About Parks Foundation Calgary
Why We Exist
Parks matter to Calgarians. They are cherished places where we play, connect with each other and immerse ourselves in nature. Parks development is vital to the creation of healthy, innovative and liveable cities. Ongoing support is required to build and improve Calgary’s treasured parks and school playgrounds, as public funding only takes us so far

What We Do
At Parks Foundation, we create parks though partnerships, connecting donors and partners with relevant and innovative park and sport projects. Among many signature parks, programs and green spaces, our largest project to date is the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway, a 145km pathway system that encircles Calgary, connecting almost half of our city’s population. Under our guidance and care, a variety of park, school and sport projects are always under development. Communities often require a variety of support services to turn their project from dream into reality. Our programs focus on helping communities and groups achieve their goals, by promoting stewardship of new and valued community spaces and creating a healthy outcome for all

Parks Foundation Calgary strives to honour the heritage—including the cultures, landscapes, customs, and oral practices—of the people of Treaty 7. We acknowledge the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani First Nations), the Stoney Nakoda First Nations (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations), and the Tsuut’ina First Nation. We acknowledge that this territory is homeland to the historic Northwest Métis and to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

The Role: Director of Fund Development & Engagement

At the Parks Foundation, they know that parks will always matter to Calgarians. Our client is seeking an experienced non-profit professional who is passionate about helping Calgary’s communities. As the Director of Fund Development and Engagement you’ll be leading fundraising efforts as well as overseeing key project development initiatives

Key Responsibilities

Manage the fund development business area for the Parks Foundation.

  • Create an annual fund development strategy to help support program sustainment, project capital fundraising.
  • Tell Parks Foundation story on how philanthropy supports the organizations mission and values and supports new initiatives.
  • Communicate the organizations’ objectives in an inspiring manner with all stakeholders.
  • Build and increase support for the organization through active participation in identifying, cultivating and stewarding relationships and connections focusing on creating long-term relationships which lead to recurring giving from donors.
  • Research funding opportunities, meet with major donors, complete grant applications, and steward results with funders. You will also oversee a fund development specialist, who will report directly to you

Manage the projects business area for the Parks Foundation.

  • Lead a team of two project managers who support the design and construction of 2-7 park projects per year.
  • Personally manage the planning and partner relations for the Green Line Public Gardens project, a multi-year, multi-project initiative.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by identifying growth needs and engaging in educational opportunities.
  • Contribute to a collaborative team culture by offering to help colleagues where and when needed

The Person

Bachelors’ degree or post-secondary education in non-profit management, project management,
business, fund development or a related field.

  • 10 years’ fund development experience and leadership experience with demonstrated success in securing major gifts.
  • Demonstrated success in personally writing grant applications and securing grants.
  • Background in Communications would be ideal.
  • Passion for helping local communities and spending time outdoors.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
    The ideal candidate will also:
  • Have experience with stakeholder and community engagement.
  • Have excellent writing skills that take a variety of forms: proposal creation, story-telling, contracts, donor stewardship and business reporting
  • Be a sophisticated and humble communicator who can adjust their style to suit the environment.
  • Can earn trust and respect by listening, learning and adapting.
    A competitive compensation package will be provided that includes health and RRSP benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.
    Parks Foundation values diversity, equity and inclusion, which are key components of our hiring practices.

Express Your Enthusiasm

If you would like to contribute to the future vision and mission of Parks Foundation Calgary, then we want to hear from you. Please email a convincing cover letter and tailored resume (PDF or Word document only) to John Dugdale at calgary@leadersinternational.com indicating the job title in the subject line of the email.
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