Director of Operations, Canucks Autism Network


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Director of Operations, Canucks Autism Network

The Organization

The Canucks Autism Network provides year-round, innovative, high quality sports, recreational, social and employment related programs for individuals and families living with autism, while building awareness and capacity through community networks across British Columbia.

The Canucks Autism Network team consists of a diverse group of trained staff, support workers and dedicated volunteers who administer programs for families and individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in our province.

The Role

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Operations is responsible for ensuring the Canucks Autism Network (Canucks Autism Network) operates smoothly and effectively by supporting the CEO, Canucks Autism Network staff, Board of Directors, Committees, and Society Members at large. This position oversees finances, human resources, registration, volunteer management, operations and facility management. Ensuring best practices and cost effective methods are followed, promote Canucks Autism Network’s values, demonstrate quality, and in compliance with all relevant regulations and standards.

You Have

  • Strong background in accounting, budgeting and financial reporting
  • At least 5 years of previous progressive administrative experience in a non-profit organization
  • Previous experience with board governance and senior volunteer management
  • Previous human resources experience combined with managing an office
  • Experience developing and overseeing policy, procedure and financial controls
  • Familiar and comfortable with a variety of technologies
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office
  • Experience with Simply Accounting an asset
  • Excellent organizational, time management and planning skills
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks on time and at a high quality
  • Goal oriented with a focus on detail and systems
  • Strong judgment and problem-solving ability
  • Identify process improvement and challenge the status quo appropriately
  • Articulate, confident and friendly
  • Have a can do attitude and a great sense of humour and diplomacy
  • Must work well in a team environment, yet be able to work independently
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Passionate about the values of Canucks Autism Network

For more information, to receive the full position prospectus,
or to apply (by October 10, 2014) please contact:

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Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those who have been shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Annual Giving Manager, Wilderness Committee


Annual Giving Manager (Based in Vancouver)

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Wilderness Committee, Annual Giving Manager

The Wilderness Committee is seeking an Annual Giving Manager to develop and implement our Annual Giving 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 Annual Giving Manager will set the annual budget, timelines, targets and objectives for the program areas of direct response, including monthly giving, online giving and tele-fundraising, door-to-door canvass, and other forms of solicitation within the Annual Giving portfolio. The Annual Giving Manager is responsible for coordinating and implementing all activities in the program, effectively stewarding donors, monitoring and evaluating their success and reporting to the management. The Annual Giving Manager is also responsible for overseeing the use of the new CiviCRM database and supporting its future development based on best practices.

The Annual Giving 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 demonstrated 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 direct response program experience including developing a full strategy and operational plan
  • Proven experience in direct mail coordination including copywriting, designing, production and troubleshooting
  • Demonstrated success in building a donor base, curbing attrition and increasing donor engagement and renewal rates
  • Thorough knowledge of online giving strategies for engagement, including language and layout for websites, emails and social media
  • Experience using a fundraising database or customer relationship management software (CiviCRM an asset), including knowledge on analysing data, improving system management and creating reports preferred
  • Understanding of door-to-door canvassing as a strategy, direct experience preferred

Closing Date: Monday, October 6th, 2014 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.

Please send a cover letter and a resume in a SINGLE PDF with Annual Giving Manager in the subject line to

Please mention that you saw this career opportunity on
Phil’s Careers Blog.

Manager of Philanthropy, United Way of the Lower Mainland

United Way Lower MainlandReporting to the Director, the Manager of Philanthropy (MP) generates strategic prospect and donor relationships at the major gift level to maximize revenue generation. MP’s are expected to identify and cultivate long-term philanthropic relationships and provide advice to donors regarding the structure of their gifts. An MP works in partnership with senior management, Workplace fundraising staff and senior volunteers to maximize support from UW’s top donors and prospects. This position is responsible for the mentorship of less seasoned fundraising staff.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

  • Generates significant revenue annually in partnership with a variety of stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • Develops personalized donor and comprehensive individual strategies and tactics for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of UW’s most generous supporters.
  • Attends visits with major gift donors and prospects on an annual basis.
  • Implements strategy for projects and events for assigned donors and prospects related to various UW initiatives.
  • Prepares individualized proposals to generate gifts for priority initiatives with input and assistance from other United Way staff; prepare other correspondence as required.
  • Presents solicitation proposals to potential donors, alone and/or in collaboration with other strategic partners, including senior volunteers, senior management and Workplace partners.
  • Identifies, cultivates and solicits planned (deferred) gift prospects and stewards known planned gift donors.
  • Manages and supervises the implementation of appropriate donor recognition and stewardship strategies, policies and procedures for accounts within the portfolio.
  • Works collaboratively with the Resource Development team and other Departments to position UW as the charity of choice.
  • Attends UW and public events to identify, cultivate and steward relationships as appropriate.
  • Adheres to ambitious timelines.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Post-secondary degree; specialization in fundraising, business administration, marketing, public relations, or communications preferred.
  • Six years’ of related experience with a minimum of two years of direct major gift fundraising experience with proven expertise in portfolio management and face-to-face solicitations.
  • Volunteer management experience is required.

