Posted On: 2018-02-23
Closing On: 2018-03-23
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Employment Type: Full-Time
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Job Description

The Opportunity

JDRF is seeking a Manager, Major Gifts – BC & Yukon Region to provide leadership in the direction, planning, and execution of major gift fundraising within the Region and generate maximum financial support for our priorities. This is a crucial role in achieving our In Our Lifetime campaign goals, working with regional staff and volunteers. 

The Manager will be joining a highly engaged and enthusiastic team that is building a strong major gifts program nationally in support of research, treatment and cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). This is an exciting time for an independent self-starter to build on the success of our work to date and our volunteers’ passion to grow our program and achieve great personal fulfillment in making a difference to people with T1D.

Based in our Vancouver office, the Manager will act as a resource and supporter in the region which includes BC, and Yukon. Reporting to the National Director, Major Gifts, the Manager will work collaboratively with teams across the country and region, including Vancouver fundraising staff and the national major gifts team.


About JDRF

Since insulin was discovered in Canada in 1921, Canada has played an important role in diabetes research. Founded over 40 years ago by families of children living with insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes, JDRF Canada is one of seven affiliates of JDRF than funds ground-breaking type 1 diabetes research in Canada and around the globe.

Today JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research in 18 countries. As the central registry and gatekeeper of the world’s type 1 diabetes projects, JDRF tracks who is doing the best research and where, ensuring research teams are networked to reduce duplication of efforts and better access to advancements. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing type 1 diabetes.  JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Since its founding in 1970 (1974 in Canada), JDRF has awarded more than $2 billion (U.S.) to diabetes research and is the largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research.  JDRF has funded, in whole or in part, the research projects of scientists involved in nearly every major scientific breakthrough in type 1 diabetes research to-date.  We also recognize that we help those living with type 1 diabetes today to live healthier, easier, and safer lives until we arrive at the end of that path.  JDRF will not rest until type 1 diabetes is fully conquered.


JDRF’s Research Goals 

JDRF’s research is committed to improving the lives of every person with type 1 diabetes and to curing this disease.  JDRF’s research goals are realized by the projects being supported in three basic areas:

  • Cure therapies: Restoring a person’s insulin-producing capability and halting or reversing the body’s misguided immune attack on the pancreas;
  • Treatment therapies: Developing new devices and therapies that transform the way people with type 1 diabetes treat the disease today in order to help them live healthier lives now and in the future); and,
  • Preventive therapy research: Keeping future generations from getting type 1 diabetes or stopping the disease process before it damages the pancreas.

These therapeutic areas are a bold step in our promise to move the diabetes research landscape towards a cure as soon as possible.  It is based on the progress and success of research over the past four decades in uncovering the most promising pathways to a cure.

Recent examples of JDRF funded research initiatives that have dramatically improved the quality of life and health of people living with type 1 diabetes include:

  • The first test to measure long-term blood sugar levels.
  • Genetically engineered insulin.
  • Drugs to prevent diabetic arteriosclerosis.
  • Human islet transplantation.
  • An FDA-approved computer model of diabetes to reduce the need for animal testing.
  • Breakthrough work in cell replacement therapies.

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Fundraising at JDRF Canada

In 2015, JDRF Canada launched a $55 million fundraising campaign to accelerate T1D research.  Entitled In Our Lifetime, the campaign will advance the pace of research so that a cure can be found in our lifetime. 

The campaign is driven by the collective efforts of committed donors and volunteers across Canada who are dedicated to significantly increasing JDRF’s major giving program and supporting a world without T1D.

From 2015-2020, JDRF’s campaign will fund:

  • $20 million to fund the best T1D research globally.

JDRF Canada will continue to fund the best research opportunities globally, as well as right here in Canada including:Developing a biological cure for T1D and restoring insulin independence; improving current type 1 diabetes treatment and care for people living with T1D and its complications; funding JDRF’s Canadian Clinical Trial Network & Research Expansion to explore ways to prevent, delay, and reverse the progression of T1D.

  • $30 million to expand JDRF’s Canadian Clinical Trial Network & Research providing Canadians greater access to the latest in clinical trials and treatment options.

This will enable Canada to play an even greater role in T1D research, bringing greater access to leading-edge treatments and clinical trials to more communities right across Canada. It will also increase capacity for diabetes research in Canada, giving us stronger global recognition, greater international competitiveness, and make Canada more attractive to the best researchers and practitioners.

  • $5 million to expand the development and training of the best and brightest researchers and scientists, right here in Canada.

Canada has a severe shortage of pediatric endocrinologists and ophthalmologists specializing in diabetes-related complications. Expansion of academic development and training through Research Fellowships, New Investigator Grants and Innovation Awards will encourage new researchers and physicians to explore careers in T1D care and research.

