Posted On: 2017-08-17
Closing On: 2017-09-29
Location: Vancouver, BC
Employment Type: Full-Time
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Job Description

The Opportunity

With over 70,000 British Columbians living with dementia and an aging baby boomer population, the number of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease is predicted to dramatically increase.  This rise in the awareness of dementia means that time is ripe to build on our excellent foundation of fundraising success. 

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is seeking a new Director – Resource Development to take our strong broad-based fundraising program to new heights.  Our program’s strengths in event fundraising, bequests, corporate and community partnerships, and committed volunteers have positioned us strongly to grow our relationship-based fundraising. 

The Director – Resource Development will plan and implement strategies that include a balanced portfolio of fundraising programs, effective utilization of staff and volunteer resources, and ongoing evaluation of trends.  The resource development program will embrace all aspects of best practices in fundraising in our diverse streams, including signature events and sponsorships, major gifts, annual and leadership giving, planned giving, in memoriam giving, and related areas like research and stewardship. 

Reporting directly to the CEO and as a key member of the Society’s executive team, the Director will help establish the Society’s overall vision and strategy.  The Director - Resource Development will provide hands-on, strategic leadership and guidance to a committed and energetic group of fifteen fundraising professionals.  


About The Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease.  Over 560,000 Canadians currently have Alzheimer’s disease, and according to experts this number will triple to 2.3 million Canadians by 2031. 

Established in 1981, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is an innovative, non-profit organization with a provincial office in Vancouver and a network of regional Resource Centres. Governed by a committed volunteer Board of Directors, supported by passionate volunteers, and managed by skilled and engaged staff, the Society raises approximately $9 million annually to design and deliver leading-edge programs and education services to assist persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  With a clear vision, the Society is positioned well for meaningful growth.

In B.C., our 80 employees work with over 2,400 health-care providers around the province.  We provide 137 support groups for family caregivers and people experiencing early stages of dementia.  The Society is still volunteer-driven, with 400 volunteers giving 18,000 hours of their time.  As a proud supporter of the Alzheimer Society Research Program, we are pleased to report that 45 projects in British Columbia have received almost $4 million in funding.

Our Vision – Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Our Mission – The Alzheimer Society of B.C. exists to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, to promote public awareness and to search for the causes and the cure.

Forget Me Not symbolThe Alzheimer Society uses the Forget Me Not flower as a symbol to represent memory loss, one of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.  It is also a reminder to remember people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their caregivers.  The three flowers in the symbol represent the person with dementia, the caregiver, and the Alzheimer Society.

Our programs and services include:

  • The First Link Dementia Helpline: a province-wide service for people with dementia, their caregivers, family and friends.  The Helpline assists individuals in building the confidence to maintain quality of life when facing dementia.  Over 12,500 people with dementia and their caregivers are actively engaged with the Society through First Link in B.C.
  • Alzheimer Resource Centres located throughout the province offer information, educational opportunities, support groups and the ability to talk directly with a knowledgeable team member.  Books and videos can be viewed on site and a variety of print resources are available to take home.
  • Print Resources: The Alzheimer Society of B.C. has a variety of free educational brochures and fact sheets for people with dementia, their families, caregivers and anyone who is concerned about dementia.
  • Non-English Resources: Information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is available in French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian and Punjabi.
  • Advocacy for Provincial change:  Since 2014, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. has been partnering with local governments, professional groups and the general public for the Society’s Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative. The Society’s ultimate aim is to create more inclusive, supportive and accessible communities for British Columbians affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. For instance, we developed the Dementia-Friendly Communities Local Government Toolkit and the Making Your Workplace Dementia-Friendly series.  In January 2015, the City of New Westminster became the first Council to become dementia friendly by receiving Dementia Friends education from the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
  • Health Care Provider Education:  Delivering education to health-care providers continues to be a strategic priority for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. In these workshops, health-care providers enhance their foundational knowledge of dementia and learn key communication strategies and the value of a person-centred approach to care. The ultimate goal of this education is to improve the quality of life for people with dementia.


Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.  To help create a world without dementia, the Society champions research for tomorrow’s treatments and cures.  We support quality of life and biomedical research across Canada through the Alzheimer Society Research Program.  We also help nurture research and discovery here in B.C. through supporting recruitment, partnering with local researchers, and through initiatives such as the Ralph Fisher and Alzheimer Society of B.C. Professorship in Alzheimer Disease Research at the University of British Columbia.

Our Core Values

Core values are those fundamental values that we consider necessary to be held, nurtured and developed by the members, employees, directors and volunteers of our organization in order to be effective in achieving our goals.

  • Accountability and Transparency: We measure our performance and follow a process of continuous improvement.  We are wholly accountable for our actions and must account to our stakeholders for our use of the financial and human resources available to us.
  • Compassion: We provide caring and supportive assistance that recognizes and responds to the need for information, comfort and hope for the people we serve.  We consider those individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their families and caregivers to be our first responsibility and our primary focus.
  • Integrity and Respect: We set for ourselves the highest and most exacting standards of honesty, trustworthiness and professional integrity in all aspects of our organization and carry out our work with the utmost respect for the dignity and the rights of the people we serve.
  • Leadership: We seek to bring progressive and creative ideas to all aspects of our organization and provide resources and support to enable those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to enhance their quality of life.
  • Teamwork: We work together to achieve our goals and ensure that our volunteers and staff are representative of the many communities we serve.  Our volunteers are the key to delivering the most personal and responsive service possible through their commitment, generosity, service and friendship.

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Fundraising at the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. gratefully acknowledges the thousands of donors who have supported our activities.  Last year event attendees contributed just under $2 million to the Society, with a further $1.5 million coming from bequests.  The balance of our donor contributions come from major gifts and other partners.

Our events generate needed funds and significant awareness of dementia, and include:

  • Participants in the Climb for Alzheimer’s take part in a journey on Grouse Mountain that mirrors the uphill challenge faced by people with dementia.  This year it takes place on September 24.
  • With the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s, we expressly name the disease for which funds are being raised. We’re saying the name of the disease publicly to fight stigma.  Walking to raise awareness a priority for Alzheimer Societies across the country. 
  • The Forget Me Not Golf Tournament is the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s largest annual research fundraiser.
  • Our Breakfasts to Remember, in Vancouver and Victoria, feature local keynote speakers’ industry-related observations and expertise as well as personal insights on the challenges of supporting those impacted by dementia.


National Federation

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is a member of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, a federation of 10 provincially-focused organizations and the leading nationwide health organization for people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Canada.   Federation members are legally independent from one another. However, we share a belief that our ability to achieve our mission is enhanced through the federation, and the collaboration associated with it.

The national Society, along with its provincial partners, plays an important role in advocating for public policy that supports programs and initiatives to help people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  The ASC also supports research to find a cause and cure for dementia.  As well, ASC’s knowledge translation and exchange plays an important role in supporting care givers and persons with dementia throughout the course of the disease.

The Society is a principal funder of Alzheimer’s disease research and training, provides enhanced care and support to people with the disease, their families and their caregivers, and is a prominent voice within all levels of government.


Additional Information


The Ideal Candidate

Focused and intentional, the new Director will be a credible development leader with diverse hands-on experience in fundraising, ideally including work in converting and upgrading ongoing or participant relationships to major gifts.  A generalist with particular capability growing broad-based fundraising revenues, the ideal candidate will translate our vision and goals into sustainable long-term philanthropic revenue that includes concrete tactics, processes, and deliverables. 

The successful candidate will be innovative and a big picture-thinker, with independence and confidence.  An engaged and friendly relationship builder, the new Director will be mission-driven and compassionate for people with dementia and their families. 

The new incumbent’s resilience and patience will allow them to thrive in an evolving and dynamic organization.  With tangible enthusiasm, the Director will harness the energy of the development team, and embrace our culture.  Their outstanding communications abilities will support their ability to lead from behind and beside, persuasively engage constituents across the organization, and tell the Society’s story.  

An empowering leader, the successful candidate will be adept at engaging and encouraging their team and colleagues in a collegial and strategic manner. The Director’s accountability focus will also advance team management by setting and monitoring specific and measurable staff goals.

