Featured Career Opportunity: Foundation Assistant, Douglas College

Douglas College

To read the full position profile and to apply please click here. 

What Douglas Offers:

DO what you love. Be good at it. That’s how Douglas College defines a great career. We’re a community of citizens who are engaged — with each other and, increasingly, with the world. Being one of the best colleges in Canada isn’t just talk – it’s something we work at every single day.

The Role:

The Foundation Assistant contributes to the success of Douglas College through efficient coordination of administrative services and support within the Foundation department. Major areas of responsibility include maintenance of specialized software information and report generation; Foundation stewardship and donor solicitation; event planning and coordination; administrative support; and also provides exceptional client-centered service on a consistent basis to all stakeholder groups.


  1. Maintenance of specialized software (Raiser’s Edge) information.
  2. Stewardship & donor solicitation.
  3. Administrative support to the department.
  4. Event planning and coordination.
  5. Performs other related duties.

To Be Successful in this Role You Will Need:

  1. A minimum of two years’ of studies from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  2. A minimum of two years related work experience; an equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.
  3. An excellent command of the English language, both written and oral, with particular emphasis on grammar, punctuation, and writing skills.
  4. A demonstrated ability to:
    • Keyboard accurately at 55 wpm.
    • Use Windows based computer software packages such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and Adobe), electronic mail, and internet applications; experience using Raiser’s Edge.
    • Experience with Social Media.
    • Work with a minimum of supervision, as well as being able to establish priorities and achieve deadlines.
    • Compose routine correspondence and reports.
  5. Good working knowledge of modern office practices and procedures with a demonstrated ability to take and prepare detailed minutes, coordinate paper flow, and prepare general office correspondence and reports.
  6. Proven ability to communicate courteously and effectively in writing, person or on the telephone with staff, faculty, administrators, students and the public, as well as maintain a good working relationship with other employees in a team-based environment.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work with a minimum of supervision, as well as being able to establish priorities and achieve deadlines.

To read the full position profile and to apply please click here.

Featured Career Opportunity: Director, Development BC, The Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society has been setting lives in motion for over 65 years. Dedicated to a vision of living well while creating a future without arthritis, The Society is Canada’s principal health charity providing education programs and support to the over 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis. Since it’s founding in 1948, The Society has been the largest non‐government funder of arthritis research in Canada, investing more than $185 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with arthritis. The Arthritis Society is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program.

Reporting to the Executive Director, BC & Yukon, the Director, Development is responsible for providing leadership to the fund development team, ensuring the effective execution of all aspects of the division’s revenue development programs and securing funds for The Arthritis Society by fulfilling the interests and passions of donors by providing them with giving opportunities and encouraging them to give.

Role Profile:

The Director, Development is expected to provide leadership to and work collaboratively with colleagues in the Fund Development Team to:

  • Ensure the effective execution of the division’s donor focused fund development programs
  • Qualify donors in the caseload and create individual plans
  • Develop fund development strategies that meet revenue goals and retain donors year over year
  • Provide mentoring and coaching for the fund development team demonstrating commitment to growth and the development of staff

The Fund Development Team works collaboratively with the Education and Services and the Communication teams in the BC & Yukon Division, as well as with colleagues in the National Office to execute communications and marketing campaigns and programs designed to support fund development initiatives.

Required Skills and Experience:

Essential experience includes a minimum of five years working in a fund development environment with at least two years spent in a management role. Post-secondary education or a combination of education and experience is essential. Membership in the AFP, CAGP, CFRE accreditation or working towards same will be considered an asset.

The successful candidate will have the ability to present The Arthritis Society’s mission, vision, goals and fund development program with the highest professional standards and work collaboratively with the existing team. Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing an integrated fund development program including major gifts, planned giving, annual giving and special events is required, as is knowledge and experience with individual, corporate and foundation solicitations. The capacity to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people, build relationships, be articulate and engaging and possess interpersonal skills to relate to and motivate prospective donors is essential for this position as is excellent time management, communications, decision-making, presentation and organizational skills. Strong leadership skills with the ability to think strategically and creatively, proven ability to inspire, motivate, mentor and develop staff and volunteers and proficient computer skills are also necessary with knowledge of Raiser’s Edge considered an asset.

