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Explore a career at Project Sunshine! We are looking for passionate individuals to join our mission-driven organization and help us bring the healing power of play to children and families who are coping with medical challenges.

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Manager, Project Sunshine Canada

Position: Manager, Project Sunshine Canada (PSC) 
Type: Full Time 
Reports to: Director of International Programs in Project Sunshine Inc (USA) 

About Project Sunshine:  

Project Sunshine is a 22-year-old international nonprofit that has deeply understood the benefits of play since day one. We deliver healing play to children and families facing medical challenges by mobilizing volunteers to share connection, creative expression, and joy. The organization is present in more than 40 partner hospitals in Canada in addition to partner sites across the US, Kenya, Israel, and China. Project Sunshine programs include in-person volunteering at local hospitals, packing and delivery of individualized activity kits, and most recently, a virtual play program with volunteers called TelePlay.  

In Canada, thousands of trained volunteers deliver programs that provide opportunities for creative expression, socialization, intellectual stimulation, and sensory integration to thousands of pediatric patients and families each year. Our unique volunteer engagement model allows community groups, colleges, and corporations to create moments of connection with pediatric patients, caregivers, and families providing child and family-centered, play-based programming.  

In 2020, we expanded to deliver a third channel of programming called TelePlay, which provides live, interactive play and activities over video conferencing. For the first time we can now directly serve children and families, in addition to our partnerships with hospitals and nonprofits around the world.  

About the Manager Position:  

The primary role of the Manager is to manage programming and revenue generation in Canada as well as oversee administrative matters to ensure efficient running of Project Sunshine Canada. This is a small country program (you will be the only employee!), which allows for a great deal of independence, but working closely with our accountant and Project Sunshine Inc in the US to receive support for operations in Canada.  This position offers an excellent opportunity for a person passionate about volunteerism, public service, and child development. 

This position is 100% remote and requires ability to access our storage facility and PO Box in Toronto, Ontario at a minimum of at least once a week.  Access to car and a valid driver’s license are necessary.   

Principal Responsibilities: 

Programming 

  • Serve as the main point of contact for all PSC volunteers, working with the Volunteer Engagement department to coordinate volunteer training, recruitment, recognition, and retention 
  • Serve as the point of contact for medical facilities to introduce and expand TelePlay and In Person programming, creating as necessary, corresponding volunteer chapters (both College and Community Chapters) to partner with medical facilities wanting to bring Project Sunshine Canada programming to their facility 
  • Facilitate and manage all aspects of ongoing, and one-off programs and special events, which may be in-person or remote 
  • Establish and maintain clear program budgets 
  • Manage the Young Patron’s Circle committee 

Administrative 

  • Oversee administrative aspects of programming, which includes Salesforce program data entry, processing receipts submissions together with the accountant, volunteer reimbursements, scheduling of volunteers and service providers, preparing shipping of program materials 
  • Oversee existing contracts with vendors and negotiate new contracts as signing authority 
  • Serve as a liaison and content partner to the Marketing and Communications team for creating social media updates and website content 
  • Provide administrative support to Director of International Programs for board-related activities 
  • General office upkeep including ordering office supplies 
  • Manage storage unit and PO Box (in Yorkville)  
  • Make deposits to the bank when cheques are mailed 
  • Other administrative tasks as needed

 

Corporate Social Responsibility and Fundraising

  • Provide remote (across Canada) or on-site management for events held in Toronto, and support with invoicing and payment processing and other relevant tasks as needed 
  • As the main representative of Project Sunshine Canada, establish and expand partnerships with corporations to include direct contributions 
  • Support fundraising efforts of college chapters through trainings and promotion of fundraising activities; organize and execute other fundraising efforts 
  • In coordination with the Director of International Programs and the Development Department, edit drafted grant proposals, providing relevant program details for grant requests, assist with donor relations 

Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s degree preferred   
  • Strong verbal, written, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills  
  • Fluency in French (oral, written) highly desirable  
  • Detail‐oriented, highly organized, and flexible  
  • Experience with Microsoft Office including fluency with Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams required  
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus  
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively to meet goals  
  • Enthusiasm for Project Sunshine’s mission  

Project Sunshine is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse communities that we serve. Project Sunshine is also an accessible and inclusive organization that provides barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please provide us with any relevant information and we will work with you to meet your needs. 

Please note that it is a requirement of this position to be legally permitted to work in Canada. Candidates may be required to provide the appropriate documents to confirm eligibility to work in Canada.   

To Apply  

Please email your cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to HR1@projectsunshine.org with “PS Canada Manager” in the subject line.  

Salary Range: 60,000 CAD - 65,000 CAD

Director of Development

Position Title: Director of Development
Reporting to: Executive Director
Position Classification: Full time, Hybrid work with NYC Office

Organization Summary

Project Sunshine’s mission is to bring connection and joy to children with medical needs through dedicated volunteers who deliver the healing power of play. For over 20 years, Project Sunshine volunteers have brought joy and play directly to pediatric patients through our network of medical facility and nonprofit partners across the country.

