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JDRF Canada

Vice President, Development

Posted On: April 4, 2024
Closing On: April 17, 2024

Location: Remote
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $150,000-$175,000, commensurate with skills and experience

We’re currently seeking a Vice President, Development to join JDRF’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and provide strategic direction for growing unrestricted revenue and supporter engagement across the country. Primary areas of accountability include national fundraising events, regional teams, annual giving and corporate partnerships. JDRF is a remote-first workplace so the VP, Development may be located anywhere in Canada and will work from a home-office.

While remaining on JDRF’s SLT, the previous incumbent has transitioned to lead our Philanthropy/ Leadership Giving (restricted revenue) team and so this position has recently become available. These two roles work closely together to facilitate the integration of leadership and planned giving at the field (regional) level, with the VP, Development providing leadership to all direct reports in support of the overall strategy.

The VP, Development will seek to maximize our revenue growth, audience reach, and ensure the overall sustainability of the foundation. For the new incumbent, key priorities will include the implementation of a 3-year comprehensive development plan to grow unrestricted revenue by bringing in and engaging new donors; advancing a comprehensive planned giving program; and formulating and executing plans to increase individual giving.

Our ideal candidate for this opportunity will have at least 10 years of fundraising experience in relevant programs and portfolios, including at least 5 years in a senior level position. The incumbent should have experience managing large-scale fundraising initiatives involving significant revenue targets and budget implications, involving diverse stakeholder groups. They will also need to have a joy and enthusiasm for being a front-facing fundraiser, as they will have a portfolio of high-level donors and prospects themself.

There is a large staff team reporting directly and indirectly to this role, so strong management, coaching, and relationship-building skills are a must. We want the individual in this role to continue fostering collaboration and the culture of appreciation we have worked hard to achieve. The Development team has cross-functional relationships across JDRF, so a demonstrated ability to lead and implement organizational change, gain buy-in and consensus will be important.

While not a firm requirement, our ideal candidate would be Bilingual in English and French to best meet the needs of our supporters across Canada.

Here are the finer details of the key responsibilities and qualifications for this role

Key Responsibilities

  • As part of the Senior Leadership Team, participates in the development and implementation of the strategic plan that guides the direction of the Foundation;
  • As a member of the Senior Leadership team, works closely with colleagues to achieve organizational key performance indicators and operational efficiencies;
  • Works closely with the CEO and the senior management team in maintaining and demonstrating the values of the organization;
  • Works with JDRF International and affiliates to ensure JDRF Canada revenue generating programs are consistent with global priorities;
  • Provides JDRF with strong, creative, energetic, strategic leadership on all fundraising initiatives and sets new, ambitious, but attainable goals in order to increase annual unrestricted funds;
  • Sets the direction for the development and execution of an unrestricted fundraising strategy over three-year horizons with monthly and annual targets;
  • Leads, inspires, and supports a team of development professionals to deepen donor engagement and to attract new and increased financial support;
  • Evaluates staff, developing a strong sense of teamwork, and establishing an environment of mentoring and support;
  • Leads the development of meaningful KPI’s and monitors ongoing to assess the effectiveness of strategies in achieving program objectives;
  • Further enhances the grassroots strength of JDRF by activating a plan to continually recruit and develop volunteers across Canada, in collaboration with the Volunteer & Community Engagement team;
  • Develops and implements appropriate accountability measurements for events, corporate partnerships and annual giving activities, putting in place rigorous systems, routines, procedures, and behaviours to ensure success and growth in our events and annual giving programs;
  • Works closely with the VP, Philanthropy to facilitate integration of leadership and planned giving  at the field level;
  • Leads the review of new initiatives to grow unrestricted revenue including use of technology, marketing activities and new opportunities, in collaboration with IT and Marketing Communications
  • Manages a portfolio of 30-40+ donors/prospects at the $100,000+ level in various stages of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, and ensures appropriate movement through the pipeline;
  • Identifies develops and implements business strategies in line with Foundation goals and vision;
  • Acts as a representative and ambassador to the local community and nationally to promote positive relationships and strong partnerships for the benefit of the organization.

Experience, skills and qualities required:

  • A minimum of 10 years of fundraising experience, with at least 5 years in a senior role combined with a university degree in a related discipline or an equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Bilingual in English and French a definite asset
  • Direct management experience with large-scale fundraising initiatives involving significant dollar amounts and implications, a large staff and involving diverse stakeholder groups
  • Experience with annual giving is an asset
  • Joy for fundraising, including enthusiasm to make asks and manage donor relationships
  • Strong coaching, influencing and relationship skills with staff and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to create a sense of team collaboration and foster a culture of appreciation
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and implement organizational change and create a culture of accountability
  • Strong ability to gain buy-in, find consensus and foster harmonious relations
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to assess situations from a multi-stakeholder perspective
  • Excellent organizational, time management and decision-making skills to achieve performance objectives
  • Creative and strategic thinker, energetic and goal-oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, public speaking and presentation skills

Compensation: Salary for the new incumbent is anticipated to be within the range of $150,000 – $175,000, commensurate with skills and experience in relation to the role requirements. Additional compensation and benefits information will be provided to those who progress to initial interview stages.

Location Preference: Anywhere within Canada – this position will work remotely from a home-office

Travel Requirements: Travel may be up to 30% during some periods of the year. Amount of travel (more or less) may be dependent by the location of the new incumbent. Valid driver’s license is required.

Application Deadline: Please submit your application through our careers website. Initial posting deadline is April 17, 2024 but this position will remain posted until filled.