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Happy Friday!

Another week has ended and just in time for the weekend, I have some ideas in case you are planning your professional development calendar for the next few months 🙂

Have a great (and hopefully still sunny) weekend!

Best wishes,


Manager, Development & Strategic Partnerships, David Suzuki Foundation

Join the largest environmental organization in Canada and become an agent of change!

About the David Suzuki Foundation

We find solutions for living within the limits of nature. Through a combination of sound science and active public engagement, we seek to motivate Canadians to take action on the environmental challenges we collectively face. Our Foundation is an independent charity, supported by over 30,000 donors from across Canada and abroad. With headquarters in Vancouver and offices in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal we address issues from coast to coast to coast, in both official languages. With the support of scientists, academics, progressive businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations and tens of thousands of Canadian we aim to achieve this vision: That within a generation, Canadians act on the understanding that we are interconnected and interdependent with nature, and with each other. You can learn more about us at www.davidsuzuki.org

The David Suzuki Foundation hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Reporting to: Director, Development & Strategic Partnerships

Terms: Full-time, permanent

Location: Toronto or Montreal office (with monthly-quarterly travel between Eastern offices)

Level: C – Manager


  • Plan, direct and implement a major gift program for funders primarily based in Ontario and Montreal.
  • Work with the Director, Development to set and achieve annual fundraising goals and revenue targets, and to evaluate progress.
  • Responsible for raising funds from major funders ($10,000 and above) including a portfolio of individual major donors, foundations and corporations.
  • Develop and lead corporate partnership strategy and programs for DSF.
  • Proactively research and develop major funder relationships to support DSF programs.
  • Develop and manage proposals and applications to foundations (institutional, family and corporate), including budgets.
  • Coordinate cultivation, proposals and reports with staff in DSF’s other departments.
  • Collaborate with other departments in identifying project funding needs and develop strategy to achieve funding goals.
  • Write compelling cases for support for initiatives in need of funding.
  • Proactively steward current major funders through regular updates, invitations to events, writing reports, and facilitating contact with other DSF staff.
  • Arrange and strategically prepare for meetings between prospects/donors and senior leaders of the DSF.
  • Initiate and manage special events in the region, including fundraising events and donor cultivation and recognition events on a variety of scales and in a variety of locations.
  • Capitalize on DSF-led and external event opportunities for networking, stewardship and cultivation.

Skills & qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree and a minimum of 5 years experience in major gifts fundraising and a global knowledge of fundraising methods and skills with a career track record for raising five and six-figure gifts.
  • Knowledge of CRA charity guidelines and adherence to the AFP Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrated high levels of initiative and a successful fundraising track record, recognized ability to raise funds and achieve objectives.
  • Excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Outstanding written, verbal and presentation skills. Ability to connect and build trusted relationships with donors and volunteers.
  • Strong writing skills – ideally with experience writing successful donation proposals and grant applications.
  • Experience conceiving, planning and delivering fundraising and cultivation events.
  • Possesses good judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential or sensitive matters
  • Self-starter and effective independent worker.
  • Exceptional ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience working with and preparing senior leaders/volunteers for meetings and solicitations
  • Knowledge of or experience in environmental issues an asset.
  • Strong computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, email and social media. Familiarity with donor database management systems required. Experience using Raiser’s Edge an asset.
  • Familiarity with philanthropic community in the GTA and Montreal preferred.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues and community building is desirable.
  • Positive team player with a collaborative work style.

Application Process 

Please submit your cover letter and your resume online and submit your application by going to https://davidsuzuki.org/careers/ the position will be open until it is filled. The position starts as soon as possible and rolling interviews will be conducted as soon as qualified applications are received.

We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

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

Development Officer, President’s Office, Yukon College

Yukon College is a small and innovative institution with 13 campuses, 11 of which are located in smaller rural Yukon communities. As the only postsecondary institution in Yukon, we prepare our students to succeed in the North. Grounded in northern expertise and strong partnerships, we are poised to be a leader in Indigenous self-determination, climate change and resource development. Soon to be the first Canadian university North of 60 – Yukon University. Come join us as we blaze trails and build a healthy and prosperous north through unique, relevant and inclusive education and research.

Ayamdigut (Whitehorse) Campus
Permanent Position
Salary: $78,049 to $92,917 per annum
Based on 75 hours bi-weekly
Competition #18.36
Initial Review Date: April 9, 2018

Soon to be the first Canadian university North of 60 – Yukon University. Come join us as we blaze trails and build a healthy and prosperous north through unique, relevant and inclusive education and research. As the Development Officer, you will be an integral part of Yukon College’s foundation team, developing and managing advancement functions including revenue generation and building philanthropic partnerships. You will also be providing executive support to the Advancement Team. The ideal candidate must be enthusiastic and have a passion for education and successful experience fundraising.

Job Requirements:

  • Energetic self-starter
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Proficient user of MS Office
  • Experience with donor database programs preferred
  • Bachelor degree in a related discipline (fundraising,
  • marketing, public relations, event planning, business administration or similar)
  • Experience working with a foundation board and gift giving
  • Must be flexible to work evenings and weekends.