 For more information, to receive the full position prospectus, or to apply (by October 10, 2014) please contact:

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Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those who have been shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Eight Tips for a Successful Résumé

By Phil Gérard

Appeared originally in Canadian Fundraising and Philanthropy

I personally do not enjoy résumés much. I would rather meet a person face to face and have a chat. I can learn much more about people’s career aspirations, their backgrounds and their successes this way.

However, in most cases you need a résumé to get in the door for that personal meeting. So make that document work for you as effectively as possible. Here are eight ingredients that can help.

1. Present well

I have come across many different types of résumés. Some include creative new formats. What is the best one to use?  Every recruiter has personal preferences, so I only speak for myself. I really do not care much about the format as long as it is easy to read. Sometimes I get resumés that are creatively laid out and formatted. Sometimes they stand out – but more than anything, I want to get a sense of someone’s fit for a certain position by quickly skimming the document.

2. Be concise

Do not explain at length what you have done to raise money. That distracts from the important information – how much you raised. Depending on your experience, two to four pages are fine.

3. Quantify your successes

In a fundraising resumé, recruiters want to see numbers. At one glance I would like to understand the scope of your experience. Express your track record in numbers: how much money you have raised last year and over your career, what kind of gift experience (four, five, six, seven or eight figures) you have, and the type of fundraising you are used to (annual, major gifts, planned giving).

4. Summarize the highlights

I always like to see one sentence summarizing the highlights of a role. Tell the recruiter the most important thing you did to help advance the organization. Again, quantify it if you can.

5. Tell us who you are

A personal profile can summarize your core competencies and who you are as a professional. If fundraising is a career switch for you, I like to see a professional vision where you tell me why you are choosing this new career.

6. Be current

Always update your résumé: not just your work experience but everything that is active on your résumé. Have your education, professional development, languages, club membership and affiliations changed? You might have joined an association that is relevant to the position, or you might have joined a volunteer board. You don’t want to scramble at the last minute to update your résumé when an opportunity knocks.

7. Be flawless

Typos sneak in easily, but they should not be there. I have seen recruiters with a red pen in hand editing résumés and screening out those with typos. Typos and grammar are not the only problems. Consistency is much easier to get wrong. Punctuation, periods in bullet points, formatting, font, size and spacing are all important.

8. Be honest

I believe that it is important to present yourself in the best possible light, but within the boundaries of reality. Never make the mistake of lying about anything. It will sooner or later come back to haunt you.

A piece of paper cannot fully communicate who you are or convince a hiring committee before they see you that you are the perfect candidate. But it is your personal marketing copy. It should always be the best piece you can put forward.

Stewardship Officer, St. Thomas More Collegiate

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Stewardship Officer, St. Thomas More Collegiate
(1 year contract with possible extension)

About STMC:

St. Thomas More Collegiate is a Catholic co-educational independent high school (grades 8 – 12), in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, that has offered young men and women from throughout British Columbia’s Lower Mainland an extraordinary education and a second home for five decades. Since 1960, when three Christian Brothers opened the school to 110 Knights, STMC has helped shape thousands of young minds and touched the lives of their families.

Job Summary:

The Stewardship Officer will implement and maintain an effective donor relations and stewardship program that engages STMC stakeholders.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop stewardship plans for donors at various recognition levels.
  • Implement strategies that strengthen long-term relationships with major donors.
  • Write thank you correspondence for signature by senior administrators and senior volunteers, write stewardship reports.
  • Work in partnership with STMC staff and faculty to identify and develop recognition opportunities.
  • Staff senior volunteers and senior administrators for donor meetings.
  • Prepare briefing notes for senior volunteers or senior administrators for meetings and conversations with major donors.
  • Produce collateral material for prospect and donor meetings.
  • Work with STMC’s administration and alumni coordinator to arrange cultivation events, attend cultivation and stewardship events as needed.
  • Work with STMC’s communications officer to ensure consistency among various stewardship materials.

For more information or to apply (by October 3, 2014) please contact:

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Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates who have been shortlisted for an interview will be contacted. The position of St. Thomas More Collegiate is to hire qualified Catholic applicants.

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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:

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 September 30, 2014 to:  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.

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


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