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Position: Director of Development
Organization: Pacific Wild
Location: Victoria, BC

Are you passionate about conservation, and wildlife? We are too – come join us!

About Us

Pacific Wild is a non-profit with an office located in Victoria, British Columbia. We are committed to defending wildlife and their habitat by developing and implementing conservation solutions in collaboration with First Nations communities, scientists, organizations, and a mobilized citizenry. Pacific Wild supports innovative research, public education, community outreach, and awareness to achieve the goal of lasting environmental protection in the Great Bear Rainforest. Our team pursues projects and activities through three main initiatives in order to achieve our conservation goals: Ocean, Land, and Community.

We are a team of talented communication experts, filmmakers, photographers, writers, and researchers working together in day-to-day operations while maintaining our overarching goals. Staff manages their own time and responsibilities and always keep in mind that everything we do is a team effort. We are passionate and respectful and committed to recruiting people with a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds.

What we offer

  • Competitive compensation with a great benefits plan
  • An environment that fosters the spirit of creativity and innovation
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Mentoring and coaching opportunities
  • Organizational values that align with personal values
  • A culture that supports diversity in the workplace

The Role

We are currently seeking a self-motivated and experienced Director of Development to assess and articulate funding needs for Pacific Wild Alliance (PWA) and to create and and implements development strategies as needed, including prospect research, donor relations, monthly donor campaigns and other fundraising outreach via in-person events and meetings, social media, email, and other communications channels. In addition to overseeing grant research and writing and monitoring the organization’s resources to ensure adequate funding for annual operations and growth opportunities, the Director of Development plays a critical role identifying and liaising with major donors and appropriate foundations.


Strategic Fund Development Leadership

  • Continually evaluate development and fundraising strategies to ensure the organization meets its fundraising goals
  • Collaboratively develop short and long-range fund development plans including strategies to encourage new and increased funding, with particular focus on increasing the monthly donor base and managing a calendar for fundraising outreach through social media, email, and print mail
  • Track, review and report on outcomes of various tactics used and adapt strategies accordingly
  • Communicate the organization’s mission, campaigns and projects to funders in the context of current events in politics and the environment in British Columbia.
  • Direct and work with other team members to implement fundraising strategies involving public outreach and communications with our followers and donor base that maximize the potential of our visual storytelling assets

Fund Development Administration

  • Manage the full range of grant activities including:
    • researching new prospects, including foundation, corporate and government sources
    • preparation of individual grant proposals, updates, and reports in accordance with each grant-making organization’s guidelines and timelines, coordinating with finance and operations team members to ensure that budgets, statements, and outcomes are accurate, and products are delivered on time
  • Ensure accurate records of all contacts and fundraising activity is captured in Bloomerang CRM database.
  • Develop, manage and maintain a legacy giving program
  • Manage relationships with new and established funding partners, including granting foundations, 3rd party fundraising entities, and large and small donors.
  • Direct and work with staff on outreach and fundraising initiatives such as events, direct-mail, electronic communications, third-party fundraising, retail, crowd-source funding
  • Plan and arrange donor site visits
  • Work with campaign partners on joint outreach and fundraising initiatives
  • Research investment and endowment opportunities

Required Skills & Experience

  • Minimum 5 years’ demonstrated leadership experience in fund development, including drafting and managing budgets and sharing financial acumen with colleagues
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations, business administration or equivalent
  • Fundraising and/or gift planning courses through the Association of Fundraising Professionals or Canadian Association of Gift Planners or similar education or experience an asset
  • A strong track record of success with direct marketing/fundraising within a Non-Profit organization.
  • Proven track record of securing a variety of gifts and grants
  • Ability to accurately forecast expenditures and manage resources to budgets
  • Knowledgeable about how to leverage social media to increase public support
  • Experience with developing and executing successful fundraising strategies for new media
  • Highly motivated and self-directed, with ability to work independently, inspire and lead others, and work collaboratively, manage projects, proactively solve problems, develop ideas, and execute on deliverables
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills, including editing skills and experience writing grant proposals
  • Ability to adopt PWA’s brand and communication style, and to adapt writing style to meet the diverse needs of PWA’s audiences, from grassroots activists to corporate executives to elders to children
  • Ability to manage time and tasks effectively with strong attention to detail and organization
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and experience organizing within a decolonization framework
  • Capacity to manage and organize confidential detail
  • Knowledge of Coastal First Nations cultural and political geography
  • Experience with coastal environmental issues
  • Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Word and Excel, Google suite of applications, and the Adobe Suite of programs; experience with Bloomerang an asset

To be considered for this opportunity, please apply at with your resume and cover letter outlining your background and experience.

This position closes on October 27, 2019 at 6pm.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 25 2019    ID: 54817