For more information, please contact: kproudfoot@yukoncollege.yk.ca

Go to: http://yukoncollege.yk.ca/employment for more information on all job competitions. Quoting the competition number, please submit your resume and cover letter to Yukon College, Human Resources Services, Box 2799, 500 College Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5K4 Fax: 867-668-8896 Email: hr@yukoncollege.yk.ca

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

This Week’s Jobs

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Happy Monday!

Our exciting new search came at the right time in a week of grey skies and rain! Would a change of scenery not be a good idea? Many of you seem to think so as we have received strong interest. But this position with Saltus Grammar School is much more than about the location. Saltus is an amazing place that has educated future leaders since 1888. This is also a fantastic opportunity for a senior fundraising professional to build and grow the development and alumni engagement program as the Director of Advancement.

Please call me this week for more details and to hear about the very competitive compensation and benefits package.

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



Director of Advancement, Saltus Grammar School – Bermuda

About Saltus

Saltus Grammar School is a high achieving, co-educational day school educating students between the ages of 4 and 18. The school is a leading independent school in Bermuda and enjoys an excellent reputation in the local and international community. The school has a Primary Department, which embraces the Foundation Year, the Lower Primary and the Upper Primary years, and the Secondary Department, which includes the Saltus Graduate Years. The school’s international curriculum blends the best of both UK and North American traditions. In addition to academic excellence, particular emphasis is placed on the all-round development of students, and sport, music, and drama are key aspects of school life.

About Bermuda                                                             (Source: brittanica.com) 

Bermuda is a self-governing British overseas territory in the western North Atlantic Ocean. It is an archipelago of 7 main islands and about 170 additional (named) islets and rocks, situated about 1,050 km east of Cape Hatteras (North Carolina). English is the official language, but some Portuguese is also spoken.

The archipelago is about 40 km long and averages less than 1.6 km in width. The main islands are clustered together in the shape of a fishhook and are connected by bridges. The largest island is Main Island, 22.5 km long and 1.6 km wide. The Peak, at 79 metres on Main Island, is the highest point. The capital is Hamilton.

The climate is mild, humid, and equable. August is the warmest month, with an average daytime high of 30 °C, and February is the coldest month, with an average nighttime low of 14 °C. The vegetation is subtropical and includes flowering shrubs such as bougainvillea, Easter lilies, oleander, hibiscus, and poinsettia. Palm, pine, casuarina, and mangrove trees are found on most of the islands.

Tourism and international financial services account for the major share of the GNP and employ virtually all the workforce directly or indirectly. Some half million tourists visit Bermuda each year. The island is famous for its pink sand beaches, which get their colour from one of the sand’s main components, pulverized coral, and shells.                                       

The Opportunity

Saltus Grammar School is seeking a Director of Advancement to join the leadership team and will report to the Head of School. The Director of Advancement will provide vision, leadership, and management for all aspects of fundraising and constituent management. In addition, he/she will be responsible for building processes, procedures, and policies needed within the Advancement department.

Responsibilities Include

  • Leading and developing the Advancement department.
  • Overseeing the daily operations of the Advancement department.
  • Together with the Deputy head ensure a robust alumni relations program
  • Fundraising and constituent management.
  • Process and policy development and re-engineering.
  • Developing and implementing the strategic plan and initiatives for the Advancement office.
  • Overseeing the strategy and execution of all Annual Giving programs at Saltus.
  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive stewardship plan and events for all major gift donors including leading Annual Appeal donors and Advancement volunteers.
  • Development and implementation of comprehensive campaign strategies, timelines, and budgets based on the strategic vision of the school.
  • Working with the Directors of Communication to develop and oversee fundraising related to communications to ensure the case for support is articulated effectively both internally and externally through various communications opportunities.
  • Overseeing the stewardship of all donors including but not limited to manual donor financial reports and annual general reporting.
  • Identifying, cultivating, soliciting and providing stewardship for his/her own major gift and eventually planned gift prospects.
  • Identify, train and support Advancement volunteers to help with fundraising as needed.
  • Acting as staff liaison for the Advancement Committee of the Board and the Foundation Board.
  • Working closely with Finance and Enrolment Management Department on all items related to the Foundation and the financial aid/scholarship program.
  • Working with key stakeholders both internally and externally to articulate the unique value proposition of Saltus.
  • Other duties, as required.

Minimum Qualifications, Skills & Experience

  • Minimum of Bachelor Degree.
  • Minimum of eight years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Previous experience in a leadership role.
  • Experience leading and managing staff.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working in an independent school environment preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Tactful and diplomatic.
  • Experience in fundraising with a proven track record in closing major gifts.
  • Experience in effective stewardship and dealing with high net worth individuals.
  • Excellent networking skills.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Highly organized and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to manage projects from inception to execution while managing competing priorities.
  • Sense of humor and calm demeanor.
  • Clean criminal record.

 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.

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