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Development Officer, Leadership Giving, Vancouver - David Suzuki Foundation

Sep 24, 2019
Vancouver, British Columbia

Join the country’s most trusted environmental organization and become a force for good!

About the David Suzuki Foundation

We find solutions for living within the limits of nature.  Through a combination of evidence-based science and active public engagement, we seek to motivate Canadians to take action on the pressing environmental challenges we face.  With headquarters in Vancouver and regional offices in Toronto and Montreal, we address issues from coast to coast to coast, in both official languages.  With the support of scientists, academics, progressive businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations and hundreds of thousands of Canadians, we aim to ensure that we all act every day on the understanding that we are one with nature, and protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future.

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The David Suzuki Foundation hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace.  We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations & genders and others with the skills & knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. 


Job Description

Position title: Development Officer, Leadership Giving

Term: Permanent, full-time 

Reporting to: Director, Development and Strategic Partnerships

Location: In our Vancouver office

Salary range: $60,000 - $65,000 annually based on experience, 4-day / 34-hour work week


About the Role

Our Development Officer, Leadership Giving is a self-starter who builds and maintains relationships with the David Suzuki Foundation mid-level ($1K-$9,999) & leadership giving ($10K+) donors through "high-touch" engagement & professional stewardship.  You are responsible for populating a pipeline of prospects and engaging them in the work of the Foundation to further our mission.  You have a keen understanding of environmental issues and are able to convey how donors’ generosity makes a difference.

This position is based in Vancouver and may require multi-day travel once or twice a year, in addition to regional day trips.



You would work with the Director, Development to set and achieve annual fundraising goals & revenue targets and to evaluate portfolio progress.  You are expected to build a robust pipeline of prospects and engage them in our mission to increase organizational capacity. 

  • Responsible for raising funds from major funders ($1,000 and above), including a portfolio of leadership giving donors ($10,000 and above), comprised of individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Steward current major funders through regular updates, invitations to events, writing reports and facilitating contact with other DSF staff
  • Initiate and manage special events in the region, including fundraising events and donor cultivation & recognition events on a variety of scales & in a variety of locations
  • Maintain and update information & activities in donor database
  • Develop and manage proposals & applications to funders & foundations (institutional, family and corporate), including budget
  • Coordinate with staff in DSF’s other departments to monitor, evaluate and report on program results
  • Collaborate with other departments in identifying project funding needs and develop strategy to achieve funding goals
  • Write compelling cases for support for initiatives in need of funding



About you

You have previous experience in relationship management, donor databases and the major gifts process.  You are professional, organized, results-oriented and thrive in a dynamic & fast-paced environment.  Ability to meet deadlines and collaborate across departments is essential. Above all, you are passionately committed to achieving the highest standards and consistently exceeding expectations in all aspects of your work.

Qualifications and skills

  • Minimum three years' professional fundraising experience in the not-for-profit sector
  • Strong experience building donor relationships and meeting revenue targets
  • Post-secondary Degree / Diploma or equivalent working experience
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills
  • Superb written and spoken English language skills.  French an asset, but not required
  • Knowledge of CRA charitable tax receipting rules an asset
  • Ability to communicate the values and programs of the David Suzuki Foundation in a way that lets donors understand how their support makes a difference
  • Strong values aligned with DSF’s mission, demonstrated through work or community service
  • Professional sales experience an asset, with a keen drive to embody exceptional Customer Service values
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook and Raiser’s Edge; experience with Office 365 and / or SharePoint an asset; experience with Salesforce an asset


Application Process 

Please submit your cover letter and your resume online here.  The position will stay open until filled.  Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage women, First Nations, Inuit & Metis candidates, members of visible minorities & persons with disabilities to apply.

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