Posted On: 2017-07-13
Closing On: 2017-07-27
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior

Job Description

The National Vice President, Philanthropy will be responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of all fundraising activities as part of a nationwide comprehensive campaign.  In this highly visible and external-facing role, you will represent CMHA in establishing, reinforcing and growing private philanthropy efforts to meet critical financial goals. By promoting a strong philanthropic and revenue-oriented culture that is focused on specific targets and impacts, you will be supporting the organization nationally, regionally and locally in cultivating high-capacity donors.  As the leader of your own development team, you will have the opportunity to build a team of staff and volunteers and will direct and support them in the creation and execution of fund development strategies for individuals, corporations and foundations.

The Vice President will be an integral member of the CMHA’s Executive Leadership Team and will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer and work collaboratively with other leaders and colleagues to drive strategic direction and programs. The Vice President will work to build the capacity to raise annual, major and planned gifts across CMHA by developing strong relationships with donors and partners to cultivate and secure philanthropic support to advance initiatives, campaigns and programs for CMHA, and oversee efforts to position CMHA as a source of thought leadership on issues of mental health.  The VP will also be responsible for shaping the desired philanthropic culture at CMHA, and regularly contributing to the development of business plans and budgets.

The ideal candidate will be a highly respected, successful and proven fundraiser with a depth of experience in senior management and leadership roles.  You have the vision and foresight to create and implement a strategic plan that is embraced by all stakeholders. You are an inspiring leader, a trusted collaborator, a mentor, a consensus builder, a practitioner of best practices, challenger of the status quo and an innovator. A skilled manager, you know how to balance competing priorities and to make tough decisions. You have extensive knowledge of major gift fundraising strategies and a track record of securing major individual and institutional gifts in the seven-figure range and above. As the ideal candidate, you possess exceptional relationship building and communications skills along with the interest and aptitude to mentor and coach, to inspire and lead, and to build CMHA’s internal capacity and expertise in fundraising. You will couple these skills and experiences with your passion for the CMHA’s mission and campaign objectives to ensure both current and future success.

Strategy Development and Execution
•    Participate in the Chief Executive Officer’s senior leadership team, which is responsible for strategy development
•    Translation of organizational goals and objectives into strategic initiatives, projects, campaigns, to develop philanthropic relationships and opportunities
•    Identification of and cultivation of potential individual, corporate, foundation supporters and other organizational partners necessary to execute strategy
•    Manage key internal and external stakeholder relationships
•    Develop high level project goals, plans, budgets, staffing needs, and project timelines

Philanthropic Engagement
•    Establish goals for external philanthropic funding and manage attainment of fundraising goals
•    Cultivate, solicit, secure, steward and leverage external philanthropic support to advance initiatives, campaigns, and programs
•    Suggest and lead positive change
•    Develop and manage relationships with individual, corporate and foundation contacts and partners
•    Consult and guide CMHA stakeholders and colleagues to facilitate effective communications with donors, volunteers and other supporters & partners
•    Develop CMHA protocols for philanthropic engagement, and educate colleagues and stakeholders
•    Provide updates/reports to staff, CMHA stakeholders, and Board, as appropriate

Strategic Philanthropic Communications
•    Oversee fundraising and campaign communications to position CMHA as a place for major philanthropy, source of thought leadership around mental health, and elevate awareness of CMHA’s strategic philanthropic initiatives and activities
•    Ensure connection of philanthropic funding priorities to CMHA’s strategic plan
•    Work closely with colleagues to synthesize research findings and white papers into proposals and plans to present to potential donors, and create progress reports and final reports for a variety of audiences
•    Support proactive efforts to create and disseminate messages related to philanthropic initiatives through a variety of media outlets, including social media, and track performance of communication efforts

Coordination with Key Internal Stakeholders
•    Work closely with the CMHA’s CEO and other senior leaders to ensure effective onboarding, training and supervision of fundraising staff assigned to manage and execute on specific programs and projects
•    Work closely with CMHA staff to identify philanthropic opportunities to support the CMHA’s program, service, research and policy related activities
•    Ensure staff internally understand the importance of ensuring extraordinary stewardship of donor relationships

Minimum Qualifications

•    Bachelor’s degree
•    Master’s degree preferred
•    Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired

•    Minimum of 10 + years of related senior experience leading /working with a philanthropic organization, preferably with experience in a national, federated charity and/or complex business/university environment
•    Demonstrated experience working with and coaching board members
•    Proven experience establishing and maintaining effective relations with foundation staff
•    High level problem solving experience
•    Previous experience and demonstrated success leading, managing, and building teams

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•    Highly developed relationship management skills
•    Ability to read, understand, and critique organizational, project, and budget materials and plans
•    Outstanding communication abilities including written composition, oral presentation communications
•    Ability to plan, manage, and track complex projects and initiatives
•    Strong team leadership abilities
•    Strong financial planning and management skills
•    Ability to work with strategic communications staff to convey key messages, insights, and findings to create interest among and inspire donors

We welcome and encourage applications from all individuals with relevant experience, people with disabilities, including people with lived experience of mental health and addictions issues and family members. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Please submit cover letter and resumes by 5 pm on July 27, 2017, to

We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.