Today’s Career Opportunities

Director of Development, Arthritis Society

Major Gifts Officer, CKUA Radio Network
Director of Fund Development and Communications, Boys and Girls Club

Manager, Major Gifts, Nature Conservancy
Manager, Stewardship and Strategy, Art Gallery of Ontario
Gift Processing Associate, St. Michael’s
Development Assistant, Geneva, Centre for Autism
Senior Coordinator, Events of Distinction, MS Society

Today’s Career Opportunities

Manager, Philanthropy, United Way
Associate Development Officer, Principal Gifts, University of Victoria
Executive Director of Advancement, KPU

Coordinator, Philanthropy – Calgary, Heart and Stroke Foundation
Manager, Development, AB, MS Society

Fundraising and Development Assistant, JDRF
Special Events Coordinator, Humber River Hospital Foundation
Engagement and Minor Gifts Coordinator, Free The Children

Featured Career Opportunity: Philanthropy Associate, Ecojustice


Philanthropy Associate (One-Year Term) – Vancouver Office

Download the full position prospectus here:  
Philanthropy Associate, Vancouver, Ecojustice

About Ecojustice:

Ecojustice Canada is Canada’s leading non-profit organization devoted to using the law to protect and restore the environment. Since 1990, we have helped hundreds of groups, coalitions and communities expose lawbreakers, hold governments accountable and establish powerful legal precedents in defence of air, water, wildlife, natural spaces and human health.

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:

About the Role:

The Philanthropy Associate assists with cultivation, solicitation and administration of planned gifts, leadership gifts, foundation grants, and the annual giving program. This full-time one-year term position will appeal to you if you are analytical by nature, adept in using The Raiser’s Edge fundraising software, enjoy working with data, and are willing to pitch in when and as needed to support the Philanthropy team.

Your key responsibilities will include database administration, management and reporting and assisting with estate administration by reviewing accounts. You will work behind-the-scenes to maintain the integrity of donor records, analyze data, and run routine and custom database queries. Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy and Planned Gifts Coordinator, you will administer and support planned gifts, leadership gifts and foundations programs by preparing letters, emails, reports, plans, budgets and other documents.

Additional responsibilities will include assisting in donor event coordination and fundraising campaigns, and generally ensuring the smooth functioning of planned gifts and leadership gifts, foundations, and other fundraising programs. The workload will be varied, giving you the opportunity to apply your MS Office skills and any knowledge that you have gained in using Luminate Online or similar online fundraising programs.

About You:

You have worked with The Raiser’s Edge before, know how to run queries, and appreciate how data can be a driving force behind a charity’s success in achieving its fundraising goals. As our ideal candidate, you can work seamlessly and efficiently between The Raiser’s Edge, Luminate Online, MS Office and other programs to enter, manipulate and integrate data. Your skills in analyzing data, generating reports, producing statistics, and improving processes will be well utilized in this data-focused role.

In addition to your computer technology and keyboarding abilities, you have excellent verbal and written communication skills and can craft the perfect thank you letter to a donor, foundation or estate administrator. You will also be highly organized, systematic in your approach and a natural problem solver.

With at least 3 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and training, you will have gained knowledge of the not-for-profit sector and have been exposed to estate administration and other aspects of planned giving, major gifts, foundation grants, donor relations, fundraising campaigns and event coordination.

If you share our vision of Canada’s environment as being healthy, thriving and protected by excellent, well‑enforced laws, then this could be your opportunity to join forces with us and make a real difference. Any familiarity you already have with the environmental non-governmental sector would be a bonus.

Application Process:

Ecojustice offers a positive work environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Our Vancouver office is located in historic Gastown and is easily accessible by transit.

This full-time unionized position is covered by a Collective Agreement with COPE 378. The successful candidate will receive a competitive compensation and benefits package. This includes a transportation incentive to eligible employees who choose to take public transit, walk, or cycle to work.

If you are keenly interested in environmental causes and want to apply your fundraising database and analytical skills in a casual and dynamic work environment, you are invited to submit a cover letter and resumé before September 15, 2014 to:

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

This leave coverage position is available immediately.

Thank you for your interest in a career with Ecojustice and for understanding that only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

Seven Tips for a Successful Job Hunt

By Phil Gérard

In my experience as a recruiter September is one of the peak months for people exploring new opportunities. Therefore, I thought it might be a good idea to repost an article I wrote for Canadian Fundraising & Philanthropy about the job hunt.

For aspiring fundraisers and seasoned ones alike, the job-hunting process can be challenging. Lately, I have received a few comments and questions about job search and interviewing etiquette, which inspired me to feature the job hunt in this month’s column, share a few suggestions and clarify some misconceptions (in my opinion) about etiquette.

Apply flawlessly

Many applications are littered with typos, grammatical errors and inconsistencies in style and punctuation. I am an awful editor of my own writing, and I know that I always have to find someone who can read my documents before I hand them in. Have someone who is used to reading other people’s materials edit your application closely.

Present your application in the format requested in the posting. Some recruiters prefer the cover letter and résumé in one document combined. Others like two separate documents.

I would advise to not consider your email as the cover letter. Rather, attach it as a document. In our world of varied computer systems and Word versions, it is advisable to turn your documents into PDFs before you submit them. Even small things like a missing font on your reader’s computer can interfere with the formatting and appearance of your well-crafted document. For the most part, a PDF preserves the integrity of your original document.

