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Interim Director of Philanthropy - Ecojustice

Vancouver, BC

Job Description

Position Type:             Fixed Term Contract (14 months)

Status:                            Full-Time

Location:                       Vancouver

Date Posted:                July 26, 2019

Closing Date:               August 23, 2019

About Ecojustice:

Ecojustice is Canada’s largest environmental law charity. Our mission is to use the law to defend nature, combat climate change and fight for a healthy environment for all.  Our strategic, innovative public interest lawsuits lead to nation-wide precedents and deliver concrete solutions to our most urgent environmental problems.

Working with Ecojustice means joining a team of passionate, hard-working professionals. We strive to build an inclusive and respectful working environment, where all employees are valued for their contributions to our mission. 

Ecojustice offers a comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Family friendly workplace policies, including a generous annual vacation allowance (starting at 3 weeks and increasing to 6 weeks), Winter office closure (between Christmas and New Year), Birthday day off, maternity and parental leave top-ups, and a workplace culture with an overarching emphasis on work life balance;
  • Extended health and dental coverage for employees and their families;
  • Transportation incentives to encourage an environmentally friendly commute to work; and
  • Volunteering incentives, to enable all employees to give back to the communities and causes that they are passionate about.

We also support ongoing employee development through our People Potential Program, which aims to give all employees a tailored plan in order to access professional development and training opportunities relevant to their own career development.

Ecojustice is 100 per cent funded by individuals and organizations who share our values.  To learn more about how we are building the case for a better earth, please visit:

About the Role:

The Director of Philanthropy creates, develops, evaluates and implements national fundraising strategies designed to generate robust and sustainable revenue streams that enable the continued advancement of Ecojustice’s mission, vision and goals.

Aggressive but realistic fundraising targets are achieved directly through the Director of Philanthropy’s professional fundraising expertise, influence and relationships within the philanthropic community; and by leading the efforts of Philanthropy staff and volunteers engaged in fundraising programs, campaigns and activities.

The Director of Philanthropy collaborates with other Leadership Team members, Ecojustice’s Board and cross-functional teams. The Director contributes specialized knowledge of effective and ethical fundraising practices and charitable tax laws, as well as general business acumen and non-profit management competencies, in support of Ecojustice’s overall mandate. This includes Board and committee governance, strategic and operational planning, budgeting and organizational decision-making processes.

As a member of the Ecojustice Leadership team, the Director of Philanthropy plays a key role in: 

Strategic Leadership

The Director of Philanthropy is a key member of the Leadership Team, envisioning and achieving organizational success in collaboration with the Executive Director, Leadership Team and Board of Directors, and through the achievements of the Philanthropy Team.  The Director demonstrates alignment with organizational values, fundraising expertise, sound judgment, solid ethics and appropriate care and discretion in all organizational leadership functions, including:

  • Building a culture of philanthropy within the organization
  • Participating in the development and implementation of organizational plans and annual budgets
  • Monitoring and measuring philanthropy results, managing performance, and ensuring accountability for results
  • Reporting regularly to the Leadership Team, other members of the organization and the Board of Directors on progress in reaching or exceeding fundraising targets
  • Developing annual fundraising plans in collaboration with the Philanthropy Team, Director of Strategic Communications, Executive Director and Leadership Team
  • Acting as a sounding board and resource to the Executive Director, Leadership Team and Board on public affairs, public engagement and fund development programs, campaigns and other initiatives
  • Partnering with the Director of Strategic Communications to develop and execute integrated (online and offline) acquisition, engagement, and fundraising strategies
  • Engaging with the Board of Directors and its Philanthropy Committee to optimize the Board’s role in philanthropy
  • Fostering a positive organizational culture, and building trusting, collaborative, respectful and productive internal and external relationships to deliver results and further organizational success

Fundraising and Team Leadership

The Director of Philanthropy innovates and leads all fundraising strategies to diversify the gift pipeline, and increase the quantity and value of financial support from individuals, estates, foundations, and other sources.  This includes a hands-on fundraising role, as well as a role leveraging connections and relationships within the philanthropic, environmental, social justice, other nonprofit and business communities. 

In addition to managing traditional fundraising portfolios, the Director of Philanthropy works with the Director of Strategic Communications to build organizational brand awareness and expand the donor pool. This includes by analyzing trends in supporter behavior and digital engagement, and developing integrated acquisition and fundraising programs.  For optimal results and impact, the Director of Philanthropy ensures fundraising strategies are aligned and well-integrated with program and communications strategies, and key organizational messages are reflected across all fundraising collateral. 