Creative and resourceful, the successful candidate will combine a disciplined and organized work style with flexibility and adaptability.  Goal-oriented, the new Director will be ambitious and see stretch goals as exciting and motivating.  The new incumbent will bring financial acumen and strong principles of balance sheet management. 


Major Responsibilities

  • Plan, develop, and lead the organizational needs for all donors and determine funding sources in support of the Society’s mission; develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate short- and long-term fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Develop and foster strategic relationships to build partnerships to further the mission of the Society, including solid working relationships with major donors, key stakeholders, and volunteers.
  • Lead, supervise, support, and evaluate the fundraising team, including all related duties such as performance reviews, hiring, supervision, and discipline.
  • Develop the annual revenue and expense budgets for all revenue streams; maintain close control of targets and expenditures throughout the year.
  • Maintain a portfolio of individual and corporate major gift donors and personally conduct cultivation visits, solicitation calls and stewardship activities.
  • Strategically involve the CEO, Board, and other stakeholders and volunteers in relationship development and stewardship activities.   
  • Provide strategic leadership to the CEO to further define the case for philanthropic support and work directly with the program and research staff to develop and articulate program and funding needs.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and represent the Society at various community and corporate functions.
  • Act as a staff liaison with the Board of the Alzheimer Research Foundation of B.C.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in non-profit management, programming and philanthropy.
  • Other duties as required to meet the needs of the role in relation to organizational goals.


Core Competencies


  • Visioning: Identifying long-term goals and championing the implementation of different or alternative ideas.
  • In-Depth Problem Solving and Analysis: Solving difficult problems through careful and systematic evaluation of information, possible alternatives and consequences.
  • Decisive Judgment: Making good decisions in a timely and confident manner.
  • Championing Change: Taking action to support and implement change initiatives effectively.


  • Planning and Organizing: Effectively organizing and planning work according to organizational needs by defining objectives and anticipating needs and priorities.
  • Driving for Results: Challenging, pushing the organization and themselves to excel and achieve.
  • Quality Focus: Promoting and maintaining high standards of quality at work.
  • Customer Focus: Anticipating customers’ needs and designing, promoting or supporting the delivery of products and services that exceed customers’ expectations.
  • Resilience: Effectively dealing with work related problems, pressure and stress in a professional and positive manner.


  • Teamwork and Collaboration: Effectively working and collaborating with others toward a common goal.
  • Influencing and Persuading: Convincing others to adopt a course of action.
  • Team Leadership: Leading others to accomplish team goals and objectives.
  • Coaching and Developing Others: Advising, assisting, mentoring and providing feedback to others to encourage and inspire the development of work related competencies and long-term career growth.
  • Relationship Management: Developing and maintaining positive relationships with individuals outside their work group.
  • Negotiation: Identifying the needs and motives of both parties involved and working toward mutually beneficial agreements.
  • Interpersonal Communications: Communicating clearly and effectively with people inside and outside of the organization.


Technical Competencies and Qualifications

  • Significant experience in a related capacity and discipline, preferably in a non-profit environment.
  • In-depth understanding of fundraising and volunteer management in a non-profit setting, including large scale major events.
  • Demonstrated results in maintaining and upgrading existing donors as well as prospecting and cultivation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate to a diverse constituency.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Able to manage a diverse workload and operate within tight timeframes.
  • Previous supervisory experience and fundraising leadership skills with the ability to mentor, coach, and supervise development professionals.
  • Tact, professionalism and ability to work with organizationally sensitive projects ensuring confidentiality and respect of sensitive organizational information.
  • Experience working with a non-profit Board of Directors and other volunteers.
  • Experience serving on senior management teams.
  • Ability to develop and manage departmental and project budgets.
  • A results-oriented focus, a driven attitude and an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated computer skills and competence with standard computer tools associated with business, marketing and project management.
  • A University degree is preferred.


Application Process

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. to undertake a search for this Development leadership role.  For more information, please contact Christoph Clodius, Vice President, Search Practice via email at or 778-331-8865.

To view the full Executive Brief, please visit:

Candidates are asked to submit a resume and covering letter to the above email address.  All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.

Please note that expressions of interest are requested no later than September 29, 2017.