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Special Events and Sponsorship Manager, Canucks Autism Network

Position Type: Full-time term position (to June 2017)

The Organization

The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round, innovative, high quality sports, recreational, and social 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 Special Events and Sponsorship Manager is responsible for leading events and developing a sponsorship portfolio that generates critical revenue to support the programs and activities of the organization. Reporting to the Director of Development and working closely with a number of cross-departmental teams, the Special Events and Sponsorship Manager develops strategy, gains approval and implements/manages all logistics for events. The Special Events and Sponsorship Manager also supports the cultivation and stewardship of integral sponsorship campaigns.

Key Responsibilities

Event Management

  • Develop and manage the planning, production, implementation, evaluation, and reporting for special fundraising events including creative-black-tie galas, donor cultivation and stewardship events.
  • Engage and liaise with special event steering committees, recruiting senior volunteers and building strong and positive relationships with committee members to ensure the delivery of high quality events that generate maximum revenue.
  • Negotiate event agreements ensuring accountability for managing associated vendor and supplier costs.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing and Communication team to develop and implement event marketing campaigns including, print materials, website, social media content etc.
  • Support core organizational administration as it relates to special events and sponsorship including: timely processing of contributions/donations, vendor payments, tracking sponsor deliverables, event invitations, guest list templates, RSVPs, registration lists, name cards/badges etc.
  • Manage all activity during events, including, but not limited to, staging, facility staff, audio-visual production, volunteers, silent and live auctions etc.
  • Identify opportunities for new events to generate significant revenue.


  • Under the direction of the Director of Development, seek new and repeat sponsorship prospects, using a consultative approach to win their business and generate revenue.
  • Be an informed member of the Development team and make creative connections between and among people, events and programs and their associated circles to increase revenue, donor and sponsor bases.
  • Participate in the planning of annual and longer-term stewardship strategies to ensure seamless transition between fundraising events and stewardship activities.

General Administration & Budgets

  • Develop, manage and evaluate the budgets for special events, tracking event expenses against budget guidelines.
  • Manage Fundraising and Special Events Committees, recruiting senior volunteers for committee roles, coordinating meeting logistics, agenda preparation, meeting minutes etc.
  • Participate and represent Canucks Autism Network at related events and fundraising activities. Contribute as a member of the Canucks Autism Network team on any projects or activities as required.

Job Requirements & Qualifications

  • University or college degree or diploma in related field including fundraising, event planning and/or marketing.
  • CFRE designation not required, but considered an asset.
  • Minimum of 7 years of previous experience managing fundraising events that have raised in excess of $500,000.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead senior volunteer committees towards successful fundraising outcomes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated professionalism, judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential or sensitive matters.
  • Thorough understanding of event financial management and ability to develop and adhere event budgets.
  • Excellent computer skills including MS Office and basic database management, experience working with Raiser’s Edge software is an asset.
  • Proven ability to work independently or in a team setting with the flexibility to take on a wide variety of assigned duties and projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize work, set priorities, meet deadlines and work under the pressure of time constraints.
  • Fantastic customer service and problem solving skills.
  • Proven research skills and the ability to seek information from a variety of sources.

This is a full-time term position to June 2017 with the opportunity to extend the term or become a permanent position beyond June 2017. Working hours are 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday with occasional evenings and weekends. We are located just East of Cambie Street. Benefits such as health and life insurance are offered. Salary will be based upon qualifications and level of experience.


For more information, to receive the full position prospectus, or to apply in confidence (by February 22, 2016) please contact:

Gerard Consulting Logo Web

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.

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Director of Fund Development, OpenMedia


OpenMedia is an effective, dynamic team of fun humans leading the charge to protect the possibilities of the open Internet. We believe in the power of the Internet to make the world better. To do that, Internet access must be affordable and fast, personal privacy must be respected online, and free expression must be the default mode of the web.

We are a lean digital rights group that punches above our weight. Our community is changing the way the internet comes together to defend our digital freedoms— the freedoms that make the Internet the greatest tool for sharing knowledge and culture since humans first put charcoal to papyrus.

Collaboration and purpose are a big part of our work culture. At OpenMedia, your specific expertise gives you day-to-day autonomy and responsibility, but it won’t keep you locked in a silo.

OpenMedia is full of nice people who are determined to win: we never quite understood the word “capitulate”, and we experience near-allergic reactions to giant corporate or governmental bureaucracies threatening our digital rights.

We are looking for practical idealists who don’t want an ordinary job.

Join us.

Job Description

This is a new position. What that means is that we want to find a person who cares about the work we do and who is a great fit for our culture and team. This also means YOU will get to be part of creating what the role looks like. Below is how our vision for the position is taking shape based on our current needs.

