This job has expired and you can't apply for it anymore.
Company Name:
Easter Seals Alberta
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Fundraising and Volunteerism
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5 - 10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Easter Seals Alberta, Director of Development, Province-wide

Easter Seals Alberta (ESA) has grown and evolved with the times. ESA now assists Albertans with disabilities and medical conditions of all ages. Demand for our services is increasing every year. Today, approximately 11 percent or 253,000 people in Alberta are disabled. ESA has endeavoured to keep up with the increasing complexity of disabilities with several vital and challenging programs. With these programs, the Society is able to assist Albertans with disabilities and medical conditions in attaining higher levels of self-sufficiency at home within their own community.

The Director of Development is a senior position reporting to the CEO and is part of the senior management team for ESA. This position is responsible for leading and supporting ESA’s development team as well as strategic planning, and procedure development for key fundraising operations supporting the organizations development goals and partnerships. This position is also responsible for advancing donor relationships through face to face meetings, personally managing a number of the organization’s key donor relationships and driving a significant portion of the organization’s annual fundraising goal.

This position requires an ability to work under pressure, juggle multiple timelines, manage professional staff, negotiate with donors, and interact with a diverse client base including other members of the fundraising team. The impact of the decisions of the incumbent will have a significant effect on the clients and operations of Easter Seals Alberta.

This senior position is frequently a first point of contact for key stakeholders including major donors, community leaders and organization staff and volunteers. The advice, decisions and actions of the Director of Development may create contractual, legal, tax and ethical implications for the organization. This role depends on leadership, diplomacy, foresight and sound judgment being effectively exercised by the Director of Development to ensure continued goodwill and financial support for the organization.


1. Strong understanding of the Alberta donor base and philanthropic community.

2. Manage the ongoing fundraising responsibilities for Easter Seals Alberta.

3. Work with all ESA staff, and especially the fund development staff, to build and sustain an integrated fund development plan across Alberta.

4. Lead organization fundraising strategic planning, budget and solicitations with CEO, ESA board, volunteers and staff.

5. Develop focused cultivation and solicitation plans and proposals for donor prospects and coach other fundraising staff in development of the same.

6. Manage the timelines for proposal development. Develop content for proposals and provide potential donors with appropriate, well-researched and customized gift opportunities.

7. Evaluate progress toward goals, prepare reports on fundraising progress for the ESA Board, ESA staff team and appropriate volunteer committees and recommend changes or additions to the plans as needed.

8. Maintain thorough and updated information in Raiser's Edge of all relevant donor information. This includes preparing regular reporting to the CEO, Board and appropriate volunteer committees on the present status of relationships - meetings, tours, events, mailings, online giving, etc.

9. Assist with the development and growth of a philanthropic culture within ESA. This includes an educational component in helping all staff and volunteers understand their role in fund development and how to be effective ambassadors for ESA.

10. Guide the ESA staff and volunteers in accordance with ethical fundraising practices.

11. Maintain communication with the CEO, volunteer committees and ESA Board of Directors.


A degree in communications, marketing, business or related field from a recognized postsecondary institution.

Sector-specific training in integrated fundraising plans, annual campaigns, major gift fundraising, sponsorship, prospect research and planned giving.

Accreditation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive is an asset. A certificate in fundraising or non-profit management is an asset.


At least 8 to 10 years of professional, broad-based experience managing and implementing complex fundraising programs.

Experience conducting province-wide capital campaigns and documented success in campaign management.

A proven track record of staff management, working with senior level volunteers and building effective teams.

Experience working in or with national organizations with a federated, chaptered structure.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of and adherence to Imagine Canada's Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code and AFP's Code of Ethical Principles & Standards of Professional Practice.

Professional, energetic and creative individual with strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Ability and willingness to focus on donor-centred communications and respond effectively to donor expectations.

Exceptional writing, presentation and verbal communication skills. Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and relationship building skills. High capacity to inspire teamwork and cooperation.

Ability to manage multiple priorities, work independently and integrate with a diverse team.

Experience working with volunteers as part of the fund development process.

Knowledgeable about donor cultivation and stewardship.

A firm understanding of the legal aspects of charitable giving (such as tax receipting) and ability to comply with Canada Revenue Agency regulations.

Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel, Outlook and Raiser's Edge software.

The Position:

This is a fulltime, salaried position. Easter Seals Alberta offers attractive salary, a generous benefits package, positive working environment and great opportunity for personal development and growth, as well as the chance to really make a difference for people with disabilities and medical conditions in Alberta.

Apply to [email protected] by 5:00 pm on May 4, 2018