Today’s PD Opportunities




Executive Director, Delta Hospital Foundation


The purpose of the Delta Hospital Foundation (‘DHF” or “Foundation”) is to raise funds through community appeals, donations, gifts, bequests, special events, and by receiving legacies and endowments to purchase vital medical, diagnostic, and surgical equipment. The Foundation funds new building projects and expansions within Delta Hospital. Funds raised may also support patient programs and services in our community. Having just completed the most successful capital campaign in its history, the DHF is poised to begin the next phase in its High Level Concept Plan to enhance future community health initiatives in the community of Delta.


The Board of Directors is currently seeking an experienced executive to lead the DHF to its next level of growth and success.  The Executive Director will lead the dynamic team at the Foundation whose mandate is to raise funds for Delta Hospital using a donor-focused approach according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be instrumental in implementing, leading, building, expanding and managing DHF’s day-to-day operational effectiveness, fundraising capacity and community awareness.



  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide DHF, directing and overseeing short and long term goals.
  • Foster effective team work between the Board, staff and external stakeholders such as Delta Hospital, Auxiliary and Fraser Health Authority.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain high-performance staff members.
  • Lead the Foundation to promote philanthropy within the community.
  • Promote a collaborative, high performing organizational culture that fosters passion for the mission, teamwork, and a shared purpose.

Donor and Resource Development

  • Collaborate closely with all Board members, staff members and volunteers to ensure a coordinated, donor focused approach to gift opportunities.
  • Lead the planning, cultivation, solicitation and recognition of fund-raising appeals including annual, major, corporate and planned gifts.
  • Continually work with the DHF team to design and implement creative and comprehensive acquisition, cultivation, and stewardship strategies for all programs and personally participate in their solicitation.

Community Relations

  • Maintain a high profile in the community through active involvement in community and social organizations to promote support for DHF.
  • Proactively engage and build relationships with individuals, organizations, businesses, community leaders, politicians and volunteers throughout the community.

Operational Planning and Management

  • Develop an annual business development  plan and budget that incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of DHF.
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of DHF including donor relations, annual programs, major gifts, planned gifts, special events, communications, finances and special projects.
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.

Human Resources Planning and Management

  • Recruit, develop and retain staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the Foundation’s mission.
  • Work with each member of the Foundation staff team to develop clearly defined short and long-term goals.
  • Coach and mentor team members as appropriate to improve performance.
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment.

Financial Planning and Management

  • Maintain full awareness of the complete financial, statistical, and accounting records of DHF.
  • Work with staff team and the Finance Committee to prepare a comprehensive annual budget.
  • Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of all DHF operations on an annual basis to maintain an effective and cost efficient organization.
  • With the Finance Committee, provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization.
  • Ensure that DHF complies with all non-profit, gaming and taxation legislation.

Risk Management

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the Foundation’s stakeholder’s (donors, staff, Board, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks.


  • Attend educational and professional seminars and conferences to stay aware of trends and innovations in fund development.

For more information or to apply in confidence please contact:

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.

Development Coordinator, Science World British Columbia


Science World British Columbia is a charitable organization that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout our province.

Science World is known for its zany and creative approach to science. We use our hands-on exhibits and engaging programs to spark curiosity in young minds and inspire tomorrow’s science and technology innovators. Currently, we are seeking a self-starting individual who is passionate about donor relations to support Science World’s fundraising team. The Development Coordinator works directly with the Vice President, Development to ensure a seamless and efficient organization in donor relations. This individual will work as part of a team of fundraising professionals committed to helping donors meet their philanthropic goals.

Position Description:

The Development Coordinator is responsible for providing confidential and comprehensive support to the fundraising activities of Science World. This position manages donor records (including hard copy records as well) and activities through Raiser’s Edge and in providing efficient and accurate stewardship of donations and donor reports. This position will provide administrative support to the Vice President, Development and Development team. Other responsibilities include supporting major gift activities, coordinating the employee and volunteer giving campaign as well as the delivery of the stewardship program. The position is often the front-line contact for the Development Department and shares a responsibility in creating a positive, friendly and productive office culture.


