Posted On: 2020-01-24
Closing On: 2020-02-20
Location: Oshawa, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior
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Job Description

The Opportunity

Lakeridge Health Foundation is recruiting a dynamic and driven fundraising leader in the role of Director of Development and Campaigns. The Director will lead the team responsible for developing and executing the Foundation’s relationship-based fundraising programs including major gifts and campaigns, planned giving, signature and third party event programs.

Reporting to the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer and serving as part of the senior leadership team, the new Director will assist the CEO with overall planning for the Foundation. The Director of Development and Campaigns will manage a personal portfolio of individual and corporate donors and partner with the Foundation board, development committee, and other senior leaders to engage new prospects and steward long term relationships.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a substantial role in the oversight and planning for the upcoming comprehensive campaign focused on cancer care, currently in its quiet phase, and significant campaigns in the future.

Lakeridge Health Foundation supports the Oshawa and Whitby sites of Lakeridge Health, one of Ontario’s largest community hospitals with five sites in Durham Region.


About Lakeridge Health

Lakeridge Health is one of Ontario’s largest Hospital Systems with five Hospital sites across Durham Region: Ajax-Pickering, Bowmanville, Oshawa, Port Perry and Whitby. Our partnership with the Central East Regional Cancer Programs means we provide support to patients as far east as Peterborough and as far north as the Haliburton. As a major teaching centre, the hospital trains more than 300 medical trainees and 1600 nursing students each year.

Our patients rely on the many services provided at Lakeridge Health including a number of leading programs such as:

  • Top Cancer Centre
  • Kidney Care & Dialysis
  • Adult, Youth & Family Mental Health
  • Diabetes Management
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Women, Children & Youth Programs
  • Surgery
  • Complex Continuing Care

With five hospitals, four emergency departments, three critical care units, and a full range of medical and surgical specialities, Lakeridge Health offers comprehensive acute care services to growing and diverse communities over a vast geography.

Through our growing obstetrics and gynecology programs across three hospitals, and burgeoning pediatric program based at two hospitals, our specialized team is able to meet the needs of women, children and families within our community.

Lakeridge Health offers post-acute care programs including Complex Continuing Care as well as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services at a scale commensurate with the speciality care hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area.

Our comprehensive inpatient and outpatient Mental Health and Addiction services offered at Pinewood Centre, a residential treatment centre and more than a dozen community healthcare locations, are at the vanguard of addiction services offered anywhere.

Lakeridge Health is home to some of the leading healthcare innovations in the province including the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre and the Dr. Gilchrist Chair in Palliative Care, the first fully funded academic Research Chair in Palliative Care at a community hospital in Canada as well as other regional offerings in Mental Health, Eye Care and Nephrology.

With a dedicated and talented team of more than 7,700 physicians, nurses, healthcare professionals and volunteers, Lakeridge Health provides services to the more than 680,000 people living and working in Durham Region and beyond.


About Lakeridge Health Foundation

Lakeridge Health Foundation is one of the largest charities in Durham Region, raising funds and awareness for the Oshawa and Whitby Hospital sites of Lakeridge Health.

We are focused on building a Foundation that will inspire our community to advance healthcare in Durham Region, keeping the very best care, close to home. Funds raised through individual and corporate giving, special events, and community initiatives support the purchase of equipment and capital projects as well as investments in research and educational opportunities.

What We Fund

Equipment: New technology or upgrades to existing equipment are an ongoing priority as new healthcare innovations are created for patients.

Capital Projects: As patient volumes increase, new or upgraded space is needed to adapt to work flows, new programs, and expanded services.

Research: Providing research opportunities for staff or establishing new research initiatives is an exciting way of changing care models at the community level and sharing with the world.

Education: Providing staff with scholarships and bursaries to grow professionally means we keep and attract the best in the industry.

Cancer Campaign

Lakeridge Health is home to one of the top cancer centres in Ontario. As such, the Foundation is embarking on a $20 million campaign to fund priorities that will significantly improve the treatment and experience of patients with cancer throughout Lakeridge Health.

Top quality cancer care requires the expertise of a multi-disciplinary staff and a number of programs throughout our Hospital. To ensure all facets of the cancer journey are impacted by our campaign, our priorities will be comprehensive and indicative of every team involved in a patient’s experience.

