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The latest fundraising career opportunities.

Director of Admissions, St. Margaret’s School

St. Margaret’s School (SMS) is an all-girls, independent day and boarding school located in the city of Victoria, on the scenic west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1908, SMS is an international centre for girls’ learning and leadership development, providing empowering education for girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 (Boarding: Grades 7–12).

SMS values diversity and inspires excellence of mind and strength of spirit. Students here are challenged to take responsibility for their own learning experience; to develop individual worth, academic excellence, personal wellness, and a connection with nature; and to provide service to their local and global community.

Campus and Location

Our picturesque, modern campus is located at the intersection of urban and rural areas, which offers numerous advantages: our 22-acre property boasts access to extensive recreational sites and trails, while located less than 20 minutes from the city’s vibrant downtown core. Our superior facilities include a LEED-certified building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), modern residence houses, culinary arts room, and athletics centre. Other special places on campus include a greenhouse, dance studio, outdoor classroom, tennis courts, and our very own slice of west coast forest.

The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is best known as Canada’s most beautiful and temperate city. Greater Victoria’s culturally-varied population totals 360,000 people. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene including world-class museums, galleries, and performing arts institutions including dance, music, opera and theatre. SMS makes use of its unique environmental and nearby wilderness for our outdoor education program, and other field trips.


The Director of Admissions directs the development and execution of the School’s overall student recruitment initiatives and oversees the admissions process from point of inquiry through enrolment. The Director plays a key role in building relationships with agents and families of current and prospective students that will lead to satisfaction and success in their daughters’ SMS experience.

The Director of Admissions oversees the strategic direction of Admissions to support the school’s overall vision of St. Margaret’s as a world-class residential and day school for girls; where committed, high calibre staff, a beautiful campus, and an innovative, integrated curriculum create a nurturing environment that challenges students to achieve their leadership potential. Other duties will be assigned as necessary.

Reports to: Head of School.

Core Competencies

  • Customer Focus
  • Diplomatic
  • Strong people skills
  • Results Focused
  • Leadership
  • Conflict Management
  • Adaptability/ Flexibility
  • Creative and Innovative Thinking
  • Solution Seeking
  • Organization & planning skills
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Process management
  • Ability to motivate others

Job Duties

  • Recruit and enroll qualified students to meet the school’s enrollment targets
  • Collaborate with the senior management team to develop achievable enrollment and geographic mix targets
  • Welcome students and their families to their new life within the close-knit SMS community
  • Working collaboratively with the senior management team, continually review and adjust the schools branding to ensure consistency with the product delivered
  • Work collaboratively with the marketing and advancement departments to develop promotional material and to create events which will increase interest and inquiries in the school
  • Together with the senior management team, develop and implement strategies to improve retention across all grades
  • Research and identify new markets. Lead new market development
  • Continually review and improve the admissions policies and procedures to ensure the process is as efficient and user friendly as possible for all our prospective clients
  • Develop and lead the recruitment process including preparation, travel fairs, events, information sessions and one-on-one meetings
  • Represent St. Margaret’s School at special events and recruitment opportunities involving prospective students
  • Assist in the scholarship and financial aid process
  • Lead and manage the assessment activities including review of applications, interviewing and entrance examinations for all new students
  • Communicate key messages to the St. Margaret’s brand advantage
  • Cultivate new and existing relationships with agents from around the world
  • Develop and manage the Admissions budget, ensuring cost-effective use of all resources dedicated to the admissions function
  • Continue to nurture the strong teamwork ethic and client service approach to successfully deliver admissions services on behalf of the school
  • Direct the Admissions team and external agency representatives as appropriate in executing all admissions activities (recruiting activities, training staff, expenditures, research and statistics)
  • Track and report all admissions and re-enrollment metrics to the Head of School and Board of Governors as requested


  • A university degree preferably in Business or Marketing or demonstrated experience in Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing
  • Senior management experience in an admissions-related leadership role, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A proven record of professional achievement in an admissions capacity, preferably within an independent, international education environment
  • Highly motivated and passionate about the school and what it has to offer
  • Energy, vision, creativity and team building skills
  • An understanding of independent school culture
  • Highly organized with ability to consistently multi-task
  • Strong goal and results orientation
  • Ability to maintain a high level of integrity and professionalism
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional and persuasive written, oral and presentation skills, with a strong customer focus
  • Ability to collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of international business practices as they relate to the competitive independent school market

Work Conditions

  • Hours of work vary considerably and may exceed 40 hours/week
  • Work schedule includes evening and weekend activities/duties
  • School representation at a variety of community functions
  • High stress, fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and high tolerance for ambiguity is required
  • Extensive international travel required (approximately 80 days per year)

For more information, to receive the full position prospectus, or to apply in confidence please contact:

Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

Schedule a time to discuss this opportunity now:

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.

