000 children) and that number is expected to increase to 9 million by 2040.

Arthritis comes in many forms. It can lead to significant, often irreparable, damage to a person’s joints, skin, organs and other areas of the body. Pain, fatigue, loss of function, disability, and even death can result. There is no cure.

The damage is real. The impact is vast. The challenges are serious. And half measures are not enough. Tackling arthritis requires dedication and a coordinated, strategic effort.

Fueled by donors and volunteers, the Arthritis Society is Canada’s preeminent national health charity working to raise awareness, support people with arthritis, advocate for public policies as a critical patient voice, and fund vital research to create a world where people are free from the devastating effects that arthritis has on lives.

We are an energizing and diverse corporate culture, constantly learning, rigorously measuring our work, and building on our achievements to reach more people nationwide.

City:Montreal, QC

Job description:

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Arthritis Society is seeking a Vice-President, Quebec to lead and revitalize core fundraising activities in the areas of major gifts, foundation grants, corporate partnerships and planned giving in the region.  Reporting to the national Chief Development Officer, the incumbent will work collaboratively with staff, volunteers and community partners, both regionally and nationally, to support revenue development and exceed fundraising targets.

As lead fundraiser in Quebec, will personally drive fundraising efforts in Quebec region, and inspire team members (both staff and Executive Volunteers) to boldly solicit major gift donations, and build strong, long-term donor relationships.

As one of the key regional leaders across the country, the Vice-President, Quebec leads the building of an ecosystem, partnerships, donor cultivation and stewardship congruent with our five-year strategic plan, Accelerating Impact, and annual business plan. The Vice-President is the main spokesperson and ambassador for the Arthritis Society in the Quebec region, identifying the key opportunities, validating those in the context of the overall strategy with the Chief Development Officer and Chief Science Officer, and then working with the local team to implement. 

This role represents an exciting leadership opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people affected by arthritis. The Arthritis Society is honored to be a 2019 Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures Award winner and to have recertified as such in 2020. We are also proud to be accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program.

Our Quebec regional office is located in downtown Montreal (near Square Victoria Metro) and this role offers some flexibility to work from home. This position entails some travel in the region and to the national office in Toronto.

ABOUT THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY

Arthritis affects more Canadians than any other chronic health condition. As many as 6 million Canadians live with arthritis (that’s 1 in 5 adults, plus 3 of every 1,000 children) and that number is expected to increase to 9 million by 2040.

Arthritis comes in many forms. It can lead to significant, often irreparable, damage to a person’s joints, skin, organs and other areas of the body. Pain, fatigue, loss of function, disability, and even death can result. There is no cure.

The damage is real. The impact is vast. The challenges are serious. And half measures are not enough. Tackling arthritis requires dedication and a coordinated, strategic effort.

Fueled by donors and volunteers, the Arthritis Society is Canada’s preeminent national health charity working to raise awareness, support people with arthritis, advocate for public policies as a critical patient voice, and fund vital research to create a world where people are free from the devastating effects that arthritis has on lives. 

We are an energizing and diverse corporate culture, constantly learning, rigorously measuring our work, and building on our achievements to reach more people nationwide.

Our Strategy: Accelerating Impact

Accelerating Impact, the Arthritis Society’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, will guide our efforts to effect change by enhancing our reach, relevance and return. We will accelerate our impact along our three mission pillars:

  1. Research to have positive impact on health outcomes
  2. Advocacy to ensure people receive timely and effective care
  3. Information and Support solutions to ensure people are knowledgeable and empowered

The Arthritis Society will:

  • shift our investments to an equal focus on caring for people with arthritis and looking toward a future with new treatments and cures,
  • advocate for the most critical issues affecting people with arthritis, and take a consumer- centric approach to deliver engaging information and support,
  • ensure that arthritis registers as a top health concern, and
  • increase our revenues and mission investments significantly, with a focus on expanding our advocacy and growing our research investments by 50 per cent.

Accelerating Impact is an ambitious, multidisciplinary effort. And it must be, in order to achieve meaningful change that addresses the increasingly urgent needs of Canadians living with or at risk from arthritis in communities across the country. We must move ever closer to our vision of a world where people are free from the devastating effects of arthritis.

Arthritis Society Revenue Results:

The Arthritis Society Board of Directors appointed a new CEO in February 2020, and new Chief Development Officer in April 2020, with a keen focus on managing expenses and driving enhanced revenue results to ensure an annual balanced budget in FY21, and beyond. After reporting an overall deficit in 2019/20, a new lean, strategic and efficient approach has led to positive and steady revenue results in 2020, even during the pandemic. We are delighted that our national financial results currently forecasted for 2020-2021 (year ending March 31, 2021) show an expected operating surplus and we anticipate that in 2021-2022 the results will be over 20% higher than FY21.

In 2020-2021, the Quebec region generated $770k in net revenue – primarily through major and planned gifts, as well as some smaller annual donations (note we did not hold any events in Quebec in FY20). The revenue goal for 2021-2022 is $900k, net of expenses (primarily individual, foundation and corporate major gifts ($400k) and expected planned gifts based on previous year averages ($755k).

