Posted On: 2017-07-14
Closing On: 2017-07-24
Location: Vancouver, BC
Effective: ASAP
Website: http://www.davidsuzuki.org
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description

About the David Suzuki Foundation

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

The Director of Development & Senior Partnerships is a strategic leadership role with organizational leadership responsibility for the growth and diversification of revenue to support DSF’s long term outcomes. Reporting to the Deputy CEO and working with a highly motivated management team and board of directors, you are responsible for the strategic development and management of DSF’s fundraising functions. You oversee and are responsible for achieving income targets in both the community giving (donors <$10,000 per year) and leadership giving (donors >$10,000 per year) teams and income streams, with staff in three different locations (Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal).

You also hold responsibility for managing the highest-value funder relationships and securing new major donors giving six and seven figure gifts. This role is accountable for a productive and high-quality work experience for the development team, and for stewarding respectful relationships with other internal and external stakeholders.

This is a full-time position based in our Vancouver office. Some travel, weekend and evening work will be required.

Responsibilities:

1. Strategic leadership and management

You contribute to DSF’s long term success through your participation as an active member of our management team, the leadership you provide to your department, and your interactions with our Board of Directors. You demonstrate aligned values, good judgment, solid ethics and appropriate care and discretion in all your dealings.

Your ability to build trusting, collaborative and productive working relationships helps deliver integrated strategic results and furthers our organizational development.
 

2. Revenue development

You are responsible for DSF's planning and execution of national fundraising strategies for the entire development department, including specific strategies for income in community giving and leadership giving. We are currently focused on developing our monthly donor, online and major gifts results.

  • In collaboration with the Associate Director of Community Giving, oversee strategies for meeting unrestricted income targets from monthly donors, annual giving (online and offline), third-party, face-to-face, donor calling, merchandise and legacy;
  • Coach and motivate the leadership giving team to develop robust pipelines and approaches to achieve individual and team restricted funding targets;
  • Assist other directors and colleagues in program development in order to write proposals and secure funding for program needs;
  • Organize fundraising events for major donors;
  • Direct team to secure restricted funds in areas of greatest need;
  • Monitor, evaluate and adjust revenue channels to ensure high-performance;
  • Develop and report on budgets, in collaboration with finance and program colleagues;
  • Ensure compliance with CRA standards for fundraising;
  • Accountable for ensuring donor funds are spent in accordance with agreements and budgets.

3. Relationship stewardship

DSF works through effective partnerships and an extensive network of relationships with Canadians of all walks of life. In this role you oversee the approach, processes, systems and tools that sustain exceptional relationship management with all of our key stakeholders for the purpose of revenue development. DSF will also be seeking to learn from your experience in this to broaden the scope and quality of relationship development and stewardship applied to other areas of our work.

4. Other related duties, as required.

 

Qualifications:

Education and Experience

An undergraduate degree in communications or public relations, or equivalent, is required. A graduate degree is preferred. At least ten years progressive leadership experience in fundraising, with at least 7 years experience leading a general development function and team. Demonstrated success in individual giving program development and leadership with a proven track record in soliciting and closing gifts of $100,000+ and in reaching $10M+ annual departmental revenue targets. CFRE designation and membership in AFP preferred.

Sound knowledge of development tools, policies, practices and debates; solid knowledge of the context of sustainability related work in Canada.

Skill set

  • Exceptional leadership and strategic planning abilities, including strong project management skills;
  • Strong values fit with DSF’s mission, demonstrated through your work or community involvement to date;
  • Able to inspire a donor-centric philosophy and approach throughout the organization;
  • Up to date familiarity with the legislative frameworks governing fundraising in Canada and ethical codes of conduct for professional fundraisers;
  • Demonstrated strength in leading a large team that is aligned, engaged and highly professional and successful;
  • Excellent communication and negotiating skills; good judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential matters;
  • Significant professional network and national networking experience - liaising with senior leaders, NGOs and business;
  • Superb written and spoken English language skills required. French language skills are an asset;
  • Successful development department planning, monitoring and budget management experience;
  • You are familiar with applying best practices to maintaining effective fundraising tools and applications, preferably including Salesforce and Raiser’s Edge;
  • A positive team player who thrives in a busy environment, promotes change and is highly functioning in a dynamic and information rich work environment;
  • Understands and respects individual work styles and adapts style as required to effectively deal with a variety of individuals.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Application process

Please submit your cover letter and resume and submit your application by going online to: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/about/employment/ before July 24th 2017 at midnight EST and clicking on the "I'm Interested" button. Rolling interviews will be conducted as soon as qualified applications are received. 

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.