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This Week’s Jobs

Happy Monday!

This is the last week to apply for two great career opportunities that Gerard Consulting is recruiting for.

Firstly, we have a rare part-time gift planning opportunity with the Alzheimer Society. If you are looking for more work-life balance this is for you!

There is also a great opportunity for fundraisers based in Calgary. We are assisting Trinity Western University in the search for a Director, Charitable Giving, Prairie Region. This is an excellent opportunity for a major gifts fundraiser who wants to have a regional portfolio with a  home-based office.

I am also pleased to announce a career opportunity with one of our job ad partners, David Suzuki Foundation. The DSF is looking for a Manager Strategic Relationships. Be sure to check it out.

Have a great week!



Manager, Development & Strategic Partnerships, David Suzuki Foundation

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

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

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.

Job Description

Position:  Manager, Development & Strategic Partnerships

Reporting to:  Director, Development & Strategic Partnerships

Terms: Full-time, permanent

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


  • 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.


  • 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 by going to

If you could mention you learned about this posting from “Phil’s Career Blog” in your cover letter, that would be much appreciated.

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.

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

This Week’s Jobs

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Happy Monday!

This is the last week to apply for a number of exciting opportunities with the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia. The application deadline is this Wednesday!

We are looking for a mid-level giving Development Officer. This is a perfect position for someone who would like to have a portfolio of donors in the three to five-figure range.

If ‘behind the scenes’ is where you feel more comfortable the  Development Officer, Donor Relations position might be the perfect job for you:

Finally, here is a rare part-time Gift Planning opportunity.  This is perfect for an experienced professional who would like to have a little bit more work-life balance.

Also, we are still accepting applications for a home-based position as Director, Charitable Giving, Prairies, Trinity Western University.

If you wish to apply please send your cover letter and résumé to

Or schedule a time to speak further about any of these opportunities.

Have a great week!



Fund Development Manager, YWCA

This position in Fund Development is responsible for raising Major Gift revenue for YWCA programs and services by securing gifts primarily from new individual donors to support our new Major Gifts campaign. The new campaign is an engaging opportunity for a passionate fundraiser to make a real impact on the campaign’s success.

The position will work closely with a team of 14 individuals to ensure that the financial goals of the Fund Development Department are met and will represent the YWCA in public and one-on-one situations. We each work independently and are fully responsible for our own areas but we work collaboratively as a dynamic team to ensure the best quality for our donors and therefore the women and children the YWCA serves.

Help us make a difference

Voted as one of the best companies to work for in BC, YWCA Metro Vancouver is a diverse non-profit that supports women’s equality through a range of integrated services. Skilled at meeting employee and client needs, YWCA Metro Vancouver treats employees with respect and is committed to offering initiatives, compensation and benefits that retain employees and help them achieve work/life balance. These include flexible work hours and some opportunity to work remotely.

Status: Permanent Full Time (35 hours/week)

Location: YWCA Program Centre, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver


  • Identify, research, and build relationships with individual prospects which will result in face-to-face meetings and the solicitation of major gifts
  • Identify planned giving prospects from major gift donors and make the planned giving solicitation where appropriate
  • Steward and report to current donors in order to renew and upgrade their donations in the future
  • Write compelling funding proposals as well as other departmental communication materials including letters of intent and reports
  • Conduct research for fund development purposes to update information about social issues addressed by YWCA programs
  • Complete solicitations on a timely basis to ensure revenue targets are met
  • Provide excellent donor service and appropriate recognition for donations
  • Participate in and support donor events

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of individual prospects with a proven track record in closing Major Gift asks
  • Experience soliciting gifts of $25,000 or more is an asset
  • Strong relationship building, strategy development and fundraising skills with 5 years related experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to write a variety of documents, such as proposals, reports and correspondence
  • Experience with prospect research as well as researching social issues
  • Strong organizational and critical thinking skills
  • Strategic, proactive work style
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team
  • Strong Microsoft Word skills
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge would be an advantage
  • Post-secondary education

We’ve been striving to change lives for over 120 years. The YWCA has 45 programs and services in 58 locations throughout Metro Vancouver. Interested in joining us? Candidates are invited to send resumes by June 20, 2018 at 9:00 am to:

YWCA Vancouver is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all who apply, but only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information about this and other YWCA Metro Vancouver career opportunities, please visit

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