Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a dynamic Development Officer, Major Gifts to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain. This is a 12-month full-time contract position covering parental leave.

Key Responsibilities
This position will serve as a development resource for the Alberta Development Department and will be responsible for the successful accomplishment of the following duties:

Developing Grant Proposals and Funding Opportunities
– Oversee the progress of grant and sponsorship proposals for various NCC funding needs;
– Manage the grant process to gain input from various NCC departments and staff;
– Write and design grant proposals, sponsorship-cases and marketing materials that outline NCC funding needs;
– Work with various departments to identify and prepare funding opportunities.

 Prospect Research
– Conduct prospect research through print, electronic and other sources to identify foundations and granting organizations that provide funding that is relevant to NCC Alberta’s needs;
– Ensure qualification of foundations and granting organizations through NCC’s internal Prospect Clearance System and through collaboration with colleagues across the country;
– Build connections and relationships with foundations and granting organizations through online, phone, and in-person correspondence.

Fundraising from Foundations and Granting Organizations
– Lead the submission of applications for grant funding;
– Relationship management for several key NCC donors including different levels of government, community foundations and private foundations;
– Management of a portfolio of 50-80 foundations and granting organizations that provide  funding to NCC Alberta (including gifts from $1,000 – $1,000,000+).

Management of Funding Partnerships
– Tracking of all donor correspondence and reporting in NCC’s Raisers Edge database;
– Manage the deliverables related to funding agreements and ensure that proper reporting and input is provided by staff from various departments;
– Collaborate with the Finance Department in managing funding and accounting information;
– Coordinate with finance and conservation teams to manage work plans and budget deliverables;
– Maintain a calendar of grant application and reporting deadlines to ensure deadlines are met and the larger team is engaged when required;
– Coordinate electronic and paper storage relating to local and national data.

Creative Content creation
– Develop and design attractive proposals and reports for funders using various software including Adobe Creative Suite, StoryMap, and PowerPoint.

Skills & Qualifications
The Development Officer will possess the following skill set:
– A keen interest in nature;
– Fundraising experience including gift solicitation and moves management;
– Self-motivated, with superior time management skills and ability to meet deadlines;
– Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
– Competent writer with strong editing and proofreading abilities for preparing grant   applications and donor correspondence;
– Demonstrated ability to work within defined processes and procedures to ensure timely and accurate record-keeping;
– Track record of working well within a team, and leading project groups to complete tasks;
– Familiar with database management; Raiser’s Edge and iWave experience is an asset;
– Proficient with InDesign, word processing and spreadsheet software;
– Ability to manage highly confidential material;
– Ability to work within a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and possible travel.

How to Apply
NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary expectations through ADP by February 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.
Apply here: https://1.adp.com/5sZJduzqtF4

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.

Please note that in-person office attendance, carpooling with co-workers to NCC properties or events, and in-person attendance at any indoor events are currently restricted to staff who are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Accordingly, if you are required to participate in any of these activities as part of your job the expectation is that you must be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of the Pfizer, Astra Zeneca or Moderna vaccine or combination of, and have received the second dose at least two weeks prior to your start date or you have received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two weeks prior to your start date.

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