The Director of Philanthropy coaches, mentors and guides a national team of leadership gifts, planned gifts, foundations, direct response, donor relations and other fundraising professionals, support staff and volunteers, overseeing all philanthropy programs and the forward movement of the gift cycle.  This entails:

  • Managing the Philanthropy department in a fiscally sound manner by ensuring appropriate systems, staffing, and procedures are in place to support fundraising goals
  • Collaborating with the Executive Director, Leadership Team and Board to develop, manage and implement all aspects of fundraising programs, ensuring compliance with charitable tax laws, privacy legislation, professional fundraising conduct and ethical standards, and best practices
  • Developing, mentoring, empowering and supporting a 12-person Philanthropy team (6 direct reports), maintaining high employee engagement and performance levels, developing work plans, and building strength within the Philanthropy team
  • Maintaining a proactive, passionate and creative leadership role in identifying, analyzing, targeting, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts and other donations and, engaging other senior staff as appropriate
  • In consultation with Communications, other staff and external service providers, overseeing the development and production of marketing collateral and web content for online giving, direct mail, grant proposals, brochures, and related materials to support fundraising efforts
  • Coordinating and/or overseeing donor and volunteer events in collaboration with Leadership, Board, Program, Communications, Finance and Operations teams
  • Serving as a visible spokesperson and advocate for Ecojustice’s mission and programs in the funding community
  • Public speaking and networking at Ecojustice and other events to recognize supporters, engage new ones, build alliances, and grow the donor and prospective donor base
  • Making donor stewardship a priority by ensuring that all donors are appropriately acknowledged and thanked, promptly issued tax receipts, and kept engaged
  • Developing and maintaining close working relationships with the philanthropic community, individuals and their staff, financial and estate planning professionals, Board members and volunteers
  • Working closely with the director of finance to develop five year revenue projections, annual budgets and quarterly forecasts
  • Identifying and managing collaborative funding opportunities, including coalition grants – developing funding applications, reporting to donors and overseeing the allocation and tracking of revenue and disbursements to Ecojustice agents
  • Identifying and piloting innovative fundraising strategies to diversify revenue and acquire new supporters

Note: This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Ecojustice

Job Requirements

About You:

Education & experience requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Science, Communication, Marketing, Business or Law
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, and active membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) or Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) preferred
  • Formal training or equivalent experience in Fundraising Management and Non-Profit Management. 
  • Relevant experience in the environmental non-governmental or social justice sectors preferred

Skills and Knowledge required to perform duties:

  • Demonstrated track record of success required in leading fundraising programs for a national charitable organization, and in identifying prospective donors, cultivating relationships, and securing major gifts upwards of $25,000
  • At least 7 to10 years of fund development experience, with knowledge of broad fundraising programs including major gifts, planned gifts, annual gifts, direct mail, online donations, donor relations, foundations, grant and proposal writing, public speaking and community engagement
  • Thorough knowledge of ethical fundraising and gift planning practices and standards, principles of philanthropy, Canada Revenue Agency guidelines, and charitable tax laws
  • Sound financial acumen, with in-depth knowledge of financial planning/budgeting, financial management, and financial and estate planning as it relates to fund development, planned giving, bequests, life insurance, various gift vehicles and the donation of fixed and liquid assets
  • Current knowledge of donor database and online giving technologies (Raiser’s Edge experience is essential, and experience with Engaging Networks or other online fundraising systems preferred) essential to maintaining effective and efficient fundraising and prospecting systems, processes, analysis, reports and metrics
  • Keeping abreast of Canadian fundraising developments and emerging global trends through active membership/participation in the Association of Fundraising Professionals and/or Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and involvement in charitable sector organizations and business groups
  • Recognized and respected as an ethical and trusted fundraiser whose professional reputation and profile will enhance fund development and organizational branding opportunities
  • Strong knowledge of marketing and sales techniques, with particular skill in persuading, influencing and closing

Organizational and team leadership

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in conceptualizing, developing, implementing and evaluating strategic plans
  • Established credibility and demonstrated competency in leadership and/or management, including professional interactions with a Board of Directors
  • Management or executive-level experience in leading the philanthropic function and a team of philanthropy staff in a dynamic work environment.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in leading a sizeable, geographically dispersed team and managing employee performance and development, ideally including experience in a union environment

Professional communications

  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Diverse knowledge and skills in various forms of communication, including marketing and sales, digital communications, public engagement, writing and editing, public relations and public speaking
  • Well-developed understanding of how to effectively communicate with varied audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively present complex issues in a simple and compelling manner

Networking and relationship building

  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, support effective team processes and establish relationships within and outside of the organization.
  • An established local, national and international network of connections in philanthropic, environmental, social justice, non-profit, legal and business sectors

Sector experience

  • A passion for environmental and social justice issues, with a background in environmental non-governmental or social justice organizations considered a definite asset

Project management and administration

  • Ability to use fundraising, communication, delegation, planning, technology and administration skills to effectively run major projects and a department
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • MS Office, donor database and online fundraising program skills

Working Conditions

  • Valid driver’s license, access to a personal vehicle, and ability to travel periodically, including locally, regionally, to Toronto, and within North America as required

How To Apply

Application Process:

Ecojustice is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.  We welcome and value the contributions of individuals who identify as members of a minority or marginalized community, and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, women, people of colour, and people with a disability.

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume online at:  no later than the Friday, August 23, 2019 closing date.  

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Cheryll Januszewski, People & Culture Manager, by email at or by calling 604-685-5618.