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Director, Development - Coast Funds

Surrey, BC

Job Description

Are you passionate about the priorities of Indigenous Peoples, the environment, and sustainable development?  Do you have experience implementing major fundraising campaigns?  Are you eager to support First Nations’ entrepreneurial efforts that strengthen community well-being? 

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team and work on First Nations-led fundraising initiatives across BC’s coast. Coast Funds is actively seeking a passionate, collaborative, and committed Director, Development to join our team as we implement our recently announced 2020-22 Strategic Plan. This new role will work closely with the Executive Director in partnership with First Nations to initiate new fundraising campaigns in support of First Nations’ efforts to build healthy and resilient economies and their revitalized stewardship of ecology, culture and protected areas in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.   

Coast Funds is a globally recognized model of conservation financing that invests to strengthen well-being in First Nations communities and the ecological integrity of the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. Founded with $118 million in 2007, Coast Funds is a partnership of private foundations and government. Currently, Coast Funds has approved over $100 million towards 395 conservation and economic development projects. Learn more:  

A truly unique and life-changing career opportunity  

First Nations’ leadership through self-determination, governance, and stewardship is paramount to permanent protection and restoration of the significant ecological and cultural systems of the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. We are confident that through access to sufficient sustainable and self-determined finance, resilient, Indigenous-led stewardship will strengthen both ecological and human well-being. 

Reporting to the Executive Director and working with a highly motivated team of coastal First Nations leaders, you are responsible for the strategic development and management of Coast Funds’ support for First Nations-led fundraising functions. Your focus will be to support First Nations’ goals to secure major contributions to grow the stewardship endowment and recapitalize the economic fund.  

Through this exciting new role, the Director, Development will foster Coast Funds continued evolution as a vibrant Indigenous-led conservation finance organization upholding First Nations and their partners in making individual contributions to their respective endowments while strengthening their economic development and stewardship efforts. 

Job Requirements


  • 7+ years of progressive leadership experience with a primary responsibility for fundraising and donor relationship development in the non-profit sector focused on the environment, social justice, or community development. 
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (preferably communications, business, or public relations).  
  • Track record of personally cultivating and closing transformational gifts, and successfully identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding relationships with major donors (e.g. government, philanthropy, and/or industry) at the six-figure level and above. Experience reaching $10M+ annual revenue targets will be considered a strong asset. 
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with and facilitate convenings among diverse audiences including elected officials, executives, and high net worth individuals, building rapport and trust between parties.   
  • Sound knowledge of marketing and engagement strategies related to donors; experience leading or overseeing strategic marketing is also strongly preferred, but is not mandatory.  
  • Highly collaborative work style with a focus on teamwork and creating win-win outcomes for communities. 
  • Knowledge of legislative frameworks governing fundraising in Canada and ethical codes of conduct for professional fundraisers. 

Preferred, but not required: 

  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. 
  • Membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals or Canadian Association of Gift Planners. 
  • Experience securing major contributions from the federal or provincial government. 
  • Understanding and respect for the inherent stewardship responsibilities First Nations have throughout their unceded territories, and their need for sustainable finance to develop and sustain stewardship capacity to uphold those responsibilities in a modern context.   
  • Understanding and respect for First Nations economic development priorities and their need for financing to develop long-term sustainable businesses and infrastructure. 
  • Familiarity with land and/or marine use issues in the Great Bear Rainforest region and the First Nations that participate in Coast Funds, or other Indigenous communities. 
  • Experience working with customer relationship management software such as Salesforce. 


Our competitive benefits package includes a flexible health and dental plan, RRSP contribution, committed colleagues, a culture of innovation, and the sense of accomplishment that comes contributing to a small team that’s working hard to make a difference in BC’s coastal communities. 

How To Apply

To express interest in this position, please apply via our Recruitment Partner, Smart, Savvy + Associates:  

Equity and diversity are essential to Coast Funds. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Indigenous People, Canadians, and permanent residents will be given priority.