Director of Development

Competition #DD2021
The Children’s Cottage Society is a charitable agency established in Calgary in 1986. The Society’s mission is “Building strong children and safe nurturing families through prevention programs and support services.”

We are looking to hire a Director of Development with a passion towards raising funds and awareness to support vulnerable children and families.

This position will have three areas of focus. The successful candidate will have a hands on role with the Society’s 23.5 million dollar Caring Together Campaign, a supportive and strategic role within the Society’s 1.6 million dollar annual fundraising campaign, and a strategic and supportive role in the Society’s communication strategies and requirements.

In this position you will report to the Chief Executive Officer and have three direct reports: a Fund Development Coordinator, a Communications Coordinator, and a Development Assistant.


  • Post-secondary education in a relevant area.
  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in fundraising with a track record of success.
  • A strong knowledge base in communications strategies and platforms.
  • Capital Campaign experience or knowledge would be highly valued.
  • 5 years of experience in leadership and management of staff.
  • AFP membership and CFRE designation is considered an asset.


  • Experienced in conducting capital campaigns, operational campaigns, major gifts, and donor stewardship.
  • Knowledgeable of the Calgary philanthropic environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in producing fundraising materials.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public and media relations.
  • Experience with Fundraising Software (Raiser’s Edge).
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills.
  • Experience in developing and managing budgets.
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial legislation affecting charities.


  • Annual Fundraising Goals are achieved
  • Caring Together Campaign and communication goals are achieved
  • All donors and funders are recognized and honored
  • Ethical fundraising practices are followed
  • Communications to the community and internally are well developed and actively implemented.


  • Support and oversee the fund development department to implement and manage a $1.6 million annual fundraising budget and an annual capital fundraising budget.
  • Manage and research donor prospect lists, prepare materials and provide support to staff, board members, and volunteers for solicitations.
  • Ensure there is a strategy for grant applications. Participate in grant writing.
  • Ensure that the Society has and delivers on an annual and effective signature event.
  • Ensure that individual, corporate, foundation, and club and group campaigns are planned and executed.
  • Provide analysis on fundraising and communications goals monthly to the CEO and quarterly to the Board of Directors.
  • Oversee responsible tracking and acknowledgement processes of all fundraising gifts.
  • Ensures that there is a communications strategy and work plan for all Children’s Cottage programs, fund raising and agency communications requirements.
  • Be adept at public speaking and engaging the interest and support of donors and volunteers in the Society and its fundraising and communications activity. Acts a spokesperson for the Society as required at events and media opportunities.
  • Participates in and provides leadership toward a $23.5 million dollar Capital Campaign which is in progress.
  • Participates in the development of and execution of ongoing campaign communications.
  • Leads cultivation, fund raising, and recognition events.
  • Manages and support campaign volunteers/ambassadors.
  • Ensures that all donor recognition process are coordinated and communicated.
  • Participate in public speaking. Work toward engaging the interest and support of donors and volunteers in the Society and its fundraising and communications activity. Acts a spokesperson for the Society as required at events and media opportunities.
  • Develop and implement an ongoing major gifts program.

Please send a cover letter, resume and salary expectations quoting Competition #DD2021 to Careers:

Application Deadline: Until successful candidate is recruited
we appreciate the interest of all applicants however will only contact those invited for an interview.

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