Executive Director, Looking Glass Foundation For Eating Disorders

Reporting to the Board of the Looking Glass Foundation (“LGF”), the Executive Director is responsible for the management and financial success of the LGF.  He or she will be chiefly responsible for leadership, fundraising, and the financial, operational, and HR management necessary to execute the strategic objectives set by the Board of Directors (“the Board”) in support of the LGF’s mission and vision.



  • Serve as a public advocate for the LGF with educated enthusiasm, tailoring messages to a variety of audiences and mediums in the media.
  • Continually communicate and collaborate with the Board Chair to maintain a strong working relationship.
  • Lead operational objectives in accordance to the Strategic Plan and policies as set collaboratively by the Board and the Executive Director
  • Report on accountable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to the Board on a quarterly basis.
  • Develop a leadership and performance framework to develop and assess employees and foster a committed, accountable, and passionate culture.


  • Develop a strategic plan for fundraising for LGF.
  • Design and implement a sustainable development program for LGF including an annual giving, major gifts and planned giving program.
  • Support growth of annual gala to achieve year-over-year increases in net-fundraising starting in 2019, as this is currently the primary fundraising channel for LGF.
  • Implement and develop additional fundraising channels designed to support cashflow requirements throughout the year.
  • Act as a steward to key donors, proactively engaging them and creating tailored requests to expedite their annual giving cycles.
  • Grow and activate relationships with existing and potential corporate and foundation donors.
  • Prepare proposals to various agencies, donors, and government branches as needed.

Financial & Operational Management:

  • Collaborate with the Board to refine the Foundation’s strategic plan on an ongoing basis.
  • Collaborate with the Board to develop capital and operational plans designed to execute the strategic plan and ensure these two plans account for revenue targets and expenses.
  • Develop the annual operating budget and present to the Board for approval.
  • Develop measurable KPIs based off the financial and operational plans to be reported to The Board on a quarterly basis.
  • Implement and maintain the financial and operational plans, continually reporting on progress and work as a team to proactively detect and overcome challenges.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all LGF programs, services, and special projects. Ensure ongoing alignment to respective operational and financial plans.

Financial Administration:

  • Ensure bookkeeping and accounting procedures are in compliance with all legislation by reviewing on an annual basis and modifying as necessary.
  • Monitor accounts payable and monthly cash flow according to the approved budget
  • Review quarterly financial statements and circulate to Board as required.
  • Working with accountant, monitor CRA government filing requirements.
  • Monitor and approve all grant applications and approval letters in compliance with set policies and procedures.

Internal and External Communications:

  • Strategically establish working relationships and partnerships with funders, donors, media, influencers, community groups, all levels of government, and agencies to help achieve LGF’s goals.
  • Support effective and measurable marketing and promotion of LGF.
  • Ensure LGF’s presence and engagement on social media grows substantially over time
  • Maintain regular communication with stakeholders and the Board to keep them informed to the work of LGF.
  • Maintain high visibility in local and national community, acting as the public face of LGF and ensuring your actions reflect LGF values.
  • Ensure volunteers and all employees feel heard and involved, utilizing various modalities of communication to achieve a cohesive understanding amongst this large group.

