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The latest fundraising career opportunities.

Development Coordinator, Community Partnerships Fraser Valley Region, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice


Regular Full Time – (1.0 FTE)

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider. For over two decades, through the many programs and services we provide, we have made a significant difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Be part of a talented and innovative team that takes pride in supporting and providing the highest quality pediatric palliative care.

As an active member of the Development team, the focus of this role is to generate annual revenue through building relationships and supporting activities in our Community Giving Program, including soliciting and liaising with members of the community who produce fundraisers.  You will work to ensure the best possible experience for event organizers, donors, volunteers and team members to provide a high level of care and service to support existing and new community-based fundraising initiatives. You will ensure all receive the tools needed, support and recognition for their philanthropic efforts. Your work will be provincial in scope to support the overall mission of Canuck Place.


The successful incumbent will possess a post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant discipline, coupled with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a non-profit/fundraising environment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills and the ability to interact with individuals at all levels
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Public presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure
  • Strong attention to detail (specifically with spreadsheets, timelines and database management)
  • Demonstrated ability to be a collaborative team player and establish and maintain positive working relationships, both internally and externally
  • High degree of discretion, initiative, resourcefulness and thoughtfulness in the decision-making process
  • Strong computer skills including excellent Microsoft Office skills. Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge or a comparable
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Must have a vehicle as well as a clean, valid BC Drivers License

Note: Flexibility is necessary, as this position may require occasional weekend and evening work and travel within and outside the Lower Mainland.

Qualified applicants are invited to email their resume and cover letter in MS Word or Adobe PDF format to by Friday, May 11, 2018. Please specify which role you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates who have been short-listed will be contacted.

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 the fantastic opportunity with Saltus Grammar School in Bermuda. We are seeking a Director of Advancement, who will help this leading independent school to grow its development and alumni engagement program. The compensation and benefits package is extremely competitive and we will assist with the work visa process as well. Contact me by Friday. Feel free to schedule a time to chat here.

Also, the search for a Manager of Major Gifts with St. Paul’s Foundation is well underway and I look forward to speaking with you about this great opportunity to focus on six-figure gift solicitations for St. Paul’s campaign.

And here are some additional jobs that came across my desk…



Alumni Coordinator, Collingwood School

Collingwood School is a coeducational day school located on two campuses in West Vancouver, BC. Our purpose is to teach, model, inspire and encourage our students, ultimately preparing them to become successful global citizens. With an innovative, evolving approach to teaching, the totality of our curriculum provides students with a wealth of diverse, meaningful and transformative educational experiences.


The Alumni Coordinator is responsible for the planning and implementation of programs, projects, and events that strategically engage alumni in strengthening programs and provide tangible benefits to alumni and current students. The alumni community currently numbers approximately 4,000.

The Alumni Coordinator is the School’s advocate to create and maintain pathways for alumni participation that advance the goals of Collingwood; partnering with Development colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni giving; and serving as a liaison between the Alumni Executive Board and the academic and administrative leadership.


  • Experience in alumni relations and external affairs with demonstrated accomplishment in fostering productive relationships with volunteers and developing volunteer leadership
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the Institute, alumni, other constituents and the public
  • The demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers
  • Demonstrably strong writing, planning and organizational skills
  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or a similar constituent database would be an asset
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Bachelor’s degree

Responsibilities Include:

  • Work closely with the Alumni Executive Board, arranging its meetings, staffing its committees and ensuring strong and productive relationships between its members and the academic and administrative leadership
  • Plan, implement and promote alumni programs that support the School’s strategic plan as well as the goals of the Alumni office in collaboration with colleagues within the Advancement Office
  • Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records; capture contact, biographical and career information of alumni via surveys, projects, correspondence, website, postal returns, etc.
  • Lead the transition of the alumni directory from NetDirectory to a format on LinkedIn
  • Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; maintain regular communication with alumni via direct contact, email blasts, alumni web pages, and publications
  • Assist the Marketing and Communications Department with stories, connections and interviews for the bi-annual magazine
  • Educate graduating students about alumni benefits and engage them in programs
  • Plan the growth and accessibility of career networking services for alumni through affinity lunches and guest speaker salons
  • Collaborate closely with development colleagues in increasing support from alumni; routinely identify and qualify alumni prospects for gifts; communicate development-related activities via written contact reports filed in Raiser’s Edge and periodic attendance at prospect management meetings
  • Engage coaches and past athletes in affinity reunions that happen at sporting events such as the Rugby7s, CavClassic, Hatch Cup and Dads and Lads reunion rugby game
  • Oversee and balance the budget for Alumni program; within the annual program budget, manage existing and/or additional alumni programs, services and communications

Please submit resume to Elain Evans, Executive Director, Advancement by April 30, 2018.

