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Major Gifts Planned Giving Officer, BC Central Interior - The Salvation Army

Burnaby, BC

Job Description

Mission Statement

The Salvation Army is the largest non-government social services provider in Canada. Serving with meaning and purpose in over 400 communities across Canada.

This is an exciting time for The Salvation Army in BC as we are currently experiencing significant support for our programs, services and capital campaign, Nine Stories of Hope. To support this, other key initiatives, and our overall fundraising goals we are seeking a full-time Major Gifts Planned Giving Officer for the BC Central Interior. This is an opportunity to join a strong development team and work in a collaborative, supportive environment focused on self-responsibility, open communication, and integrity.

This position will work out of the BC Divisional office, servicing donors in the Greater Vancouver area and Central interior.

Salary Range:
$65,000 - $74,000 per year

Job Requirements

  • The Major Gifts Planned Giving Officer's primary role plans and implements all areas of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, including prospect reviews, research and documentation, cultivation and solicitation and stewardship of individuals and families.
  • The ideal candidate stewards a portfolio of up to 250 donors in the $5,000+ annual giving range. Donors will be from the greater Vancouver area and Central Interior of BC.  The split will be determined by the opportunities presented. Developing and implementing individual cultivation and stewardship plans to solicit major gifts, matching individual interests with Army needs. Cultivating and securing planned gifts.
  • Working closely with the BC Development team the Major Gifts Planned Giving Officer works to ensure coordination and integration of relevant legacy giving activities with the right donors. Manages prospect clearance to ensure coordinated and prioritized approaches to individuals, government, corporations, and foundations
  • Actively participates on committee/boards/councils or programs, as requested by the Divisional Commander and/or National office in the planning and implementation of Major Gifts Planned Giving on a national level
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Travel into the interior will be required.


  • The successful incumbent will possess a related degree or diploma from a recognized educational institute.
  • A minimum of 3 years related and progressive nonprofit fundraising experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • The incumbent’s knowledge will include a solid understanding of the principles and function of donor relations, ethical fundraising principles and best practices, donor cycle strategies, and marketing and communication practices, complemented by a proven ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues and donors and stakeholders at all levels.

What you bring to the role:

  • A dynamic self-starter who is proactive, creative and takes initiative.
  • Excellent organizational skills including superior attention to detail, time management, and ability to multi-task and be proactive/efficient in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to fulfill responsibilities with high standards in customer service and support the school mission.
  • Ability to develop long distance relationships with donors.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction, while working within the framework of an integrated development program and team-oriented environment.
  • Proven ability to exercise tact, discretion, and good judgment when dealing with confidential and sensitive information/matters, both internally and externally.
  • Strategic and creative thinking, lifelong learner, always looking to update and improve skills, systems, and processes.
  • Ability to meet assigned objectives by adapting and modifying the sequence of work, methods, and standards to meet changing conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a collaborative team player who establishes and maintains positive working relationships with staff and volunteers.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); Raiser’s Edge or similar CRM systems.
  • Welcoming, approachable demeanor, and professional appearance.
  • Clear and valid BC driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required.

You are:

  • Enthusiastic, energetic, goal-oriented individual with a demonstrated ability to function effectively in a complex and highly dynamic environment. You set high standards for yourself.
  • You are a skilled fundraiser with proven experience in the art and the science of major gifts and planned giving, and possess a clear understanding of the various planned giving vehicles available, and how to determine the best fit for prospects and donors based on their tax and philanthropic motivations.
  • Passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Able to thrive and effectively manage priorities in a changing, ambiguous environment.
  • A leader who values creating strong relationships with donors.
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the BC Interior cultivating and stewarding donors,   work as needed on evenings, weekends and holidays and must have a valid Driver’s license.


  • Full Time
  • 37.5 hours per week

Successful candidates, prior to hiring, may be required to provide:

  • Background check consent
  • A clear vulnerable sector screening
  • A clean driver abstract
  • Completion of our online Armatus Abuse Training and required Health and Safety training

The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates as required under applicable human rights legislation.   If you require a disability-related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements. 

We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Internal Applicants, please advise your managing supervisor of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

How To Apply

E-mail: Human Relations at Please mention Major Gifts Planned Giving Officer in the subject line containing your resume and cover letter.