Director of Development, Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern & Central Alberta


About Ronald McDonald House Charities® Southern & Central Alberta (RMHCSCA)

Seventy per cent of Canadian families live in an area without a children’s hospital. This means that when a child is seriously ill or injured, families must leave their homes, jobs and support systems to access vital – and often life-saving – medical care. RMHCSCA is here to help. We keep families close.

We know that when a child is sick, the whole family hurts. That’s why we’re part of a global network prioritizing family-centered care through three unique core programs:

  • Offering 23 private family suites in Calgary and 11 in Red Deer, our Ronald McDonald Houses provide a warm, compassionate and comfortable environment where families can share experiences, eat a warm homemade meal and rest while caring for a child in the hospital.
  • Our Care Mobiles deliver quality health and wellness services to Calgary and area communities where they’re needed most, eliminating barriers to health care to build healthier people and communities.
  • Our future Family Rooms will provide a caring place for families to rest and recharge inside hospital walls.

Our Chapter has worked with approximately 22,000 families since inception.

About the Role

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Development will advance our mission by developing and implementing a well-balanced plan to meet RMHCSCA annual fundraising goals. This role is instrumental to the success of the entire Chapter by leading and motivating a dedicated staff team, building upon an already strong culture of collaboration and setting an ambitious strategic course.

As the leader of a growing development team that will support organizational expansion in the future, the Director of Development must have the ability to move the annual fundraising program to new levels of success.

We are looking for an individual with a proven track record working with a diverse donor portfolio; a strong relationship manager; a strategic thinker; an engaging results-oriented leader with a passion for supporting families with critically ill children. They must be capable of work in a steeply growing organization that is developing the infrastructure and capacity for significant increases to its community investment. The successful candidate will strengthen our ability to serve, improve policy and processes, steward stakeholders, fundraise tenaciously and lead a team to do likewise. He/she must be confident, courageous and smart about their work with prospects, donors and other stakeholders. Through the efforts of the Director of Development, the organization’s visibility will be broadened, relationships with donors will be deepened, and philanthropic support will be strengthened.

The Director of Development position is a full-time, permanent role.  It will occasionally require work on evenings and weekends.  There will be regular travel to the Red Deer House and throughout Central and Southern Alberta.

About the Candidate

  • Post-secondary education in a Non Profit Management, Marketing, Commerce or related field
  • Minimum of seven years of progressive fundraising experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing staff
  • Experience building and managing budgets
  • CFRE designation is considered a strong asset
  • Aspirations for career growth with one of Canada’s best known children’s charities

What we offer:

  •  Competitive salary and excellent benefits
  • A collaborative environment with inspirational and encouraging coworkers
  • A high-performance culture in a growing organization
  • Work with a Development team that is capable and motivated
  • An engaged and supportive Board of Directors
  • Family and stakeholder centeredness
  • Knowledge that one is making a profound impact on the lives of families with sick or injured children

Please forward a resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to Jennifer Brault, Director of Human Resources, Ronald McDonald House Charities® Southern & Central Alberta no later than August 12, 2017.


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

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Executive Director, Marketing & Communications, Trinity Western University

Position Summary       

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for providing the strategy and direction for the University’s brand, communication, marketing, and public relations activities. The ED manages the Marketing and Communications Department, which includes marketing, media relations, public relations, creative services and the University’s website.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Advance and protect the brand of Trinity Western University.
  2. Increase market share for undergraduate and graduate student enrolments.
  3. Provide strategic communication counsel directed toward internal and external constituents.
  4. Conduct relevant ongoing research to inform marketing, program and public relations’ activities.

Additional Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of the Presidents Council.
  • Provide leadership in developing the university’s brand, communication and marketing strategies.
  • Effectively manage Marketing and Communications budget. Ensure appropriate measurement and tracking is in place so that marketing is cost-effectively driving leads.
  • Provide communication services to internal clients.
  • Develop and update a strategic marketing plan in conjunction with the program areas and sales teams.
  • Ensure that sales efforts are supported through content marketing via print, email and social media targeted to prospective students at various stages of the sales funnel.
  • Direct the development of an institutional image.
  • Coordinate seamlessly the University brand with the athletic brand in representing the University externally.
  • Provide leadership for the Marketing and Communications team.
  • Select, direct, and evaluate the Marketing and Communications team members.
  • Bring a marketing perspective to executives for planning the University’s future.
  • Provide direction on data and reports required for specific market, market segment, or behavioural analysis studies required.
  • Oversee the development of all print and media campaigns for the University.
  • Advise on new student recruitment marketing and retention strategies.
  • Conduct feasibility studies regarding the development of new academic programs and evaluate existing programs.
  • Provide an overview of the University’s marketplace relevance and competitive mix.
  • Coordinate the University’s social media, Internet and mobile communication strategies.
  • Manage the negotiation of large buys with the media representing the University as a whole. Segment out messaging by product, while leveraging the overall advertising budget as a whole.
  • Bring leadership to the various media agencies and outside vendors that work on behalf of the University and ensure that each entity works seamlessly and in conjunction as part of the University-wide strategy.
  • Coordinate with the sales teams in segmentation and control of data, focusing on inquiry processing and the transition from inquiry to manage care of the prospective student.
  • Provide leadership for the University’s publications and the President’s annual report.
  • Provide direction for the University’s external media relations’ activities.  

