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 – Major Gifts to join a team 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 Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Position Summary

Based from Calgary, the Development Officer (DO) – Major Gifts assumes a significant role in the organization and delivery of fundraising activities to further the mission of The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and to maximize the general revenue for the Alberta Region. Reporting to the Senior Development Officer, the DO will work closely with the Alberta Marketing & Fund Development team to grow fundraising in Alberta by supporting, building, and maintaining relationships with NCC’s donors and prospective donors up to $50,000. The incumbent will adopt a donor-centered approach through a strategic philanthropy lens as they move mid-level donors up to the major giving levels.

This full-time, permanent position requires a commitment to both donor service and confidentiality, and NCC’s conservation mission and vision. The incumbent will work with all members of the marketing and development team as they manage a pipeline of donors through effective moves management strategies.

We are seeking a charismatic, relationship-building individual who is interested in the opportunity to grow with the role and the team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Fundraising & Donor Stewardship

Renewing current donors giving from $5,000 to $24,999 annually; Re-engaging those who have lapsed
Upgrading current donors giving less than $25,000 to the major gift level
Managing a pipeline of 75-100 donors and prospects through all stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
Build and develop relationships with donors and prospects through both digital and in-person platforms
Develop and execute strategic donor solicitation and stewardship plans for donors and prospects in their pipeline
Support the execution of and attend major gift prospecting events
Collaborate with NCC colleagues to support a consistent, high quality supporter experience
Collaborate with all members of the team to develop annual work plans that support the department and ensure the region meets its annual and multi-year targets
Maintain timely electronic notes of communication with or about donors and prospects

Position Requirements

Ability to work in a decentralized work environmental where several colleagues work at a distance across Alberta and the country;
Exceptional verbal and written communications skills including a proven track record in public speaking and small interpersonal meetings;
Ability to support a decentralized delivery of organizational goals and objectives;
A strong sense of self-confidence, particularly when dealing with supporters and volunteer leadership;
Solid understanding of best practices in donor/client cultivation, acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship
Attention to detail and an ability to work in a rapidly moving environment, multitask, and prioritize
Strong project management skills with a demonstrated ability to prepare and manage timelines, goals and expectations wisely;
Proficiency in the Microsoft 365 suite of apps and Raiser’s Edge NXT is an asset
Ability to obtain pertinent information from a variety of sources;
A love of nature and a demonstrated awareness of conservation issues in Alberta;
Understanding of and commitment to the role and mission of NCC;
Ability to work and travel within a flexible schedule, including occasional weekends and evenings
An excellent team player and collaborator;
Fundraising education and experience is an asset.

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 our Career Centre by April 22, 2022.

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, sharing NCC vehicles and in-person attendance at 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 role with NCC, 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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