Philanthropic Advisor and Manager of Development


The Saskatoon Community Foundation (SCF) is undergoing organizational renewal and developing a new strategic plan for 2017 and beyond.  This renewal process will shift the Foundation towards enhanced community and donor engagement, a more proactive and progressive business model and a shift to a development culture.

The Philanthropic Advisor and Manager of Development, reporting to the Executive Director, will have a vital role in driving asset growth. You will lead the development and execution of the overall business development plan under the new strategic direction. Through philanthropic advisory services proactively delivered to range of audiences, you will cultivate new relationships with prospective donors and allied professionals.

Working in a small office with other dedicated, community-minded professionals, this role is best designed for an adaptable, as well as relationship sales oriented, individual. You thrive on moving a small organization forward in a collaborative way and you easily adapt to constraints of a charity though a creative approach. You also embrace the challenge of a changing environment in the pursuit of building a healthy community through community philanthropy.


  • Provide strategic input to overall Strategic Business Plan to achieve the fund development, donor stewardship and engagement goals.
  • Lead the shift to a development culture through the development and implementation of giving programs, philanthropic initiatives, project specific giving, legacy /planned giving, endowment, and major gifts.
  • Research, identify and cultivating prospective donors and partnerships and adopting best practices for donor engagement, relationship building, and stewardship of current major donors.
  • Your mandate is to attract large permanent endowment funds as well as drive asset growth through other charitable giving options and programs.
  • Develop, implement and monitor development plans (research/identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major or legacy gifts) ensuring targeted and prioritized segmentation strategies. Review and maintain targets for future asset development as set out by the Board and the Asset Committee.
  • Develop and refine tactics for achieving the targets in key market segments. (individuals, wealth advisors, estate lawyers, accountants, women, corporations, foundations).
  • Presentations and advisory services support for the allied professionals’ community and relevant professional associations to optimize the foundation’s value proposition.
  • Lead all stages of the gift cycle. Work closely with donor relations/support area to ensure positive donor experience and efficient administration supporting donor journey at SCF and to ensure a well-developed hand-off process to donor services. Ensure all technologies and tools are meeting needs of organization to achieve goals.
  • Participate in other SCF initiatives as required and as needed to increase awareness.



  • Post secondary degree or certificate in business or similar
  • 7plus years of relevant work experience that can include major donor gifts, planned giving (wills and estates), wealth management /insurance and/or business development.
  • Knowledge of charitable giving legal and tax framework
  • Experience in constructing and executing philanthropic giving/endowment campaigns
  • Strong in Microsoft Office software
  • Experience with CRM systems and/or donor management software
  • Valid driver’s licence and use of personal vehicle as occasional travel will be required


  • A trustworthy self-starter with ability to make presentations, conduct prospecting calls, close major gift sales
  • Excellent verbal communication and strong writing skills
  • Demonstrates professional interpersonal skills with ability to interact with respect and confidentiality with others from variety of backgrounds
  • Excellent time management and project management skills
  • Able to set and achieve measurable goals, and meet deadlines
  • Must be critical thinker and display ongoing attention to detail adhering to excellent documentation protocol (project plans, reports, debrief documents)
  • High energy, positivity, enthusiasm, a strong work ethic

To apply, contact Essence Recruitment attention Nicole Sebastian by emailing your resume to . Applications will be considered until June 29th.

Marketing & Development Coordinator


The Saskatoon Community Foundation (SCF) is undergoing organizational renewal and developing a new strategic plan for 2017 and beyond. This renewal process will shift the Foundation towards enhanced community and donor engagement, a more proactive and progressive business model and a shift to a development culture.

The Marketing & Development Coordinator will have a vital role in the execution of the overall marketing and development plan under this new strategic direction as the Foundation shifts to a more proactive and responsive business model.

This role is evolving and will initially be dedicated to strengthening Saskatoon Community Foundation’s relationships with current and prospective donors, allied professionals to ultimately to enhance the SCF brand as a community leader and philanthropic advisor.