Over 18,000 trained volunteers deliver programs that provide opportunities for creative expression, socialization, intellectual stimulation, and sensory integration to more than 175,000 pediatric patients and families each year. Our unique volunteer engagement model allows community groups, colleges, and corporations to create moments of connection with pediatric patients, caregivers, and families providing child and family-centered, play-based programming. Project Sunshine partners with 475 medical facilities across the U.S. and in four international locations.

In 2020, we expanded to deliver a third channel of programming called TelePlay, which provides live, interactive play and activities over video conferencing. For the first time we can now directly serve children and families, in addition to our partnerships with hospitals and nonprofits around the world.

Position Summary

This key position will help lead all individual and foundation related giving to Project Sunshine as we launch the organization’s first and transformational $10M capital campaign. The Director will take a leadership role on the campaign messaging, donor strategy and committee management while overseeing Project Sunshine’s vital annual fundraising. The Director will work closely with the Executive Director, Director of Marketing and Communications and the Director of Corporate Partnerships.

Principle Responsibilities

Fundraising

  • Initiate and lead fundraising campaigns raising approximately $3M annually and cultivating relationships from a variety of sources, focusing on individuals and foundations.
  • Launch and manage a new $10M capital campaign to fund Project Sunshine’s 5 year strategic growth plan
  • Manage two annual, marquee events: a spring gala and a fall golf outing
  • Oversee stewardship efforts to ensure that all donors and foundations are well-informed, acknowledged in meaningful ways, and appreciated in an appropriate manner throughout the year.
  • Actively engage and energize board members, event committees, and donors to help achieve fundraising goals.
  • Oversee application and reporting processes for foundation grants; hire grant writer(s) when applicable
  • Oversee database functions used by development team 
  • Oversee acknowledgement process

Communications

  • Partnering with the Director of Marketing and Communications, conceptualize and communicate Project Sunshine’s mission and achievements in a compelling, donor-centric manner through a variety of platforms and publications including annual report, solicitation mailings and emails

Board Management

  • Staff the Board’s Development Committee and build and manage the Campaign Committee
  • Partner with and work to maximize the fundraising outreach to each Board member’s network.
  • Ensure up-to-date data and records and produce progress and revenue reports for Board.
  • Partner with ED to grow board pipeline

Personnel Management

  • Manage full-time Development Associate and consultants as needed
  • As the capital campaign progresses, expand the staff to include two managers for annual-fund related activities and a campaign manager.
  • Be a player/coach with a positive and accessible presence.
  • Set high standards for professionalism, work product, and collegiality and hold staff accountable for maintaining them.
  • Manage a variety of external vendors efficiently.

Project Sunshine is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal law.

In compliance with federal law, all people hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

To Apply

Please email your cover letter, resume, to HR3@projectsunshine.org with “Director of Development” in the subject line.

Salary range: $118,000 - $133,000

Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Position: Manager, Corporate Partnerships
Type: Full Time, Hybrid work with at least 2 days per week in NYC Office
Reports to: Director, Corporate Partnerships

About Project Sunshine

Project Sunshine’s mission is to bring connection and joy to children with medical needs through dedicated volunteers who deliver the healing power of play. For over 20 years, Project Sunshine volunteers have brought joy and play directly to pediatric patients through our network of medical facility and nonprofit partners across the country. Our programs include in-person play with patients called Here to Play, curated activity kit deliveries called Kits for Play, and live, virtual play sessions called TelePlay.

Over 18,000 trained volunteers deliver programs that provide opportunities for creative expression, socialization, intellectual stimulation, and sensory integration to more than 175,000 pediatric patients and families each year. Our unique volunteer engagement model allows community groups, colleges, and corporations to create moments of connection with pediatric patients, caregivers, and families providing child and family-centered, play-based programming. Project Sunshine partners with 475 medical facilities across the U.S. and in four international locations.

About the Manager Position

The Corporate Partnerships Manager will join a small team that partners with corporations to build robust corporate partnerships. Project Sunshine has an excellent history of strong employee engagement programs built to support our corporate partners’ community initiatives and the growing number of patients and families we serve. In the coming year, Project Sunshine and the Corporate Partnerships team will be working to expand our portfolio of branded and marketing partnerships.

The primary role of the Corporate Partnerships Manager is to provide stellar customer service and meaningful volunteer programs to their portfolio of corporate partners. In addition to managing the logistics of volunteer events, the Manager will also be a relationship-building dynamo who can seamlessly juggle multiple projects and troubleshoot problems.

Along with the Director of Corporate Partnerships, the manager will strategize recruitment and retention initiatives to keep Project Sunshine relevant and top of mind in a changing workplace. The manager will also have opportunities to take a leadership role in retention initiatives and brand partnerships where applicable.