FY22 ~ KEY FUNDRAISING PRIORITY PROJECTS

Among the priority projects for which the Arthritis Society is currently seeking major gift support from individuals, corporations and foundations are the following:  

Research ($2.5 million)

Arthritis Society funds only the best, most scientifically meritorious research proposals that offer the greatest hope for improvements in our ability to diagnose, prevent, treat, repair and lead to a cure for arthritis. We are currently funding more than 70 research projects happening in labs across the country in areas such as Inflammatory arthritis, Osteoarthritis (the most common type of arthritis), childhood arthritis and pain research, among others.

Innovation Fund ($2 million)

We are launching the Innovation Fund in September 2021, and we are now inviting key donors to donate to this ground-breaking fund. With a goal of building and maintaining a $2 million fund by March 2022, the intent is to award approximately $300,000/yr to fund the most game-changing advancements in Arthritis, with awards starting in November 2022. We are looking to fund opportunities for arthritis ideation in such areas as:

  • High-risk, high-reward ideation or research
  • Technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes and patient services
  • Unique and impactful collaboration between academia, entrepreneurs and the private sector
  • Large-scale, nationwide innovation ecosystems through high-impact collaborations across Canada
Information, Awareness and Patient Support Programs ($1.4 million)
  • Diverse Audiences Campaign (Stage 1 ~ Indigenous, Chinese & Arabic communities)
  • Lifestyle Management Campaign
  • Life Stages Campaign (Childhood Arthritis)
  • Arthritis Talks Series (50,000 attendees/yr)
  • Treatment Resources Campaign
  • Pain Management Campaign
  • Patient Engagement

In FY21-22, the Arthritis Society aims to develop resources and strategies to improve access to arthritis-related information for people who may be experiencing barriers. As part of this multi-year initiative, we also plan to conduct a community needs assessment to gain a clearer picture of challenges that individuals and communities may face when it comes to managing arthritis. We further plan to collaboratively research and develop an Indigenous engagement and support strategy, to identify needs and possible opportunities for partnership. The community needs assessment and the Indigenous engagement strategy will help us identify next steps for the future to ensure that everyone has access to the information they need to thrive with arthritis.   

Summer Camp Campaign (2021 Virtual Camp Goal – $285k, 2022 In-Person Camp Goal – $1 mill.)

Advocating for Arthritis Patients

Arthritis impacts millions of Canadians every day, and due to the nature of the disease many people who have it require specialised treatments and interventions. Our senior leadership team across the country is committed to engaging with policy makers and government officials at all levels to ensure that the voices of arthritis patients are heard.

Some of the issues we have addressed recently include better access to and support for medical cannabis users, the need to responsibly ensure access to certain medications and treatments (in particular, biologics and biosimilars, a new type of personalized medicine that has made a massive difference in the quality of life for many Canadians with arthritis), and joint replacement wait times, which has become increasingly problematic during the current and ongoing pandemic.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

2019-2020 Annual Report

Our Strategy

About Arthritis

Leadership Team

Arthritis Society Partners

News Releases

2020 Financial Statements

 

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate will have the following core competencies, skills and qualities:

Passionate Commitment:

  • Shares a clear and inspiring vision and strategy, generating understanding, enthusiasm and commitment from employees and volunteers.
  • Aligns people behind the strategic direction, organizing employees, volunteers and resources for maximum achievement and success.
  • Engages the energy, talent, and passion of everyone working towards our common vision.

Bold Innovation:

  • Anticipates emerging opportunities/challenges and mobilizes employees/volunteers
  • Champions innovation and encourages self, colleagues and volunteers to improve work processes and simplify wherever possible.
  • Actively champions major change initiatives, ensuring the resources and supports are in place for optimal implementation.
  • Assesses and proactively manages risk arising from innovation by staff/executive volunteers.
  • Fosters a safe environment for innovation and creativity.

Spirited Teamwork:

  • Proactively fosters collaboration and creates an employee and volunteer team environment where everyone’s contributions are valued. Proactively engages staff and volunteers in meaningful ways that leverage volunteer skills and interests and enhance organizational capacity. Continuously recruits volunteers to the organization.
  • Encourages constructive dialogue and diverse points of view to generate new ideas and innovative solutions.
  • Removes barriers and takes action to promote team and organizational collaboration.
  • Involves others in shaping plans and decisions that affect them.

Courageous Leadership:

  • Demonstrates and communicates vision.
  • Sets challenging yet realistic goals and clear measures of success for self and others.
  • Gives people choice about how they accomplish the goals.
  • Shows leadership in balancing team/department needs and interests with broader interests of the Arthritis Society as a whole.
  • Acts decisively and takes a stand and resolves important issues.
  • Challenges others to make tough decisions.
  • Expresses confidence in people’s abilities and supports people to excel.
  • Recognizes people for a job well done and celebrates accomplishments.
  • Encourages people to grow in the organization.

Integrity:

  • Sets a personal example of what is expected.
  • Encourages others to bring ethical, legal or other issues forward and takes action.
  • Creates and fosters an environment of trust.
  • Follows through on promises and commitments.
  • Builds on the Arthritis Society’s values.
  • Encourages people to strive for the highest of standards.

