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Strategic Advisor, Granting

February 11 2021
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Community, Social Services, Nonprofit, Healthcare, Human service, Medical, Project Management, Business Analysis
Ottawa, ON

Location: Ottawa, ON

Business Unit: CMA Foundation

Reports to: Senior Director, CMA Foundation

Type: Two positions :

  • Full time/permanent; and
  • Full time/term - 16 months term position

Overall job purpose:

Reporting to the Senior Director, the primary area of responsibility for the Strategic Advisor, Granting is grant management, including managing the full lifecycle of grants from concept to closing, researching and analyzing existing and new projects as well as managing granting partnerships.

Key responsibilities:

  • Identify, develop, analyze, and recommend grants and partnerships through research and due diligence, based on the Foundation’s strategic framework and issue focus.
  • Manages grant making processes in the inquiry, application, approval, monitoring, and reporting phases according to the established granting priorities and guidelines, including regular inquiry and follow up with grantees as well as providing guidance to grant seekers and grantees on reporting progress and outcomes
  • Manages and coordinates the participation of selection committee members in the grant review process and the participation of subject matter experts in program reviews.
  • Maintain effective communication and relationships with grantees, other funders, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Prepares reports on current and emerging needs, trends, key insights and opportunities for innovation relevant to the Foundation’s grant making programs and initiatives.
  • Maintains appropriate documentation to support Grant Program reviews and evaluations ensuring integrity of grant records and grant tracking.
  • Continuous improvement and development of a comprehensive set of metrics to measure impact of grants and initiatives.
  • Prepares impact reports and other materials as required.
  • Collaborates and co-creates with Marketing & Communications to develop regular and timely communication of granting priorities, opportunities, processes, grant awards and outcomes to the Foundation’s various internal and external stakeholders including the Board, grantees, and others.
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with partners and colleagues at the CMA Enterprise, in order to better understand their goals and deliverables in order to collaborate on the execution of various initiatives.
  • Maintains records of all outstanding grants, cash flow, invoice payments etc.
  • Ensure grant commitments are upheld by all parties.
  • Performs required due diligence on applicants and grantees, ensuring financial and regulatory compliance.
  • Carries out responsibilities in keeping with the Foundation’s By-Law, mission, vision, guiding principles, policies, and procedures.
  • Pursues personal development of skills and knowledge necessary for the effective performance of the job.
  • Establishes an annual work plan including deliverables and outcomes for the position.
  • Represents the Foundation in the community.
  • Manages special projects associated with the position according to the evolving needs of the Foundation.
  • Other duties as required.

Key skills and competencies:

All positions have the following core competencies:

  • Communication
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Member/client/stakeholder focus
  • Results oriented
  • Teamwork and collaboration

In addition to the competencies listed above, the following experience, knowledge, capabilities and attributes are required:

  • Highly motivated with an excellent work ethic
  • Understands the philanthropic landscape in Canada.
  • Experience working with community leaders and stakeholders.
  • Result-oriented, organized and capable of setting realistic and attainable goals.
  • Knowledge and application of best practices in grant making.
  • Analytical and critical capabilities with procedures and processes for structuring programs and projects.
  • A passion for social change and continuous improvement.
  • Integrity, good judgment, attention to detail, sound organizational skills, and demonstrated ability to manage a variety of complex projects concurrently to a high standard of excellence.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Genuinely passionate and personable, the ideal candidate will be eager to grow and learn and will be proactive in bringing forward innovative ideas in a clear, articulate and inspiring fashion.
  • Thrives in a collaborative team environment; a good fit with CMA values.


  • University degree or college diploma in a related field.


  • Minimum 6-9 years in a similar role or function
  • Significant experience in nonprofit and voluntary sector management and project management
  • Past experience with relationship and/or partnership management will be considered a strong asset.

Application instructions:

  • Two incumbents are sought for this role; please provide a cover letter or statement of intent clearly identifying whether you would prefer to be considered for the temporary (approx. 16 months) or permanent position.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CMA is an equal opportunity employer and will reasonably accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment, assessment and hiring process. network