Director of Major Gifts, Keyano College

Keyano College

Please download the full position prospectus here:
Posting – Director of Major Gifts, Keyano College

About Keyano College

Keyano College is a comprehensive community institution located in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, one of Canada’s fastest growing urban areas. The College has stewardship responsibility for the northeast region of Alberta, which requires that it provide access to a range of post-secondary programs and services for the population located in its service area. Over the course of history, Keyano College has proactively positioned itself as a community builder along with its industry and community partners and accordingly, has facilitated both the achievement of rural development objectives by educating and training the human resource capital required for industry expansion while also serving as the primary acculturating institution within the region.

The Role

Reporting to the Vice President, External Relations & Advancement, the Director of Major Gifts is responsible for the overall management of the major gifts program. The Director of Major Gifts will develop and implement a plan for major gift fundraising for Keyano College. Working closely with faculty and staff of the college, the Director of Major Gifts will promote philanthropy and the acquisition of major gifts. The Director of Major Gifts will also work closely with the Director of Annual Giving, Director of Alumni Relations and the Fundraising & Events Officers to ensure coordination amongst the Advancement portfolio. The Director of Major Gifts will be able to work independently while also working as a member of Keyano College’s Advancement team. The Director of Major Gifts will be an individual with a strong development background, who has had progressive and successful development experience in major gifts and who has a strong track record of successful management. The ideal candidate has experience in a university or college advancement environment.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • CFRE preferred.
  • Five or more years of individual major gift fundraising, preferably in higher education and two or more years of management experience.
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of major donors in order to develop relationships between them and Keyano College.
  • Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas.
  • Ability to see and understand the objectives of the Advancement portfolio, and to integrate the major gifts program with those objectives.
  • Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and alter strategic advancement plans.
  • Ability to articulate the case for support for Keyano College.
  • Extensive experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar relationship management database.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical and organization skills.
  • Must have a driver’s license.

For more information, to receive the full position prospectus, 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.

Annual Giving Manager, The Lung Association Alberta and NWT

 Lung Association-Alberta-NWTPlease download the full position prospectus here:
Annual Giving Manager, The Lung Association

Reporting to the President/CEO, the Annual Giving Manager directs the day-to-day Annual Giving activities including the Direct Response program, monthly giving, planned giving and memorials. The Annual Giving manager also works and collaborates with Major Gifts and 3rd Party Fundraising. Further responsibilities include the provision of strategic leadership in developing annual plans and budgets, and implementing the Association’s annual giving fundraising programs. The Annual Giving Manager is also responsible for donor stewardship to maintain and create important relationships and realize revenue goals for sustaining the Association.

Education and Experience:

Minimum three years of fundraising experience. A related university degree or experience is required. The incumbent should have a proven record of significant accomplishments in building and maintaining effective annual giving programs. A working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software is required.

Job Skills and Demonstrated Abilities:

Considerable experience in a non-profit environment, with knowledge and proven results in annual giving and other areas: case for support development, results measurement, strategic planning, implementation, management of tasks, people and programs, budget management, presentation development and delivery, customer service. The Annual Giving Manager must be able to manage multiple complex projects, and pay close attention to detail across functional lines.

Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint is required.

Closing Date: December 17, 2014

Interested applicants can apply by faxing Nina Snyder, Chief Operations Officer, 780-488-7195 or emailing resume to Please quote position 2014-03

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Asking for Important Things

Staunton, Tim

By Tim Staunton

It was pure delight! It was 1977, I was three years old and absolutely thrilled to be hauling manure all day in the sun.

At that time, my mom and dad were working in Vancouver. They would drop me off at Grandma and Grandpa’s house on weekdays.

Grandpa had an extensive garden. A carpenter by trade, he built me a little red wooden wheelbarrow of my own.

One day Grandpa took delivery of a pile of manure, and I enthusiastically helped him haul load after load to the garden.

After I left for the evening, Grandpa finished the job.

The next day, on finding the manure gone, I was so disappointed I cried. Grandma still chuckles about that today.

What I didn’t know then was that Grandpa was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Years later, Grandma would tell me that spending time with me lifted his spirits, making him determined to beat cancer and see all of his future grandchildren. He did survive, and in the course of time met all ten of us (I was the second). He lived another sixteen years.

A few years after Grandpa passed away, I dropped by Grandma’s one day for tea. After a few pleasantries, she moved to a more serious topic. “I’m getting all of my affairs in order. My will is done. Now I’m making a list of all my things, furniture and china and paintings and so on, so that everyone will know which thing goes to each person. Is there anything here you would like?”

I looked around, saw the wheelbarrow Grandpa built for me when I was three, and said it was all I wanted. Grandma smiled and replied, “You might as well take it home right now.”

Today, when my kids play with the wheelbarrow, I am reminded to tell them stories about Grandpa, who died before they were born. Hopefully they’re getting a sense of the gentle, kind man he was. That little wheelbarrow is helping his memory live on.

As a fundraiser, I have the privilege of working with people who are considering giving away their important things. Whether it’s a little red wheelbarrow, a piece of artwork, cash, securities or real estate, I have observed again and again that donors wonder whether their gift will be properly appreciated, and how much impact it will really have on those the charity serves.

I find that when I am prepared to share about why the gift will be highly valued, and explain how it will save lives or improve lives, the conversation naturally moves from whether the donor will make the gift, to how it will be made.

Whether it will be a major gift today, and/or a legacy gift tomorrow, what matters in these conversations is that the donor knows his or her important things are going to the right place. The right place is where they will always be appreciated and continue to do good, just like the little red wheelbarrow in my back yard.

Tim Staunton started his career at TD Canada Trust, administering estates, ongoing trusts, foundations and Charitable Remainder Trust. He then joined the Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon Division from 2004-2014, working in planned and major gifts. Currently Tim is Associate Director, Major Gifts with the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

Getting Ready For NPD!

This Friday is National Philanthropy Day and the Vancouver AFP Chapter has prepared a great program.

Craig-Kielburger-master-photo---2011In addition to celebrating the recipients of this year’s Giving Hearts Awards, Craig Keilburger, “a pioneering social activist and New York Times bestselling author, will share his vision of why philanthropy matters, and how we can engage the next generation of philanthropists and fundraisers to inspire them to realize their full potential”. (Source: AFP Vancouver)

I am excited that Gerard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management is a sponsor of the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award this year and I hope to see you all there. Please stop by at our booth and say hi.

For those of you who need a little reminder, below is the agenda of the day.

See you there!


National Philanthropy Day Agenda:

11:00am – Registration & Sponsor Displays Open

11:45am – Ballroom Doors Open

12:00pm – Lunch served

1:00pm – Giving Hearts Awards Presentation

1:30pm – Keynote Speech by Craig Kielburger, Activist, Co-founder of Free the Children and Co-founder of Me to We

2:30pm – 3:30pm Interactive Dialogue  with Craig Keilburger

Today’s Career Opportunities

President, St. Thomas More Collegiate
Executive Director, Office of Advancement/CEO of the KPU Foundation
Community Event Specialist, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Marketing and Direct Response Officer, Simon Fraser University
Director, Marketing and Communications, Simon Fraser University

Development Coordinator, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary
Coordinator, MS Bike Tours, MS Society
Advancement Officer, Bow Valley College
Coordinator, Fund Development, Heart and Stroke Foundation

Coordinator, Major Gifts, SickKids
Coordinator, Major Gifts, Nature Conservancy Canada
Manager, Major Gifts, Nature Conservancy Canada
Associate Director of Development, Ryerson University
Manager, Annual Giving, Ontario College of Art and Design
Application Manager Online Fundraising, Canadian Cancer Society
Manager Ride, JDRF

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


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