This Week’s Jobs

Happy Monday!

This is the last week to apply for a rare opportunity in Annual Giving with Simon Fraser University.

We are also still accepting applications for the Associate Director, Advancement at SFU’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and for the Associate Director, Alumni Engagement position with the Beedie School of Business.

And here are some more career opportunities that came across my desk…

Have a great week!

Best wishes,


This Week’s Jobs

Happy Monday!

This is the last week to apply for three great opportunities with The Salvation Army:

If you are are interested in being included in any of these competitions, please send me your cover letter and résumé by Friday.

We are also still accepting applications for three senior opportunities with Simon Fraser University:

And here are some more career opportunities that came across my desk…

Have a great week!



For any of the opportunities below, please apply directly to the organization as directed in the ad.

Research Analyst, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation


BC Children’s Hospital is one of the most recognized and highly regarded institutions in the province and has been rated the top brand in BC through research conducted by Insights West.

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) serves to support the tremendous efforts of the Hospital – its amazing medical care and outstanding research.

Our vision is ambitious: Every child is healthy and able to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Our mission: Be a catalyst for transformative child health through excellence in philanthropy, collaboration and advocacy. The Foundation is looking for people who share our passion to better the lives of children and their families and join us in our quest and successfully advance our vision and mission.


Reporting to the Director, Research & Prospect Management, the Research Analyst is responsible for generating strategic donor intelligence to facilitate informed decision-making and help guide the development of optimal philanthropic relationships. The focus of the position is on the creation and maintenance of a dynamic body of knowledge regarding the Foundation’s key stakeholders and target markets, and identifying strategic opportunities for support through data-mining, environmental scanning, and media analysis.

More specifically, you will:

  • Undertake ongoing prospect development analysis as part of RPM’s overall mandate to build a prospect base sufficient in size and yield to support long-term Foundation goals. Lead projects to identify potential significant individual and corporate donors and senior volunteers;
  • Analyze biographical, financial, corporate, and statistical information from a wide array of internet and media sources and specialized databases. Interpret, evaluate, and synthesize data into concise and actionable reports on a request basis as well as proactively to support planning and decision making by Philanthropy staff;
  • Perform in-depth target market environmental scanning and trend research, focusing on priority industries, communities, and geographic regions;
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of BCCHF strategic plans for specific industry or demographic markets, as well as awareness of key vulnerabilities and opportunities. Provide engagement recommendations and summarize findings into detailed written reports;
  • Analyze industry, business, and financial news targeted to BCCHF donor engagement priorities. Communicate critical news to key clients through media alerts or customized newsletters;
  • Participate in data-mining projects in collaboration with the Prospect Management Analyst;
  • Provide leadership in data integrity & knowledge management on key stakeholder data storage; work with Foundation colleagues to ensure consistency and currency of prospect tracking data;
  • Provide research support for key Foundation initiatives and projects including campaign prospecting, targeted event attendee research, Board and Committee nominee biographies, etc;
  • Undertake specialized research projects as required (philanthropic trends, genealogy, sponsorship, volunteer peer screening projects, et al);
  • Maintain currency with industry best practices and provide recommendations on new products, resources, and techniques. Perform ongoing evaluation of the department’s inventory of subscription-based information services and make recommendations as needed;
  • Supervise and train research assistants and short-term contract staff;
  • Maintain a robust network of professional peers across the industry to ensure information sharing and knowledge of evolving practices.


As the ideal candidate, you will bring to the role a university degree in Business, Social Sciences or Humanities. A Master’s degree in Information Studies is considered a strong asset, as is reading knowledge of languages other than English. In addition, you will have a minimum of 3 years of directly related experience. In addition, you will possess:

  • Curiosity, persistence and imagination in the development of new ways to secure, analyze, and interpret information critical to supporting strategic decision-making and grow the Foundation’s donor pipeline;
  • Proficiency with core prospect research methodologies, including capacity analysis, data mining, relationship mapping, and advanced web searching;
  • Ability to absorb, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize large quantities of data from a multitude of sources; comfort level with complex financial documents and filings;
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills; ability to create highly informative, concise, actionable, and accurate reports and profiles;
  • Ability to partner effectively with a broad range of professional staff at all levels throughout the Foundation; effectiveness in carrying out supervision and training responsibilities;
  • Ability to organize and manage a diverse and often shifting range of assignments and projects with high efficiency, yet maintain thorough attention to detail and follow-through;
  • Must demonstrate sensitivity and professionalism in handling confidential information; familiarity with privacy legislation and ethical guidelines in fundraising is an advantage;
  • Understanding of the charitable sector and knowledge of key fundraising methodologies and principles;
  • Knowledge of British Columbia’s key business sectors, economic drivers and cultural communities;
  • Familiarity with a broad spectrum of online information resources;
  • Experience working with large datasets, performing segmentation and prioritization based on key variables; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other CRM systems;
  • Understanding of relational database design and function, and knowledge of data analytics and visualization in a prospect development setting.