Human Resources:

  • Lead the development and implementation of HR planning including: performance management, employee development, recruitment, and compensation. Ensure all HR plans align with operational and financial plans and demands.
  • Ensure the Board are not engaging in responsibilities that, going forward, should be included under employee’s responsibilities. Work with the Board Chair and Board to distinguish board governance and responsibilities from employee responsibilities.
  • In combination with external compensation reviews, ensure performance management is methodically designed to influence compensation potential when appropriate.
  • Ensure HR contracts, policies, procedures, and activities comply with the BC Employment Standards Act, WorksafeBC, BC Human Rights Code, and all other relevant legislation.
  • Meet with individual employees regularly to discuss their position expectations, objectives, and ongoing performance. Ensure all employees are fully aware of any performance inadequacies and implement performance improvement measures when necessary.
  • Ensure costs for all contracted professionals and agencies are accounted for in budget and perform cost-benefit analysis in decision-making process when considering third party contractors.
  • Ensure the volunteer program continually attracts and retrains volunteers and that volunteers remain aware of their priceless impact to those who LGF serves. For many, a LGF volunteer is their only engagement with LGF.


  • A genuine and strong desire to ensure that individuals suffering with the mental illness of an Eating Disorder receive prompt and effective intervention.
  • A belief that LGF, in efforts with external partners, will ultimately diminish or eradicate the prevalence of Eating Disorders in our population and an awareness of key challenges in reaching this objective.
  • Five to seven years of successful experience in major and/or planned gift fundraising.
  • Five to seven years of experience in not-for-profit or business sector.
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills which engage, motivate and leverage stakeholders both internally and externally.
  • Experience developing and executing strategic initiatives.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities (staff and volunteers).
  • Experience with public relations/media is highly desirable.
  • Record of operating within strict degrees of confidentiality
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Successful experience in developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Experience in fundraising with a proven track record.
  • Highly computer-literate with advanced skills in Excel and Word.
  • Experience with Raisers Edge or similar CRM an asset.
  • Available to work occasional weekend and evening hours.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and provide a very competitive compensation and benefits package.

For more information, or to apply in confidence please contact:

Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

Schedule a time to discuss this opportunity now!

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.

This Week’s Jobs

Happy Monday!

This is a busy time for new career opportunities, we will be announcing a number of new searches over the next two weeks, so stay tuned!

Today, I am excited to announce a new Executive Director opportunity with a wonderful organization, the Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders. If you are an experienced fundraiser who would like to take on a non-profit leadership opportunity with a dynamic organization – let’s connect.

Speaking of which, I am also happy to announce that connecting has become even easier. If you are interested in discussing a particular opportunity or just chat about your career aspirations in general, by phone, video call, in my office, or over coffee (in three locations in the Lower Mainland), just visit my calendar page and let’s talk!

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



Development Officer, Notre Dame Regional Secondary School

The Development Officer will be goal-oriented and results-driven self-starter who is passionate about fundraising and committed to success in enhancing philanthropy. With integrity and respect for donors, the ideal candidate will be an engaging relationship builder who brings energy, passion and intelligence about the mission of Notre Dame Regional Secondary School to conversations with donors.

The new incumbent will have broad-based knowledge of fundraising, specifically with proven track records closing gifts of $10,000 and above from individuals or corporations. Confident, poised and professional, the successful candidate will swiftly advance a variety of donor interactions, from discovery visits to assessing and qualifying prospective donors, to soliciting and closing gifts.

With excellent communication and relationship-building skills internally and externally, the ideal candidate will confidently foster internal relationships and excel in an environment of change as Notre Dame embarks on the most significant campaign in its history. Possessing tact, diplomacy and an appreciation of diversity, the ideal candidate will encourage rapport and build credibility internally and externally.

Dedicated, hardworking and ambitious, the Development Officer is also personable with a good sense of humor and enjoy our collegial atmosphere. The successful candidate enjoys working independently but welcomes and respects the benefits and success of team collaboration in fundraising.

Familiar with the BC philanthropic community, the ideal candidate will learn and share a compelling understanding of NDRSS to engage and empower volunteers, and to inspire donors.