Working in a small office with other dedicated, community-minded professionals, this role is best designed for an adaptable individual. You thrive on moving a small organization forward in a collaborative way, easily adapt to constraints of a charity though a creative approach and embrace the challenge of a changing environment in the pursuit of building a healthy community through community philanthropy.



  • Lead the Youth Advisory Council and distribution of the Youth Endowment Grants
  • Coordinate SCF grant programs, oversight by Grants Manager
  • Activate targeted grants
  • Lead all donor recognition and engagement events
  • Lead volunteer committee on social media campaign
  • Assist with Vital Signs community engagement activities
  • Coordinate all educational seminars in partnership with other like-minded organizations.
  • Assist ED and Donor Development area to enhance donor experience and SCF value proposition
  • Submit grant applications for SCF’s own projects
  • Ensure effective use of donor and stakeholder list management and potential reporting
  • Assist Executive Director and other team members) with initiatives, as required


  • Work with the team to identify, develop and implement communication and marketing strategies to targeted sectors/groups aligned with the foundation’s marketing/development plan.
  • Ensure consistent brand messaging in all communications channels
  • Coordinate marketing communication materials for fund development/ fundraising
  • Prepare tailored presentations to prospective clients and community groups
  • Lead sponsorship marketing identified by ED or donor development
  • Coordinate photography/videography
  • Coordinate development mailings
  • Manage relevant suppliers/partners as required
  • Help identify donor segmentation for effective targeted marketing communications
  • Develop e-newsletters
  • Write inspiring content /communications for publications


  • Manage SCF’s online presence: ensuring fresh content, consistent and current messaging
  • Manage effective use for the Foundation’s online donation portals (Artez)
  • Work with donor services to assist with service delivery to fund holders with their fundraising programs
  • Create social media strategy/policy based best practises for sector
  • Provide leadership in improving website user experience: website analytics
  • Develop YouTube presence based on business case
  • Assist with development of public relations strategy
  • Identify other e-solutions for delivering SCF’s mission
  • Coordinate implementation of other media channels



  • Post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate with a focus on business, marketing or similar
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience or a combination of education and experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software (Word, Power Point, Excel, Access is an asset)
  • A solid understanding of search engine marketing and analytics
  • Good understanding Word-Press content management system for web site (desktop design publishing software an asset)
  • Experience working/volunteering with or in a non-profit organization is an asset
  • Experience working with social media platforms
  • Valid driver’s licence as occasional travel is required


  • Adaptable team player with high energy, positivity and enthusiasm and with a strong work ethic
  • Demonstrates professional interpersonal skills with ability to interact with respect and confidentiality with others from variety of backgrounds
  • Excellent time management and project management skills and must thrive on meeting deadlines
  • Must have thoroughness, accuracy and attention to detail adhering to excellent documentation protocol (project plans, reports, debrief documents)
  • Must become super-user of current or future donor management software (Income Manager)

To apply, contact Essence Recruitment attention Nicole Sebastian by emailing your resume to . Applications will be considered until June 16th.


Program Manager

Working closely with the Executive Director, and the senior management team, the Program Manager is responsible for the oversight and management of the continuum of programs. This includes planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and monitoring program activities. As part of the senior management team Supporting and working with the team of coordinators and facilitators, the Program Manager will ensure the continued quality of existing programs, adapt programming in response to evaluation results and respond to community need in the development of new programs. They will also play a key role in the high-level strategic thinking and setting organizational direction.