Working with the Executive Director and the board, the Director of Fund Development will:

  • Lead team development of a two year fund development strategy, with to achieve OpenMedia’s organizational goals.
  • Manage and support small and mighty grassroots fundraising team (currently comprised of: Grassroots Fundraising Manager and Donor Relations Specialist), leverage grassroots support to expand major gift support
  • Lead efforts to cultivate, maintain, and expand relationships with individuals, organizations, businesses and OpenMedia’s community partners.
  • Manage relationships and the ongoing stewardship of donors. This includes renewing and scaling up existing gifts, creating and implementing personalized stewardship plans for donors, making asks, and producing proposals, report-backs, sponsorship packages, and other collateral as necessary.
  • Keep track and analyze data to make data-informed decisions in fundraising strategies.
  • Plan, coordinate, write and review grant proposals.
  • Manage donor relationships in Salesforce CRM and other tools.
  • Conduct prospect research where valuable.
  • Be innovative and implement new strategies and tools for evaluating and improving our engagement of donors. Seize opportunities and also tend to long-term development goals.

We’re looking for someone with the following qualifications:

  • Passion for the open Internet.
  • A minimum of 5 years experience and a proven track record in fund development and/or acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of fundraising campaigns, trends, techniques and strategic communications practices, especially for non-profit and charitable organizations.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced campaigning organization as part of a team.
  • A high degree of personal initiative along with strong planning and organizational skills.
  • A great communicator/relationship builder.
  • Experience with CRM and Google docs is desirable.
  • Experience with coordinating events is an asset.
  • Written and oral proficiency in French is a bonus.

OpenMedia is committed to fostering a collaborative working environment and to promote opportunities for continuous learning as well as to develop autonomy, mastery and purpose on your daily work activities. You will find a clearly defined career path with plenty of room to grow.

We recognize the importance of a diverse workforce and encourage applications from Aboriginal persons, women, LGBTQ-identified persons, members of a visible minority, and persons with a disability.

This is a permanent full time or 0.8 time position (3 month probation period) with the opportunity for a flexible working schedule. Salary range $55-65k based on experience.

Closing Date: This position will remain open until we find the right candidate.

  • Please send your resume with your name as the title of the document to resume[@] with the position you are applying for as the subject of the email.
  • Don’t include a cover letter; instead, simply include a few lines (no more than 200 words) about your passion for OpenMedia’s work in the body of the email. Don’t skip this – it’s a crucial opportunity to distinguish your application from a hundred others.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working with OpenMedia. Only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

Please mention that you saw this career opportunity on Phil’s Careers Blog – Fundraising ONLY!

Assistant Head, Advancement, The Bishop Strachan School


Summary of Position:

The Assistant Head, Advancement reports to the Head of School and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the primary staff liaison for the Chair of the BSS Board of Trustees (Foundation), the staff liaison for the Nomination and Governance and the Development committees of the BSS Board of Governors (Board). S/he also attends all Foundation and Board meetings.

The Assistant Head, Advancement is responsible for overseeing the advancement functions of the school, ensuring a successful Annual Fund, Campaign and other fundraising efforts. Stewardship, a robust donor pipeline and strong alumnae relations are key elements of these advancement functions. Overseeing an inspired team of Advancement professionals and providing key support and oversight to the Director of Communications and the Director of Community Relations is an integral part of this position. An excellent understanding of the overall vision for advancement of the school in all aspects – philanthropy and beyond – is essential.

As part of the Senior Leadership Team, the Assistant Head, Advancement assists in setting the strategic direction of the school and assumes shared responsibility for oversight of daily operations.

Specific Accountabilities Include:

  • Responsible to the Head of School for strategic vision input and operational strategy.
  • Works with the Head of School on strategic visioning with the Board and the Foundation to promote the role of Advancement and to advance the Case for Endowment and other fund development priorities.
  • Develops a compelling case for support by involving volunteers, donors, prospects, parents, Old Girls, staff, students and other groups in order to communicate the rationale for supporting the school’s fundraising priorities.
  • Prepares the Advancement Plan that systematically includes Endowment, Major Gift and Annual Fund prospect identification and meaningful cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Ensures the Alumnae program continues to thrive.       Monitors and evaluates effectiveness of the program and makes changes as required.
  • In addition to oversight of all team prospects, the Assistant Head is also responsible for a number of large prospects in order to meet and exceed short and long-term fund development goals.
  • Evaluates quarterly effectiveness of the Major Gifts and Annual Fund programs using appropriate criteria and methodology ensuring all metrics and reports are targeted and used appropriately for analysis and benchmarking.
  • Acts as Staff Liaison for the Board of Trustees and the Development Committee, as well as the Nomination and Governance and Development committees of the Board of Governors, and attends all Board of Governors meetings.
  • Mentors, develops and inspires the Advancement team.
  • Responsible for goal setting and performance evaluation of the Directors to optimize the potential for fundraising while fostering a productive, achievement-oriented, results-driven team.
  • Leads the Advancement team to develop and manage the annual revenue and expense budget for the department.
  • Oversees all reporting.
  • Works with the Assistant Head, Finance and Facilities to ensure monthly cash key metrics (for current build) are tracking properly.
  • Ensures the Foundation complies with all CCRA and BSS reporting requirements and regulations.
  • Participates in all Senior Leadership Team responsibilities – strategic and operational.
  • Other related responsibilities as appropriate.

