Fund Development and Community Engagement Officer, Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC

Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC is a non-profit organization serving the individual needs of children who are deaf and hard of hearing from birth to grade 12. Founded in 1963, the Centre is committed to teaching the children how to listen and talk, giving them the skills to participate fully and successfully in the mainstream of life.

To support our program goals, we are looking for a Fund Development and Community Engagement Officer (Development Officer) to join our team as the catalyst for maintaining and growing the charitable dollars needed to fund our mission through cultivating community and donor relationships.

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Development Officer is a skilled professional competent in managing a diverse portfolio including grant identification and application, special event planning, writing donor and annual reports, and donor-centred events and activity coordination. The Development Officer leads the Centre in cultivating and stewarding vital relationships with new and annual gift planning donors, friends and volunteers

The ideal candidate will represent the Centre in a professional, credible and compelling manner.


  • Write, research and prepare proposals and submissions for grants and donations; successfully receives targeted grants and donations
  • Develop impact reports
  • Fundraising planning and implementation
  • Donor relationships and management
  • Creation and management of specific campaigns
  • Marketing and communications planning and implementation
  • Securing corporate sponsorship

Fund Development

  • Works with the ED to assess funding needs, working toward yearly fundraising goals, and solicits funds to meet those goals
  • Develops a program for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of existing and prospective individual, business, foundation and other major supporters in consultation with the Executive Director
  • Issues tax receipts for all donations and gifts, and prepares campaign and event-based fundraising letters and approaches
  • Prepares and submits written, financial, and statistical data for grant applications and maintains all final reports and schedules
  • Compiles reports on fundraising activities and ensures that reporting schedules are maintained for funding agencies
  • Reports to the ED on fundraising activities
  • Prepares and assists with written applications as assigned by the ED
  • Coordinates and provides support to volunteers involved in fundraising activities
  • Meets or exceeds annual fundraising targets

Community Engagement and Events

  • Educates the community on the mission, vision and value of the Centre and its programs
  • Creates awareness of the opportunity for volunteers and donations
  • Contributes to the planning, organization and execution of the annual fundraising activities
  • Strategizes fundraising events to assist in meeting targets including yearly campaigns
  • Plans, prioritizes and coordinates fundraising and stewardship events of various types in consultation with staff
  • Secures sponsors and liaises with external organizations and suppliers for hosting of events
  • Ensures the necessary facilities, equipment and materials are available
  • Assists with all enquiries and coordination for facility and venue rentals
  • Assists in the coordination of volunteers and assistants to help produce and deliver all aspects of events and supporting materials


Education and Experience

  • University degree or professional certification in fundraising or related business discipline; and
  • Three to five years of experience in revenue development, grant writing, annual giving, project management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills and Attributes

  • Proven ability to interact with varied stakeholders and prospective donors, including senior level business and community leaders
  • Aptitude for budgeting, forecasting and ongoing fundraising analysis
  • An understanding and connection to the local philanthropic community
  • Ability and success to proactively find and secure funding
  • Knowledge of strategic & operational planning, budgeting, and financial analysis
  • Proven ability to set and accomplish goals and objectives, establish priorities with minimal direction
  • Superior interpersonal skills with strong verbal & written communication skills:
  • Proven relationship management skills with donors and volunteers
  • Goal-oriented, resilient and creative when faced with shifting challenges and opportunities
  • Intimate knowledge of eTapestry, Raisers Edge, GiftTool, Auction Tracker and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Expertise in the area of revenue development


  • A competitive not-for-profit salary with extended health benefits and pension
  • An opportunity to work with a team making advances in listening and spoken language education for children with hearing loss
  • Opportunity to learn, grow and take on additional responsibility
  • Ability to work remotely 


Full Time 37.5 hour a week, 12-month position, Monday to Friday with occasional after-hours activities in support of the Centre and fundraising activities.


Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Christina Marie Coad, Executive Director Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC at

We thank all applicants but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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

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