Career Opportunity

Donor Relations, Event Associate

Full-time, Permanent

Canada, Remote

Parkinson Canada is the definitive voice for the Parkinson’s community in Canada. Our purpose is to transform the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. We do this through research leading to better treatments and the end of Parkinson’s, advocacy bringing the voices of Parkinson’s to the forefront and support that helps people live well with Parkinson’s through education and services.

A national registered charity, Parkinson Canada operates through the generosity of donors and is an accredited organization under the Imagine Canada Standards Program.

As a Parkinson Canada Employee, we believe in being:

Bold by embracing new ideas and confidently taking action.
Compassionate by striving always to walk in the shoes of those we serve.
Collaborative by working cooperatively with all stakeholders so that together we can achieve more.
Trustworthy by keeping our word and always doing what we promise.


Reporting to Senior Manager, Donor Relations & Stewardship, the Donor Relations, Events Associate is responsible for producing inspiring in-person, virtual and hybrid special events across the country to enhance the organization’s profile, cultivate new supporters and steward existing donors.

The Associate possesses a successful track record in event management and will take a hands-on role in producing events while collaborating with stakeholders and orchestrating all the moving pieces to ensure every event is inspiring and engaging. The Specialist will work collaboratively with numerous internal teams, as well as external stakeholders such as donors, volunteers, event professionals, corporate sponsors, and suppliers on all aspects of event performance to achieve financial and participation goals.

This team member will be tasked with identifying and articulating requirements for event plans, and mobilizing shared services (i.e., volunteers, IT, Data, Finance, Communications, Marketing, Digital) as it relates to each event’s requirements.


  • Lead hands-on planning and execution of in-person, virtual and hybrid events including online and/or on-site event delivery
  • Develop the critical path / project plan development for local and multi-site events
  • Support the creation and implementation of centralized event and donor relations processes and resources
  • Recommend and develop efficiencies and improvements to operating practices that will generate greater efficiencies in our delivery of these events


  • Coordinate payment of invoices for multiple events and track for accuracy, discrepancies/omissions according to approved budgets
  • Work to stay within expense budgets

Relationship Management

  • Manage relationships with uppliers to facilitate competitive pricing
  • Develop logistical requirements, plan and liaise with sponsors and regional teams to execute single and multi-site events
  • Answer inquiries and troubleshoot special event processes and resources
  • Summarize and communicate processes, templates and task lists to related staff members for special events
  • Support creation of key messages for responses to donor inquiries and problem solve for this portfolio of events
  • Serve as the lead information provider for special cultivation, stewardship and fundraising events

Administration & Human Resources

Some evening and weekend work is required on site at the Parkinson Canada office and/or unique event locations.



University degree, college diploma or equivalent combination of education and related experience, including fundraising certification and other relevant post graduate studies.


  • A minimum of 3 years of event management experience, corporate sponsorship, and/or fund development
  • Demonstrated experience supporting the planning and execution of philanthropic events
  • Experience motivating peers and stakeholders to deliver on ambitious event plans
  • Working knowledge of Teams and other virtual meeting and event delivery methods

Skills and Attributes:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of products and electronic databases. Experience in Raiser’s Edge and Luminate Online is an asset
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working and community relationships
  • Superior organizational skills to determine priorities and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated tact, diplomacy, and interpersonal skills to liaise with colleagues, management, researchers, donors, and volunteers
  • Bilingual (French/English) is an asset.

Join a team that celebrates diversity and inclusion and values work-life balance. We offer comprehensive benefits, generous time-off and vacation and opportunities to make a difference. If you are passionate about applying your knowledge, skills, and experience to improve the lives of Canadians living with Parkinson’s, then this role is for you!


Please send your résumé and cover letter in confidence, along with salary expectations.

Human Resources

Parkinson Canada

4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316

Toronto, Ontario M2P 2A9


Please quote Reference #[PRA-0322]

Parkinson Canada has implemented a mandatory vaccination requirement for all its employees. Proof of full vaccination will be required prior to commencement of employment.

Parkinson Canada will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Please indicate accommodations as required if contacted.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to pass a standard Criminal Record Check.

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