Business Development Specialist (Bilingual)

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​Job category: Donor recruitment, fundraising and sales

Job posting ID: 5759

​Employment status: Regular full-time

Classification: PTS/MGT/IT B

Salary/Rate of pay: $61,080.00 – $75,332.00 (plus quarterly bonus up to 35%)

Application deadline: 2024-04-16

Application requirements:

Your up-to-date resume.
We recommend you save a copy of the job posting for reference throughout the recruitment process.

Do you currently work for Canadian Blood Services? All employees must apply via the internal career page.

Together, we can make all the difference in the lives of others.

Be part of a dynamic, collaborative and caring organization committed to saving and improving lives. Thousands of patients depend on us every day for reliable access to safe blood, plasma, stem cells and organs and tissues.

If you are looking for a rewarding experience with a values and mission-driven team, join Canada’s Lifeline and make a meaningful difference.

We acknowledge that the work of Canadian Blood Services spans many Territories and Treaty areas across the country, and we are grateful for the Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who have guided us in this important work. We recognize the land and waters that have inspired our work and offer gratitude to those Indigenous peoples on whose territory we work, live and play.

About the role

Canadian Blood Services is looking for a Regular full-time Business Development Specialist (Bilingual) to join our dynamic Donor Relations team.

The Donor Relations team is responsible for supporting Canadian Blood Services by recruiting donors to join Canada’s Lifeline to support Blood, Plasma, and Stem Cell collections which save lives every day. In this role, you will be responsible for generating and identifying leads, building pipeline of potential donors, building relationships and ensuring the growth and maintenance of high quality, committed donor base. You will be responsible for community engagement and maintaining a good public image for the donation centre to ensure there is ongoing public support.

Formula for success

Developing and implementing a strong action plan supported by comprehensive data analysis and applying business development techniques based on interactions and results in the field to ensure that the collection and donor base goals are being achieved.

Organizes and conducts information sessions/recruitment presentations to specific target groups, based on research into the community and its demographics.
Responsible for finding and engaging with new donors through referrals, networking, and cold calling.
Manages senior client relationships within assigned territory and works with centre manager on key initiatives to keep relationships active.
Promotes and enhances a positive public image of the plasma donor centre within the community through public speaking and media engagement opportunities.
Works closely with marketing and communications to develop a sales action plan to support business development and retention.
Manages, mentors and directs donor centre staff on implementing sales strategies within the donor centre to exceed targets in assigned territory.
Builds a pipeline of potential donors, maintaining relationships, and ensuring the growth and maintenance of high quality, committed donor base.
Work in conjunction with the centre manager to foster an exceptional donor experience.

While conducting in-community engagement sessions, the Business Development Manager will keep prospective and current donors appraised of any improvements or changes to the donor centre or eligibility criteria.

Take an active role in the development and implementation of the donor experience training on site at the donor centre. This training will also be delivered to ambassadors/volunteers.
Work closely with marketing and communications team to implement strategies to support the donor experience and increase the retention and frequency of donors.

Using your networking and social media skills, recruits and onboards ambassador/volunteers within the community who will support donor recruitment and retention.

Host in-community information sessions to acquire leads and referrals for interested ambassadors.
Onboard and train ambassadors to support advocacy amongst their social networks.
Maintain a solid base of ambassadors/champions to support in community engagement activities.
Research patient groups and recipients to support advocacy within the community.
Ensures effective and efficient use of financial and human resources.

Utilizing established change management processes along with your Continuous Improvement Skills, you will develop strategic plans for donor recruitment and retention in conjunction with the plasma donor centre manager while ensuring that there is a focus on financial and material resources.

Ensures expenditures confirm with approved budget, justifying any variances and implementing corrective actions to address variances.
Proposes and implements innovations and improvements for the effective and efficient utilization of resources.
Assess resources needs, hire, train and oversee additional human resources and or volunteers.
Willingness to test and learn new skills that will increase efficiency at the donor centre.

Desired education and skills

A degree in marketing or business administration is preferred.
5+ years of sales management experience.
A record of success closing opportunities and a strong desire to succeed.
Strong communication and presentation skills in French is required.
Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills; comfortable public speaking to various size audiences.
Adaptable, flexible and open to change.
Proficiency in French language is required.
Minimum of 2 years experience in planning and executing media interviews is preferred.
Previous people management/supervisory experience is an asset.

What we offer you

4 weeks’ vacation.
Quarterly performance award up to 35%.
Comprehensive group health, dental and vision benefits for you and your family.
Defined benefit pension plan.
Employee discounts, wellness program, professional resources.

What you can expect

This role will be a mixture of working remotely as well as frequent travelling.
Travel requirements – travel will be required for recruitment events and attending/delivering training.

Diversity and inclusion play a vital role in ensuring health equity for patients across Canada. We are committed to reflecting Canada’s population in our organization and fostering an environment where all employees can be their authentic selves, with equal opportunities to succeed and contribute.

Canadian Blood Services requires that all employees be fully vaccinated (COVID 19 vaccine doses as approved by Health Canada), subject to any medical or other human rights considerations. Persons who have been vaccinated outside of Canada must contact their local Public Health Unit in order to obtain a vaccine equivalency certificate.

If this role resonates with you, we encourage you to apply by providing your up-to-date resume. This could be your first step towards a meaningful and inspiring career. Come to work each day knowing that you save lives.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those considered for an interview or those invited to participate in an assessment will be contacted. Applicants who require accommodation should discuss their needs with us.

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