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Development Officer, Surrey Libraries

Who We Are

Surrey Libraries is an innovative and award-winning library system that provides a wide range of materials, programs and information services to the community. We are a growing library system, recognized for our ability to respond creatively to our active and diverse community through outreach to community groups and partnerships with agencies. In addition to our collections, progressive use of technology and a wide variety of online resources, we specialize in genealogical materials and multilingual collections in 16 languages.

The Position

This is a regular part-time position, working 21 hours per week

Under the direction of the Manager of Fund Development, the Development Officer plays a supportive role in achieving Surrey Libraries fund development goals and objectives. The incumbent is responsible for supporting the planning, organizing, and carrying out of direct mail campaigns, securing sponsors, grant writing, donor recognition, and other fundraising-related events and programs for the library.

Candidates must have good working knowledge of fundraising principles and practises, computer database management programs, and software applications. Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge is an asset.

Regular hours of work will be three consecutive days within the work week as scheduled but may be subject to change as needed to support special events.


  • Carries out and delivers various library fundraising programs and campaigns
  • Maintains a fundraising database, and conducts routine communication with donors and potential donors. Coordinates data input for campaigns
  • Carries out donor recognition program, in accordance with the Donor Recognition Policy
  • Assists in securing sponsors for fund development events and programs
  • Assists in the development of Major Gifts and Planned Giving programs
  • Assists with the planning and organization of Capital campaigns
  • Assists with the planning and organizing of fundraising events
  • Liaises with media, where appropriate
  • Assists in the development of web-based fundraising opportunities
  • Prepares analytical reports on fundraising activities and reports on revenues and expenditures
  • Provides assistance to Community Relations activities and promotions
  • Performs other related duties as required


  • Completion of a diploma or certificate in fundraising or a related discipline from an accredited post-secondary program or an equivalent combination of directly related work experience and education
  • Accurate keyboarding speed of 35 words per minute
  • 1 to 2 years related working experience

Required Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software applications related to the work performed
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of promotional techniques and marketing trends
  • Ability to communicate effectively, spoken and written
  • Ability to deal courteously and effectively with corporate and media representatives, existing and potential donors and sponsors
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships with staff
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and stressful environment, with limited supervision
  • Knowledge of Library operations and programs would be considered an asset
  • Ability to think outside the box with innovative problem-solving ability
  • Advanced computer literacy in MS Office
  • Experience in Raiser’s Edge or a similar fundraising database

We are an organization that highly values its staff, and are committed to working as a team towards realizing the vision and mission of Surrey Libraries.

To learn more about Surrey Libraries, please visit To learn more about the City of Surrey, please visit

A criminal record check is a condition of employment. If you are interested in pursuing this unique and exciting opportunity, please forward your resume and a letter of introduction, in confidence, to by February 16, 2018.

We thank in advance all applicants who apply and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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

Development Officer, Donor Relations and Events, Vancouver Public Library Foundation

The Vancouver Public Library Foundation was set up in 1997 to enhance the programs, collections, services and spaces of the Vancouver Public Library; programs and spaces for everyone in our community. It is governed by a self-elected Board of Directors and currently employs four full-time staff, who work closely with employees of the Vancouver Public Library.

About the Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library (VPL) was founded in 1887 and is the third largest public library system in Canada. The Vancouver Public Library Foundation is proud to support the Library’s successful history of providing services, programs and resources to children, families and adults throughout the City.

Vancouver loves its library, offline and online: 78 percent of city residents use the library, which enjoyed more than 6.9 million patron visits last year [an equivalent of more than 10 visits per resident]. The library’s website had 5.3 million visits. More than 8,000 programs – all of them free – entertained, engaged and informed more than 235,000 people.

Across its 21 locations, VPL is the most-visited major urban library per capita in Canada.

We are seeking a Development Officer, Donor Relations and Events to join our growing team. Your excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and problem-solving abilities help you to build strong relationships with Board members, donors, and prospective supporters. You are both strategic and responsive. You have a professional manner and the ability to interact diplomatically with a wide variety of people, and you value the role libraries play in our community.


This new role on the VPL Foundation team requires a skilled professional competent in managing a diverse portfolio including special event planning and donor-centred activity coordination. The Development Officer, Donor Relations and Events assists the Foundation in cultivating and stewarding vital relationships with annual, special event, major gift and gift planning donors, friends and volunteers.

The successful candidate will work closely with Foundation and Library teams to ensure synergies and success for all events.


