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Development Officer, Gifts & Estate Planning

Requisition #2382848
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-Vancouver
Job StreamFundraising
Job TypePermanent, Full-Time
Number of Positions1
Start Date of Employment ASAP
Posting Date21-Jul-2022
Travel RequiredOccasionally
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

The BC Cancer Foundation (“BCCF”) is the fundraising partner of BC Cancer and the largest charitable funder for cancer research in B.C. Every dollar we raise stays right here at BC Cancer to advance research and enhance care for the people of B.C.


With over 70 employees working across 5 sites in B.C we are actively working with our 100,000 donors and communities to inspire investment in BC Cancer and our provincial teams of world-leading researchers, oncologists and care providers.


We are a professional, passionate and positive team who believe that we can help make a difference in the lives of all British Columbians. Our purpose is to be a catalyst, powering world class innovation while supporting deeply personal cancer journeys.



The Position


The Development Officer, Gift & Estate Planning, is responsible for raising funds and cultivating future gifts through a portfolio of active planned giving donors, with a focus on the Lower Mainland.


The Development Officer will build, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of 125-150 prospects through face-to-face meetings, phone calls, emails, and stewardship opportunities. In addition, the officer will qualify donors and prospects through regular activities and proactive identification of new opportunities. The goal of this position is to build relationships with donors through strategic contact, to engage and inspire donors and to secure support in order to achieve fundraising targets and encourage deeper connection to the organization. The Development Officer will also identify, cultivate and solicit current giving opportunities through their work and outreach.


This position reports to the Associate Vice President, Development, and works collaboratively with colleagues in our Leadership & Community Giving, Major Gifts and Events teams within the Foundation on effective donor relations strategies. Some travel may be required.


The Person

The ideal person has a solid knowledge of the development process - understanding the principles of fundraising, donor relations, portfolio management, and has proven success in engaging both planned and major gift prospects. A demonstrated ability to successfully develop and nurture long term professional relationships, preferably with an organization of similar scope is necessary to be successful. We are looking for someone who can apply their planned giving fundraising skills and hit the ground running. This person displays compassion, mature judgement, superior diplomatic skills and highly developed listening.


This role requires someone with sensitivity and tact for handling difficult and emotional donor conversations. We are looking for someone with the ability to share information in an effective and collaborative manner, who will demonstrate teamwork within and across departments to achieve optimal collective results. 


Qualifications + skills:

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and skills:

  • A degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in a related field, plus a minimum of 3 years’ experience in fundraising / donor relations, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Experience in gift planning, law, financial planning or accounting, and a clear knowledge and understanding of the Canadian tax system, estate planning and various gifting vehicles is ideal
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proven decision making and problem solving skills, strong organizational skills, and knowledge of sophisticated fundraising software programs, preferably Raiser’s Edge
  • Strong computer skills including word processing, database/information management, email and internet.
  • Must have regular access to a vehicle and have a valid driver’s licence
  • Uphold and contribute to BCCF’s values of Professional, Passionate, and Positivity


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 has implemented 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.