Major Responsibilities  in the Ares of:

  1. Provide leadership and management to the coordinators and facilitators  requirements
  2. Program Quality and Integrity
  3. Recruit for the Program and establish partnerships and networking opportunities where program delivery may take place.
  4. Represent the organization in the community and with the internal or external customers


Education and Experience:

Post-secondary education in business, or education is an asset

3plus years in  program or project operations role or similar

Facilitation experience in a educational setting
Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/ voluntary organizations

Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization

Knowledge of human resources management and financial management

How to apply:

Apply directly to Essence Recruitment attention Nicole Sebastian by emailing your resume to

Financial Services Manager

The Canadian Light Source Inc. (CLSI) is Canada’s national center for synchrotron research, located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon. Launched in 1999 and officially opened in 2004, the synchrotron is one of the largest science projects in Canadian history and was the product of an unprecedented collaboration of federal, provincial and municipal governments and agencies, universities from across the country and industry. CLSI produces very bright light, millions of times brighter than sunlight, to explore the nature and structure of molecules, and serves national and international users from academia, industry, and government institutions. The CLS is a world-class, state-of-the-art facility that is advancing Canadian science, enhancing the competitiveness of Canadian industry and contributing to the quality of life of people around the world. For more information, go to


Position Summary: Reporting to the CFO, you will oversee the day-to-day corporate accounting operations and mentor staff in the teams encompassing supply & contracts, budgets & planning, and quality management to meet the scientific and business needs of Canadian Light Source Inc. You will build relationships with our internal customers to enhance current, and implement new systems, processes, policies and procedures.

This is a great fit for someone who is a strategic thinker who champions proactive strategies to drive organizational impact. They will be a collaborative team leader, focusing on internal customer relationships with a proven record of accomplishment as an effective leader. The incumbent will have demonstrated success implementing innovative and practical business processes and systems.


Representative Duties

  1. Oversees all aspects of corporate accounting and financial management including the systems required for management thereof.
  2. Oversees all aspects of procurement and contract management for the facility, including the systems required for management thereof, re-order points and supplier relations.
  3. Oversees corporate reporting requirements and protocols which include appropriate authorities and approvals, internal reporting, budgeting and forecasting, capital budgeting and accounting to maintain relations and responsibilities to funding partners and other stakeholders.
  4. Collaborates with CLS departments to plan resource allocations and use.
  5. Develops and maintains a finance structure that incorporates a systems approach in the delivery of services that support facility operations and strategic direction.
  6. Ensures regulatory requirements related to income taxes, scientific research and experimental development tax credit programs; GST, PST and other regulatory requirements are met.
  7. Reviews existing programs and policies, determines their effectiveness and identifies existing needs and gaps to then develop a plan to meet the needs and gaps.
  8. Identifies and pursues opportunities for adding value in the provision of corporate services and recommends strategic approaches, collaborating with CLS departments to plan resource allocations and use.
  9. Manages human resources activities of their direct reports, including recruitment and selection, supervision, scheduling, professional development, and performance management according to CLS policies, guidelines and the Collective Agreement as applicable.
  10. Prepares and plans the departments operating and capital budget, forecasts needs of the department and ensures proper utilization of financial resources.



Education and Experience:

Post-Secondary degree or certificate with a CPA/CA designation.

5 plus years of technical experience in a public practice.

Experience in workflow process redesign or business process improvement

Experience applying change management in a multi-stakeholder environment.

Experience implementing and improving enterprise-wide systems


Skills and Competencies: 

Exceptional communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships throughout the organization are a must, as will the need to engender trust and credibility through a strong customer focus

Ability to articulate financial issues to broad and diverse audiences

Flexible, able to adapt to changing situations

A team oriented people leader

Strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills

A strong solutions orientation and a focus on continuous improvement to ensure the efficient use of resources and the effective use of technology

Strong organizational skills, with the ability to manage teams and projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines

If you enjoy being a part of an innovative culture that is unique to our community this may be a great fit for you! Along with a compensation package that includes benefits and a defined contribution pension plan, the CLS offers a work life balance in a flexible working environment.

