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Development Officer, Leadership Giving

Requisition #2394358
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-Vancouver
Job StreamFundraising
Job TypePermanent, Full-Time
Number of Positions1
Start Date of Employment ASAP
Posting Date10-Feb-2023
Travel RequiredOccasionally
Educational RequirementsCollege Diploma
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

This is the most exciting time in the history of cancer research and care.


We are on the cusp of true transformation. Cancer is the world’s biggest health crisis and the BC Cancer Foundation—the fundraising arm of BC Cancer—has launched the most ambitious and comprehensive healthcare campaign in BC’s history to lead this transformation and elevate cancer care for all British Columbians.


With almost 90 employees working across 5 sites in B.C, we are one of the largest non-profit organizations in BC working actively with over 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.


About the Opportunity

The BC Cancer Foundation is seeking a Development Officer for our Provincial team. Working as part of the Leadership & Community Giving team, the Development Officer is responsible for generating leadership giving throughout the province. This role will manage a large portfolio (250+) of mid-level prospects and oversee the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a broad pool of donors from a range of program areas to increase revenue through individual giving. This role works closely with other Foundation staff to ensure seamless donor integration between specialized portfolios, including corporate relations, community and mass participation events, major gifts and gift & estate planning.  This individual will interface regularly with regional Foundation staff to ensure they are well-versed in priority projects throughout the province.


The Person


The Development Officer, Leadership Giving, is responsible for raising funds through a portfolio of active mid-level donors. The ideal candidate for this role has demonstrated success in engaging donors from a wide range of program areas through face-to face meetings, phone calls, emails to increase their giving and move the individual through the donor continuum.


We are looking for someone with a can-do attitude, who can apply their fundraising skills and hit the ground running. We require a candidate with the ability to work simultaneously on a variety of complex, high-volume projects with tight deadlines. Other attributes include strong organizational and analytical skills, and demonstrated business planning and project management skills.


Reporting to the Associate Director, Development, responsibilities will include:

  • Cultivate, secure and steward discovery circle gifts in the $1,000 to $25,000 range, while identifying and securing opportunities to elevate giving
  • Identify giving patterns of current donors and prospects; identify donors with potential for growth and increased involvement with BCCF
  • Utilize excellent interpersonal skills to engage individuals and manage relationships in a number of different capacities – with donors, volunteer Board and Cabinet members, senior administrators, medical and research staff
  • Maintain accurate, strategic and timely information on prospects and donors in our database, Raiser’s Edge
  • Setting and achieving aspirational annual activity goals aligned with the priorities of the Foundation and BC Cancer related to: strategic donor engagement; solicitations (current and planned gifts) and the success rate of same; engagement of our BC Cancer partners; and collaborative activities related to revenue generation across the Foundation.
  • Evaluating site/program results with direct manager to identify potential challenges and respond to day-to-day concerns.
  • Develops an understanding of BCCF fundraising priorities, attending prospect and donor strategy meetings where necessary to recommend research strategies and approaches
  • Building strong and collaborative working relationships with BC Cancer counterparts, where appropriate, to ensure alignment and support for fundraising activity.
  • Develop and maintain a good working knowledge of BC Cancer priorities
  • Representing the BC Cancer Foundation, when requested, at official meetings and functions as required.
  • Some travel will be required


  • A degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in a related field, plus 3-5 years’ experience in fundraising / donor relations, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to secure mid-level gifts with a readiness to broaden their fundraising skills to include gift and estate planning and major gifts
  • A valid Class 5 drivers’ license and access to a vehicle
  • The ability to speak Mandarin and/or Cantonese would be considered an asset

 Core knowledge + skills:

  • Specialized knowledge of sophisticated fundraising programs particularly in annual giving, major gifts and/or community giving
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to provide clear, succinct information to lay audience
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail to ensure high volume of tasks are completed and recorded in a timely manner
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and practices; keen interest in new and innovative ideas for research and pipeline management
  • 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
  • Excellent computer skills including word processing, database/information management, email and internet. 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

Salary Range: $60,000 - $70,000


What We Offer

  • Competitive compensation
  • Professional development support
  • Generous vacation plans
  • Gift of Time
    • Office closure between Christmas Eve and New Years, plus half day office closures before each statutory holiday
  • Comprehensive benefit package
  • Coverage for health, dental, vision, and various paramedical services, plus participation in the Employee & Family Support program and Municipal Pension Plan

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.