Job Standards & Requirements


  • Masters in Leadership or Business Administration preferred, with a marketing background (in higher education preferred). Some sales experience is a plus.


  • At least 10 years of marketing experience, with at least 5 years of senior leadership experience in marketing, and experience in public relations preferred.
  • Experience in higher education is an asset.

Skills & Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively, orally and written.
  • Organized, disciplined, and able to work with minimal direct supervision. Creative, resourceful, and independent.
  • Proficient with computer software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and preferably Adobe and Google Analytics.
  • Broad understanding of Internet and creative media including video.
  • Customer service oriented.
  • Ability to work with all levels of management.
  • Strong budget management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure, exuding a mature demeanour while multi-tasking in a deadline oriented environment with accuracy and consistency.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team, as well as an independent contributor.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discretionary skills in determining when to act independently and when to consult management prior to taking action.
  • Self-starter with a positive attitude.


  • Warm-hearted, dedicated, committed and mature evangelical Christian with a keen desire to serve in family, church, work and community.
  • A firm commitment to TWU’s mission, values, Statement of Faith and Community Covenant.
  • Impeccable character and reputation, a pleasant personality with a positive and friendly attitude in the midst of a very busy and challenging university atmosphere.

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.

Fund Development Coordinator, Burnaby Family Life

Burnaby Family Life is seeking an experienced, resourceful and enthusiastic Fund Development Coordinator to coordinate our fundraising efforts. The successful candidate will be able to work independently while maintaining open lines of communication, be a creative multi-tasker, and have knowledge of many aspects of Fundraising.

About Burnaby Family Life

Since 1971, Burnaby Family Life has been offering quality community social services in Burnaby and in neighbouring communities, too. We’re building on that tradition and working every day to make this a more inclusive, welcoming and safe community for all. We’re blessed with a dedicated Board of Directors, committed professional staff and volunteers and we’re grateful for the support we receive from hundreds of donors, sponsors and members.

Burnaby Family Life’s mission is to deliver high-quality services that meet the current and emerging needs of individuals, families and the community in all its diversity. We facilitate and empower collaborative community solutions to enable all to reach their full potential.

Reports to: Executive Director

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the Executive Assistant to implement fundraising activities
  • Maintain donor database
  • Help develop an appealing mission for donors to give to
  • Implement direct mail campaigns and follow-up with phone calls and meetings
  • Maintain dedicated webpage with images, videos and stories
  • Develop a regular e-newsletter for existing donors
  • Meet with donors in person to build relationships
  • Generates new ideas and opportunities to increase fundraising and fund development
  • Researches corporations and foundations to identify and evaluate potential funding sources
  • Supports the Kids Challenge Committee in following up on corporate sponsor leads
  • Represents Burnaby Family at fundraising and public awareness events
  • Create and maintain a fundraising budget

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 2 years of hands-on experience in fundraising, ideally with a not for profit organization with proven ability to grow and expand donor base
  • Experience in sales, customer service, special events, administration, project management, prospect research and annual giving
  • Proven experience in roles requiring strategic vision, planning, and innovative thinking to capitalize on opportunities while managing multiple priorities
  • Willingness to meet with donors outside of regular work hours on evenings and weekends 

Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Experience in Event Management
  • Interest and commitment to the values of Burnaby Family Life
  • Demonstrated success in roles that require creative ideas to reach objectives
  • Experience in setting up different Fundraising plans
  • Diplomatic and tactful
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced and changing environment

Salary range: $42,406 – $51,105 annually, to commensurate with experience.

Comprehensive dental and health benefits are made available once the candidate has passed the probationary period.

Apply by submitting a cover letter and resume with relevant experience to, with attention to Michel Pouliot.

Subject line must read: Fund Development Coordinator

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

For more information about our organization, please visit

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