This regular full-time position is available December 16, 2019. Regular hours of work are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday; however occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
Travel between Douglas College’s locations and to other locations in the lower mainland as required.
What Douglas Offers
DO what you love. Be good at it. That’s how Douglas College defines a great career. It’s a philosophy that resonates through our classrooms, our offices and our boardrooms. It inspires our students and drives us to make Douglas College one of BC’s Top Employers. We love what we do. And we’re looking for passionate, motivated people to join us in making one of Canada’s best colleges even better.
The Manager, Philanthropic Relations is charged with increasing investment in Douglas College through the acquisition and stewardship of donors, alumni and friends. This position is responsible for the management of prospect research, identification, solicitation, cultivation and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors, corporate and individual. The Manager, Philanthropic Relations reports to the Executive Director, Foundation and Alumni Relations and works closely with the Foundation staff, the Alumni Association, committees of the Douglas College Foundation Board as well as senior leaders throughout Douglas College. The Manager, Philanthropic Relations works directly with donors and supervises Foundation support staff, using the Douglas College Strategic Plan to guide their work.
Under the general direction of the Executive Director, Foundation and Alumni Relations, the Manager, Philanthropic Relations is accountable for the following: • Creating a cohesive major gifts development plan (pipeline) to identify major gifts prospects to drive investment that supports the strategic directions of Douglas College; • Grant writing proposals to support the strategic directions of Douglas College; • Identifying, soliciting and stewarding corporate, community and individual major gift prospects in line with Douglas College’s strategic directions; • Actively raising major gifts from private and public sector corporations, individuals and governments; • Carrying out cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities that lead to major investments in financial aid, program, equipment or project support; • Preparing quarterly progress reports on progress towards goals; • Managing a major gift portfolio that includes recognition activities; • Coordinating and liaising with the Major Gifts Committee of the Foundation Board; • Working in conjunction with Foundation and/or Alumni staff to identify corporate sponsorships, Alumni donors, annual giving prospects and other investment opportunities; • Developing and implementing an effective communication plan for disseminating information to internal and external stakeholders and donors; • Establishing strong relationships across Douglas College; • Working with the Marketing and Communications Office on cases for support for major gifts and naming opportunities; • Actively promoting Douglas College Foundation in the community; • Collaborating with the Executive Director, Foundation and Alumni Relations on attendance at networking events throughout Douglas College’s catchment area; • Participating in professional organizations and keeping current on fundraising initiatives and related activities in post-secondary education, competing environments and the general business environment; • Keeping current with political, economic, social and educational trends that might impact the work of Douglas College Foundation; • Representing the College and College interests before government agencies, other institutions, various organizations and groups; • Informing the Senior Management Team and/or the Foundation Board on matters relating to major gifts when requested; • Providing leadership and direction to Foundation and Alumni staff and volunteers including but not limited to recruitment and selection, training, approving work schedules, performance planning, professional development, evaluating and disciplining where appropriate; • Acting on behalf of the Executive Director, Foundation and Alumni Relations, in his or her absence as requested; • Exercising signing authority on behalf of the Department for expenditures as assigned; and • Performing other related duties as required.
To Be Successful in this Role You Will Need
• Established professional credibility as evidenced by a degree from an accredited post-secondary institution in a related area of study, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; • Five to ten years of experience at a senior level as a fundraising professional in a major gifts role; • Extensive knowledge of and experience with fundraising strategies, practices, techniques, databases and programs; • Proven record of achieving fundraising goals; • Excellent organizational, analytical and leadership skills; • Excellent written, presentation and oral communication skills; • Demonstrated ability to model appropriate professional, ethical and collaborative behaviours consistent with the responsibilities of this position; and • Progressive managerial experience, preferably in a unionized, public sector environment. • A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential is an asset. • Membership in Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is an asset.
• Donor-focused – Anticipates and responds to the needs of donors and other internal and external clients of the organization. Acknowledges and recognizes gifts in ways that are meaningful to donors and appropriate to the mission and values of the College and the Foundation. Keeps donor interests and perspectives at the forefront.
• Administrative Skills – Provides leadership to, and ensures accountability for, achievement of major gifts goals and objectives
• Organizational Skills: is focused; simplifies often complex and lengthy matters; has effective time and project management skills; has ability to separate important issues and identify priorities.
• Leadership Skills – Achieves desired organizational results by encouraging and supporting the contribution of others; and is a proactive and positive team player who acts with a sense of urgency and leads by example; sets and communicates clear goals.
• Communications Skills – Possesses excellent communication skills, both verbal, and written and expresses thoughts in an organized, concise manner. Actively listens to the issues of others in a manner that elicits support. Develops and delivers effective presentations. Has the ability to present information and ideas to diverse business groups.
• Influential and Collaborative – Has an honest, open, and consistent approach to working with others toward organizational strategic objectives and possesses strong relationship and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships and develop and maintain partnerships.
• Market Knowledge – Continuously seeks to stay current and be at the leading edge in his/her field and is committed to continuous learning; one that is self?motivated and self?directed, being able to work independently with a sense of urgency to task completion.
• Organizationally Astute – Is diplomatic and tactful; non-confrontational; recognizes internal and external sensitivities; has an intuitive ability to read the political implications of recommendations and actions; uses sound judgment.
• Innovative & Entrepreneurial Approach – Seeks out possibilities, develops new ideas, and effectively moves them forward. Is creative, innovative and takes advantage of opportunities, while recognizing the necessity of working with limited resources and in alignment with the strategic directions of the Foundation and the College.
• Energetic & Adaptable – Is prepared to take on longer-term initiatives and does so with enthusiasm; ability to adapt to new and changing situations; able to alter course/direction when necessary; enjoys and embraces new challenges. Flexible; able to deal with stress effectively.
Douglas College is committed to being a workplace that is free of discrimination, that values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.
Posting Detail Information
Special Instructions to Applicant
Interested applicants must ensure that a resume and cover letter are submitted online. Please ensure your resume clearly explains how you meet the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the position for which you are applying.
This position will remain open until filled with a first review date of November 5, 2019.
All candidates selected for interview will need to bring original certificates and diplomas of educational credentials noted on their resume.