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The Democracy Fund (TDF) is seeking an Executive Director to lead our Canadian civil liberties focussed team. 

TDF is a Canadian charity striving to advance and maintain constitutional rights in Canada, advance education through journalism placement programs, and to relieve poverty.

The ideal candidate for the role of Executive Director will be a strong, inspiring, and motivational leader, with a minimum of eight years experience (or equivalent) in the business or non-profit sector, as well as a background in law and a demonstrated record of accomplishments, including accomplishments in the roles of senior governance, management, campaigns or entrepreneurial experience.

Other areas of expertise encompass strategic planning and communication, fundraising initiatives, financial management (budgeting, reporting and forecasting), audience, supporter and donor outreach, target marketing, brand awareness, as well as team and organization management.

The Executive Director will be the face of the organization – a community and media spokesperson – tasked to propel TDF into the spotlight and will build upon TDF’s brand and structure to uphold and fulfill our CRA-appointed mandate.

The Executive Director will also be the highest-ranking officer at TDF, and will report to and liaise with the Board of Directors.

Responsibilities: 

Financial Management:

  • Oversee financial operations and reporting as required by the CRA and Law Society of Ontario (LSO)
  • Donor acquisition
  • Identify, assess and pursue funding opportunities (fund development)
  • Long-term and short-term financial revenue planning
  • Development and implementation of strategic fundraising initiatives
  • Monitor all finances, budgets, payroll and financial controls
  • Oversee annual financial audit and execution of annual report
  • Adjudicate funding requests in regards to grants, etc.

Administrative Management:

  • Oversee daily administration, operations, accounts and other departments
  • Create and implement effective systems, procedures and chain of command
  • Work with and supervise TDF’s senior management/department heads to ensure output expectations are being met, budgets are being adhered to, and communication is open and flowing. Department heads will include litigation/legal, education and ethics, events, communication and social media, operations, and development and finance
  • Oversee and deliver on TDF’s annual priorities and obligations to government/CRA, LSO, stakeholders, donors and supporters, as well as the Board of Directors
  • Maintain TDF’s relationships and interests, as well as spearhead new relationships and partnerships

Human Resources:

  • Coordinate with the Litigation Director to ensure legal initiatives, policies and procedures, public communication, and media messaging are clear, concise, and align with TDF’s mandate
  • Represent TDF in the media, government, and in front other public organizations to promote brand awareness, current initiatives, and address any concerns or issues
  • Approve hiring, allocation and release of staff, contractors, team members and volunteers
  • Create personnel policies and guides, and oversee compliance to said policies and guides
  • Promote employee engagement, and provide direction when needed for complex employee relation issues
  • Provide critical support, insight and updates to the Board of Directors pertaining to its governance, reporting and taxes, and insurance responsibilities and obligations
  • Maintain knowledge of corporate requirements and bylaws, and implement as needed

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in the business, non-profit or entrepreneurial sector
  • M.B.A., E.M.B.A., C.F.A., C.P.A., J.D., LL.B., LL.M. university degree or equivalent experience and record of accomplishments
  • Exceptional presentation and public speaking skills, as well as outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Strong financial literacy, budgeting and planning skills
  • Self-starter, comfortable working independently; a progressive and ambitious leader
  • Preference will be granted to candidates with a background in law or those with a law degree, bilingual candidates (English and French), as well as candidates able and willing to work out of our Toronto office
  • Working knowledge of CRM and CMS platforms are an asset. Familiarity with NationBuilder is preferred. 

Compensation: 

$115,000 - $200,000 or commensurate with experience. 

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The Democracy Fund is seeking a Litigation Director to join a new and growing legal team in Toronto. 

The ideal candidates will have an entrepreneurial work ethic, 8+ (post call) years of demonstrated litigation experience, and a passion for civil liberties advocacy. The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader who can handle complex legal issues.

Responsibilities: 

• Applies sound judgement and adopts a strategic approach to legal advice.
• Oversee litigation and emerging claims.
• Provide legal advice and strategic counsel within a broad scope of legal areas, including, constitutional, civil liberties, regulatory, administrative, and contract.
• Respond quickly to legal crises, including rapid drafting and filing of lawsuits, complaints and demand letters.
• Actively directs legal counsel on a day-to-day basis, including direct management of in-house legal counsel.
• Directs the activities of external counsel in multiple jurisdictions where required and maximizes the value of external legal spending.
• Help manage civil liberties projects like www.FightTheFines.com and www.FightVaccinePassports.com.
• Appear with media partners to explain legal issues to Canadians.

Qualifications: 

• Member in good standing with the law society.
• Minimum 8+ years (post call) of demonstrated litigation experience.
• Strong leadership and organizational skills and ability to work in a constantly changing and fast paced environment.
• Preference is given to candidates who can work out of our Toronto office.

Compensation: 

$200,000 - $250,000 per year. The successful candidates would report to TDF’s volunteer board.