Apply directly to Tracy Arno at or 306.290.5646/306.652.5209 


VP of Marketing and Customer Experience

Prairie Meats is a Saskatchewan-owned company established in 1983 that has built an enviable reputation for personalized service and quality products. With locations in Regina and Saskatoon, they are the leaders in the retail and food service markets for Saskatchewan. For further information on the organization go to

Position Summary

The VP Marketing and Customer Experience will serve as an integral member of the team.  Reporting to the President and CEO, this individual will be responsible in the areas of:

°         Development of a marketing and service plan that will provide a focused view of the customer in the marketing actions and strategies that Prairie Meats LP needs to take.

°         Engage and direct the entire sales and retail departments to support strategic direction and alignment of business plans with organizational objectives.

°         Strategically analyzing the core products and determining relevancy within the Prairie Meats brand.

This is a great fit for someone who has been in a SR. Marketing role within the food industry, is motivated by challenge and is looking to be part of a collaborative team and being instrumental in successfully achieving their growth strategies.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop annual forward-thinking marketing and service plan in support of organizational strategy and objectives. This includes defining what the customer values and where to make marketing investments for the highest impact and return on investment that benefits Prairie Meats LP.
  • Direct implementation and execution of marketing and service policies and practices, including development and distribution of all marketing material/collateral.
  • Ensure marketing communications are coordinated, support marketing plan objectives and meet organizational expenditure requirements in conjunction with the Director of Sales and the Director or Retail.
  • Manage the overall marketing budget, the approval of programs and provide reoccurring reconciliation and variance reports. The goal is to optimize marketing spend to deliver optimal customer experience to generate growth.
  • Consolidate Prairie Meats LP’s sales forecasting, which includes:

◦  Analyzing all  core products, determining relevancy and costs effects

◦  Linking it to marketing activities

◦  Working with the Directors on sales plans and activities to drive sales

  • Develop and manage pricing structures, which includes:

◦  Analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of sales, methods costs and results;

◦  Working with the VP Operations and VP Finance to understand product costs; and

◦  Working with the Director of Sales and the Director of Retail to ensure the right pricing mix and strategy is employed.

  • Provide leadership in the development of joint ventures, affiliations and partnership arrangements. This includes developing strategic partnerships that support our brand equality and amplify Prairie Meats LP’s message.
  • Provide leadership and support for the design, development and implementation of products and service lines
  • Oversee and direct market research, competitor analysis, product offering, and customer service and retention monitoring processes and initiatives. This includes creating accountability around the data and metrics that are relevant to the customer and the business.  These metrics are leveraged to optimize the experience and continue to generate customer growth.
  • Build, develop and manage marketing and customer service teams capable of carrying out needed marketing and service strategies.
  • Lead by example and hold the sales and retail management to the highest levels of professionalism to maintain excellent brand image and superb customer service inside and outside of the organization. This includes promoting a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.

Experience and Education

  • Post Secondary Education certificate or diploma in marketing, business administration or similar
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the marketing field with substantial experience at the senior executive leadership level. Food Industry experience is ideal.
  • A combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities may be considered
  • Proven experience developing, implementing and following thru on successful marketing brand strategies and programs.
  • Proven experience in change management
  • Managed budgets and expenses along with the ability to manage margins
  • Proficient experience with Microsoft Office
  • Valid Drivers’ License

Skills and Competency Requirements

  • Collaborative leadership skills to motivate, coach, mentor and train staff in cross-functional teams
  • Ability to build a strong team of employees, identify gaps in performance and implement needed corrective actions to achieve goals that positively impact the company
  • Marketing attribution skills, innovative, able to see the big picture while taking in account of all the details
  • Excellent decision making skills at the strategic level, analytical
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to develop reports for, make presentations to and communicate with all levels both internal and external to the company
  • Ability to effectively apply organizational, time-management, computer and mathematical skills
  • Focused on achieving results and is processed oriented

Prairie Meats prides themselves in offering challenging and rewarding careers where employees are able to focus on quality, customer service and teamwork. They offer competitive salary, along with benefits and employee perks.  Does this sound like a great fit for you?

