Based in Vancouver
The Wilderness Committee is seeking a Major Gifts Manager to develop and implement our Major Gifts Program, based on our three-year strategic fundraising plan. This is a full-time position based on 37.5 hours/week.
The Wilderness Committee is a grassroots, membership-based organization that has a history of more than 30 years on the front line of environmental battles in BC. We have helped win protection for millions of hectares of wilderness in areas such as Clayoquot Sound, Carmanah Valley, and the Lower Walbran Valley. We are a leading organization defending wild rivers from private power projects and have successfully helped to protect rivers in the Upper Pitt watershed, Bute Inlet, and the Kootenays. We have worked tirelessly over the last few years to fight tar sands exports and the corresponding tanker traffic off the Pacific coast, as well as new pipeline projects.
The Major Gifts Manager will be focused on increasing annual revenue from major donors through the successful cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of donors and prospects. They will set the annual budget, timelines, targets and objectives for the program areas of individual major gifts, foundations, campaigns and legacy giving. The Major Gifts Manager is responsible for developing and implementing all activities in the program, effectively stewarding donors, monitoring and evaluating their success and reporting to the management. They will also be improving the strategic use of our new CiviCRM database to track the activities of the Major Gifts Program.
The Major Gifts Manager must be committed to our mission and values, have a strong fundraising and communications background, be a demonstrated team player, and thrive in a fast-paced office with a proven ability to multitask and work to deadlines.
As the successful candidate, you will have:
- At least 3 years of experience in fundraising in the non-profit sector
- A post-secondary degree in a related discipline such as communications, fundraising, marketing or business administration, and/or a combination of equivalent education and experience
- Proven major gift experience including developing a full strategy and operational plan
- Demonstrated success in securing major gifts from individuals and foundations
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to inspire confidence and trust in donors
- Superior listening skills and the ability to interpret the concerns and inters of donors translating them into attractive opportunities for supporting the organization’s priorities
- Creative approaches to using websites, social media, new partnerships and compelling campaigns to raise the organization’s profile
- Experience using a fundraising database or customer relationship management software (CiviCRM an asset)
You will be:
- Passionate about Canada’s wildlife and wild places, and the Wilderness Committee’s mission and core values
- Analytical, creative, and used to thinking outside the box
- Able to find humour in the face of adversity
- Able to handle a large volume of work, with excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks
- A self-initiated problem solver who is reliable and enthusiastic
- A team player
- Committed to creating a positive and healthy workplace environment
Conditions of employment: This is a unionized position with BCGEU Local 2003, and thus pay and benefits are determined by the Collective Agreement.
Closing Date: Friday, September 11th, 2015 at 5pm PST
Qualified internal applicants shall be given first consideration in filling this position. The Wilderness Committee adheres to the principles of Employment Equity. We thank all candidates for their interest and regret that only those candidates who are short-listed for interviews will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS OR DROP-INS PLEASE.
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