In 1973, a group of visionary women opened a small volunteer-run shelter for women and families in Calgary. The following year, the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter registered as a charity, formally taking over the operations. Since our origins in a 13-bed facility in the Beltline area, the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter has expanded to serve over 15,000 Calgarians annually.  Today the  Shelter is focused on ending family violence and abuse in the lives of women, children, youth and men. Taking a Stand Against Family Violence in the community since 1974, the agency has helped over 240,000 Calgarians build safe lives and healthy relationships. We are on the front lines to provide hope and support to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Though the Emergency Shelter is the cornerstone of the organization, it is “More than a Shelter”, serving approximately 15,000 clients each year through a number of innovative safety, healing and prevention programs.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) is an integral decision maker and part of the Executive Team at Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. They will be responsible for overseeing the execution and success of fundraising activities and maximizing the philanthropic support that is received from the community.

The CDO will be a visionary leader, providing leadership, coaching and guidance to the development team. They will be invested in bringing the best out of their team. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, with a proven track record of building relationships with major donors and cultivating partner relationships over time. They will have experience managing a six to seven figure major gift portfolio and an understanding of donor’s motivations and philanthropic objectives.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of seven to ten years of progressive leadership experience at the Senior or Executive level in fundraising and possesses an undergraduate degree or diploma. A CFRE designation will be seen as an asset.

To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to  and state the title of the position in the subject line of your email.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

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