Manager Athlete Relations

CAN Fund


CAN Fund is a not for profit organization created to fill a funding gap and give our Canadian athletes (summer, winter, able-bodied and Paralympic) the financial support they need to train and compete for Canada.  Where CAN Fund makes a significant impact is in the years leading up to the Games, the years when no one is watching, or cheering or even aware of our athletes and their journey to be the best in the world.  The majority of our athletes are paying for equipment, travel to competitions and training camps, coaching, proper nutrition, extra physiotherapy and team fees that range from $1000 to $27,000. Since 2003, CAN Fund has raised over $26 million and supported 80% of the Canadian team at each of the Vancouver, London, Sochi and Rio Games.


While reporting directly to the the Founder, the incumbent also works collaboratively with the Founder and COO to support the fundraising priorities of the Fund. This includes managing athlete applicants, recipients and alumni, contributing to the development and execution of all fundraising campaigns, initiatives and events and providing support to enhance the donor experience.

The Manager Athlete Relations is responsible for:

-Managing the online athlete application process from start to finish twice a year.

-Overseeing the Athlete Selection Committee, application approval process, Board of   Directors approval and distribution of funds to successful applicants.

-Maintaining strong relationships with the various National Sport Organizations and national team coaches through regular communications.

-Managing the athlete database of applicants and producing updated statistical data for CAN Fund to use in promotional materials, website and social media platforms.

-Being the primary contact person for current and alumni athletes, athlete reps and parents.  Engaging, building and maintaining relationships through daily interactions.

-Enrolling athletes in CAN Fund initiatives and developing a strategy plan for athlete engagement in all fundraising campaigns.

-Contributing to the overall donor experience through engaging athletes in the stewardship process.

-Managing and overseeing the logistics of all athlete appearances whether internal for CAN Fund events or external in the form of corporate partnerships.

-Contributing to the successful execution of events.

-Producing written materials for the Fund that can range from drafting, finalizing and editing of corporate sponsorship packages/proposals, press releases, letters, articles, newsletter content, emails, event programs, promotional and marketing materials and website content.

-Initiative in developing ways to enhance the outreach and exposure of the Fund across Canada.

Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of the Canadian sports system and a passion for excellence in Canadian sport.  Additional experience in a fundraising environment and or marketing an asset.
Minimum three years of experience in a work environment, preferably with one year of management experience.


Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Familiarity with Word Press considered an asset.  Knowledge of social media platforms an asset.  Excellent communication skills (oral and written); exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills including the ability to represent the organization to external stakeholders, corporate partners and athletes.  Forward thinking with the ability to forecast opportunities and integrate ideas related to various fundraising initiatives and athlete engagement strategies. Strong attention to detail with the ability to work independently or as part of a team. Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize work in a fast-paced environment of 3 to 4 colleagues.

Full Time

Pay consummate with experience

Start Date: Mid-September

Please email resume and cover letter to by 9pm EST September 9th, 2016.  Include Athlete Relations Manager in the subject line.

Thank you for your interest in CAN Fund we appreciate your time in applying to this role.  Only those candidates qualifying for an interview will be contacted.