Posted On: 2018-07-31
Closing On: 2018-09-10
Location: Toronto
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description


The Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation is seeking a seasoned fundraising leader as its new Vice President, Development for Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation (HHSF) / McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCHF). Reporting to the President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, the successful candidate will lead all fundraising for McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH) or “Mac Kids”, one of the most highly-revered and beloved institutions in the Golden Horseshoe.

In this extensively public-facing role, the Vice President will serve as MCHF’s chief fundraiser and community ambassador. The new incumbent will be charged with designing and implementing a comprehensive development plan to forge new alliances and relationships across the region to grow financial resources, with a primary focus on individual leadership, major & planned gifts, corporate partnerships, annual giving, third party events and donor stewardship. In addition the successful candidate will participate in developing the donor prospect base for a major capital campaign contemplated for a future new children’s hospital, and will take the lead in building the campaign plan from the ground up. In this executive role, the Vice President will supervise a dedicated and highly effective team of five and serve as a member of the HHSF management team.



HHS is a family of seven unique hospitals, a cancer centre, and an urgent care centre which together serve more than 2.3 million residents of Hamilton and South-Central Ontario each year. HHS is the second-largest hospital group in Ontario, and acts as a regional referral centre for burns, cancer, cardiac, digestive diseases, high-risk obstetrics, neurosurgery, pediatrics, orthopedics, stroke, trauma, and rehabilitation services.

HHS is also an academic teaching hospital affiliated with McMaster University and Mohawk College, and is considered one of the world’s leading health science research organizations.

With a staff of approximately 11,000, including 1,900 physicians, 400 researchers and 500 research staff, HHS is an employer of choice, and the largest employer in the Hamilton region.



The mission of HHSF is to support patient care, research, and education across HHS’ family of hospitals and medical centres. HHSF is committed to a values-based work environment that is characterized by: care, respect, innovation, and accountability.

We are focused on raising funds and managing donor gifts that provide the medical teams at HHS with the essentials to enable excellence in patient care. We support the needs of Hamilton General Hospital, McMaster Children’s Hospital including the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, McMaster University Medical Centre, St. Peter’s Hospital, and all of their associated programs to ensure they provide the clinical leadership and specialized medical expertise that is needed at the most critical of times. We fund capital redevelopment projects, purchase medical equipment and technology, and invest in research. Through the generosity of our donors, we raised $25.2 (not including investment income) in 2017-18, and disbursed $18.4 million to HHS to fund equipment, redevelopment, research and fellowships, and education and bursaries.

We are excited about the future as we continue building a strong foundation of support. The last five years enabled us to transform our brand as we united our efforts as a single organization and built awareness throughout the region. We made changes to enhance our donors’ experience by engaging them through a variety of communication vehicles, and added social media and digital marketing to our portfolio. We grew our partnerships with Children’s Miracle Network and Canada’s Children’s Hospitals Foundation, launched Care4 as our cause-marketing program, and engaged with other organizations and individuals throughout the region. We completed major gift campaigns at all of our supported sites, and achieved an increased physical presence for our philanthropic efforts. We engaged more physicians and staff by launching the staff recognition program, “Honour, Give, Transform”, and the “Staff 50/50 Lottery”. We focused on building for the future by launching the 20BY20 Endowment campaign, and built policies, business processes, and a governance structure that enables us to be recognized for our best practices through the Imagine Canada Accreditation and Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.



About Hamilton Health Sciences:

About Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation:



Founded in 1988, MCH is one of the top pediatric academic health science centres in Canada, serving more than 140,000 children annually. MCH is home to 124 acute care beds, 22 mental health beds, over 40 pediatric specialty clinics, the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre, and one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Canada. MCH is also home to the McMaster Children’s Hospital Research Collaborative and the McMaster University Medical Centre which delivers a range of Women’s Health services including high-risk obstetrics and gynecology.

Fast Facts:

  • More than 175,000 patient visits/year.
  • Fourth-largest inpatient pediatric hospital in Canada, and second-largest in Ontario.
  • Largest single-site inpatient pediatric mental health program in Canada.
  • Largest Neonatal ICU in Ontario, including maternal care.
  • Largest pediatric outpatient eating disorder program in Ontario.
  • The only pediatric cancer program in the region.
  • The only pediatric trauma centre in the region.



MCHF is a proud partner of the Children’s Miracle Network and Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations.

Through the generosity of our donors, MCHF funds capital redevelopment projects, purchases medical equipment and technology, and invests in research and education at McMaster Children’s Hospital, McMaster University Medical Centre and their associated programs.

Our goal: Health Care, Transformed.

For more information please visit: McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation



The Vice President, Development HHSF/MCHF will be an accomplished fundraiser with a deep knowledge of the development function. A high-level strategist with a broad perspective, the ideal candidate will proactively seek and explore untapped potential in our community and region. The new incumbent will be goal-oriented and focused on deliverables which achieve the objectives of both HHSF and MCHF.