Contact Tracy Arno directly at Essence Recruitment for further details or to apply. 306.652.5209/306.290.5646

Executive Director

The Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Association (SARRC) is a member based not for profit, industry-driven organization facilitating the recycling of used oil, used oil filters, used antifreeze and used oil/antifreeze/DEF containers.

SARRC is a well recognized leader province-wide and Canada-wide in supporting the private sector recycling industry driven recovery of used oil and antifreeze materials.  SARRC operates its program with sound policies and good governance, supporting and supported by engaged stakeholders, effective communication and full accountability.  For further information about SARRC, please visit their website


The Executive Director of SARRC serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Association reporting to the Board Chair but works independently under a contract approved by the Board of Directors. The incumbent will be the face of the organization while being responsible for developing, implementing and managing programs that promote the program and facilitate the private sector recovery of used oil and antifreeze materials.

This person will be accountable in the key areas of:

°          Strategic Planning

°          Organizational Leadership

°          Financial Accountability

°          Stakeholder and Government Relations

°          Governance and Board Support

°          Community and Member Relations


Education and Experience

°          A Post-Secondary Education in a related discipline alongside relevant experience.

°          A minimum of 5 years’ working in a Sr. Management Role with relevant business management experience.

°          Experience in the Environmental, waste management, petroleum or a related industry is ideal.

°          Experience working with a not-for-profit organization in management or volunteer capacity with an understanding of working with a Board of Directors.

°          Ability to create and manage a balanced budget along with the ability to understand financial statements.

°          An understanding of Government relations and their processes and programs.

°          Positive leader of people, able to empower, mentor and support their team.

°          Experience dealing with public relations, marketing, and communications.

Skills and Competencies

°          Confident team leader will positive relationship building skills, trustworthy, and value driven.

°          Strong business acumen, able to plan and strategize.

°          Creative, able to see the big picture.

°          Superior conflict resolution skills, problem solver and able to provide solutions.

°          Proactive, strong organizational skills, able to prioritize.

°          Dynamic and versatile communication skills with the ability to appropriately adapt based on the audience.

To apply, contact Essence Recruitment directly, attention Tracy Arno Applications are accepted until May 19, 2017.

Project Manager

Project Manager

Our client Meridian, is an industry leader in real estate development and is at the forefront of construction practices.  Meridian is looking for a passionate individual to help them foster creativity and innovation in the planning and execution of their residential and commercial construction projects.  For further information about Meridian, visit their website at

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the project manager is responsible for the project’s overall performance including safety, quality, budget, schedule, and customer satisfaction.  This is a great fit for a project manager that is experienced in residential and commercial construction and wants to work with a local, successful and innovative company.


  • Develop and review a project schedule with senior management and all other staff that will be affected by the project activities; revise the schedule as required;
  • Determine and estimate a project budget that includes all resources required to complete the project;
  • Ensure that projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget;
  • Ensure adherence to all health and safety standards and report issues;
  • Manage and support project team including answering questions and providing guidance when needed;
  • Review the quality of the work completed with the project team to ensure it meets the project standards;
  • Provide support in supervision of the job site;


Education & Experience

  • Post-Secondary Degree in Engineering or similar
  • PMP or equivalent certification will be a benefit
  • 10 plus years’ in residential and commercial construction project management experience that includes basic engineering and building construction skills as well as structural design, blueprint reading, building layout surveying and quantity surveying
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office

Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to lead, supervise, and manage others to achieve the desired results of the organization
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbally and written
  • Planning and time management skills to ensure projects are being completed within outlined time frame
  • Strong interpersonal skills along with the ability to problem solve and deal with conflict resolution in a professional manner
  • Extremely organized, able to prioritize with a high attention to detail

Personal Attributes:

Leader, confidant, personable, organized, professional, reliable

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to contact Essence Recruitment. Contact Joanne Oliver directly at: 306.652.5209