CIHR & JDRF Partnership

On April 10, 2017 The Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and JDRF Canada announced the $30M Partnership to Defeat Diabetes to support innovative clinical trials in type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Both CIHR and JDRF have committed $15M to the Partnership.  The JDRF / CIHR Partnership to Defeat Diabetes supports JDRF’s globally-renowned research strategy and leverages both CIHR’s and JDRF’s expertise to improve the lives of people with T1D.

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The Ideal Candidate

The Manager, Major Gifts will be a seasoned major gifts fundraising professional, or have the equivalent sales, volunteering and relationship-management experience to achieve our ambitious fundraising target for the BC & Yukon Region. Goal-oriented and independent, the new incumbent will take the initiative and lead all aspects of the region’s major gifts program. 

Communicative and collaborative, the incumbent will possess a solutions–focused mindset and willingness to roll up their sleeves to get the job done. The new Manager will appreciate and thrive in a national health care organization, and ideally bring experience in a similarly-structured group. The ideal candidate will be keen to engage with their multiple teams and stakeholders, including national major gifts colleagues, the Vancouver fundraising and research groups and of course our valuable donors and volunteers.

The new incumbent’s maturity and exceptional relationship-development skills will allow them to proactively lead key volunteer and donor relationships with confidence and diplomacy. Adaptable and patient, the ideal candidate will thrive in an evolving organization and excel with ambiguity. Not only able to keep focused on local donors and regional needs, the ideal candidate will also be able to shift their perspective to JDRF’s international mandate and partners.

Credible and authentic, the ideal candidate will have first-hand experience with T1D or the capacity to learn about it quickly, bringing their empathy and understanding to relationships with people touched by T1D.    

The Manager will also share and follow JDRF’s core values of: Respect/Understanding/integrity; Perseverance; Collaboration; Risk-taking/entrepreneurship; and, Efficiency/effectiveness/accountability

Key Accountabilities

  • Execute the Major Gifts plan within BC & Yukon Region including goal setting, budgeting, measurement, reporting and evaluation.
  • Promote a culture that is donor-centric, where requests from internal and external stakeholders are responded to with a high degree of urgency, professionalism and accuracy.
  • Apply best practices in major gift fundraising, execute national stewardship and move management plans to identify, research, cultivate, and successfully solicit qualified prospects for campaign gifts.
  • Identify, recruit, develop, and support senior major gift volunteers within the region.
  • Collaborate with regional staff in support of major gift and related fundraising and stewardship activities.
  • Develop an annual business plan and budget in concert with other members of the Major Gifts team that are in alignment with the Foundation’s strategic plan.
  • Regularly report on progress of business plan achievement and variances as requested ensuring timely communication to staff and major gift volunteers.
  • Support the achievement of the annual fundraising goal and in our Lifetime Campaign goals for JDRF.


  • Direct responsibility for meeting the Major Gift goals within BC & Yukon Region as part of national Major Gifts strategy and the In Our Lifetime Campaign.
  • Important requirement of the position is to work outside of the office in order to meet with prospective donors and volunteers.
  • High level of involvement, collaboration and communication with staff, donors and volunteers across the region.
  • Must effectively manage all relationships to ensure a positive impact to JDRF’s bottom line and community reputation.


  • Progressive experience in major gifts ($10,000+) fundraising, business development, sponsorship, sales and/or marketing with a not-for-profit, a for-profit business or an agency.
  • Experience in major gift fundraising campaigns including senior volunteer management is an asset.
  • Experience building consensus and achieving results in a complex business environment is an asset.
  • Understanding of T1D or auto immune conditions and the process of peer-reviewed research is an asset.
  • Flexible hours to accommodate various meetings and events with staff, volunteers and donors are a requirement for this position.
  • Ability to travel to meet with donors, volunteers and stakeholders as needed (approx. 20%).
  • A Valid Driver’s License and access to a personal vehicle is required.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • CFRE an asset.

Must Demonstrate the Following

  • Successful experience in establishing and executing long-term plans while leveraging immediate opportunities and managing short-term objectives.
  • Ability to articulate the mission and goals of JDRF to the community at large both verbally and in all forms of written communication.
  • Strong strategic and operational skills, with the ability to work together with other staff and volunteers to achieve success.
  • The ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, with proven interpersonal savvy and a keen sense of diplomacy.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to manage key relationships with donors, corporate partners, staff, and volunteers.
  • Resourceful and organized; able to manage competing priorities, complex situations and deadlines.
  • Proven ability to influence with integrity and to work independently.


For More information

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been engaged to lead the search for this important leadership role.  For more information, please contact Christoph Clodius, Vice President, at (778) 331-8865 or email at

To view the full Executive Brief, please visit:

To formally apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by March 23, 2018.     

All enquiries will be kept in strict confidence.

JDRF is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. A request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.