Charismatic and fearless, the successful candidate will be a seasoned major gifts professional, with significant experience moving prospects through the donor cycle from pipeline development through to securing gifts in the five- to seven-figure range. The ideal candidate will also have experience developing and implementing transformational capital campaigns. An authentic, motivational leader, the Vice President will be organized, responsive and partnership oriented, inspiring board and committee volunteers to open doors and leverage personal and business relationships which lead to new gifts for the organization. 

Fostering relationships built on mutual respect and trust, the new incumbent will systematically grow donor relationships through meaningful engagement and partnership with our valued medical team. Guided by personal values of honesty and integrity, and motivated by our core values of care, respect, innovation and accountability, the Vice President will display a strong commitment to enriching a hospital-wide culture of philanthropy.

A supportive coach and mentor, the ideal candidate will infuse enthusiasm, positivity, and teamwork among the staff, and will motivate the Mac Kids team to reach their highest potential. The successful candidate will support, champion and challenge the team, encouraging them to bring new ideas and solutions to the table. The Vice President will demonstrate the ability lead from in front and from behind.

Collaborative, ethical and collegial, the ideal candidate will continually strive to fully align with the overarching Foundation goals, working closely with the President & CEO and senior colleagues on the HHSF management team. The new incumbent will acknowledge the importance of our entire HHSF professional team, as well as advocating for MCHF’s team as part of the whole.

Savvy, tactful, diplomatic and politically astute, the Vice President will appreciate the dynamics of the nuanced relationships we hold with our various hospital partners, and will be comfortable and skilled working within a complex, matrixed structure. Nimble and curious, the successful candidate will be strategic, adaptable, and capable of divergent thinking. The Vice President will communicate with ease and precision, easily sharing and exploring fresh ideas, possessing a self-confidence and high EQ, knowing when to push back and when to hold.

Genuine, gracious, respectful and emotionally resilient, the successful candidate will have passion for the cause, and be inspired by the real life stories at Mac Kids. Effectively translating the need and sharing our impact to inspire local and regional donor support, the Vice President will be active and highly-visible in our community, and will embrace the highest standards of leadership in healthcare philanthropy.



Reporting to the President and CEO of the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, and working within our value system, the Vice President, Development will be responsible for:

Fundraising Strategy Development and Implementation

  • Develops and implements the annual business and fundraising plan for MCHF and contributes to development of Foundations’ annual budget.
  • Plans, manages and implements leadership, major & planned giving, corporate partnerships (CMN) and third party events to meet the funding needs of MCHF and affiliated programs and centres.
  • Contributes to the development of the Foundation’s Strategic Plan and annual operating plans, particularly with respect to major gifts and gift planning for MCHF.
  • Actively manages a portfolio of prospects to attain specific annual goals.
  • Strategizes with the President & CEO, development team, and senior volunteers on solicitation of lead gifts.
  • Participates in management, identification, and recruitment of volunteers.
  • Identifies target markets for new development activities including those that support the Children’s Miracle Network and Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations.


Relationship and Alliance Building

  • Builds, develops and maintains effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with key stakeholders within the hospital, its Foundation and the larger community, building awareness and gaining support in order to further the goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Works with the President & CEO to engage MCH staff and physician leadership in the identification and solicitation of major gift prospects.
  • Provides leadership to corporate and community engagement through third party events and other revenue generating opportunities such as cause marketing.
  • Prepares reports for HHSF Management Team, Board of Directors and MCH volunteers within the membership of The Development Committee.
  • Supports activities to build and foster a culture of philanthropy within HHSF.


Communications, Donor Recognition and Stewardship

  • Develops strategies to support strong and positive donor relations, including recognition and acknowledgement programs, donor appreciation, and stewardship of key prospects.
  • Oversees timely preparation of gift acknowledgements, stewardship reports, donor recognition events and donor wall(s) updates per HHSF policies and processes.
  • With the VP Marketing & Communications, ensures the development of key communication materials to support fundraising, stewardship and recognition activities related to fundraising initiatives for MCHF.
  • Ensures adherence to gift acceptance policies.


People Leadership

  • In conjunction with the President and CEO, identifies, recruits and trains leadership volunteers to support fundraising for MCHF.
  • Hires, trains, develops and evaluates employees in accordance with the policies of the organization and best human resources practices.
  • Gains the commitment of staff to the mission, vision and values of the Foundation, and ensures that approved strategies and initiatives are integrated into the performance measurement indicators of every staff member.
  • Negotiates salary and recommend compensation for approval by the President and CEO.



KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. Candidates who wish to be considered for this position are invited to submit a resume and a letter of interest to Anita Nielsen, Senior Search Consultant via email at by September 10, 2018.

All inquiries, applications, and nominations will be held in strict confidence.