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Development Officer OR Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts

Requisition #2402981
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-Vancouver
Job StreamFundraising
Job TypePermanent, Full-Time
Number of Positions1
Start Date of Employment ASAP
Posting Date05-Sep-2023
Travel RequiredOccasionally
Educational RequirementsSome Post Secondary Education
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 partner 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 over 90 employees working across 5 sites in B.C, we are one of the largest non-profit organizations in the province. We engage with over 100,000 donors and communities to inspire philanthropic investment in BC Cancer and we partner with some of the world’s leading researchers, oncologists and care providers.


At the BC Cancer Foundation, we are a professional, passionate and positive team who believe that we can help make a positive difference in the lives of all British Columbians and bring us closer to a world free of Cancer.


We are driven by a collective purpose to be a catalyst, powering world class innovation while supporting deeply personal cancer patient journeys.


About the Opportunity


The BC Cancer Foundation is seeking a Development Officer or Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts to join the Vancouver team.


This role will participate in planning key strategies for potential donors poised to support the organization with philanthropy. This individual will provide insight and strategy for high quality prospect research and pipeline development and analysis to provide accurate, timely, and strategic information on prospective donors to the BC Cancer Foundation (BCCF) fundraising staff and Major Gifts team in Vancouver. The incumbent will also cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of prospects through face-to-face meetings, phone calls, emails, and stewardship opportunities.


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

  • Cultivate, secure and steward major gifts in the $25,000 to $500,000 range
  • Develop an understanding of BCCF fundraising priorities, attending prospect and donor strategy meetings where necessary to recommend research strategies and approaches
  • Maintain accurate, strategic and timely information on prospects and donors in our database, Raiser’s Edge, through coordination with database staff
  • Qualify new donor prospects for further action in line with organizational fundraising priorities
  • Identify new prospective donors, assess their gift capacity and potential, uncover facts that show how an optimum size gift may best be solicited; contribute to the development of targeted cultivation strategies
  • Identify giving patterns of current donors and high level prospects; identify donors with potential for growth and increased involvement with BCCF
  • 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.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan designed to increase funding; and heighten public awareness of BC Cancer research and care in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland
  • Participates in the planning and evaluation of fundraising programs, campaigns, projects and events to ensure that the focus and integrity of the BC Cancer Foundation is maintained and resources deployed where appropriate.
  • Participates in the recruitment and subsequent involvement of corporate and community leaders in the cultivation and solicitation of gifts.
  • Evaluates site/program results with direct manager to identify potential challenges and respond to day-to-day concerns.


Core knowledge + skills

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to provide clear executive information
  • 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
  • Ability to locate, analyze, interpret, synthesize and communicate information, financial data and reports into information that will guide qualification, cultivation and solicitation strategies and stewardship reporting
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity, effectiveness and organizational skills and the ability to work well and within timelines
  • 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
  • Strong knowledge of the philanthropic climate and opportunities in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland
  • Ability to work under tight timelines and competing priorities
  • 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


  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in fundraising / donor relations, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • A willingness to work beyond work hours, evenings as required, and occasional travel throughout the province of B.C.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle.

Salary Range

  • Development Officer, Major Gifts: $68,000 to $85,000
  • Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts: $82,000 to $94,000

* Candidates will be informed which position they are being considered for during the recruitment process, based on experience and skillset.


What We Offer

  • 5 weeks’ vacation plus office closure between Christmas Eve and New Years, as well as half days office closures before each statutory holiday
  • Comprehensive benefit package including coverage for health, dental, vision and various paramedical services, plus participation in the Employee & Family Assistance Program
  • Participation in the 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.