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Company Name:
Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
10 - 20 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Director of Philanthropy

Director of Philanthropy

In its unwavering commitment to support kids and their families on their cancer journeys, Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta  has lead the way, through innovative programs and inspiring fundraising achievements. Kids Cancer Care is passionately dedicated to helping young people affected by cancer, and their families, survive and thrive in body, mind and spirit. To accomplish this, Kids Cancer Care provides programs and funding in three essential areas: Camp and Outreach; Research and Hospital; and Education Support and Scholarship programs. This approach enhances the quality of life for children living with cancer, improves their odds for recovery and provides care for the whole family, during treatment and beyond.


Changing the course of childhood cancer one day, one child, one family at a time, is what they do; through philanthropic support and a dedicated, passionate staff team and the help of hundreds of volunteers, is how they do it.


The Opportunity

This is a unique and rare opportunity to work with one of the most high profile and high performing charitable organizations in Alberta. Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta is a superhero to kids and their families when faced with a cancer diagnosis.

The Director of Philanthropy will lead and inspire, with strategy, vision, passion, and hard work, an agile and skilled fund development team. The primary focus of this role is to elevate the current and marked success of the organization while seeking new and innovative opportunities to engage the philanthropic community. The Director will develop and implement a cohesive and comprehensive strategy that will grow philanthropic support so that Kids Cancer Care can continue to meet its bold, long-term community and financial objectives.

Responsibilities include establishing and maintaining the strategic direction of all fund development activities—major gifts, sponsorship, individual and corporate donations, grant writing, direct mail, special events, community fundraising initiatives and planned giving. This position will lead, manage, and contribute to, the performance of a highly motivated development team of seven skilled practitioners.

The Director will work collaboratively with this team, which has recently been reorganized to best leverage the donor relationships essential to delivering Kids Cancer Care’s mission. The position will work closely with the CEO, the senior leadership team, as well as members of the Board of Directors.

Ideal Candidate Summary

The Director of Philanthropy for Kids Cancer Care will, first and foremost, possess a strong belief in the value and importance of supporting families affected by childhood cancer.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record, spanning over ten years, of achieving fundraising goals in a fast-paced, results oriented and collaborative environment. The Director will be an exceptional leader of staff and projects. Keen to listen, learn and grow our potential, the ideal candidate will share fresh ideas and push boundaries when appropriate.

Equipped with excellent team building, planning, budgeting, analytic, and organizational abilities, the ideal candidate will be action-driven in the pursuit of sustainable and successful fund development initiatives. Authentically engaging, the Director will elevate the sights of the team and the organization to recognize what is possible when donors and Kids Cancer Care come together to change the face of childhood cancer.

Possessing strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication abilities, integrity, and creativity, the ideal candidate will champion the importance of meaningful donor stewardship and continually enhanced donor engagement. Knowledge of Calgary’s, Alberta’s and Canada’s business sectors, as well as experience in a variety of cultivation and solicitation methods, including extensive and expanding digital marketing strategies. The ability to network in any community or culture and establish new relationships is vital.

Expressions of Interest

A complete position and candidate profile is available at Telephone and email inquiries are welcome and can be directed to Jolayne Davidson Gardner, Senior Associate at 403-646-5750 or [email protected] More information about Kids Cancer Care is available at

This search is being conducted on behalf of Kids Cancer Care by ViTrÄ“o Group Inc.  Qualified applicants are invited to submit their cover letters and resumes online only, in confidence, by 5:00 p.m. MST on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at [email protected]. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.