The successful candidate should have a good understanding of the social, cultural and business fabric of BC.

This role will require flexibility to adapt weekly schedules in order to travel, and work the occasional evening and / or weekend. A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is also required.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits in addition to an empowering and supportive work environment.

We are seeking talented individuals who embrace our core values. If you are interested in and qualified for this exciting opportunity, please submit a covering letter and resume.

For more information, to receive the full position prospectus, or to apply please contact:

Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

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We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those who have been shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.


Today’s Career Opportunities

Philanthropy Officer, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
Executive Director, Charlford House
Development Officer, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation

Major Gifts Officer, Salvation Army

Director of Fund Development and Communications, Boys and Girls Club

Manager, Community Development, The Arthritis Society
Corporate Fundraising Specialist, The Arthritis Society
Associate Director, Divisional Relations and Major Gifts, The University of Toronto


Featured Career Opportunity: Major Gifts Officer, The Salvation Army

Salvation Army

About The Salvation Army

For more than 130 years, The Salvation Army has had the privilege of serving vulnerable people in communities across Canada. We are the largest nongovernmental direct provider of social services – accounting for 1/3 of all services in the province of BC.

The Salvation Army offers: detox and addiction recovery programs; daily food programs; shelter for the homeless; transitional housing for men, women and families; housing and support services for women escaping domestic violence and human trafficking; life skills and job training; food, counselling and other services for families and emergency disaster services.  

The Salvation Army is driven by our desire to extend compassion and generosity to anyone who needs it. We help one person at a time, believing that each person is infinitely valuable and equally worthy. Our continued success stems from the dedication and support of our loyal donors, volunteers and staff.  

About the Role:

We are currently seeking a Major Gifts Officer to join our Divisional Headquarters team in Burnaby.  You will have at least three years relevant experience in fund-raising or similar roles.  You will enjoy managing your own portfolio of donors and being fully engaged in the fund development process from identification, to cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.  Your portfolio of donors will include corporations, foundations, and individuals.  Working as part of a small development team you will raise funds for a wide variety of programs and services across the Lower Mainland and the province.  

For a full job description please visit: http://www.salvationarmy.ca/humanresources/jobs/view/major-gifts-officer-2/

Application Process

The Salvation Army offers a positive work environment and is an equal opportunity employer.  Our Divisional Headquarters are located near Brentwood Mall in Burnaby and easily accessed by transit.  

You are invited to submit a cover letter and resume before August 11, 2014 to: BCHR@can.salvationarmy.org.  Please include salary expectations in your cover letter.  

Thank you for your interest in a career with The Salvation Army and for understanding that only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

Featured Career Opportunity: Executive Director, Charlford House

Charlford House

Our mission is to provide women with a safe, healthy and caring environment in which to experience recovery

Executive Director

Charlford House Society for Women has helped thousands of women and their families start new lives by breaking the vicious cycle of addiction for more than 40 years. We are a not-for-profit Society and registered Charity, providing a supportive and caring environment for women with substance use issues in a quiet location in Burnaby.

This is a very active period for the Society, as we work towards the goal of purchasing our own residence in which to run our programs.

