Today’s Career Opportunities

Senior Director of Philanthropy, Arts Umbrella
Director of Operations, Ecojustice
Director of Annual Giving, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Director of Finance and Advancement Services, BCIT
Fundraising and Development Coordinator, JDRF

Administrative Assistant – Fund Development, Marketing & Communications, The Alex

Development Managers, Ducks Unlimited Canada
Senior Manager, Development Sheridan College
Manager, Donor Relations, JDRF
Senior Development Officer, The University of Toronto

Director of Operations – Vancouver, Ecojustice

EcojusticePlease download the full position prospectus here:
Director of Operations, Ecojustice

About Ecojustice:

We are a committed group of lawyers, scientists and professionals who believe in the power of the law to protect and restore our environment. We are a national charity with a strong 24 year history and four offices across the country. Our clients include environmental organizations, First Nations, individuals, grassroots community coalitions and municipalities.

We are independent, acting solely on behalf of what is right for the Canadian environment and the people of Canada. To learn more about the impactful work that we do to protect and restore Canada’s environment go to:

If you can envision Canada’s environment as healthy, thriving and protected by excellent, well-enforced laws and want to contribute your organizational leadership expertise to help us realize our lofty goals, then we want to hear from you.

About the Role:

The Director of Operations collaborates with other leadership team members, Ecojustice’s Board and cross-functional teams contributing specialized knowledge of organizational designs, human resource and operations administration in support of Ecojustice’s overall mandate, Board and committee governance model, organizational effectiveness and strategic and operational planning, budgeting and decision-making process

The Director of Operations responsibilities are:

  • Driving and enabling internal capacity across all departments and offices, by ensuring that each is adequately resourced and properly equipped with the tools, training skills and infrastructure to achieve organizational goals.
  • Providing mentorship and direct supervision to the CFO, HR Manager and IT Manager.
  • Providing leadership and oversight of human resources, finances, information technology and systems and operations and facility management and ensuring best practices are followed.
  • Overseeing and managing facility, and equipment related issues, which includes maintenance, purchasing, lease agreements, office moves, liaison with building management, realtors, contractors and suppliers as required
  • Talent optimization by developing and implementing HR initiatives to attract, develop and retain employees, including recruitment, compensation, performance management, succession planning, and safety policies.
  • Maintaining a sustainable relationship with union officials, negotiating and overseeing adherence to collective agreements.

This is a permanent position, based in Vancouver and requiring periodic travel within Canada.

About You:

As our ideal candidate, you will have a strong understanding of Ecojustice’s mandate and core activities and be deeply passionate about environmental and social justice issues.

You are a strategic and innovative thinker who is able to manage complex projects and organizational change efforts and deliver results in a fast-paced, fluid, high-performance team environment.

Application Process:

Ecojustice is an equal opportunity employer, offering a positive and dynamic work environment.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter that highlights relevant experience and qualifications, as well as a detailed resume, to

Thank you for your interest in this career opportunity. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

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Measuring Impact – A Personal Experience

By Phil Gerard

Students(Picture Source: St. Thomas More Collegiate website.)

We speak a lot about measuring the impact of charities. As fundraisers, we tend to focus on the task of making projects happen, and that means raising money first. And sometimes we do get a glimpse of the impact we make. I got such a glimpse this past weekend and it was quite incredible.

On Saturday, I attended a concert with my family at the new gymnasium of St. Thomas More Collegiate. It was my first time at the school where I was Director of Development ten years ago. Now a decade later, I am helping STMC find a Stewardship Officer and a new President for the School.

When I started at STMC, the school just embarked on its first capital campaign to address the schools most urgent needs, including facility improvements.  But there was a bigger vision: When enough money for phase one was raised, the school would  raise funds for a new class room wing to accommodate the space requirements of the growing student community. And we had an even bigger dream: To eventually build a brand-new gymnasium that would not only be used for sports programs but also to host events like concerts and plays. At the time many thought the dream was unattainable.

Then in early 2006 we raised enough funds to address the most urgent needs and soon after a generous donor made an incredible gift that allowed us to start planning for the classroom wing. I never saw the class room wing built, however.

Fast-forward to last weekend. After the concert and the reception, STMC’s Business Manager, my former colleague and now good friend, invited me to tour the new class room wing and gym.

Proudly, Susan showed us the beautiful building. At my time, all this was a dream. Back then we had town hall meetings to convince the community who never had experienced a campaign before of the importance of making a gift! (And – the community came together and made it happen and so much more.)

We almost completed our tour when three shadows whisked through the dark halls. Finally, three grade 12 students emerged: Sam, Theresa and Leon, who were volunteering that night.

Susan introduced us and mentioned that I used to work at STMC about ten years ago, and was part of the campaign that raised the funds to build the wing we were standing in.

Theresa chimed in and said ” In 2006? Wow, that’s when I came to Canada.” Leon continued ” We spent all of our high school time in this building.” And Sam finished “We have always known the school like this, we had such an awesome time, and we will miss this place so much.”

The kids probably didn’t realize the importance of what they said but to me it was such in incredible impact report. As a fundraiser at the time, I was so worried about making the numbers, making the project happen. I never saw it completed. And often we don’t. We often raise money for a project and hand it over to capable people who will implement it. But just because we don’t see the impact doesn’t mean we are not making one.

What a great night it was, and not only the concert. What a treat to meet these bright, talented, and dedicated Knights (as the students are called at STMC). One of the highlights in a fundraiser’s life for sure!