Key Responsibilities

The Development Officer will report to the Principal and will be responsible for:

  • Implementing the Campaign Plan
  • Present tested and proven strategies and procedures
  • Oversee and participate in all school fundraising initiatives
  • Coordinate the identification, research and evaluation of prospective donors
  • Supervise the production of Campaign communication and marketing materials, to include the business plan and project plan
  • Develop donor recognition criteria & implementation (e.g. donor wall)
  • Prepare proposals for leadership and major gift prospects
  • Orient and train volunteers
  • Supervise the recording of pledges, pledge collections and gift acknowledgement
  • Work with Alumni Foundation to develop ongoing plan for increased alumni engagement
  • Assist the Campaign Steering Committee, Campaign Leadership and Cabinet in keeping the campaign on track and on schedule
  • Oversee the cultivation and solicitation of prospects
  • Participate in cultivation and solicitation visits as appropriate
  • Participate in public speaking events (AGM, Gala, etc.) as necessary
  • Attend all Steering Committee and Cabinet meetings
  • Provide ongoing communications internally to ensure key staff and volunteers are informed as to Campaign progress
  • Conduct monthly benchmark reviews to assess campaign progress and identify challenges

Key Competencies

  • Proven track record of success in developing and implementing strategies for identification, cultivation and solicitation of individual or corporate donors and partners at the $5,000+ level
  • Demonstrated track record of independently closing individual or corporate major gifts
  • To effectively monitor the prospect pipeline, ensuring that annual and long-term goals are set, monitored and evaluated
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, time management, planning, and organizational skills, with an emphasis on detail and accuracy
  • A professional and superior client service approach
  • Proven ability to engage, support and provide leadership to volunteers involved in major gifts philanthropy
  • Demonstrated experience with proposal development
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Evidence of leadership and initiative, tact, diplomacy and creativity
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues in all positions throughout the organization
  • Post-secondary degree is preferred
  • A valid driver’s license and a willingness to travel are required. Work on evenings and weekends will be required on an as-needed basis


Roger DesLauriers, Principal
Notre Dame Regional Secondary
2880 Venables St., Vancouver, BC V5K 4Z6

OR by email: 

Deadline for applications is Friday, May 25, 2018

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

Executive Assistant, Abbotsford Community Foundation

Reports To: 
Executive Director

Type: Permanent Part Time, Salary, 30-34 hours per week

Salary: Commensurate with qualification and experience                  


 The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) is a public community foundation and a Canadian registered charity. The Foundation acts as a bridge between donors and charities in Abbotsford to help create and maintain strong communities for generations to come. The ACF pools the charitable gifts from many donors to cultivate and grow permanently endowed funds to provide lasting support for local community needs and priorities. The ACF is a catalyst and resource for philanthropy and a vehicle for generous individuals, families and businesses who want to give something back to their community both during and after their lifetime. The ACF is a community leader in the charitable sector and helps to build a stronger, more caring community.

Vision:  Together we will build a stronger, more caring community

 Inspire philanthropy and develop partnerships by investing in people, projects and programs to strengthen our community

Position Summary

We are seeking an outgoing and organized individual for a long-term office position. Under the direction of the Executive Director (ED), the Executive Assistant (EA) is responsible to act as the primary source of administrative, logistical and organizational support to the ED and the ACF office. The role will focus on executive support to the ED as well as managing a variety of operational and administrative issues relevant to the organization on behalf of the ED. The EA takes a supportive role in event planning, marketing and donor stewardship initiatives. The EA will co-ordinate various projects and programs throughout the year, specifically the Student Awards program. Through the ED, the EA supports the administrative needs of all ACF Committees and the Board of Directors.


Administrative Management

  • Provide administrative support to the Executive Director;
  • Assist with Board and/or committee meeting administration as required;
  • Maintain efficient electronic and paper filing systems for office;
  • Coordinate calendar for Board and committee meetings, and associated reminders;
  • Place orders for business cards, letterheads and other office stationery needs.

Database Administration

  • Ensure Income Manager database records and their respective affiliations are updated;
  • Ensure Annual Report Mailing List and E-newsletter subscription list are updated;
  • Enter new profiles and grantees as well as new fund holder records into database;
  • Ensure that grant applications and grantee profiles are set up with the appropriate information;
  • Pull reports from database as needed or as requested by Executive Director;

Student Awards Program Administration

  • Coordinate the complete process for the Student Awards program following established procedures and work flow.
  • Point of contact for Scholarship and Bursary needs to include student recipients, high schools and post-secondary institutions.
  • Maintain, update, and/or develop annual Student Award directory and online application forms.
  • Liaison with School Counsellors and other key partners to ensure all program requirements are met;
  • Work with Student Awards committee and Chair to ensure all aspects co-ordination of the program are met;

 Donor Stewardship

  • Maintain Excel spreadsheets for various donor funds
  • Print, sort and prepare annual fund statements;
  • Assist ED in preparing Thank You notes and correspondence to donors
  • Forward Thank You notes from grantees to corresponding fundholders;
  • Prepare tax receipts in accordance with CRA guidelines and ACF policies:
  • Provide updated fund status reports and granting opportunities for donor-advised fund holders.