The Cancer Campaign will launch publicly in 2020.

2018 - 2020 Strategic Directions

  • Revenue Development: Secure philanthropic support for Lakeridge Health’s highest priorities.
  • Donor and Community Stewardship: Create and sustain a culture of transparency and accountability.
  • Community Collaboration: Engage internal and external stakeholders.
  • Public Awareness and Communications: Effectively communicate our mandate.
  • Governance: Adhere to a model of Board Governance that advances the Vision and the Mission of the Foundation.


Additional Information


The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is an experienced major gift and campaign fundraiser with a history of success closing significant gifts and cultivating long term relationships with donors and partners. Highly motivated and proactive, the Director of Development and Campaigns will be the driving force of the Cancer Campaign as it moves into its public phase later this year.

An experienced leader and builder with strong business acumen, the successful candidate will be a collaborative team player working closely with the CEO and senior leadership team, contributing to the strategies and direction for the Foundation’s annual and long range plans.  As an advocate for philanthropy who is excited by innovation, the Director will promote the exploration of new fundraising opportunities and ideas.

A strong, charismatic leader who can motivate and inspire, the successful candidate will focus a team of dedicated fundraisers through mentorship, coaching and professional development.

The Director of Development and Campaigns will lead with trust and create an inclusive environment engaging their team in planning and decisions. The new incumbent will value the diverse experiences of the development team members and optimize, nurture and foster their talents. With strong, regular communications and collaboration, the ideal candidate will provide direction and clarity around goals and expectations, elevating a successful, dedicated, and high performing team.

Intelligent, professional, and well-spoken, the new Director will be comfortable presenting to and engaging with the board of directors and campaign cabinet. A strong volunteer manager, the ideal candidate will be the key staff liaison for the development committee providing support and fostering relationships and dialogue that are generative and invites the creativity of others.

The successful candidate will have the ability to recognize and build connections throughout Oshawa and Whitby to expand the Foundation’s networks. A competent and compelling spokesperson for the hospital and its impact, the new incumbent will engage the business community and broaden the strong, positive, existing relationships. The Director will be passionate about healthcare and motivated by seeing the meaningful work of the hospital while celebrating the dedicated Lakeridge Health donors.


Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with the CEO in the strategic development and execution of a robust major giving program.
  • Develop and execute annual operational plans and tactics for major and planned giving, signature events and community initiatives.
  • Provide leadership on Campaign planning and direction on its implementation.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of key major donor and partner relationships including individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Lead the team in building and managing a robust major gift pipeline.
  • Provide leadership to a team of four development staff, motivating them to achieve individual and team targets and provide opportunities for growth.
  • Conduct annual goal setting and performance management for direct reports.
  • Work with the marketing/communications team to develop a seamless transition of donors through moves management and between programs.
  • Manage volunteers to leverage relationships and support for the foundation in the community.
  • Oversight and direction of the Foundation’s sponsorship and small business programs.
  • Participate as a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team.


Qualifications & Competencies

  • Progressive experience managing fundraising programs and teams and engaging with major donors, ideally in a health foundation or post-secondary institution.
  • Proven track record in planning, designing and implementing successful fund development strategies and programs including: Major Gifts & Campaigns, Sponsorships, Gift Planning and Events.
  • Demonstrated success identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors at the six figure level and above.
  • Experience managing, coaching, supporting, and collaborating with senior level volunteers.
  • Senior level experience in decision making, human relations, relationship management skills and experience leading a results-driven team.
  • Strong business acumen with financial management experience, including budget oversight.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications and presentation skills with experience developing communications plans.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Knowledge of Canada Revenue Agency regulations for charitable donations.
  • High level of professionalism and drive.
  • Solid knowledge of relational databases. Experience with Raiser’s Edge is considered an asset.
  • Post-secondary education or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • CFRE designation is considered an asset.


For More Information

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this leadership search on behalf of Lakeridge Health Foundation. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Ellie Rusonik, Senior Search Consultant, KCI Search + Talent by email at

Interested candidates are invited to send a resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by February 20, 2020

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All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.

Accommodation, as required by law, will be provided in all parts of the recruitment and assessment process. If you are applying for a position, please let us know any needs you may have in advance.