  • Has overall responsibility for the donor/prospect database integrity and effectively using Raiser’s Edge for creating and maintaining queries, exports and reports
  • Ensures donor gifts and pledges/reminders are processed, charitable tax receipts and thank you letters are issued
  • Coordinates and maintains mailing lists, and constituent records
  • Drafts donor/prospect solicitation materials and correspondence while managing the donor recognition program
  • Prepares reports for management, including analyzing research, drafting notes for review, and preparing subsequent updates based on outcome of meetings
  • Provides administrative support to the Development Department, including budget tracking and expense reporting for all Annual and Capital Campaigns
  • Prepares funding proposals, donor stewardship reports, donor pledge materials and department planning documents
  • Plans and coordinates the Employee and Volunteer Giving Campaign
  • Monitors on-line giving, monthly giving, ATMS giving, and department communications email
  • Responsible for accuracy of donor recognition on Science World collateral where donors are listed
  • Supports the planning and implementation of donor relations activities, invitation lists and attends events
  • Coordinate donor events with the team
  • Creates and maintains office effectiveness and efficiencies through the development of comprehensive office protocols, processes and supplies
  • Works with Finance to deliver gift processing protocols to maximize efficiencies during monthly reconciliations and yearly audits
  • May need to work some evenings for events and fundraising committee meetings


  • Post-secondary education and 4 years related office experience
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge fundraising database, Word, Excel and mail merges – or similar fundraising database
  • 2 years’ experience in the not-for-profit environment essential
  • Proven ability to coordinate, negotiate and foster a positive work environment; tact and diplomacy a critical characteristic
  • Superb organization, attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with all levels of Board and community volunteers
  • Track record of initiating and completing projects in a timely basis
  • Proven ability to work successfully with volunteers and in event production; volunteer management experience an asset
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to take initiatives and work as part of a team
  • Confident, enthusiastic, outgoing, organized and innovative individual

– All offers are subject to satisfactory completion of reference and police criminal record checks –

Please apply by Tuesday, September 6, 2016 via the Science World careers portal:

* We would like to thank all candidates. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please note interviews will commence on an on-going basis throughout the posting period. *

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





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Executive Director of Development, Trinity Western University

Trinity Western University

About TWU

Established in 1962, Trinity Western University (TWU) is a fully accredited institution and a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada since 1984. Trinity Western offers 42 undergraduate and 18 graduate degree programs. More importantly, lives are changed at TWU through its whole-person, Christ-centred approach to education. With a wide array of programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Position Summary

As the Executive Director of Development for Trinity Western University, you are responsible for the management and leadership of the Development Office and all of its business activities. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of External Relations, this role is pivotal to the success of the Development Office and its initiatives. With a mandate that includes both management and active fundraising, yours will be a role that produces as well as inspires team development, growth, best practices, and achievement of goals. This role is best suited to an individual with experience and skills in fundraising or sales as well as strong relational and organizational abilities. With a commitment to embracing challenge and a strategic vision, this truly is an opportunity for someone that is seeking a rewarding opportunity to align their faith and their actions. 

Major Responsibilities Include

  • Manage the internal operations of the University’s annual fundraising efforts (the TWU Fund), including strategic and tactical planning, segmentation, mailings, and phone-a-thons.
  • Manage the internal operations of the University’s capital campaign, including strategic and tactical planning, prospect research, and coaching the Regional Development Officers regarding event planning.
  • Draft and oversee the departmental budget.
  • Manage and develop personal donor portfolio to attain university financial and relational goals.
  • Develop quantitative and qualitative assessment systems to evaluate the effectiveness and success of “moves” tracking, interpersonal communications, donor prospecting, and programs.
  • Direct the research of prospective donors using various methods including admissions, students and alumni.
  • Direct corporate and foundation research and grant writing, as well as foundation reporting.
  • Monitor and assess the activities of the Regional Development Officers and reporting weekly to the Senior Vice President for External Relations.
  • Coordinate initial and on-going training for development staff and provide for the training for computer and database use for all development staff, as needed.
  • Coordinate the completion of all Departmental metrics reports including annual reports, as well as other surveys pertinent to educational fund-raising..
  • Supervise the activities for each staff member reporting to the Executive Director, including the completion of annual performance appraisals.
  • Lead with the highest ethical standards.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and required by the Senior Vice President for External Relations.

For more information, to receive the full position prospectus, or to apply in confidence 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.

Fund Development Director, Christmas Bureau of Edmonton

Christmas BureauJOB PURPOSE

The Fund Development Director in collaboration with the Board of Directors and the Executive Director creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to funding which may include major gifts, private, individual and corporate donations, grant solicitation, planned giving and in-kind resources. The Fund Development Director will also focus on nurturing the relationship with stakeholders and the community. The Fund Development Director will represent the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton (along with the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director) as the public spokesperson.