Event Coordination and Administration

  • Work with the Executive Director on ACF events, including providing administrative assistance for the Smart & Caring Golf Classic held each September, National Philanthropy Day (NPD) lunch held each November and the annual Donor Recognition celebration;
  • Develop and steward sponsorship relationships as assigned by the ED;
  • Coordinate mailings and communications with invitees, guests, donors, committee members and sponsors;
  • Liaison with event venues re menu, space available, set-up and tear-down;
  • Update and/or develop event online registration forms to facilitate online ticket purchases. Coordinate post-event activities including updating budgets to actuals, sending invoices and all other post-event communications: thank you letters for auction items, volunteers, attendees and sponsors, newsletter update on funds raised;
  • Assist the Executive Director in identifying and developing relationships with potential sponsors;
  • Assist ED and Grants committee with process to gather nominations for the NPD lunch.  Communicate with nominees to complete nomination packages; coordinate with the Grants Committee, Nominees and Applicants;

 Marketing & Communications

  • Maintain and update the Foundation website;
  • Manage the Foundation’s social media accounts;
  • Manage the newsletter system, including subscription lists;
  • Develop content for newsletters;
  • Create and develop social media posts (at least 3 posts a week);
  • Compose blog posts for the website, including announcements of grants and special events;
  • Create press releases for different media channels;
  • Compile impact stories and photos for Annual Report;
  • Assist ED in creating multimedia presentations;
  • Assist ED with design of event signage, including auction display posters, event programs, etc.


  • Oversee the smooth operation and management of the office including general reception duties: processing mail, preparing bank deposits, ordering office supplies, filing, answering the office phone and overseeing third party service providers such as cleaning and maintenance;
  • Financial reporting and accounting support, including bank deposits and preparation for cheque processing;
  • Assist with Board and/or committee meeting administration as required;
  • Purchasing of office supplies and other materials;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a busy office setting (or equivalent);
  • Self-starter, ability to work with limited supervision;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and organize and prioritize multiple tasks while adapting to changing circumstances and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment with frequent/continuous interruptions.
  • Proven ability to analyze and resolve problems by applying initiative, practicing due diligence and exercising sound judgement when responding and dealing with confidential information.
  • Proven organizational & project/event management skills & outstanding time management skills;
  • Exceptional attention to detail;
  • Superior computer skills with a deep understanding of MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher,Outlook); Adobe Acrobat Pro; Gravity forms, and a working knowledge of Database management (Income Manager), Dropbox. Open to learning other on-line applications as required;
  • Computer graphic design skills an asset;
  • Ability to take personal initiative and work independently, as well as being a productive and supportive member of a team;
  • Capacity to demonstrate a flexible approach to new tasks;
  • Experience working with volunteers & community organizations as a staff member or a volunteer;
  • Experience planning & executing special events, incl. workshops and fundraising events;
  • Excellent interpersonal and public relations skills to effectively interact with all stakeholders;
  • Consistently carries out responsibilities in accordance with the Foundation’s policies and procedures and mission and vision.
  • Knowledge of the social profit sector a definite asset.


This posting is for a permanent part-time (30-34 hours per week) position. Preferable hours of work will be from 8:30 to 2:30 five days a week. There is flexibility possible with prior approval of the Executive Director.  Hours could be irregular at busy times such as prior to an event, during the event and in the week following the event.  Staff will be asked to attend the 3 ACF events to assist as required. Lieu time may be accumulated for future use as approved by the Executive Director.

Compensation: Commensurate based on skill level and previous experience.

Vacation:  In accordance with the Employment Standards Act, 4% vacation pay will be earned on an accrual basis and vacation can be taken as accrued, upon approval of the Executive Director.

Benefits:  Available as required.

Please send your cover letter and resume to:

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on May 28, 2018.

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