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

Manager, Major Gifts, St. Paul’s Foundation

St. Paul’s Foundation is currently seeking a Manager, Major Gifts, Surgery & Imaging to join its Development Team. Reporting to the Director of Major Gifts, the successful candidate will be a high achiever with the ability to successfully navigate a complex organization in a solutions-focused manner.

The preferred candidate will have demonstrated success in major gift fundraising and personal solicitations, ideally achieved in a complex Hospital setting.

The Manager of Major Gifts is a confident solicitor with proven success with asks of $100K+ and has a history of demonstrating exceptional abilities in donor engagement and solicitation.

Experience: The successful candidate must have a minimum of 5 years relevant experience with a proven track record of fundraising success.

Accountability: The Manager of Major Gifts is responsible for raising funds in support of St. Paul’s Hospital Surgery & Imaging clinical programs and research.  The role is to cultivate, solicit and oversee stewardship of donors with capacity to make a minimum $25K annual donation.  The incumbent is accountable for the effective development, implementation and execution of strategic Major Gift fundraising plans within an assigned medical portfolio as well as the management of an active fundraising portfolio consisting of 75 to 150 accounts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for ensuring goals for meaningful donor interactions (activity) and fundraising targets (financials) are met or exceeded as well as fundraising targets of a defined medical portfolio and its respective funding priorities
  • Develop and implement comprehensive plans for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding gifts for the assigned donor portfolio, including upgrading existing donors
  • Working in collaboration with Hospital stakeholders and members of the Communications and Marketing team, develop personal correspondence and proposal materials for prospective donors to generate gifts for priority projects
  • Foster good working relationships with key hospital staff
  • Working with members of the Donation Processing and Stewardship and Donor Relations teams, recognize and steward donors as the gifts are received; and with the Events Coordinator maintain and coordinate stewardship activities including recognition events, tours, donor wall, naming opportunities etc
  • Coordinate and participate in strategy and debrief meetings before & following donor/ stakeholder meetings
  • Collaborate with colleagues on donor management to facilitate effective transition from annual to major gifts and planned giving pipelines.
  • Coaching colleagues, volunteers and others on fundraising to maximize impact, sharing knowledge, ideas, and updates in a timely and effective manner, being mindful of competing schedules and deadlines
  • Prepare briefing and debriefing materials in preparation for meetings with donors and key stakeholders
  • Follow established procedures on Raiser’s Edge database for tracking and qualifying prospects and for recording and reporting gifts and ensure that all communications, contacts, correspondence, and actions are recorded.
  • Prepare an annual business plan together with the Development team.
  • Provide regular progress reports to the Directors of Major Gifts, Campaign and Chief Development Officer
  • Keep abreast of the latest trends and techniques of charitable giving and become informed about the tax aspects of charitable gifts and new legislation and revenue rulings affecting such gifts
  • When applicable, work with other development and Foundation teams to further the mandate and goals of the Foundation.


  • Superior interpersonal skills to engage, motivate and leverage stakeholders both internally and externally
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated management capabilities (staff and volunteers)
  • Experience with Raisers Edge an asset
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills and collaborative team player
  • Able to establish and maintain positive working relationships
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Highly computer-literate with excellent Microsoft Office computer skills.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Available to work occasional weekend and evening hours
  • Ethical behavior: ensures own behaviour and that of others is consistent with the mission and values of St. Paul’s Foundation.

About St. Paul’s Foundation:

St. Paul’s Foundation raises funds for enhanced patient care, capital projects, equipment needs, research and teaching at St. Paul’s in Vancouver, B.C. Looking ahead to the new, state-of-the art St. Paul’s in 2022—and looking back, to our founding in 1894—the generosity of those in our community has made St. Paul’s the world-leading hospital it is today.

About St. Paul’s Hospital:

St. Paul’s is a world renowned centre of research, teaching and patient care. Since 1894, St. Paul’s has built a tradition of excellence and compassionate care for the people of BC, including some of our most marginalized populations. Today, St. Paul’s cares for hundreds of thousands of people each year and conducts research and teaching initiatives that benefit patients locally, nationally and globally.

For more information, 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.

This Week’s Jobs

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Happy Monday!

I am excited to announce a new search for Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management. We are working with St. Paul’s Foundation again, this time for a Manager, Major Gifts for the Surgery and Imaging department.

This is an exciting time to join St. Paul’s and I look forward to speaking more about this key role on their campaign team.

And here are some more career opportunities that came across my desk.