Nature Conservancy of Canada
may 2, 2021
(Recommended to include, but not required)
Development Officer – Calgary
Full Time Salaried
Calgary, AB -AB Regional Office, Calgary, AB, CA
Position details: Full Time
(additional job posting available for Edmonton location)
Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a Development Officer to join our Alberta Regional team in both Calgary and Edmonton committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.
NCC is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 14 million hectares (more than 35 million acres) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and people. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.
The Development Officer spends the majority of their time on growing NCC’s Leaders in Conservation (LIC) program in Alberta. The LIC program provides unique opportunities and benefits to individuals who make an annual contribution of $1,000 or more in support of NCC’s work. The program is a key pillar of NCC’s private philanthropy revenue.
Working closely with the entire development team and reporting to the Senior Development Officer, the Development Officer plays a key role in coordinating and implementing the program to increase revenues from individuals, foundations, and corporations; works with all members of the development team to ensure all donors are being stewarded properly through regular reports, recognition events, and customized recognition opportunities; and authors and distributes communications materials whose goal is to maximize general revenues for Alberta. This will be fulfilled in collaboration with their counterpart Development Officer LIC working in Edmonton.
The Development Officer is responsible for achieving annual fundraising goals set for the program in Alberta by stewarding and renewing current donors, re-engaging lapsed donors, prospecting for new donors, and supporting the Program Chair to find new donors at this giving level. The focus will be on donors/prospects of $1,000-$10,000, including corporate retail partners. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining our current level of support and managing a portfolio of ~200 donors, primarily through phone calls/ mail/email and ensuring that the annual benefits are delivered. This role will strive to cultivate and transition members to higher gift levels and upgrade and cultivate new and existing Alberta donors into the program by fostering an environment of donor enhancement.
The Development Officer will be responsible for implementing the donor stewardship program for donors in Southern Alberta. This includes creating and leading the development of a comprehensive timeline, use of stewardship tools, tactics, and opportunities in consultation with conservation, development, and communication staff and creating and distributing digital and print communications materials including but not limited to semi-annual newsletters, renewal and re-engagement notices, and donation and renewal letters of gratitude.
The role will also lead on planning virtual and in person events (including but not limited to Speaker Series, Nature Talks, and property tours) by acting as the key point of contact for event requirements for both internal and external vendors and managing and coordinating event logistics including but not limited to event production food and beverage services, audio visual and other tech, security, accommodation, set up and tear down, hospitality and other related details to ensure success of events.
The Development Officer will also fulfill key administrative functions, including but not limited to, drafting thank you letters to donors to accompany tax/acknowledgement receipts, coordinating various mailings, taking general donor inquiries, documenting donor interactions in Raiser’s Edge (RE), being proficient in RE functions, and inputting data into the organization’s prospect clearance system.
Post secondary education with university level preferred. Certificate or training in development / charitable or fundraising related field is an asset;
3 years minimum experience in a fundraising-related role;
Exceptional verbal and written communications skills;
Excellent customer service skills;
Proficient with Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising database;
Project management skills with a demonstrated ability to prepare and manage timelines, goals and expectations wisely;
High level of attention to detail;
Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint
A demonstrated awareness of conservation issues in Alberta;
Ability to work and travel within a flexible schedule, including occasional weekends and evenings.
A valid driver’s license.
How to Apply
Deadline: May 2nd 11:59 pm EST
NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter and resume through our Career Centre. Please indicate in your cover letter why you wish to work with NCC and your interest in conservation and the outdoors.
NCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.