BCCHF’s employees have helped to create a work environment in which there is laughter, passion and pride. It is a place where people are respected, appreciated and recognized for their individual and team efforts. We see our employees as our most valuable resource, and we work hard to ensure that employees continue to work in a collaborative and positive environment. As a result, we are proud to state that we have been recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers for nine years in a row!

In addition to a nine-day fortnight and a commitment to professional development, we offer a dynamic team environment and a comprehensive compensation package including benefits.

Does this sound exciting? Come join our team and help make miracles happen!

Apply online at by March 23, 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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

Upcoming Events

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Happy Friday! The ‘war on (fundraising) talent’ remains a big challenge for our profession. In its next breakfast seminar, AFP Vancouver will be addressing the importance of holding on to talent as a way of defence. I am excited to be part of a panel with Natalie Meixner (Richmond Hospital Foundation) and Vicky Chandi (BC Children’s Hospital Foundation) discussing strategies on “Retaining the Next Generation of Fundraisers”. I look forward to seeing you there on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Vancouver.

And here are some additional events that came across my desk…



Events Manager, Southridge

Southridge is a co-ed, independent day school located in South Surrey, BC with 688 students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Our mission is to develop well-rounded students with the love of learning, integrity, character and confidence to realize their full potential and make a difference in the world.

Southridge has affectionally been described as ‘a lighthearted place of serious purpose’ and we want you to know…it’s true! If you’re interested in working in an energizing environment with a team of dedicated professionals who like to work hard and have fun, please keep reading…

We are currently inviting applications for the full-time position of Events Manager.

Reporting to the Director of Advancement and working closely with our amazing parent volunteers, the Events Manager will plan, organize and manage several signature fundraising events, numerous stewardship and community events, as well as oversee and manage the school’s volunteer program. In addition, the Events Manager will play a significant role in the preparations for Southridge School’s 25th Anniversary in 2019.

The successful candidate will have extensive fundraising event experience and hands-on experience managing and nurturing volunteer relationships.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Fundraising Event Management

  • Works in collaboration with volunteers to plan and conduct signature fundraising events, including an annual gala, golf tournament and country fair.
  • Cultivates, solicits and stewards sponsors for each fundraising event.
  • Ensures compliance with Canada Revenue Agency regulations on charitable gift receipting, acceptance and valuations of gifts-in-kind.
  • Ensures compliance with BC Gaming regulations, including the application for permits to conduct raffles, 50/50’s, and any other gaming activities.
  • Ensures that we abide by all regulatory boards including the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, city and municipal by-laws, and that we have all required licenses, permits and contracts.
  • Establishes and monitors event budgets.
  • Maintains comprehensive and organized records of event details, including planning documents, meeting minutes, post-mortem analysis, etc.
  • Uses event management software and databases effectively from data input to financial summaries and reports.
  • Ensures maintenance of event registration and sponsorship records.
  • Solicits, selects and evaluates service providers according to event requirements.
  • Works in collaboration with the Marketing and Communications team to identify communication needs and event objectives in order to develop proactive and strategic marketing and communication plans for each event.
  • Provides administrative support and oversight of volunteer event committees.

Community Event Management and Support

  • Working closely with volunteers and/or colleagues, plans and conducts numerous stewardship, community and other school events, such as BBQs, ‘Welcome Back’ events, parent evenings, etc.
  • Establishes and monitors event budgets.
  • Maintains comprehensive and organized records of event details, including planning documents, meeting minutes, post-mortem analysis, etc.

Volunteer Management

  • Oversees and manages the school’s robust and comprehensive volunteer program.
  • Creates new or modifies existing volunteer jobs to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to get involved and make a meaningful difference in their child’s school.
  • Maintains and follows a detailed recognition and stewardship plan. Ensures that volunteers feel recognized and appreciated.
  • Provides administrative support and oversight of the parent volunteer committee in their role of identifying, recruiting and placing volunteers.
  • Ensures that volunteers have the resources, supplies, information and training required to fulfill their duties.
  • Organizes and oversees the ‘buddy family’ program, helping to ensure that all new Southridge families are welcomed and engaged as volunteers.
  • Uses volunteer management software and databases effectively from data input to summaries and reports.
  • Is an active and visible member of the school community through participation in school-wide events, including student performances, assemblies, ceremonies, etc.


  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • A strong and creative writer and communicator
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively and collaboratively with anyone
  • Dependable and hard-working – someone who does what it takes to get the job done
  • Sense of humour and positive attitude
  • A passion for event planning
  • High degree of tact, diplomacy and professionalism
  • Tech savvy and a quick learner – experience using Raiser’s Edge and/or Auction Maestro would be beneficial
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline
  • 5+ years experience organizing and managing fundraising and large-scale events
  • Extensive experience in volunteer management

Southridge offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Preferred candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory Criminal Records Check.

To apply for this position, please create an account (or login to an existing one) online (Step 1) and submit your application (Step 2) by March 26, 2018.

To learn more about our school, explore our website:

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

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

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