Skills, Experience and Attributes Include:

  • Broad philanthropic experience (12+ years), preferably in a not-for-profit environment, and a university degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated achievement and leadership in all key aspects of advancement management and fund development. This includes Major Gifts, Annual Fund and Gift Planning; Alumnae Relations, Donor Relations Research and Database Management; Volunteer Relations and Performance Metrics. In addition, strong understanding and experience with Communications, Marketing and Community Relations.
  • Strategic-thinking with a strong sense of vision.
  • Proven track record of results in the field of major gifts in a variety of environments.
  • Demonstrated leadership and team-building skills, including experience in goal-setting, motivating, leading, evaluating and developing a capable team of advancement professionals.
  • Exceptionally developed emotional intelligence with the ability to motivate, inspire and build relationships.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of the Student Recruiting, Communications and Community Relations teams in ensuring targets and metrics are met and of leveraging these departments in the advancement of the school.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the diversity and the importance of an inclusive community.
  • Strong understanding of data management and analysis required to ensure the strong advancement of the school.
  • Understanding of, and experience with, best practices in Foundation financial accountabilities and reporting requirements.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and oral.
  • Superior technology skills, including experience with databases, e.g., Blackbaud, Raisers Edge and Excel.
  • Ability to multi-task while meeting the needs of diverse stakeholders.
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel.
  • Commitment to professional learning.
  • Energy and a sense of humour.
  • Above all, a passion for advancement work, a belief in the rationale for building an endowment, and an abiding belief that Girls Can Do Anything. 


  • Twelve-month leadership position with vacation entitlement.
  • BSS is a member of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
  • Some evening/weekend work required.

For more information, or to apply in confidence (by February 25, 2016) please contact:

Gerard Consulting Logo Web

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.

Director of Fund Development, BC Adaptive Snowsports

BC Adaptive Snowsports


First incorporated in 1973 as the Disabled Skiers Association of BC, BC Adaptive Snowsports (BCAS) is a registered Canadian charity. We give children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities the opportunity to experience and enjoy the freedom, independence and excitement of skiing and snowboarding. Working with hundreds of volunteers and in partnership with local volunteer delivery organizations, BCAS provides adaptive learn-to-ski/snowboard opportunities for participants of all ages and varieties of disabilities.

Over the past two years BCAS has made great strides in diversifying its fund development program and is about to embark on a new, exciting three-year strategic plan with significant growth trends. We are a progressive employer offering comprehensive salary packages with options for extended health benefits and opportunities for professional development. We also offer a very supportive, empowered and flexible work environment where self-management is encouraged.


The Director of Fund Development is a senior leadership position responsible for the design, execution and evaluation of all aspects of our development strategy. This includes individual donor and corporate giving, government and foundation grants, board engagement and an annual fundraising gala.

Responsibilities, Tasks, and Duties

  • Designs, implements and manages the organization’s fund development strategic plan.
  • Designs, executes, reports on and evaluates fundraising campaign plans and activities. Carries out, with a wider team, campaigns that include annual gala, individual giving, corporate philanthropy, and granting from foundations and government.
  • Leads the development of communications for fund development activities. Supports the Communications Manager in the development of communications for the organization overall.
  • Initiates and stewards key funder relationships.
  • Ensures delivery of the full cycle of donor engagement for each supporter.
  • Initiates new development programs with the goal of increasing diversification and overall revenue sustainability.
  • Supervises and enables the development of staff who report directly to the Director of Fund Development.
  • With the Executive Director, sets departmental and overall annual revenue targets.
  • Works with the Executive Director and Board Chair, to engage board related fund development initiatives and committees.
  • Oversees the management of our supporter base and contacts through a CRM (CiviCRM).

Education, Skills & Competencies

  • Post-secondary education in a related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience. CFRE designation is an asset.
  • Minimum five years leading fund development at an intermediate or senior level, preferably in the charitable sector.
  • Demonstrated success generating upwards of $500,000 from diverse sources.
  • Must be able to create strategic development plans while also implementing tactics and managing priorities effectively and efficiently.
  • Experience in the development of individual giving, grassroots, and major gift programs.
  • Excellent grant and business writing abilities.
  • Proven communication (written & verbal) and interpersonal skills particularly in building relationships and diplomacy.
  • Strong attention to detail specifically with spreadsheets, timelines and database management.
  • Demonstrated collaborative leadership and working style with an ability to gain trust and confidence of colleagues and constituents and able to work in a dynamic team environment.
  • Experience managing and working with fundraising event management staff is an asset.
  • Ability to act with independence of judgement with minimal supervision.
  • Experience working with or supporting individuals with a disability is an asset.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
  • Familiarity with CiviCRM is considered an asset.

General Information:

Position Level: Full Time
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: BCAS Office (780 SW Marine Dr., Vancouver, BC)
Hours of Work: Full Time (flexible work schedule)
Paid Vacation: Provided
Comprehensive Employee Health Benefits Plan: Available/Negotiable
Operational Expenses/Materials: Provided
Professional Development Opportunities: Provided

BC Adaptive Snowsports is an equal opportunity employer. Only suitable candidates will be contacted. The successful candidate may be asked to complete a criminal record check.

For more information, to receive the full position prospectus, or to apply in confidence (by February 22, 2016) please contact:

Gerard Consulting Logo WebGérard 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.

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