Director of Fundraising
Position: Director of Fundraising
Location: Ottawa, Ontario or within Ontario and able to come frequently to Ottawa
Reports to: Executive Director
Application deadline: Dec 15th, 2023
Start date: as soon as possible
Veterinarians without Borders North America is a charitable, humanitarian organization whose mission is to work for, and with, those in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us.
We are a mission driven dedicated team that works remote however has a presence in Ottawa. We respect work life balance and offer a generous benefits package that includes 4 weeks of vacation and summer Fridays.
More information about the organization can be found at www.vetswithoutborders.ca.
Salary Range: $100,000- $125,000 (CAD)
OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION
The Director of Fundraising is a critical member of the senior management team, responsible for leading the Fundraising department. The ideal candidate is an adept storyteller, skilled in stakeholder engagement, and has a proven track record in securing funds. Your expertise will not only expand our visibility and influence but also ensure the diversification and growth of our funding base to support our ambitious mission. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, smaller organizational environment focused on innovation and advancement.
This role leads the fundraising and communication staff of four.
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
- Provide leadership and develop strategy for increasing VWB’s financial resources through philanthropic giving to advance the broader strategic goals of the organization.
- Develop multi-year and annual fundraising plans and manage their implementation.
- Provide strategic oversight of all fundraising programs including major giving, corporate partnership, foundation giving and grants, annual giving and membership, fundraising events, and potential emerging opportunities.
- Ensure all operational processes and supporting aspects of the development function are well structured and effective.
- Manage development of fundraising goals and budget and prepare regular reports on progress to the Director.
- In collaboration with the Executive Director, coordinate the enlistment and management of Board and other volunteers to support the achievement of fundraising objectives.
- Serve as a member of the senior leadership team with special regard to the coordination of resource development, engagement, communications and external relations priorities.
- Develop and maintain a portfolio of minimally 50 individual major donor prospects, working in conjunction with the Executive Director, to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts at the leadership ($100,000+) and major ($25,000+) giving levels.
- Maintain a portfolio of major corporate funders, converting existing event sponsors to multi-year partners and identifying and soliciting new opportunities.
- Strengthen the operational structure and processes for an effective major gift program, including procedures for prospect identification, moves management, stewardship and progress monitoring and reporting.
- Conduct prospect research to identify, cultivate, and solicit new funding sources for exhibitions, programs, and other initiatives.
- In conjunction with Executive Director, build and maintain relationships with institutional funders.
- Communicate with funders to inquire about new projects and follow up on the status of submitted proposals.
- Manage three staff positions and directly work with staff on setting and monitoring performance objectives, coaching and mentoring, talent development and retention.
- In collaboration with Executive Director, identify the optimal development structure, roles and staffing needs and recruit and hire development staff if appropriate.
- Collaborate with the senior management team to align Fundraising & Communication strategies with the organizational strategic plan.
- Build and maintain strong relationships with key external stakeholders, including community leaders, policymakers, and partner organizations.
- Serve as a key spokesperson for the organization, representing it at various events, conferences, and to major funders
- Lead, mentor, and develop the Fundraising team, fostering a culture of excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement.
- Manage the budget for the Fundraising department, ensuring effective resource allocation.
- Track and analyze performance metrics for both fundraising and communications, adjusting strategies to optimize results.
- Minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in fundraising department that was integrated with communications, particularly within a non-profit context.
- Demonstrated success in fundraising, including major gift solicitation and donor relations, as well as in developing communication strategies.
- A track record of successful senior level negotiation and the ability to influence the charitable giving decisions of companies, institutions and major donors
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
- Expertise in modern digital growth strategies including SEO, SEM, social ads, content syndication, analytics platforms, web technologies and more
- Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, and task facilitation.
- Demonstrated experience of engaging and leveraging a Board of Directors to achieve fundraising targets
- Sound knowledge of fundraising principles and practices related to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) gift acceptance and Donor Bill of Rights guidelines
- Experience with developing and adhering to a budget and business plan
- Committed to the mission, vision, and values of Veterinarians without Borders.
- Desirable to have experience working in international development, humanitarian and/or animal welfare domain
Please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org . Application deadline Dec 15th, 2023.
VWB/VSF is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We are particularly keen to consider applications from new Canadians and/or individuals from diaspora communities from the countries where we are working