Posted On: 2017-04-07
Closing On: 2017-05-05
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Effective: As Soon as Possible
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description

Schizophrenia is one of the most widely misunderstood and feared illnesses in society. The associated and enduring stigma often results in discrimination and, consequently, a reluctance to seek appropriate help. Schizophrenia is treatable. Recovery is possible. But, it takes a supportive, caring community.

Do you want to make a difference in helping to create a positive and inclusive experience for someone’s journey to mental wellness?  Founded in 1979, the Schizophrenia Society of Canada (SSC) is proud to celebrate more than 37 years of hope, change and innovation for individuals living with schizophrenia and psychosis. We envision not only a society absent of the illness, but one free from stigma, social prejudice and discrimination; through the efforts of the SSC Foundation we envision a day when there is a cure for schizophrenia and psychosis.

The Schizophrenia Society of Canada (SSC) works in partnership with 10 provincial schizophrenia societies, increasing awareness and understanding, supporting families and individuals, promoting researching and encouraging positive change. Through our programs and activities, we strive to: reduce stigma through education and awareness; support individuals and families; advocate for improved services and treatments; and support research. 

We are seeking a new National Director of Development to join our team and provide the experience, creativity, leadership and energy for significant philanthropic growth on a national level. We are looking for someone who is passionate about our cause and will inspire a spirit and culture of philanthropy throughout our national organization. This newly created leadership position will be the architect of growth and change, building a sustainable future for SSC National and those we serve.  We’re passionate about the people we help and we need someone with the skills, experience and determination to not only join us in our mission but also help shape the future for those living with schizophrenia. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement strategic fund development plans and meet or exceed goals of a minimum of $500,000 or more
  • Plan and implement successful annual, major gift and corporate partnership and sponsorship programs
  • Build a planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts (bequests).  
  • Recruit, motivate, evaluate and recognize fund development volunteers including Committee members and teams
  • Contribute to the enhancement of philanthropic culture and maintain positive and professional relationships with colleagues and volunteers
  • Provide philanthropic guidance and expertise to the organization, keeping the fund development operation relevant and implementing best practice
  • Develop and prepare meaningful and persuasive fund development materials, proposals and a compelling and engaging case for support 
  • Develop and implement fund development and donor stewardship policies and procedures

Qualifications & Experience

The is a senior leadership position and will be of interest to an individual with some or all of the following professional attributes:


  • Minimum eight to ten years experience in major gift fund development with a minimum of 3 years in a senior position


  • University or College degree/diploma

    Key Competencies | Skills

  • Knowledge of fundraising principles, practices and techniques and Canada Revenue Guidelines with emphasis on significant major gift fundraising
  • Experience in organizing a successful major capital campaign(s) including its planning and execution
  • High degree of skill in managing research/information management activities, and other central development functions
  • Highly creative and innovative with respect to prospect management, including identification
  • Strategic and analytical skills and ability to deploy limited resources effectively
  • Well organized, detail oriented, effective at follow-up and priority setting
  • Superior communication skills (verbal and written) and expertise in effective proposal writing
  • Strong management skills and the ability to lead, motivate and support staff and volunteers
  • Superior interpersonal skills including the ability to relate effectively with people at all levels both internal and external to the Society
  • Effective comprehension and application of confidentiality and diplomacy
  • Flexible and proactive approach to problem-solving
  • Strong financial expertise, effective budgeting skills

The Schizophrenia Society of Canada offers a competitive benefits package.   This position may involve travel throughout the province and both evening and weekend work.  This is a National position at SSC’s National Office in Winnipeg, however, consideration will be given to working in Toronto for the right candidate.

Application Process

Please send cover letter, indicating salary expectations, resume and list of 3 references by May 5th, 2017 to:

Katrina Tinman, Administrative Assistant

Schizophrenia Society of Canada
100 - 4 Fort Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C1C4


Start date is as soon as possible.  The search committee will begin to consider candidates immediately and continue until the position is filled. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.