We are recruiting an Executive Director, who will play a lead role in helping the society realize our goal.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director manages the day-to-day operations and fiscal management of the Society in accordance with the policies, procedures and strategic direction set by the Board. This includes participating in the development of goals, objectives and strategic planning for the organization, including long-range fundraising and communications plans to promote and raise awareness of the organization. In addition, the Executive Director will lead and develop employees; prepare (in conjunction with the Board) the annual operating budget, practice sound fiscal management and assure financial integrity through proper recording and safeguarding procedures.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years’ increasingly responsible leadership experience preferably in the not-for-profit sector, supplemented by post-secondary education in a related field, such as fundraising, business, commerce and/or a health or social service oriented discipline. She/he will have extensive and successful experience developing and meeting fund raising goals; supervising staff and managing budgets. Desirable skills include strategic and critical thinking, advanced communication and interpersonal skills, relationship building skills, ability to work independently or in a team environment and the ability to develop and promote good and effective work practices

The successful candidate will enjoy a flexible self- managed work environment supported by a committed and cohesive work team reporting directly to the Board of Directors. She/he will work out of a peaceful residential office setting with unlimited free parking and daily lunch provided. Travel is minimal and there is a benefits allowance provided.

Most importantly the successful candidate will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the future of Charlford House Society for Women.

For more information on Charlford House please visit. www.charlfordhouse.ca

For more information or to apply please contact:
Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

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We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those  shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Phil & Friends – Fundraising Talk

Gill, Preeti

Pursue Your Passion (you can’t afford not to)

By Preeti Gill

Hello, my name is Preeti and I am a passionate, proud and purposeful Prospect Research professional.

When Phil generously offered me some space on his new blog, I thought it would be a good opportunity to shine a positive light on the “brains of the fundraising world” as my British counterparts refer to us. We tend to toil quietly (and happily) in the background, arming frontline fundraisers with thoughtful information and strategic next steps to invigorate and improve partnerships with generous and motivated donors. You will find most of us in higher education and healthcare institutions.

Prospect Research elicits a variety of reactions from other non-profit staff. I have met with mild interest, sheer fascination, outright dismissiveness and slight terror at the thought of researching prospective donors to secure major gifts.

To address these reactions, I set out to write an elevator speech of sorts which clearly describes what I do; how this line of work benefits my organization’s bottom line; and perhaps most importantly, the enhanced value Prospect Research adds to building relationships with prospective and existing donors.

Before putting pen to paper, I did some research (of course) and discovered some wonderful resources about the elevator speech – its purpose; how to write one; and even how to tailor one for the non-profit genre. Fellow Prospect Research veteran Helen Brown addressed this very topic recently and I suggest you read her eloquent piece about what she says when asked about her work. Helen is a highly-regarded champion of our profession.

Something that came up often in researching elevator speeches was good old fashioned passion. Be passionate about what you do if you love your work. Pursue your passion if you are not there yet. Find it again if your work isn’t fulfilling you anymore.

In the current economic climate, you cannot afford not to pursue your personal and professional passion. It is what Oprah calls your life purpose.

In The Almighty Elevator Speech, Eugenia Kaneshige encourages us to find our passion “because the world cannot resist a person with passion and the hardest thing to sell is something you do not believe in. You must believe in yourself and what it is you do. If you do not, it does not matter how good you are at it, someone who loves their work will beat you almost every time.”

Further reinforcement comes from lifestyle writer Tracy Howard. “If you do not love what you do, you are screwed in this new hypercompetitive era,” one career expert bluntly told her for a magazine feature about the new career path.

Part of Howard’s three-step process to discover what you’re meant to do, is think back to what excited you as a kid. Early passions and pursuits can point to your purpose, before you were clouded by other influences (and your parents’ expectations).

When I was growing up, my Dad and I took routine trips to the Kitimat Public Library, where we would quickly part ways. He retreated to the international newspaper shelves and I gravitated to biographies and those colourful monthlies about the Royal family. While my middle school mates turned to Nancy Drew and Choose Your Own Adventure, I was immersed in Vanna Speaks, Vanna White’s autobiography. (Remember the perky game show letter flipper from the 1980s? Everyone is fascinating to someone.)

The late Princess Diana’s wardrobe, jewels and the beautiful little family she co-created were captivating, especially spread across glossy magazine pictorials (of an official capacity, of course). Early on, I loved reading and hearing about real people’s stories. They entertained, informed and motivated me back then and continue to fascinate me now as a Prospect Researcher.

