Posted On: 2017-02-27
Closing On: 2017-03-27
Location: Edmonton, AB
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

The Opportunities

The Alberta Cancer Foundation is seeking two Executive Directors in our Fund Development team to be strategic leaders of key areas in the next stage of our growth and evolution.  Reporting to the Vice President, Fund Development, and leading dedicated teams of skilled professionals, the Executive Directors will have frequent interaction and collaboration with donors and sponsors, and colleagues in major and planned giving, IT, Human Resources, Finance, and Administration.

The Executive Director, Fund Development Operations will be the strategic leader of the crucial operations that support the Foundation’s development goals, as well as oversight of our annual giving programs. The Executive Director will play a crucial role in furthering the Foundation’s fundraising success by not only providing stable funding for our ongoing annual giving programs, but also providing the support systems and mechanisms to allow for the Foundation’s major gift program growth. The Executive Director will be a part of an evolving team with ambitious fundraising goals and will be integral to scaling the department to a new level of philanthropy.

The Executive Director will have specific responsibility for stewardship, data analytics, prospect research and coordination, and all annual giving revenue streams including: direct marketing (i.e.: direct mail, telemarketing and face-to-face), tribute giving, lotteries, and challenge events. The Executive Director will also manage the integrations between programs.  

We also seek a dynamic and entrepreneurial Executive Director, Fund Development to lead our major gifts and relationship-based fundraising activities across the province to help meet the strategic objectives of the Foundation. Joining us at an exciting time in our growth and evolution, the Executive Director will be a crucial leader in strengthening and deepening our donors’ support of the treatment and eradication of cancer. 

This is an exceptional opportunity for a proven fundraising professional to increase and enhance transformational philanthropic support for Alberta’s largest cancer funder. The Executive Director will help chart our course in fund development, including leading a balanced funding solicitation program tailored to the needs of the organization that will enable us to attract, retain and motivate donors, sponsors and fundraising volunteers. 

Specifically, the Executive Director will have oversight of the Northern Alberta and Southern Alberta fund development revenue streams and teams, with a particular focus on major and leadership gifts, as well as planned gifts, and community events. The Executive Director will manage their own portfolio of prospects and donors at various stages of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

About the Alberta Cancer Foundation

Every day, 43 Albertans hear the words "you have cancer". The Alberta Cancer Foundation aims to make a difference today, for every Albertan that is affected by these three words.

We strive to be one of the most innovative, philanthropic organizations in Canada by delivering transformational results for Alberta cancer patients and their families.

As the largest philanthropic investor in cancer research in Alberta, we have the capacity and the relationships to invest in the most promising outcomes. We take a strategic approach to investing donor dollars, toward initiatives and programs that will lead to:

  • Research and programs that have a clear impact for patients.

  • Earlier detection.

  • Improved treatments and an enhanced quality of life.

Every year, the Alberta Cancer Foundation invests more than $20 million across this province. We only invest in ideas that will deliver results to cancer patients. As the fundraising partner for all of Alberta's cancer centres, including the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, as well as 15 other associate and community cancer centres throughout the province, the Foundation ensures that our investments directly support cancer patients.

Our vision, mission and values are the key drivers for all that we do. They inform the development of our strategic goals which serve to focus our energy and resources on those areas most critical to achieving our vision and mission. 

Our Vision is:  A cancer-free future

Our Mission is: Making life better for Albertans facing cancer.

Our Values:

  • Care: We meet the needs of patients, families, donors, staff and volunteers in a caring and compassionate manner.

  • Courage: We challenge the status quo and take measured risks to continuously improve.

  • Integrity: We act in a way that is truthful, transparent and accountable.

  • Respect: We create an environment where each individual is valued and treated with dignity.

  • Results Oriented:We drive better outcomes for patients, families and donors.

  • Teamwork and Collaboration: We develop and nurture partnerships that add value for Albertans.

We set our investment priorities based on the potential to lead to progress on our strategic goals; clinicians, healthcare professionals, researchers, patients and families help us determine those priorities. We then “source” initiatives and programs consistent with our priorities; these will be specific investments made in transformative opportunities, and innovations leading to improved clinical practice and care. Our specific investments are focused on achieving impact and measurable outcomes in relation to one or more of the strategic goals.

Our investments are focused on making a direct impact for patients. Some are more personal—such as providing blanket warmers, or helping patients transition back into their community after treatment—while others are more transformative. Here is a sample of some of those larger investments our donors have been supporting:

  • Reduce Cancer Risk:The Tomorrow Project – a 50 year research study

  • Clinical Trials at Tom Baker Cancer Centre & Cross Cancer Institute

  • Immunotherapy Research

  • Head and Neck Cancer Portable Swallowing Device Development

  • Patient Financial Assistance Program

  • Screening for Distress

  • Healing Arts

For more detailed information on our priorities, please see our Annual Report here.

Fundraising at the Alberta Cancer Foundation

Through the generosity and commitment of our donors, we invest in people, ideas and initiatives that push the pace of progress, ignite the brightest and best minds in research, and implement leading-edge treatments to improve lives.

We are grateful for the support of our 200,000 donors that have allowed us to invest more than $130 million into this province over the last five years, including over $21 million invested last year.  

Revenue from fundraising and net investment income in 2016 totaled $37.3 million. This includes $14.9 from individuals and $12.4 from our special events.

Our development team of over 20 staff is located in multiple locations including Edmonton and Calgary. The Foundation raises funds through: memorial and planned gifts; direct mail campaigns; online giving and monthly contributions; individual and corporate philanthropic gifts; sponsorships, more than 200 volunteer community fundraising and challenge events annually; and the Cash and Cars lottery.

For More information

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been engaged to lead the search for this crucial role. For more information, please contact Christoph Clodius, Vice President, Search Practice at (778) 373-4867, or email at

Please see the full position prospectus of both roles here.

To formally apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by March 27, 2017. 

Please note that we strongly encourage early submissions as candidates will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.

All enquiries will be kept in strict confidence. The Alberta Cancer Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.