Major Gifts Officer, Vancouver College

18 months contract (extendable).

Vancouver College and Our Next Century

Vancouver College, established in 1922, is a Kindergarten through Grade 12 independent Catholic school for boys served by the Congregation of Christian Brothers in the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice. Strong academic curriculum, high expectations, and a quest for excellence characterize a Christian Brother education. Vancouver College ensures that its curriculum promotes the harmonious growth of the whole person, foster the development of higher-order thinking, and prepare its students for life-long learning.

Due to the imperative seismic challenges of Lannon and McCormack Halls, Vancouver College is undergoing a major campus redevelopment plan that will see the construction of two new buildings. The Our Next Century Campaign consolidates all fundraising efforts of Vancouver College, the Vancouver College Millennium Foundation, and the Vancouver College Parents Association into one $36 million campaign from the 2014-2015 school year until the 2019-2020 school year. The comprehensive campaign will support many areas of the College including capital funding for a new Middle School and Elementary School ($31 Million), the Annual Fund ($3 Million), and financial assistance program ($2 Million).

The public launch of the Our Next Century Campaign took place in October 2016 and fundraising for the campaign priorities continues in its final two years.

Primary Function of the Position

Reporting to the Advancement Director, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for the solicitation of gifts from qualified alumni, parents, and friends as assigned by, and in coordination, with the Advancement Director. These solicitations are usually in the $10,000 – $100,000 and will be part of the Vancouver College’s Our Next Century Campaign. This is a 0.80 FTE (negotiable) fixed term staff position.


  • Provide strategic input into the development, establishment, and implementation of the overall strategic business plan for development; with the end goal of maximizing institutional growth and reinforce an already solid internal and external reputation.
  • Develop and execute strategies to secure support from individuals at the major gifts level ($10,000 and above) as part of a comprehensive fundraising plan.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a pool of 110-140 prospects; develop written solicitation plans for new and current major gift prospects within prospect and suspect pool; develop relationships with prospects through various cultivation methods (e.g. calls, letters, handwritten notes, and personal meetings) with prospects and solicit and close gifts.
  • Prepare reports, briefing materials, correspondence, proposals, and related documents for solicitation of major gift prospects.
  • Schedule and script joint visits with the Director of Advancement, President, and Campaign Cabinet Members when appropriate.
  • Schedule and attend off campus meetings with prospects and donors; time flexibility may be required due to meeting times outside of regular work hours.
  • Support volunteer networks and assist in the identification, recruitment, and training of volunteers, as needed.
  • Coordinate with the Advancement and Annual Giving Officer as regards donor prospecting to develop a robust gift pipeline.
  • Manage relations with and steward donors.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Officer to ensure that Vancouver College is maximizing opportunities to highlight philanthropy.
  • Identify and help lead the approach with potential donors of planned gifts, bequests, and other forms of deferred giving.
  • Assist with and attend Advancement events and other school events, both during and outside of regular work hours, as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Advancement.


  • Post-secondary degree or diploma and a minimum of five years experience in advancement/development/outside sales, preferably major gifts work and preferably within a school environment, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Experience working with sensitive information and ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to the mission of Vancouver College and/or comfort working in a Catholic/faith-based environment.


  • Strong interpersonal skills to relate to donors, volunteers, and colleagues.
  • Self-motivated (a “self-starter”); innovative and ability to work with independence within the context of a team environment.
  • Flexible in approaching complex situations and relationships.
  • Results-oriented and goal-driven.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to interpret and manage data.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities, giving careful attention to detail.
  • Reliable transportation to facilitate off campus meetings during and outside of regular work hours.
  • Knowledge of The Raiser’s Edge or similar donor database and skilled in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Second language an asset.

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

Online Fundraiser, Greater Vancouver Food Bank

  • 12 month Maternity Leave Contract
  • Part-time, 3 days per week
  • Ideal start date is August 14, 2017

The Online Fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank is responsible for strategically planning and implementing our online fundraising program. This is a critical and exciting role that manages our Virtual Food Drive Website, creates customizable online donor experiences, produces email campaigns & communications and promotes online fundraising to benefit the organization and in turn its members. This position works in close consultation with the Development Team as well as other individuals across the organization.