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The Democracy Fund is seeking motivated In-House Counsel/Civil Liberties Lawyers to join a new and growing legal team in Toronto. Several positions may be filled.

The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial work ethic, 5+ (post call) years of demonstrated litigation experience, and a passion for civil liberties advocacy. The successful candidates will constantly be scanning the news and thinking, "how can we use the law to preserve our liberties?"

Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice and strategic counsel within a broad scope of legal areas, including, constitutional, civil liberties, regulatory, administrative, and contract.
  • Respond quickly to legal crises, including rapid drafting and filing of lawsuits, complaints and demand letters.
  • Help manage civil liberties projects like www.FightTheFines.com and www.FightVaccinePassports.com.
  • Work closely with junior legal counsel.
  • Litigate in person and via Zoom.
  • Appear with media partners to explain legal issues to Canadians.

Qualifications:

  • Member in good standing with the law society
  • Minimum 5+ years (post call) of demonstrated litigation experience
  • Excellent analytical, drafting, communication, and negotiation skills
  • Preference is given to candidates who can work out of our Toronto office

Compensation: 

$100,000 - $125,000 per year. The successful candidates would report to TDF’s volunteer board.

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The Democracy Fund (TDF) is a charity striving to advance and maintain constitutional rights in Canada, advance education through journalism placement programs, and to relieve poverty.

The ideal candidate for the role of Communications Manager and Writer will have a minimum of five years’ experience in corporate communications, journalism, marketing, public and/or media relations and will have a diploma, degree or equivalent in either communications, marketing, public relations, or journalism.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Write copy for website, emails, press releases, articles, brochures, annual reports, proposals, event marketing material, eblasts, newsletters, social media posts, comments, campaigns, etc.
  • Work closely with Operations and Event Managers to create concise messaging that aligns with TDF’s brand and mandate, and ensure messaging is available and consistent across all available platforms (digital and print)
  • Edit, proofread and coach to achieve excellence on materials written by other TDF team members
  • Provide communications and media relations support to the TDF team

Requirements/Skills:

  • A diploma, degree or equivalent in communications, journalism, marketing or public/media relations
  • Minimum five years experience in corporate communications, marketing and/or public/media relations
  • Experience working within the nonprofit sector, preferably for a small to medium size firm
  • Experience in effective digital and/or print communications, social media, analytics and SEO
  • Extremely strong writing, editing and proofreading skills, and the ability to engage a varying demographic
  • Excellent organizational, project management and time management skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, multitask and to adapt to rapidly shifting priorities
  • Proficient with Microsoft Windows, Office, Adobe Acrobat, MailChimp or ConstantContact, and social media platforms
  • Basic understanding of event coordination
  • Ability to be a self-starter in the role and work under minimal supervision
  • Candidates capable of working from our Toronto office will also be granted priority, but working remotely is an option as well

Salary: $50,000-$80,000

Type: Full-time (Monday-Friday), occasional remote weekend work

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The Democracy Fund (TDF) is seeking an Events Manager to help connect us with Canadians across the country who are passionate or interested in liberty, constitutional rights, and equal access to justice. 

TDF is a Canadian charity striving to advance and maintain constitutional rights in Canada, advance education through journalism placement programs, and to relieve poverty.

The ideal candidate for the role of Events Manager will have a background in events management, and in event marketing. The Events Manager should be able to work independently, have a moderate to high comfort level with emerging technology, be a strong marketing writer, and be incredibly detail-oriented. 

Responsibilities

  • Conceive, plan, organize and execute events 
  • Events will include a student journalism fellowship conference, semi-frequent speaker series events, and a fundraising gala dinner. 
  • Plan and follow event budgets; ensure legal and contractual compliance; manage speaking talent
  • Mobilize local volunteers to assist as ushers, ticket-takers, etc.
  • Work with the marketing department and partners to promote ticket sales, and day-of videography
  • Facilitate sales of TDF books and merchandise at events
  • Post-event survey for event attendees and creating of post-mortem for TDF staff and board
  • Negotiate best deals and obtain value for money from events suppliers while maintaining goodwill and cooperation among suppliers and partners
  • Plan for security as necessary

Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • 2+ years of event management experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong writing skills for event page copy and marketing materials
  • Marketing knowledge is an asset
  • Experience working with volunteer management is considered a strong asset
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings
  • Demonstrated flexibility with work assignments – working quickly and efficiently
  • Experience working in a political environment is an asset
  • Have a valid driver's licence and passport

Skills

  • Experience with CRMs (Nation Builder), Eventbrite, and social media marketing are assets
  • Solid written communication skills and strong proficiency in MS Office and Adobe applications

Personality

  • Extremely organized with a calm and can-do demeanour
  • Professionalism, integrity and discretion
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task

Job type

This job can be full-time or can be completed part-time by a highly experienced events contractor. 

Salary

Compensation commensurate with experience. Candidates can expect salaries to be between $45,000 and $75,000 annually. Health benefits will be offered.