Principle Responsibilities

  • Manage the relationship and volunteer activities for a portfolio of corporate partners
  • Ensure a high quality volunteer experience for every corporate volunteer and create engagement offerings that reflect the changing work environment (virtual, hybrid, etc)
  • Plan solicitation and stewardship activities
  • Coordinate all aspects of volunteer engagement programs
  • Facilitate virtual and in-person trainings for corporate volunteers
  • Respond to volunteer questions and provide guidance where needed
  • Manage all project and financial data in Salesforce
  • Work closely with Corporate Partnerships and Marketing and Communications teams to ensure cohesive and effective materials, social posts and newsletters.
  • Work with the Director of Corporate Partnerships on any streamlining projects that make internal operations more efficient and improve the volunteer experience.
  • Work with the Volunteer Experience team to develop strategy to engage corporate volunteers in Project Sunshine’s mission and work outside of company sponsored events.
  • Collaborate with Development team to identify funding opportunities for new and existing corporate partners

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years of work experience in social services, nonprofits, education, or related field
  • Experience coordinating and training volunteers preferred
  • Sound understanding of corporate social responsibility best practices preferred
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus
  • Customer service experience a plus
  • A proven commitment to volunteerism with experience in volunteer leadership a plus
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Ability to assess an issue and provide proposals for solutions
  • Ability to manage tasks independently
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Collaborative team member who enjoys working with diverse groups of people
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Project Sunshine

Project Sunshine values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. Project Sunshine is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal law.

To apply, please send resume and answers the following questions to hr4@projectsunshine.org with “Corporate Partnerships Manager” in the Subject Line.

1. Why are you interested in this role with Project Sunshine and what about the mission resonates with you?
2. Share a project that you worked on that you're proud of. What was the goal? How did you define success? What were the steps you took? How did you overcome obstacles and challenges?

Salary Range: $56,000-66,000

Recruitment and Recognition Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

Position: Recruitment and Recognition Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Type: Full time, Hybrid work with at least 2 days per week in NYC Office
Reports to: Director, Volunteer Engagement

About Project Sunshine:

Project Sunshine’s mission is to bring connection and joy to children with medical needs through dedicated volunteers who deliver the healing power of play. For over 20 years, Project Sunshine volunteers have brought joy and play directly to pediatric patients through our network of medical facility and nonprofit partners across the country. Our programs include in-person play with patients called Here to Play, curated activity kit deliveries called Kits for Play, and live, virtual play sessions called TelePlay.

Over 18,000 trained volunteers deliver programs that provide opportunities for creative expression, socialization, intellectual stimulation, and sensory integration to more than 175,000 pediatric patients and families each year. Our unique volunteer engagement model allows community groups, colleges, and corporations to create moments of connection with pediatric patients, caregivers, and families providing child and family-centered, play-based programming. Project Sunshine partners with 475 medical facilities across the U.S. and in four international locations.

About the Coordinator Position:

The primary role of the Coordinator is to help grow and enhance the organization’s vibrant college and community volunteer program and our partnerships with medical facilities across the country. This includes leading outreach and recruitment efforts in strategic cities and colleges across the United States, maintaining and improving volunteer chapter success by motivating and building a mission-driven spirit and encouraging strong connections to Project Sunshine headquarters. This position offers an excellent opportunity for a person passionate about volunteerism, public service, and partnership management.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Execute Project Sunshine’s Volunteer Recruitment and Expansion Efforts
    • Support volunteer outreach and recruitment to assist the overall growth and engagement of chapters across the United States.
    • Respond to inquiries from new volunteers; facilitate the founding of new chapters.
    • Track and update information and volunteer data in Salesforce
  • Execute Project Sunshine’s Volunteer Recognition Efforts
    • Support organizational initiatives for Monthly Volunteer Recognition, National Volunteer Month, and others.
  • Support a portfolio of Volunteer Chapters
    • Build and cultivate authentic and strong relationships with Chapter leaders, volunteers, and medical/nonprofit partners to ensure continuous open dialogue, formal and informal feedback loops, and joint recognition of areas of improvement and potential for growth
    • Support chapters with ongoing requirements, which include (1) In-person programs at medical facilities and nonprofits, (2) TelePlay programs at medical facilities and nonprofits (3) fundraisers with college chapters, and (4) leadership transitions (as needed).
    • Facilitate special projects as they arise. 
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree with preferred experience in non-profits, social services, education, or related field
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Detail-oriented, ability to multi-task, highly organized and flexibility
  • Collaborative team member who enjoys working with diverse groups of people in a hybrid work environment
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the organization
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus


Project Sunshine values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

Project Sunshine is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal law. In compliance with federal law, all people hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

To apply:

Please email HR2@projectsunshine.org with “Recruitment and Recognition Volunteer Engagement Coordinator” in the subject line. Include your resume and in lieu of a cover letter, the answers to the two questions below:

  1. Why are you interested in this role with Project Sunshine and what about the mission resonates with you?
  2. Share a project that you worked on that you're proud of. What was the goal? How did you define success? What were the steps you took? How did you overcome obstacles and challenges?

Salary range: $44,000 to $50,000

Our DEI Commitment

Project Sunshine is committed to developing and sustaining a culture within our organization that continues to assess and improve our work around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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