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Executive Director, Development

Requisition #2363391
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-Vancouver
Job StreamFundraising
Job TypePermanent, Full-Time
Number of Positions1
Start Date of Employment ASAP
Posting Date16-Sep-2021
Travel RequiredOccasionally
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

The BC Cancer Foundation is the fundraising partner of BC Cancer and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in B.C. Every dollar we raise stays right here at BC Cancer to advance research and enhance care for all British Columbians.


We are a professional, passionate and positive team with over 70 employees working across 5 sites in the province. We collaborate closely with clinicians, patients and almost 100,000 donors to raise critical funds that drive world-leading innovation and save lives.


Cancer doesn’t stop and neither do we.



About the Opportunity:


The Executive Director, Development, will work with the Vice President, Development to develop and implement a comprehensive Major Gifts development program for the BC Cancer Foundation, Lower Mainland Region. In carrying out this responsibility, while focusing on major gifts the individual will work with the leaders responsible for other vehicles of fundraising - annual giving, planned giving and donor experience to ensure a coordinated approach that will assure maximum public recognition and fundraising for the BC Cancer Foundation. This position provides overall leadership for the Lower Mainland Major Gifts Development team.


Responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the strategic planning, delivery and evaluation of the Lower Mainland Region’s annual major gifts plan. The plan will build on the Region’s past fundraising successes and current opportunities.
  • Developing a plan that will include future directions for the Region's development program; setting out key strategies and objectives that will be undertaken to realize and support the Foundation's mission, vision, values, goals and strategic initiatives.
  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive plan for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift donors.
  • Responsible for the expansion of our donors and revenue across the Region.
  • Leading and managing a team of Vancouver-based Major Gift fundraisers.
  • Participating in the development of the overall Foundation case for support with special responsibility for the development of the Lower Mainland elements of the case.
  • Leading the preparation, approval, implementation and management of the Region's annual budget for relevant development programs as part of the total Foundation's annual budget.
  • Providing leadership to the staff and volunteers within the Region, creating an environment that will stimulate and motivate them to contribute their full potential to the realization of the Foundation's overall goals and objectives.
  • Working closely with Vancouver BC Cancer teams and scientists, building strong and collaborative working relationships to ensure alignment and support for fundraising activity.
  • Working closely with the Director, Operations to plan feasibility studies, and lead project management and execution of future/potential campaigns in the Region.
  • Working closely with the Foundation's Marketing & Communications team to ensure consistency and clarity in provincial and regional messaging and external communications that supports positive positioning of BC Cancer and the Foundation to all constituents.
  • Working closely with the prospect research team to coordinate activities and analysis of data to identify, qualify and build linkages with prospective major gift donors and partners.
  • Developing and maintaining an excellent working knowledge of BC Cancer
  • Representing the BC Cancer Foundation, when requested, at official meetings and functions as required.
  • Working in partnership and collaboration with the three other Regional leads across the province.
  • Supporting other Provincial fundraising initiatives and projects on an as needed basis which may include partnering with the Corporate Relationships team to support our Corporate Relations strategy, supporting targeting fundraising activity and campaigns within the Development team.



  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage sophisticated major gifts fundraising programs and teams including securing significant major and transformational gifts
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in fundraising / donor relations, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience


Core knowledge + skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and manage a comprehensive development program, with an emphasis on major gifts.
  • Specialized knowledge of sophisticated fundraising programs particularly in major gifts
  • Keen interest in new and innovative ideas for research and pipeline management
  • Experience and demonstrated strength in leading and motivating a team.
  • Demonstrates creativity, insights and strategic planning to network in communities, to build meaningful relationships and bring new donor partners to the Foundation.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to provide clear executive information
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity, effectiveness and organizational skills and the ability to work well and within timelines
  • Proven ability to set and accomplish goals/objectives, and establish priorities with minimal direction.
  • Extensive knowledge of and ability to effectively interact with senior level business and community leaders.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills. Ability to work effectively with major donors, volunteers, Foundation staff, senior administrators, physicians, scientists and BC Cancer staff.
  • Uses sound judgment and maturity in dealings with various constituents.
  • Demonstrated professionalism and tact in handling highly sensitive and confidential information ethically; adhering to professional standards and protecting the confidential information of BCCF and BC Cancer.
  • A knowledge of sophisticated fundraising software programs, preferably Raiser’s Edge would be an advantage.
  • Uphold and contribute to BCCF’s values of Professional, Passionate, and Positivity.
  • A valid BC Driver's license and own transportation.


BC Cancer Foundation is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity & inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, language, national or Indigenous origin, family or marital status, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.


As an employer, occupational health and safety legislation requires that we protect our workers from health and safety risks in the workplace. BC Cancer Foundation is in the process of implementing a mandatory vaccination policy requiring that all staff who work in any of our physical workplaces must be fully vaccinated against COVID 19. Considerations and reasonable accommodations can be taken upon request and will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.