Business Development Officer

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada
  • Marketing / Communications / PR
  • Fundraising / Giving
  • Writing / Editorial / Translation
Contract - Full Time
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area - Ottawa
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-07-102019-07-26


Are you a talented business development officer with demonstrated experience in proposal and grant writing? Are you passionate about putting your analytical and writing skills to great use and support better development opportunities for people around the world?

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada) is hiring a Business Development Officer with strong proposal and grant writing skills and experience. The BD Officer must have demonstrated experience in researching, targeting and securing funding opportunities from bilateral and multilateral international donors.

The Details:

  • Work with the Business Development and Programming Teams to determine the viability of fundable initiatives and identify and research new local, national and international partnerships and funding sources to support CDF Canada’s business development priorities.
  • Establish internal information-sharing and coordination mechanisms and define criteria for proposal identification and appraisal.
  • Coordinate, assemble and submit grant, foundation, governmental proposals and coordinate the proposal development process from initiation through to submission, including:
    o Setting up GO/NO GO opportunities meetings
    o Reviewing request for proposals (RFPs) and extracting relevant information for submissions
    o Tailoring proposal-specific material, including project organization charts, resumes, and promotional material to respond to individual proposal needs
    o Writing proposal narratives, executive summaries and cover letters
    o Coordinating technical input from internal subject matter experts, consultants and subcontractors
    o Coordinating all proposal milestones, including quality reviews, input deadlines, and submission deadlines
    o Participating in final document assembly and submission delivery
    o Edit content for grammar, spelling, consistency, technical accuracy, and tone
  • Ensure all ongoing and completed files and documents are stored properly on shared drive in accordance with best practices.
  • Develop guidelines and procedures as required.

Must Have!

  • Previous demonstrated experience drafting, coordinating, and submitting grant, foundation and/or government applications as a proposal and/or grant writer.
  • Ability to identify gaps in content; proactively engage internal resources to capitalize on the expertise and knowledge exchange opportunities that will strengthen grant and proposal content.
  • Exceptional technical writing and communication skills.
  • Superior writing skills and awareness of target audience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with cross-cultural teams.
  • Solid knowledge of development themes and priorities.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and coordination skills.
  • Strong project management experience required, with a demonstrated ability to develop, monitor and evaluate multi-faceted projects with varied deliverables, and competing deadlines.

Nice to Have

  • Background in international development, cooperatives, fundraising, communication, research and development.
  • Experience writing proposals for GAC or any other international development agencies a strong asset.
  • Exposure to international development work abroad.
  • Outgoing personality and ability to forge and maintain partnerships.

The Perks

  • Flexible work hours, possible telework option.
  • Employee engagement events through our social committee.
  • Demo Tuesdays – Opportunities to provide departmental updates and share your knowledge with the team.

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