Since then, my quest for people’s stories has evolved from the realm of royalty and celebrity to the world of career and life success, community and transformational philanthropy.

  • Who are these prospective and current donors, at their core?
  • Where do they come from?
  • What kind of adversity did they overcome to be successful?
  • What motivates them to live and give?
  • How about the scope of their fortune?

By exploring these questions, I am helping my organization better understand people and connect compassionate, generous donors with community causes that need their attention and care.

This is what I am meant to do. I cannot afford not to. Does that belong in an elevator speech?

If you want to delve deeper:

Helen Brown, “What do you say?”


Eugenia Kaneshige, “The Almighty Elevator Pitch” (three-part series)


Tracy Howard, “If you don’t love what you do, you’re screwed,” Flare Magazine, September 2012


Please feel free to contact me or leave a comment here.
Preeti.gill@vancouverfoundation.ca | preetigillyvr.blogspot.ca

Featured Career Opportunity: Philanthropy Officer, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation


ABOUT US To inspire support and funding for excellence in child health. BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) works with thousands of individual and corporate donors to advance child health by funding research, leadership recruitment, education and equipment and capital projects at three Vancouver-based facilities – BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, and Child & Family Research Institute.  ABOUT THE ROLE Reporting to the Director, Philanthropy and working as a member of the Philanthropy team, you will develop strategic plans, financial goals, and timelines based on analysis and research of internal and external activities as they pertain to the Chinese-Canadian community.  As the Philanthropy Officer, you will be responsible for key account strategies, individual donor development and marketing strategies within this unique and diverse ethnic community. As well, you will be involved in overseeing two major Chinese-Canadian events, the Chinese Miracle Weekend and For Children We Care gala, by working closely with volunteers and committee members. More specifically, as the Philanthropy Officer you will:

  • Develop strategies for and carry-out business development to build an existing fundraising program including cold calls, relationship building and stewardship of key donors.
  • Work closely with senior volunteer leaders within the community and within the assigned events.
  • Plan, organize and execute annual fundraising campaigns and events as required.
  • Develop and execute tailored strategies such as: fundraising plan development; proposal and stewardship report preparation; making person-to-person donor contact; conducting tours of hospital/health centre facilities; arranging meetings between prospects/donors and senior leaders of BCCHF and/or the hospital/health centre.
  • Assume primary responsibility for the overall fundraising success of a designated portfolio of corporate and individual donor accounts in order to renew and upgrade these accounts and cultivate new prospects.
  • Be responsible for management of junior fundraising staff and/or administrative staff.

ABOUT YOU You possess sound knowledge of fundraising, donor cycle strategies and marketing; this knowledge is complemented by your proven ability to generate business through acquisition and business development. You are a leader with exceptional communication, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills, which enable you to analyze, plan, initiate and complete projects in a timely basis. Your proven success in building and maintaining donor and volunteer relationships and ability to work as a team player are critical to the role. Your proven ability to negotiate, inspire and foster a positive, collaborative work environment makes you an ideal candidate for this role. In addition, you will have:

  • A Diploma or Degree in Marketing, Arts, or Business Administration or Associate Certificate in Fundraising
  • Five years of directly related fundraising experience
  • Ability to write in Chinese and speak in Cantonese and Mandarin
  • Staff management experience
  • Experience working with volunteer committees
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)
  • Raiser’s Edge 7 or other database experience is an asset
  • CFRE designation is an asset
  • Or the equivalent combination of related skills and experience


In addition to a nine-day fortnight and a commitment to professional development, we offer a dynamic team environment and a comprehensive compensation package including benefits.

For more information or to apply (by August 15, 2014) please contact:

Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management Phil Gérard, President phil@gerardconsulting.ca www.gerardconsulting.ca

Gerard Consulting Logo Web We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Fundraising ONLY!


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