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Senior Director, Sponsorship & Corporate Partnerships


Regular, Full-Time

July 10, 2023


What We Do:

Arthritis Society Canada is on a mission to fight the fire of arthritis with the fire of research, innovation, advocacy and information and support. That’s because arthritis robs six million Canadians of their mobility, mental and physical well-being, and in some cases, their livelihood. It is Canada’s most common chronic condition, and there is no cure. 

Why Join Us: 

A career with us is more than just a job. It’s an opportunity to use your talents to push back against the devastation of arthritis. Fighting the fire of arthritis gives meaning to our work, incites collective action and drives us to excellence in all we do. Our bold and ambitious strategic plan, Accelerating Impact, is propelling our work to create transformational change. We are united, transformative and impactful culture. Our people are essential to our efforts and we will empower you to be successful in your role. We are honoured to be a 2022 Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures winner, and proud to be accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program.

Our Revenue Development Team:  

Our revenue development team is made up of talented fundraising professionals across Canada, in the areas of major giving, direct response, annual giving and corporate, who work closely with our community of generous loyal donors to turn shared visions, passions and interests into meaningful impact in fighting the fire of arthritis. We are a national charity with local impact, and the donations from these individuals makes a difference for people living with arthritis in every province.

Purpose of Role: 

We are embarking on an exciting journey to develop a ten-year national Arthritis Action Plan by engaging one million Canadians in its development and to raise $500 million in the next decade. Over the next three years, we are raising $60 million to foster innovation nationwide, reward ingenious ideas, facilitate collaboration to create transformational change, accelerate the success of innovators by getting their solutions to those who need them most. Now is the time to expand beyond the research labs to fund ambitious ideas and build an innovation ecosystem connecting academics, entrepreneurs, corporations and consumers to propel innovation and commercialization. As the arthritis community is changing rapidly, the next strategic plan will be the game-changer for advances in this disease as we partner with major donors and corporations to fund breakthroughs in science, technology, and devices.

We are seeking a charismatic Senior Director, Sponsorship & Community Partnerships (“Senior Director, Sponsorship”) who is able to open new hearts, minds and doors to fight the fire of arthritis. Based in the Greater Toronto Area and reporting to the Vice President, Corporate Partnerships & Annual Giving, the proactive Senior Director, Sponsorship leads our sponsorships and events portfolio for Ontario. An emerging and ambitious leader who thrives in a fast-paced environment embracing innovation and creativity, the Senior Director, Sponsorship brings a track record and ability to close deals to achieve ambitious revenue targets, and is energized by championing an underdog. Leading and growing an enthusiastic and dynamic team of four members, the Senior Director, Sponsorship nurtures existing corporate prospects and cultivates new prospects to build a robust and diversified pipeline of engaged partners and sponsors who continue to support us in the years ahead.

Qualifications, Experience & Skills:

The Senior Director, Sponsorship brings 5+ years of progressive leadership in sponsorship, events, partnership development, fundraising or sales. Post-secondary education in fundraising, business or a related field as well as health care, hospitals, non-profit, and pipeline database like Raiser’s Edge experience are all assets. There has never been a more exciting time to meaningfully change the lives of people with arthritis. Through their valuable contributions to Arthritis Society Canada's revenue growth and brand awareness, the new Senior Director, Sponsorship & Community Partnerships has the hunger and the potential to uncover, unlock and unleash the most powerful solutions to solving Canada’s most prevalent chronic disease. This is an incredible opportunity for a fearless fundraiser to help transform the lives of six million Canadians and extinguish arthritis forever.

Some Highlights of What we Offer: 

  • Performance Rewards: Pay for performance incentive program. 
  • Health & Wellness: Extended healthcare benefits (including dental, vision, prescription drugs & disability coverage), choice of healthcare spending account and/or healthy living account, virtual 24/7 healthcare access & discounted fitness membership. 
  • Time-Away Programs: Vacation (at least 3 weeks), personal days, holiday closure & summer hours. 
  • Ways of Working: Working with us doesn't have to mean working in an office to have an impact. Our dedication to enabling you to flourish means that you can have choice and flexibility in where you work and live, subject to the needs of your role, the people you serve and our requirements. We have a hybrid working model, with home and office-based options available. We will always list a primary location which will be where you go for in-person teamwork. 
  • Retirement Planning: DCPP whereby you contribute 4% of earnings & we match this with 5%, and a convenient reduced-fees Group RRSP scheme.

Apply Now: 

If you are interested in, and qualified for, this exciting opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume to Lisa Heidman, LL.B., ICD.D, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Arlington Partners International and the Arthritis Society Canada Selection Committee at We thank all applicants for their expression of interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interested in a different role or know someone that would be a great fit for our team? We are creating an organization that is an exceptional place to work and volunteer. You are encouraged to visit our official careers site at where you can view all our current job opportunities across Canada, and learn more about why you should join our team to help extinguish arthritis for good! 

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