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Associate Director, Development - BC Cancer Foundation

Vancouver, BC

Job Description

The BC Cancer Foundation 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 almost 80 employees working across five 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.

ABOUT YOU: We are looking for a fundraising professional whose experience and ambition will help take BC Cancer Foundation’s Major Gifts fundraising to the next level. You have had success leading a portfolio of prospects, donors and professional advisors in Major Gifts as well as planning and implementing the prospecting, cultivation and recognition strategies that will enable the Foundation to increase revenue through significant and transformational gifts. You care about making a difference in the lives of people facing cancer.

You enjoy working with others to identify and plan key strategies for the Major Gifts team to ensure alignment with and success of BC Cancer Foundation’s vision and objectives.

You are a team player who works collaboratively with both internal and external individuals and team members. You are focused on ensuring there is seamless donor integration between specialized portfolios, including special events, leadership giving and other special Foundation projects. 

Major responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan designed to increase revenue for Major Gifts, with a heavy emphasis on securing gifts of $25,000 and higher, through awareness and funding, including the identification, cultivation and solicitation of donors.
  • Actively manage a portfolio of 150 – 200 major gift prospects and donors.
  • Assisting in the recruitment and subsequent involvement of individual corporate and community leaders in the cultivation and solicitation of gifts.
  • Co-ordinating and managing the efforts of volunteer leaders, committee or board members and senior staff (of both BC Cancer Foundation and BC Cancer, where appropriate) involved in the giving process.  This includes directing the preparation of briefing documents, proposals and other support materials. 
  • Working collaboratively with other members of the Development team to coordinate strategies with assigned prospects, preparing tailored and personalized proposals, and actively participating in and occasionally taking the lead with cultivation events.
  • Evaluating site/program results to identify potential challenges and respond to day-to-day concerns. 
  • Directing research activities and analysis of the donor database to identify, qualify and build linkages with potential donors and to maintain appropriate contact with existing donors.
  • Maintain and properly record information about prospects and donors utilizing centralized electronic filing system and database. Report and monitor activity associated with his/her portfolio. Produce briefing notes, solicitation plans and call reports to ensure that donor histories are part of the institution’s memory.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with BC Cancer scientists, clinicians and hospital staff; involve the appropriate colleagues across the organization to coordinate and execute strategies.
  • Representing the BC Cancer Foundation, when requested, at official meetings and functions as required.

Job Requirements

The ideal person has a proven knowledge of the development process - understanding the principles of fundraising and donor relations – and has demonstrated success in engaging 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 Major Gift fundraising skills and hit the ground running. This person displays compassion, mature judgement, superior diplomatic skills and highly developed listening.

We are looking for someone with the ability to work in an effective and collaborative manner, who demonstrates teamwork within and across departments to achieve optimal collective results. 

Ideally you have experience leading or supporting a Major Gifts Diversity program or portfolio, understanding the language and cultural nuances and helping to educate our internal team on the same.


The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in a related field, plus a minimum of 5 years’ experience in fundraising / donor relations, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Possession of a CFRE Designation is an asset.
  • Extensive knowledge of and ability to interact with senior level business and community leaders.  An understanding of the local philanthropic community would be beneficial
  • A demonstrated ability to identify and implement major gift strategic planning and solicitation strategies in support of funding priorities.
  • Sound knowledge of the market place and donor base.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • Proven decision making and problem solving skills, strong organizational skills, and knowledge of sophisticated fundraising software programs, preferably Raiser’s Edge
  • Proficiency in Mandarin and/or Cantonese would be a distinct advantage
  • Uphold and contribute to our values of Professional, Passionate, and Positivity

How To Apply

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