Submit once

There is no reason to submit an application other than through the right channels, even if you know the hiring manager well. It shows respect for the process and for the intelligence of the recruiters. We know a good application when we see it, and will direct it through the appropriate channels to the right person.

If you know the hiring manager well, feel free to inform her or him in a quick email or phone call of your intentions to apply, but submit your application through the same channels as others.

“Don’t call us, we’ll call you”

I disagree with those who advise applicants to follow up with a phone call to ensure the email has been received. Email systems have auto-reply and bounce-back capabilities to supply that information. Yes, you want to demonstrate how proactive you are, but there’s a fine line between being proactive and being annoying.

I may be exaggerating a little bit, but what I am getting at is my earlier point about respecting recruiters’ intelligence. If your application closely aligns with the requirements of the particular position, recruiters will contact you. They do not need to be reminded of your application or hear your sales pitch about why you are the perfect candidate.

Agreed, a personal conversation trumps a piece of paper – but your résumé serves as your personal marketing copy, your potential ticket to get in the door. Therefore it must be perfect and tell as much about your qualifications and competencies as possible. Once you are selected for an interview, you can give your sales pitch.

If you want to show how proactive you are, a much better idea is to contact an HR department or one of the senior managers of an organization and ask for an information interview not related to a particular job competition. Information interviews are a great way to show interest in an organization and learn more about it and its culture. Networking in general is a great way to get your name and talent noticed by recruiters.

Arrive at the perfect moment

It is of course tempting to show up early because being too late could have devastating consequences.  However, 15 minutes is too early, and doesn’t show respect for the interviewers’ time.

You may want to arrive at the interview location about half an hour before the interview or even 45 minutes to be certain. You never know what traffic is like or your sense for directions, especially if you don’t know the location very well. When you arrive, familiarize yourself with the building, the office level and parking.  But wait until five minutes before your appointment to report to the front desk.

Dress for the occasion

Dress appropriately for the organization in the interview. Find out as much as you can about the organization to determine its culture and style. It’s always safer to be over-dressed, since it at least shows that you understand the formality and seriousness of an interview situation.

Be sure to avoid anything that could distract from you as a person. Chewing gum is not a great idea, for example.

Say thank you

Some people prefer thank-you cards, but I find that it is more important to be thanked promptly. A card can get lost in the mail or arrive days after the interview. And once received and read, it ends up in the recycling bin. An email is immediate, it doesn’t cost you any money, and it helps you respond faster than others who prefer snail mail. The key is to make your message timely, intelligent, thoughtful and appreciative.

Keep current

Seasoned fundraisers could be out of practice after being in the same role for many years. One way to keep current is to meet confidentially with an executive recruiter for a general conversation about career aspirations and upcoming opportunities. Always update your résumé even if you’re not searching for a job. You can easily forget the achievements that you have accomplished, so it’s better to chronicle them along the way to be prepared for the next job hunt.

Job hunting can be challenging, even frustrating, but with practice and by following some simple rules of etiquette it can actually be fun. And of course it’s very satisfying when an interview results in a job offer.

First published in Canadian Fundraising & Philanthropy:

Featured Career Opportunity: Major Gift Officer, CKUA Radio Network


CKUA is a not for profit, donor-supported radio network bringing music, arts and culture to Alberta and around the world. Educating and connecting listeners through their love of music, CKUA offers a unique set of values that enhance our living experience and make life worth listening!

Fund Development Department and Role

CKUA funding comes directly from listeners and through Arts and governmental donors. CKUA needs to increase its funding to provide high quality programming, reach new audiences and deepen relationships with listeners and donors.

CKUA is seeking a Major Gift Officer to solicit and cultivate major gifts, and to strengthen and build its major donor base through meaningful relationships with donors who desire a sustainable future for CKUA.

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Major Gift Officer will be an integral part of the CKUA fund development team. The Major Gift Officer will build relationships with donors and increase donor revenues to CKUA through a variety of Major Gift strategies and activities, which may include some planned giving and grant applications.

CKUA is seeking to drive an ambitious major gifts initiative and to continue the successful stewardship of existing high value donors. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a results focus are essential requirements for this position. This role will involve working closely with the CEO as well as the Director of Development, the Board, and Volunteers across all donor constituencies (business, individual, governmental).

Scope of the role:

The Major Gift Officer will identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts for CKUA. Applying proven methodologies and experience, this role will grow support and loyalty among both existing and potential donors. The Major Gifts Officer will work to present the most compelling case for support among donors from all constituencies.

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

Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

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We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those who have been shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Today’s Career Opportunities

Philanthropy Assistant, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
Donor Stewardship and Prospect Research Technician, Thompson Rivers University
Development Coordinator, Faculty of Law, UBC
Development Officer, University of Victoria

Director of Development, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary

Head of Major Gifts and Donor Relations, Ontario Science Centre
Development Officer (Stewardship), Holland Bloorview
Development Officer, Annual Giving Program, Holland Bloorview
Senior Development Associate, Ontario Science Centre
Senior Associate Manager, Corporate Partnerships, Heart and Stroke Foundation
Director, Annual Programs, Mount Sinai Hospital

Fundraising ONLY!


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