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Company Name:
Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Fundraising and Volunteerism
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5 - 10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Fund Development Director

About the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre:

The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre (SKCAC) is a Calgary based not-for -profit organization. The SKCAC works in collaboration with relevant partner agencies to best serve children and families who are involved in the investigation and treatment of child abuse. The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre is a physical site, where more than 115 professionals deal with the criminal investigation, child protection, medical and psychosocial needs of children, youth and families impacted by child abuse and maltreatment. The focus of work at the SKCAC is children and youth who have experienced sexual abuse and severe and complex physical abuse and neglect.

The opportunity:

The Fund Development Director is responsible for all fundraising initiatives and activities of the organization. Working closely with the CEO, the Fund Development Director is directly responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the Fund Development Program, including an annual giving plan that encompasses cultivating and maintaining relationships with new and existing donors and supporters, developing and building a major gifts program, stewarding government funding, and researching and writing grant proposals providing evaluation reports as required. The Director is also responsible for overseeing fundraising events and supporting third party fundraising initiatives. As a member of the senior management team, the Fund Development Director participates in strategic planning and budgeting initiatives, and works within the guidelines, policies and mission of the organization.

What do you need to succeed?

 Education & Experience:

  • University degree preferred with an emphasis or concentration in business, marketing, public relations or related field.
  • 5 – 10 years experience in development and demonstrated success raising money to support non-profits.
  • 3 – 5 years experience in a management position.

Desired Competencies:

  • Exceptional understanding of private philanthropy as it relates to non-profit organizations.
  • Deep knowledge of fundamental disciplines of resource development.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience communicating with, influencing and engaging partnerships, prospects and donors, and demonstrated success in event planning and implementation.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge is a must.
  • Desire to work as part of a team and willingness to promote the principles and views of the SKCAC.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision – self-motivated & confident.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work well with people from all backgrounds with varying degrees of experience.
  • Confident public speaking and able to express ideas verbally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to supervise and motivate volunteers and staff.
  • Solid experience in people management.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • An understanding of the non-profit, voluntary and social services sector.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License, access to and willingness to use personal vehicle in the course of employment.
  • CFRE or ACFRE certification is an asset
  • May be requested to work overtime and weekends for special program events.
  • Must successfully pass criminal background and Child Welfare Intervention check 

What will you be doing?

 You will be working on things like:

Human resource management

  • Direct, plan and coordinate the work of the fundraising staff including supervision and evaluation, training and team building.
  • Organize and attend departmental meetings to maintain effective communication.
  • Ensure adequate and qualified staff and volunteers to carry out the fundraising activities.
  • Responsible for the selection, hiring, coaching, and performance of the fundraising employees.


  • Develop and implement a comprehensive written annual resource development plan with strategies for donors and prospects in each constituent group including: individuals, organizations, corporations, etc. to be approved by the board.
  • Provide monthly reports to the CEO and the Board, which measure progress towards achieving the plan.
  • Create and monitor the annual fund development budget ensuring both efficiency and effectiveness of expenditures.
  • Nurture and sustain an awareness and appreciation throughout all levels of the organization of the role philanthropy plays in meeting the SKCAC mission. 

Grant management and administration

  • Ensure sustainable revenue from all levels of government (federal, provincial and municipal)
  • Research and write grants.
  • Manage, track and report on all grant projects.
  • Provide timely reporting and ensure compliance as required by grant award documentation. 

Gifts cultivation

  • Create and implement strategies for donor development and cultivation, which will provide a diverse and sustainable funding base for the SKCAC.
  • Create and keep current an organizational Case for Support and case statements for all programs and services that rely fully or partially on philanthropic revenues.
  • Keep up-to-date on current fundraising programs, practices and procedures used in the non-profit sector and inform leadership of items that would benefit the SKCAC.
  • Create and implement a major gifts program, a planned giving program, and a volunteer giving program. 
  • Research and develop funding proposals for charitable foundations, corporate charitable funds, service clubs and other similar funds.
  • Build and maintain relationships with major donors of all types, develop strategies for solicitation, and solicit or coordinate the solicitation by other staff, board or volunteers, as appropriate.
  • Work with the Communications Specialist to create and update collateral materials to support gift cultivation.
  • Develop and implement all aspects of direct donor mailings, appeal letters, and other donor mailings as needed.
  • Ensure that the donor database information is current and accurate.
  • Acknowledgement of all gifts and donations.

Annual giving 

  • Responsible for the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of all activities related to individual giving.
  • Responsible for the development of a Major Gifts Program, including research, identification of potential donors, developing the case for giving and developing and maintaining relationships.
  • Remain current on all legislation and ethical practices pertaining to fundraising.
  • Responsible for the supervision and management of the fundraising database, ensuring the timely distribution of tax receipts.
  • Compile, maintain and report on the Annual Giving Campaign statistics including per donor gift, donor retention, donor acquisition and renewal rates and other key metrics. .
  • Analyze trends in the Annual Giving Campaign, identifying opportunities and challenges and developing strategies to ensure goals are met.

Special events fundraising

  • Manage and oversee all SKCAC fundraising events, including but not limited to volunteer recruitment, budget development and management, project plan development, management and evaluation, and solicitation of gifts in kind and sponsorship.
  • Liaise with and support third party fundraising initiatives.

Public relations and marketing

  • Collaborate with the Communications Specialist to produce press releases and media alerts, social media communications, and marketing materials.
  • Build and sustain working relationships and communication with business leaders; lenders; grant funders; organizations, schools, universities, and other institutions.

What’s in it for you?

  • A competitive salary & benefit package
  • Work/life balance
  • Ability to make a difference and lasting impact 
  • A great team and culture

How to Apply:

If you feel that you are uniquely qualified for this position please submit your resume and cover letter for review.