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Position: Lead, Major Gifts and Legacy Giving
Organization: Sierra Club BC
Location: Victoria or Vancouver, BC

FULL TIME | ANNUAL SALARY $63,500 - $80,000


Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation (Sierra Club BC) is an environmental charity whose core mission is to advance climate justice and ecosystem protection by uplifting grassroots-led change. We are committed to engaging with and learning from diverse communities and knowledge systems. In particular, we are committed to learning from the governance systems of the Indigenous Nations on whose territories we live and work.


Sierra Club BC is recruiting for a dynamic Major Gifts and Legacy Giving Lead, who will bring a values-based approach in stewarding an assigned portfolio of major and planned giving prospects to advance Sierra Club BC’s strategic plan. Working directly with donors, staff, and members of the board, the position reports to the Director of Development and Partnerships and plays a key role in increasing the resources and impact of our expanding organization. The Major Gifts and Legacy Giving Lead will be deeply committed to the vision laid out in our strategic plan, bringing their unique skills to bear in maintaining relationships of learning and trust with long-standing and prospective major donors.

Sierra Club BC maintains a hybrid work environment, allowing for both in-office and remote work; however, the successful candidate must be based in either the Greater Victoria or Metro Vancouver areas.


  • Bring your unique perspective and lived experience to our Development team, which includes our Director of Development and Partnerships, Annual Giving Officer, Digital Systems Coordinator, Grants Coordinator, and Donor Services Assistant
  • Nurture and grow the major gifts and planned giving portfolios, meeting or exceeding monthly and annual revenue targets by building meaningful, engaging relationships with donors
  • Plan and manage engagement journeys for major donors and planned giving, stewarding individuals through the complete development cycle (prospecting, acquisition, solicitation, stewardship, and retention)
  • Key contributor in developing and executing our annual development plan, alongside the Executive Director, Development, Communications, Programs and Education teams
  • Coordinate closely with the Annual Giving Officer in cultivating our mid-level to major pipeline to align touch-points and ensure smooth relationship transfer
  • Work alongside Communications staff to curate compelling development-related content for multiple communication channels
  • Strategically and judiciously call upon key staff (Executive Director, Director of Campaigns and Programs, program leads) to meet annual fundraising goals
  • With the Donor Services Assistant, ensure gift acknowledgements and receipts are accurate, courteous, and timely
  • Strategize with and provide support to third-party, contracted fundraisers
  • With Finance team, ensure accurate tracking and recording of all major and planned gifts
  • Serve on the Board’s Fundraising Committee, and support (as needed) the Finance Committee


  • Minimum five years of proven success in fund development
  • Minimum of two years’ demonstrated experience securing major gifts between $1000 and $100,000
  • Passionate commitment to Sierra Club BC’s values and strategy that will win over current and prospective donors
  • Experience working in intercultural contexts and upholding JEDI (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion) principles
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating development plans
  • Deep listening skills and commitment to matching donor interests, while holding true to the organization’s strategic plan and mission
  • Fastidious tracking of touch point communications
  • Sound knowledge of CRA rules and regulations pertaining to charitable giving, event-related fundraising, tax receipting, and best practices of ethical fundraising
  • Leadership and people skills in fostering and thriving in a participatory, team-oriented environment
  • Ability to think critically, make evidence-based decisions, and stay cool under pressure
  • Working knowledge and keen interest in current and evolving trends in charitable giving
  • Maintaining confidentiality and the ability to be discreet is a must
  • Proven budget management experience
  • Strong computer skills including CRM (Salesforce preferred), marketing automation, Word, Excel and cloud-based file management
  • A willingness to travel within the province (when safe) to meet with donors one-on-one


  • This is a five days per week (37.5 hours) position, with a starting pay rate of $63,500 - $80,000
  • Annual cost of living adjustments and annual salary increases within salary range
  • Initial three weeks of paid vacation per year, with scheduled increases
  • Solid benefits package
  • Opportunities for professional development and training

Sierra Club BC is an equal opportunity employer that strives to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. We celebrate our inclusive work environment, and we strongly encourage IBPoC, 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and people with other historically-marginalized identities to apply.


  • Submit a CV and cover letter in one consolidated document to Britt Adams-Lowe with “Major Gifts and Legacy Giving Lead” in the subject line. We will also accept written or video cover letter submissions (if creating a video, please, keep to a maximum length of 2 to 3 minutes)
  • Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.
  • No phone calls please. Only candidates who are short-listed for the role will be contacted
  • Applications received by Monday, August 22 will receive priority consideration for interviews
  • This posting will remain open for applications until the role is filled


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Aug 6 2022    ID: 65044