Communication:

  • Takes deliberate steps to identify communication needs and key messages, fostering a culture of effective and timely information sharing internally and externally.
  • Uses active and empathic listening to understand needs or issues, clarify information and facilitate problem solving.
  • Identifies others’ concerns and seeks common interests.
  • Uses information and insights from others to build buy-in.
  • Keeps others appropriately informed in a timely way.

Embraces Professional Growth and Learning:

  • Keeps informed of developments in philanthropy and fund development as well as the general fields of management and the not-for-profit sector.
  • Continuously develops one’s self and supports others’ growth and learning.
  • Provides regular, quality feedback that helps employees and volunteers learn to grow their skills and capabilities.
  • Coaches others in the development of their skills.
  • Shows an active interest in professional and career growth.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Revenue Development (85%)

  • As a member of the Leadership Team, and under the leadership of the Chief Development Officer, provide input to the five (5)-year revenue strategy, its refinement year-over-year, and the annual business goals for the Quebec region which ladder up to the achievement of the overall nationwide goals.
  • Direct the comprehensive annual Development Plan and budget, articulating fundraising plans & activities and funding proposals that support the revenue goals set in consultation with the Chief Development Officer and the nationwide Revenue Development Team.
  • Contribute to the annual nationwide revenue plan with insight into opportunities within the Quebec region and validate their alignment with the development plan.
  • Oversee the local implementation of the revenue plan, generating engagement among the local team to contribute both to the specific targets as well as promoting efforts towards the achievement of the overall nationwide goals.
  • Take an active and strategic role in communities across the Quebec region to build the profile, identify philanthropic opportunities, cultivate donor interest, and steward donors, leveraging both local talent and partnerships as well as nationwide talent to highlight our work.
  • Have direct oversight and accountability for the local implementation special events that form part of the revenue plan for the region.
  • Play a key role as a senior leader for the organization. Support, engage in and celebrate the revenue work and outcomes that represent the best outcome for the Arthritis Society as a whole, as determined by the Chief Development Officer in his/her role as the strategic leader.
  • Assist with the recruitment and training of Executive Fundraising Volunteers and support their efforts to cultivate, steward and solicit major gift donors.
  • Keep well versed on fundraising strategies and tactics across the entire organization and be knowledgeable of corporate, foundation and individual donors, special events and the donor cycle.

Spokesperson, Strategy and Development of Local Arthritis Ecosystem (10%)

  • Act as the Arthritis Society’s representative and ambassador in the Quebec region.
  • Work collaboratively with the President & CEO to identify and implement solutions to internal and external issues that affect the Arthritis Society.
  • Identify and build effective and strategic relationships with key partners and stakeholders in the arthritis eco-system to further the Arthritis Society’s goals and advance shared and mission-aligned work to increase our reach and impact.
  • Working closely with the national advocacy and government relations team, provide leadership to local advocacy initiatives, meeting with government officials and overseeing the activation of local advocacy initiatives. Oversee local implementation of provincial election strategies and the roll out of federal election strategies.
  • Communicate the vision of the Arthritis Society and actively engage staff and volunteers in achieving the vision.

Staff Leadership (5%)

  • Provide leadership, management and mentoring to the Quebec team of 2 direct reports and engage staff to leverage talent and ensure an integrated roll-out of the strategy. Work positively and collaboratively to motivate staff and volunteers as valued partners in achieving outcomes that are shaping the quality of life and treatment for people with arthritis.
  • Build and retain staff teams, manage performance and evaluate staff. 
  • Establish and implement short- and long-range goals and individual objectives for team members.
  • Motivate and build team infrastructure to support collaboration. Establish accountabilities and navigate areas of overlap to ensure integration and clarity of portfolio areas.

QUALIFICATIONS & KEY COMPETENCIES

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of five (5) years experience in fundraising (major gifts, foundation grants, corporate partnerships and special events).
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressive leadership and management experience, with knowledge of the non-profit environment and a demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and maximize performance of staff and volunteers. 
  • Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is an asset.
  • Knowledge of current trends, resources and information related to fundraising and volunteerism.
  • Working knowledge of metrics, market segmentation and donor cultivation strategies.
  • Working knowledge of federal and provincial legislation applicable to voluntary sector organizations.
  • Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the Arthritis Society.
  • Knowledge of managing budgets and financial procedures.
  • Bilingual (French and English) language skills mandatory.  
  • An undergraduate degree is expected for this role.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of the Arthritis Society. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Sylvie Battisti, Vice President, KCI Search + Talent by email at ArthritisSociety@kcitalent.com     

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by April 30th, 2021.

 

To view the full Executive Brief, please visit:  www.kcitalent.com

 

We are proud to be an inclusive employer dedicated to building a diverse workforce, and welcome and encourage applications from qualified and talented candidates who embrace our core values. We focus on recruiting candidates who are interested in growth, learning and innovation.

Please note that the hiring salary range for this position is up to a maximum of $140,000, based on experience.