Cultivation and Engagement of Stakeholders:

  1. Increase and develop donor base required to achieve organizational goals and initiatives.
  2. Retention and stewarding of current donors.
  3. Responsible for nurturing a positive and mutually beneficial long term relationship between stakeholders and the Christmas Bureau.
  4. Cultivating donors to multiple giving strategies.
  5. Identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for the Christmas Bureau’s fundraising priorities. 

Establishment and Execution of Fund Development Plan:

  1. Collaborate with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to create a 1 year and 3 year fund development plan which supports the strategic direction of the Christmas Bureau.
  2. Implement the fund development plan in accordance with ethical fundraising principles, Canada Revenue Agency regulations and all compliance standards.
  3. Monitor and evaluate all fund development activities to ensure that the goals are being achieved and make recommendations for improvement and advancement.
  4. Monitor trends in the community or region and adapt strategies as necessary.

Administration and Grant Management:

  1. Develop and implement policies and procedures which reflect ethical fundraising practices.
  2. Prepare and submit grant applications to generate funds for the Christmas Bureau.
  3. Ensure that all gifts are recorded, properly receipted and acknowledged.
  4. Ensure expedient and appropriate acknowledgement of donors and gifts.
  5. Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information.
  6. Co-ordinate in-kind donations and make decisions regarding the issuing of receipts.

Organize Fundraising Activities:

  1. Develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fund raising processes are carried out in a timely manner.
  2. Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising events as specified in the fundraising development plan to generate funds for the Christmas Bureau.

Manage Fund Development Budget:

  1. Develop and gain approval (Executive Director, Communication and Fund Development Committees and the Board of Directors) for an annual income and expenditure budget for the fund development plan.
  2. Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditure related to the fund development budget and activities.
  3. Monitor expenses and analyze budget reports on fundraising and recommend changes as necessary.

Staffing Fund Development Activities:

  1. In consultation with the Executive Director, recruit, interview, and select well-qualified fund development support staff.
  2. Working with the Volunteer Coordinator ensure support volunteers for fund development projects using established volunteer management practices.

Promote the Organization:

In collaboration with the Communication’s Committee of the Christmas Bureau, will

  1. Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization.
  2. Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization.
  3. Co-ordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for promotional efforts of the Christmas Bureau.
  4. Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the Christmas Bureau.


  1. A graduate from a Business Management Program, Public Relations Program, a University Degree Program, or College Diploma Program with transferable skills.
  2. A certificate in Fundraising Management is an asset.
  3. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is an asset.
  4. Proven success in fundraising for a not-for-profit organization is a requirement.
  5. Proven success in stakeholder cultivation, engagement and retention is a requirement.
  6. Eligible for membership in Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) and/or Canadian Gift Planners Association (CGPA)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Strong leadership skills.
  2. Strong communication skills including presentation and public speaking.
  3. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to engage and motivate stakeholders, staff and volunteers.
  4. Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  5. Strong knowledge of fundraising management.
  6. Strong knowledge of federal and provincial legislation and compliance regulations affecting charities.
  7. A working knowledge of the Edmonton Media (radio, print and television) sources.
  8. Demonstrated ability in directing mail campaigns.
  9. Demonstrated ability in special events planning and management.
  10. Demonstrated ability in planned giving programs and long term stakeholder engagement.
  11. Knowledge of the management of volunteer resources.
  12. Works within the framework of the code of ethics for AFP/CGPA and “Imagine Canada Standards Program”.
  13. An applied knowledge of the non-profit, voluntary and social services sector.
  14. Proficiency in the use of computers for: fundraising soft ware, word processing, financial management, data base programs, e-mail and internet.

Personal Characteristics:

The Fund Development Director should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:

  1. Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve the finances of the organization and to create new opportunities.
  2. Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices and ensure own behaviour and the behaviour of others are consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the Christmas Bureau.
  3. Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the Christmas Bureau.
  4. Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  5. Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the Christmas Bureau’s parameters.
  6. Foster Teamwork: Works co-operatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance the Christmas Bureau’s effectiveness.
  7. Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the Christmas Bureau.
  8. Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the Christmas Bureau.
  9. Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
  10. Plan: Determine strategies to move the Christmas Bureau forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  11. Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.


The Fund Development Director will be accountable to the Executive Director of the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton.

The Christmas Bureau provides a comprehensive benefit package.

To apply for this opportunity, please email covering letter and resume to Please include ’Fund Development Director’ in the subject line of the email. Posting closes August 26, 2016.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those short listed for this opportunity will be called for interviews.

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


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