Today’s Career Opportunities

Senior Director of Philanthropy, Arts Umbrella
Vice President, Communications and Advancement, Royal Roads University
Development Officer, Campus Based Initiatives, UBC
Development Coordinator, UBC Okanagan

Manager, Direct Marketing, University Health Network
Revenue Development Manager, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Senior Development Officer (SDO), Leadership Giving, Trillium Health Partners Foundation
Director Philanthropy and Sponsorship, TVO
Coordinator, Prospect Management, Nature Conservancy
Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts, ROM

Senior Director of Philanthropy, Arts Umbrella (Vancouver)

Arts Umbrella


Reporting to the President & CEO, the Senior Director of Philanthropy will play a pivotal role in enhancing Arts Umbrella’s ability to positively impact the communities it serves by increasing the funds raised on an annual basis. The Senior Director of Philanthropy will build on past success, and will challenge and inspire the organization to meet its even higher aspirations.

As a member of the Senior Administrative Team, the Senior Director is responsible for providing overall leadership to a team of 10 development and events staff, with the possibility of including the marketing team as the position evolves.

The Senior Director will create and oversee the strategic approach to increasing the funds raised for Arts Umbrella by enhancing existing relationships, building new ones, and creating an atmosphere that is open to opportunities.

About Arts Umbrella

With a mission of “inspiring kids for life through the arts,” Arts Umbrella is a not-for-profit arts education center for children and youth ages 2 to 19. Arts Umbrella fosters the creativity of young people by providing innovative and quality visual and performing arts programs that inspire intellect, spirit, and passion. Delivering both tuition-based and free outreach programs, Arts Umbrella touches the lives of 16,000 children a year. Programs range from general to pre-professional courses in theatre, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, photography, media arts, and more.

Why Arts Umbrella

For 35 years, Arts Umbrella has been offering a lively, positive, and supportive work environment and an opportunity to make a difference. We are passionate about the arts and believe that through education we can positively impact our community and our world. Arts Umbrella is an organization with a heart, where self-expression and creativity are valued and nurtured.

Annual Objectives

  • Supports the President & CEO, colleagues, and the Board of Directors in providing information, counsel, and support in order to effectively fulfill fundraising responsibilities.
  • Within the context of Arts Umbrella’s Strategic Plan, leads strategic planning efforts for development and establishes a long-term development plan with key objectives and tactics that must be undertaken to realize that plan. These are represented in annual operating plans that include a comprehensive & integrative range of fundraising and donor stewardship activities.
  • Oversees all special events activities and ensures that Arts Umbrella develops and enhances the profile and support for the organization amongst all its public including parents, alumni, the corporate community, volunteers and staff.
  • Works with the Revenue Development Committee of the Board in support of its meetings and activities to create and implement an integrated fund development program, which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization.

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

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Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

CFRE: Should You Bother?

Vanessa Abaya

By Vanessa Abaya

I achieved my CFRE in 2008 and whenever I’m asked whether it’s worth it, I often answer: “It depends on why you want to achieve your CFRE.” There are many opinions about the CFRE, ranging from dismissive through to essential. My own reasons for maintaining my CFRE are relatively personal.

Establish a solid education foundation - Certification requires a minimum amount of education credits. As a CFRE, I regularly attend conferences, roundtables and other education offerings to ensure that I have a strong grasp of trends and developing programs that will help advance my on-the-job practice.  As a CFRE, I also have the occasional privilege to share my experience and knowledge with colleagues. I am a stronger and more confident teacher and speaker because of this educational foundation.

Commitment to our profession – For many of us, we chose this field because we wanted to change the world for the better. I am proud to be a fundraising professional and I cannot imagine having a different career. I am grateful to CFRE for advancing the role of fundraisers everywhere.

Understanding volunteerism – Another aspect to the CFRE is volunteer requirements. As fundraisers, we spend so much time working with volunteers, but sometimes fail to appreciate how much they have to balance in their own career and personal lives in order to contribute effectively to our respective organizations. Through the CFRE, I have gained a deeper understanding of the challenges that volunteers face everyday. With this understanding, I have become a better partner to our valuable volunteers.

While I am proud of my CFRE, it becomes meaningless when it’s not combined with real-world experience. When I am interviewing a candidate for a position or when I’m trying to ascertain a colleague’s mastery of our profession, the CFRE is only one of many criteria I consider. Unfortunately, I have met enough colleagues with their CFRE who I would consider lacking in direct fundraising experience and unable to deliver on the job. Ultimately, experience matters.

Should you bother becoming certified? If it enhances your pursuit of excellence in our profession, you may want to consider writing the exam. Certification is a significant investment and you will have to think carefully about your own reasons for wanting those four letters after your name. Until you decide if the CFRE is for you, please continue to contribute in the advancement of our profession through sound practice, an ethical approach to fundraising and active participation in our professional associations.

Vanessa Abaya has worked as a fundraising professional for a variety of organizations over the past 17 years, including the University of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, ROM Governors, AIDS Committee of Toronto, and the Vancouver Playhouse.   She recently returned to Vancouver, after building a solid track record as a major gift fundraiser in Toronto.  She currently serves as Senior Director of Philanthropy at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, managing the major gift, leadership giving and planned giving programs.  She is an active volunteer with AFP, most recently serving on the Board of the Vancouver Chapter.  She obtained her CFRE designation in 2008.

A blog about fundraising careers and fundraising issues. By Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management


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