The Development Officer, Donor Relations and Events will:

  • Create and implement plans for engagement, cultivation, fundraising, and stewardship events for prospective and current donors to the Foundation. This will include establishing new events, including an annual gala, to reach annual goals.
  • Coordinate gift announcements and events for major gift and gift planning donors. This will involve convening key players and booking catering and venues, working with the Foundation and VPL Marketing Communications teams for strategy discussions around media relations, agendas and speaking notes, while acting as the primary lead on the organization and logistics of the announcement/event.
  • Maximize the use of Raiser’s Edge as a tool for documenting naming opportunities and implementing and executing cultivation and stewardship plans.
  • Manage the donor naming approval process and inventory of naming opportunities, along with the coordination of donor signage and plaquing.
  • Act as the lead in the development and updating of donor walls and recognition vehicles. Work with the Foundation and Library teams to update these systems on an annual basis.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

  • Proven experience planning events, including large annual fundraising events, that met set objectives.
  • Proven ability to interact with senior level business and community leaders. An understanding of the local philanthropic community is an asset.
  • 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
  • Diplomatic, deal-making and influencing skills
  • Ability to present (one-to-one and to groups)
  • Skilled teambuilding abilities. Proven ability to coach or mentor others.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends and to travel to attend meetings, workshops.
  • Related event management experience and expertise in the area of revenue development, with specifically demonstrated knowledge and experience in:
    • Management of events
    • Securing corporate sponsorship
    • Recruitment and management of leadership volunteers
  • University degree or professional certification in fundraising or related business discipline.
  • Three to five years experience in conducting special events, revenue development, annual giving, project management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience and a sound knowledge of a comprehensive fundraising program an asset.
  • Working knowledge of Raisers Edge 7, Auction Tracker and Microsoft Office Suite.

Working Environment:

  • Creative and flexible work environment.
  • Small, highly collaborative team.
  • Onsite kitchen and gym.
  • Professional development allowance.
  • Beautiful new office space as of spring 2018.
  • Central downtown location near transit, shopping and great lunch spots.
  • Easy access to all Central Library has to offer, including free business/technology training, recording studios and much more!

We thank all applicants and advise that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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

This Week’s Jobs

I can’t believe this is the last week of January already! This week, I have no new Gerard Consulting searches to announce. All current searches are either in the reviewing and interviewing stages. But as all searches are open until filled feel free to check out all our active searches here

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

Have a great week!



Development Officer, Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 charters worldwide, JA brings a diverse global view of business to local communities. Since 1955 Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) has partnered with educators, donors and volunteers to bring a real-world experience into the classroom. Our programs give students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.

We are currently seeking to fill a Development Officer position for our Resource Development department. We will provide an opportunity for interested candidates to grow and develop their skills within a dynamic and challenging environment.

Job Summary:

The Development Officer reports to the VP Development while working closely with the CEO, VP Programs and Resource Development Team. This is a permanent position.

The Development Officer works closely with the administrative staff and other departments as needed (e.g. Finance, Programs, Marketing) to manage and expand the donor portfolio. To this end, the Development Officer facilitates and collaborates on cross-functional implementation projects and strategies.

The Development Officer will work with the VP Development to create and execute a plan to engage and secure new resources from a portfolio of donors which includes Foundations, Charitable Trusts and individual donors.

The position activities include identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of 80-100 donors, with a minimum annual goal of $500K.

Preparation and submission of grant applications, LOIs, reports and other correspondence as required to assure high standards for donor satisfaction and retention. This also includes activities such as research and meeting briefings, updating donor database and other duties as assigned.


  • Two years post-secondary education or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • 3-5 years of fundraising experience, including but not limited to annual giving, grant writing, foundation giving
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team in a small office   environment
  • Ability to work with changing priorities and a diverse group of people
  • A passion for the not-for-profit sector and desire to learn
  • Experience coordinating or as support to a fundraising team
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office and use of Raisers Edge
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills, and customer service skills
  • Sound ability to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to foster a positive work environment; tact and diplomacy are critical
  • Superb problem-solving skills

Please submit your application, including cover letter and resume to Nancy Cardozo, VP Development, The application period deadline is February 15, 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. We expect to have the selected candidate offered by the end of February 2018.

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

This Week’s Jobs

This week is the last chance to apply for the role of Executive Director, British Columbia Schizophrenia Society. If you want to make a difference in the lives of people with mental illness and their families and if you are looking for a position where you can apply your strong administrative and people leadership skills than this opportunity may be for you. Call me today.

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

Have a great week!