We need someone who has strong skills and experience who can:

  • Manage Luminate Online and security categories;
  • Develop & manage email campaigns, forms, and other web projects in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Craft the online donor experience to reflect our mission and accomplish our fundraising goals, building online donor recruitment, recognition & stewardship;
  • Manage Teamraiser events & configuration – particularly the Virtual Food Drive and working to optimize the Luminate tools to raise funds for the Food Bank;
  • Create targeted strategies using segmentation and based on user interest;
  • Support integration of our online constituent and donor databases (Raiser’s Edge);
  • Monitor website analytics and email marketing performance, produce reports and lead improvements in processes and products in response to data;
  • Assist in coordinating the internal production of marketing materials in collaboration with staff across the agency for the purposes of coordinated fundraising efforts;
  • Follow and engage with CanadaHelps, Benevity and other online giving platforms that direct donations to the GVFB;
  • Work with the communications team to email the quarterly e-newsletter;
  • Set up and execute e-blasts when required;
  • Stay current on industry tools and trends including social media and Luminate; continually learn and implement new technical skills to improve the agency’s web presence and fundraising success;

Qualifications and must haves:

  • A minimum of three (3) years technical support experience;
  • Post secondary education in relevant digital marketing, eCRM platforms, design and technical support;
  • Proven ability to integrate digital marketing expertise with specific experience in content marketing, SEP strategies, paid search including Google AdWords and paid advertising on social media platforms;
  • Web design / management experience;
  • Functional knowledge with constituent engagement and fundraising tools such as Luninate online, Content Management Systems (CMS) and database systems i.e. Raisers Edge;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applying coding language within a CMS environment: HTML, CSS, JavaScript (jQuery); an understanding of APIs is an asset;
  • Basic photo editing, graphic design and production experience is also an asset;
  • A strong and effective communicator with good problem solving skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet demanding deadlines and complete a range of tasks with a high degree of initiative, independence and attention to detail;
  • Strong ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced and evolving environment;
  • Experience working in a charitable sector is an asset;

About the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society:

The GVFBS is a non-profit organization established in Vancouver in 1983. Currently, with a staff of fewer than 30, we move approximately 8.5 million pounds of food through our 36,000 square-foot warehouse. We provide assistance to more than 26,500 people weekly through 14 food depots and almost 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver.

Our Mission is to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. Our Vision is accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all. Our values – Accountability, Collaboration, Justice, Respect and Trust.

To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume in one Word document and email to using the position title in the subject line. Candidates with suitable backgrounds and experience will be contacted to interview. No phone calls please. Applications will be received until end of day July 28, 2017.

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

Director of Development, First United


First United is not your typical ‘church.’ Our worshipping congregation closed its doors in 2007, but not without ensuring that it had institutional support for ongoing outreach activities from the wider community and the United Church of Canada. Over the last decade, we have grown into an invaluable community asset. From a 60 bed low-barrier trans-friendly shelter and meal services for the community Monday to Friday, foot washing programs, movie and beauty nights, to spiritual care and exploration through our “spirit focus” and “spirit circle” programming that allows community members to engage in thoughtful discussion of spirituality in a safe and non-judgmental space – First United redefines what it means to be in service to the community as informed by Christianity but without preaching Christianity. We are also social justice minded – we address the systemic barriers that keep people living at the margins. We have two full time dedicated shelter resource workers who keep shelter residents connected to health and recovery supports and who assist with finding transitional, supportive or long term housing, and a team of 5 advocates who have been providing drop in legal and administrative advocacy services for low-income residents in our community since 1973. We also provide tax preparation and filing services to over 6,000 individuals a year on a year-round basis. These are just some of the things that make our organization special, living up to our reputation that “hope lives here.” We hope you’ll join us in keeping that hope alive.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Resource Development serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting First United. In partnership with the ED, this position is responsible for all fundraising, development, and marketing communications activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build First United’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The Director of Resource Development also will design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support. In addition, the Director will work collaboratively with senior leadership to develop and implement communication strategies to broaden the impact of First United’s programs and oversee organizational messaging and constituent services.

The Director of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow a $4M CDN budget through the solicitation of major gifts, provincial and regional grants, special events, and corporate and foundation support.

She or he will expand and diversify First United’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, the Director will work closely with the board of directors and support board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.

It is expected that the amount raised by First United will increase in future years as the Director of Resource Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization’s overall fundraising capacity. First United will also engage in a future capital campaign as it completes assessment of its current facilities and vision for future ministries.


  • Support and partner with the ED and board members on all major fundraising initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Finance to develop and implement First United’s financial strategy.
  • Actively work with the ED and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include corporate, foundation, government grants/contracts, etc.
  • Have primary responsibility for development and execution of all proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach.
  • Oversee research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position First United ahead of major funding changes or trends.
  • Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to board and senior leaders.
  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors.
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program.
  • Identify, develop, and mentor the development team.
  • Develop and refine the Society’s “core” messages to ensure organizational consistency
  • Identify significant media and public policy issues that can be leveraged to support the Society’s work, and create and implement plans to exploit them.
  • Accountable for the look, feel and content of the organization’s website.


  • 10-plus years of professional experience in a non-profit organization; demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources).
  • Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside First United.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred.
  • High energy and passion for First United’s mission is essential.
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Customer focus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • A strong track record of positioning an organization to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive communications environment.
  • Ability to coach and support senior leaders as spokespersons.
  • Experience working for an organization with multi-faceted relationships in institutionalized church or other religion an asset.
  • Strong understanding of and relationships within the United Church of Canada strongly preferred.

For more information, to receive the full position prospectus, 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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