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Director of Fund Development - HR MacMillan Space Centre

Vancouver, BC

Job Description

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (MSC) is seeking an experienced, enterprising fundraising professional to join the Centre’s senior leadership team as Director of Fund Development.


Our mission is to educate, inspire and evoke a sense of wonder about the Universe, our planet and space exploration.  Our approach centres on learning. At the heart of this is wonder and fun, unexpected moments, good conversation and challenging ideas. These qualities are inherent in our interactions with our audience. Our vision is of an inspired and imaginative community connecting society, culture, and science to facilitate experiences that are…like nothing on earth. This vision is centered on the importance of supporting a scientifically literate society in which individuals can make informed choices about the issues our community faces.

The Centre is an independent, not-for-profit, charitable organization, with an annual operating budget of $1.9 million of which 15% stems from sponsorship and donations.  The Centre has identified that as a matter of priority, it needs to grow and diversify its funding base.  The new role of Director of Fund Development was created as a critical function and enabler of the Centre’s mission, vision, and strategic direction. 


The Director of Development plays a strategic role in developing a culture of philanthropy and support.  Reporting to the Executive Director and working with the Board of Directors, the Director will design, direct and execute a multi-faceted fundraising program that builds communities of support and attracts high impact philanthropy to the Centre’s strategic priorities that leads the organization towards long-term financial sustainability.

An entrepreneurial mindset and strategic intent are necessary.


As a member of the Centre’s Senior Leadership Team, the Director of Fund Development will demonstrate:


  • Fully participates with senior leadership and the board in setting strategy and policy;
  • Creates a fund development strategy which fully engages the organization in its execution to deliver increased revenue to the Centre’s strategic priorities;
  • Acts on behalf of the Centre in business, civic and community organizations to foster, build and grow relationships with internal and external audiences;
  • Seeks and inspires excellence and impact in all endeavours;
  • Acts on behalf of the Executive Director, as required and when requested.

Fundraising Excellence and Impact

  • Builds a diverse base of engaged donors, sponsors and partners through an innovative program that attracts funds to the Centre’s annual operations and special projects and builds communities of support;
  • Creates and executes a full complement of fundraising programs including major gifts and capital campaigns, exhibition and program initiatives, sponsorship marketing, grant writing, planned giving, business development and special events;
  • Builds, motivates and supports a team of Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, including members of the Fund Development Committee, who advocate for the Centre in the execution of the fund development plan;
  • Sets, monitors and reports on fundraising goals and metrics that are achieved with the full participation of staff and volunteers.


  • Provides strategic and operational support to standings committees of the Board (and other committees) as needed;
  • Puts in place a prospect management system that holistically manages all prospects meeting the major gifts threshold of $10,000 and personally manages a portfolio of prospects;
  • Works with the marketing team to improve donor cultivation funnel strategies that optimize each level of giving and increases donations and lifelong supporters of the organization;
  • Recruits, leads, supervises, coaches and mentors a small team of development volunteers and staff (1.5 direct reports) who work as a team to achieve mutually agreed performance targets;
  • Prepares business plans, sets budgets and authorizes expenditure.

The Centre is a unionized environment.  The position carries responsibilities for representing the Centre in the administration of the Collective Agreement and for representing the Senior Leadership Team when required.

Job Requirements


As a skilled development manager, you are responsible for overseeing and leading the work of a group of people, understanding and delivering full-cycle budgeting and reporting for your department, and demonstrating successful authorship of plans and their execution. 


  •    3 to 5 years of experience as a fundraising and strategic implementation professional in progressively senior roles.
  • Demonstrated experience creating and leading comprehensive fund development programs.
  •  Demonstrated experience managing annual and capital campaigns concurrently.
  •  Experience working with membership-based organizations such as museums, cultural or educational institutions would be an advantage.
  •  Knowledge of and experience with planned giving, special events planning and management.
  •  Knowledge of and experience with marketing processes and concepts.
  •  A thorough understanding of the non-profit sector and regulations governing charitable giving.

Education and Professional Qualifications

  •  Post-secondary degree in a related field.
  •  Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE/ACFRE) designation and active involvement in the Association of Fundraising Professionals are desirable.
  •  IABC accreditation is desirable.

Personal Attributes

  •  Goal orientated and an entrepreneurial mindset required.
  •  Excellent written and oral communications.
  •  Demonstrate initiative and autonomy.
  •  Excellent interpersonal relationships.
  •  Maintains and communicates a positive attitude.
  •  Endorses and abides by the AFP Code of Ethics and Donor Bill of Rights.


This is a contract position, compensation based on experience and performance objectives.

How To Apply

Please submit application not later than 5:00 pm Friday, September 13th, 2019 to:

Director of Human Resources: