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Hospice of Elgin

Director, Community Engagement and Development

Posted On: February 14, 2022
Closing On: March 4, 2022

Location: St. Thomas, Ontario
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $70,000-$81,000 annually

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Director, Community Engagement & Development

Creating More Life Moments

Elgin County is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family; there is however a significant lack of palliative care services for individuals and their families at the end-of-life.   Elgin is the only County in Southwestern Ontario without a Hospice, until now.

Hospice is a matter of life and death.  Hospice provides expert palliative care focused on relieving pain and symptoms creating space for what matters most.  Hospice is about helping people (and their families) live life to the fullest until the end; whether in the community, their home, or in the residence.

To build and operate  Hospice in Elgin it will take a commitment from the entire community. Come be a part of the exciting journey to build a Hospice!


Position Overview: 

Reporting to the Executive Director, and as a member of the leadership team, the Director, Community Engagement & Development will be responsible for all activity in Hospice of Elgin’s philanthropic revenue generation including assisting to complete the $11 million capital campaign to build a Hospice in Elgin County. The Director provides strategic vision and leadership in developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive operational fundraising program that includes all fundraising (major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, social media engagement, and special events). The Director will also maintain a personal portfolio of prospects with a focus on securing major gifts at the $25,000+ level.

Responsibilities and Duties:

 Operational Fundraising:

  •  Develops and leads all fundraising activities including major gifts program, annual giving, planned giving, hospice signature events, third-party events, in memoriam giving, and any other solicitations.
  • Develops and leads all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.
  • Develop and execute a systematic strategic plan to diversify, strengthen and increase major gifts and develop new sources of funding to achieve current and future fundraising goals.
  • Assumes responsibility for all Development reports to the Board and other agencies.
  • Assists the Board with recommending and researching potential new members.
  • Participate in the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors.
  • Ensure all fundraising/donor activities comply in accordance with regulatory, legislative requirements and Hospice policies and procedures.

Has Oversight of Campaign Transition:

  • Support the completion of the Campaign plan.
  • Work collaboratively with the Campaign Director to support the Campaign Chair(s) and Cabinet in keeping the Campaign on track and on schedule.
  • Facilitate the identification, research, and evaluation of prospective donors.
  • Contribute to the development of all campaign-related materials to support the public phase of the campaign and beyond.
  • Provide oversight into the execution of campaign commitments.
  • Ensuring the appropriate recording of gifts, pledge collections and gift acknowledgement.
  • Participate in the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors.
  • Collaborate with the Campaign Director in the organization and development of campaign events.
  • Attend and support the planning all Cabinet meetings.

Collaborates on:  

  • Works closely with the Executive Director to strategize and determine communications, marketing and public relations goals for the whole organization.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to promote a culture of philanthropy within the organization.
  • Develops and implements strategies to promote hospice’s mission to both the internal constituencies and the community at large.
  • Oversees the production of major publications, including event marketing materials, e-newsletters, the Annual Report, stewardship reports, website, etc.
  • Ensures social media vehicles are fed and updated regularly.


  • Entrepreneurial spirit and self-starter.
  • Minimum 8 years senior fundraising experience, including significant major gift experience.
  • Experience leading a fundraising team of professionals.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and managing a comprehensive fundraising portfolio, including personal experience cultivating and soliciting major gifts.
  • Experience leading a multi-million-dollar capital campaign considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to best practices in stewardship.
  • Proven success in donor and volunteer management.
  • Demonstrated exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of marketing principles, trends, and strategies.
  • Bachelor’s degree or post-secondary education related to fundraising, sales, and/or marketing.
  • CFRE designation considered an asset.
  • Member of AFP, AHP, or CAGP an asset.
  • Prior experience in a healthcare environment an asset.
  • Committed to learning about and upholding the values of Catholic Health Care.
  • Proficiency with various software programs: MS Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint); Fundraising specific (Raiser’s Edge, DonorPerfect or equivalent).
  • Results driven, proactive & able to lead a team.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Problem-solving attitude.
  • Flexible, change-embracing in rapidly evolving work and market environment.
  • Ability to multi-task on multiple projects at once.
  • Ability to relate to and work with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Personal transportation required.

Schedule of Hours

Permanent full-time position, Monday to Friday.  Evening and/or weekend work may be required.

Office Location

St. Thomas based with some travel required.

Application deadline:

Only electronic applications received by 4PM on March 4, 2022 will be accepted. We thank you for your interest; please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, and have the qualifications identified, submit your cover letter and resume to:

Laura Sherwood, Director of Hospice Partnerships :

Hospice of Elgin is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Upon individual request, hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities. If you require any accommodations to fully and fairly participate in the application, interview or selection process, please contact 519-631-7495.