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Development Assistant, Will & Estate Gifts - The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA)

Nov 30, 2019
Vancouver, British Columbia

The BC SPCA is looking to fill the following career opportunity:


Title:                Development Assistant, Will & Estate Gifts

Status:             Permanent, Full-time

Closing Date:   November 30, 2019 (midnight EST)


Submit cover letter and resume together as one document to complete your application. 


As a Development Assistant, Will & Estate Gifts at the BC SPCA you’ll be joining one of the most innovative and successful fundraising teams in Canada.  The BC SPCA is funded by compassionate animal lovers who help us assist nearly forty-nine thousand abused, abandoned, injured and neglected animals every year.  Your work will help make all of this possible. As a Development Assistant, Will & Estate Gifts you will focus on supporting the Will & Estate Gifts team.


What’s it like working at the BC SPCA?

Our Team:

The fundraising team prides itself on having created a fun, supportive and positive work culture. We are results-driven and committed to excellence through professionalism, compassion, collaboration and innovation.

What we do:

We’re passionate about helping animals live safe, healthy and loved lives, and about helping their humans too. We’re the only animal welfare organization in B.C. that has the authority to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty. And, we’re one of North America’s most progressive animal welfare organizations with evidence-based standards of care.  We’re knowledge leaders.


The role of Development Assistant, Will & Estate Gifts

  • As part of the Will & Estate Gifts team, led by the Senior Manager, Will & Estate Gifts you’ll be part of the strategy development and execution of identifying, securing, stewarding, and administering will & estate gifts.
  • You’re responsible for supporting and keeping the team organized including:
    • Creating and maintaining department records
    • Performing data entry and coding
    • Drafting letters
    • Creating, pulling and maintaining lists and reports
  • You’ll be collaborating with Revenue Development colleagues on events and mailings, and the Accounting Department on expenses and audits.
  • You’ll be working directly with donors, sales people from publications, hotels, food suppliers, florists, and a travel agency.
  • You are expected to utilize appropriate measures and metrics to evaluate the success of your program areas and provide regular reporting as required.
  • You are supported and encouraged to develop and maintain relationships with industry peers and maintain a commitment to continued education, learning and innovation.

While every day is different, a day in this role might include:

  • Opening new Estate Files, and review of open Estate Files to flag for follow ups.
  • Drafting correspondence, responding to emails, forwarding information packages.
  • Ordering supplies, filing, research and planning for future events.
  • Running reports or pulling lists in Raisers Edge.
  • Sorting and reviewing mail, tracking correspondence, and making cheque deposits.

What type of person are you?

  • Motivated and innovative problem-solver
  • Empathetic and relation-centric (with donors, colleagues, animals etc.)
  • Adaptable, a team player, and comfortable with change

What skills have you developed?

  • University degree in relevant discipline plus one year’s experience in fundraising or administration; or an equivalent combination of education and experience acceptable to the employer.
  • You can demonstrate an understanding of big picture fundraising and how Planned Giving fits in.
  • You have some knowledge and experience of Planned Giving best practices, trends and opportunities.
  • You are a clear and persuasive communicator, both written and oral.
  • You know when something is your responsibility, how to organize yourself to meet deadlines, and when you have to escalate something. If you don’t know how to do something, or complete something in a timely fashion, you know to ask for help.
  • When you see a problem or an opportunity to make something better you bring forward solutions.
  • You’re great at information gathering: determining what you’ll need, sourcing it, analyzing, distilling and reporting back.
  • You are comfortable using data: establishing data points, accurate record keeping, collecting data, using data to support initiatives, and to demonstrate success, need or areas of concern.
  • You know at least one CRM well and are open to learning others (we use Raisers Edge and Luminate Online).
  • You are proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and have a good sense of the tricks and processes for mail merge, formulas, styles templates, etc. (and are eager to learn when you don’t!)
  • You are able to thrive in an open concept and fast-paced work environment.



  • Full time salaried position.
  • Three weeks’ vacation plus twelve sick days.
  • Competitive extended health benefits after three months.
  • Employer RRSP contributions of 7.5% (with no matching requirement) after twelve months.
  • Eligible for professional development after twelve months
  • Positive work-place culture of collaboration, innovation and respect.
  • And yes, there are dogs in the office…every single day (and sometimes other animals too!)


The BC SPCA compensation structure is based on external benchmarks and regularly reviewed. Starting placement on the range for this position will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience.


How to apply:

If you are up for the challenge, are looking for an opportunity to be involved in a great cause and are legally entitled to work in Canada we would love to hear from you. Submit your resume and cover letter together as one document.  Help us make a difference. Click on the link to apply:


We welcome diversity, value differences, and foster inclusion in our employment practices.  We invite applications from all qualified individuals who are philosophically aligned with our mission and guiding principles.


We thank you for your interest in the BC SPCA; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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