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Happy Friday!

Summer may have started last week but for kids in Canada, it really starts today! Congratulations to all students and parents out there on another year (hopefully successfully) completed!

And we kick the real beginning of summer off with a long weekend and one of my favorite holidays. I  would like to wish you all a wonderful Canada Day!

And here are some professional development opportunities that came across my desk…



Event Coordinator, For Children We Care Gala, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation


BC Children’s Hospital is one of the most recognized and highly regarded institutions in the province and has been rated the top brand in BC through research conducted by Insights West.

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) serves to support the tremendous efforts of the Hospital – its amazing medical care and outstanding research.

Our vision is ambitious:  Every child is healthy and able to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Our mission:  Be a catalyst for transformative child health through excellence in philanthropy, collaboration and advocacy. The Foundation is looking for people who share our passion to better the lives of children and their families and join us in our quest and successfully advance our vision and mission.


BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) is seeking an energetic Event Coordinator to join the Chinese Community Team. Reporting to and working closely with the Event Manager, the Event Coordinator is responsible for planning and executing the logistics and production of BCCHF’s For Children We Care Gala.

Please note that the ability to speak Cantonese fluently, as well as read and write Chinese, is considered a strong asset for this role.

More specifically, the Event Coordinator will:

  • Lead the coordination of event logistics, which may include securing and negotiating services with vendors, managing event budgets, creating schedules and critical paths, tracking event attendees and participation.
  • Manage event auction and raffle programs including securing prizes, writing prize descriptions, creating promotional elements, and ensuring appropriate follow-up post event.
  • Collaborate with internal fundraising teams to create events strategies that align with their fundraising goals and the needs of the Chinese Community.
  • Contribute to and execute on strategy designed to grow our fundraising efforts and increase engagement with the Chinese community.
  • Support the Event Manager with volunteer management, which includes attending volunteer committee meetings, supporting volunteers so they are able to successfully perform their role, and recruiting and training day-of event volunteers.
  • Support the Event Assistant in managing vendors, site setup/planning, volunteers, and in-kind sponsors.
  • With the Event Manager, manage the production of the For Children We Care Gala, which includes developing a detailed day of event schedule, being the key contact for external vendors, and ensuring the program runs smoothly.
  • Build and maintain mutually rewarding relationships with our committees, sponsors, donors, vendors, and volunteers.
  • Work with Marketing & Communications to develop marketing and communication strategies for the event to increase exposure and drive Chinese Community participation; this includes creating digital and social media strategies, as well as creating event collateral such as event programs.


We are looking for a professional, flexible, and dynamic individual who demonstrates a high level of motivation and has the ability to balance diverse workloads. You ideally possess an understanding of event logistics, fundraising principles, marketing and communications and/or have experience working with a wide variety of stakeholders such as volunteers, donors, and corporate sponsors. This knowledge is complemented by your proven ability to build strong internal and external relationships, and work collaboratively at all levels. You have solid organizational and communication skills and attention to detail. You are analytical, methodical, results-oriented, and innovative.

In addition, you have:

  • A university degree or diploma in marketing, events, business administration or related fields.
  • Minimum 3 years related experience in special events planning, ideally working with a volunteer event organizing committee.
  • Ability to speak Cantonese fluently – and ideally Mandarin – as well as read/write/and type Chinese is consider a strong asset.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint).
  • Experience in using database; Raiser’s Edge 7 is an asset.
  • Experience in English-Chinese translation is an asset.
  • Experience in a not-for-profit environment is an asset.
  • Sponsorship experience (acquisition and fulfillment) is an asset.


The successful candidate must be flexible with work schedule to accommodate committee meetings and events (occasionally held on evenings and/or weekends) and must have a valid BC driver’s license and a means of reliable transportation to get to and from meetings and event venues.


BCCHF’s employees have helped to create a work environment in which there is laughter, passion, and pride. It is a place where people are respected, appreciated and recognized for their individual and team efforts. We see our employees as our most valuable resource, and we work hard to ensure that employees continue to work in a collaborative and positive environment. As a result, we are proud to state that we have been recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers for eight years in a row!

In addition to a nine-day fortnight and a commitment to professional development, we offer a dynamic team environment and a comprehensive compensation package including benefits.

Does this sound exciting? Come join our team and help make miracles happen!

Apply online at www.bcchf.ca/careers by July 8, 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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

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!



Upcoming Events

Photo by Aleksandr Eremin on Unsplash

Photo by Aleksandr Eremin on Unsplash

Happy Friday!

One more week and Summer is officially here. One might think that professional development opportunities will slow down but here are a few exciting summer institutes and webinars for you.



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 www.davidsuzuki.org

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 https://davidsuzuki.org/careers/.

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!

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