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.

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