Fund Development Associate

Heritage Park is seeking an experienced Fund Development Associate to join our Fund Development team.  Under the direction of the Director of Fund Development, the Fund Development Associate provides and implements the annual giving strategy for Heritage Park.  This is a full-time, year-round position with an excellent benefits and pension plan package.

Leave the modern day behind and become a member of the Heritage Park team where we offer a professional and fun work environment, on-the-job training, staff discount on food and retail, free Park admission, complimentary staff parking and the opportunity to be a part of one of Calgary’s top attractions in the most unique, exceptional setting.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prospects and solicits to grow donor base;
  • Implements annual donor program with a goal to increase total annual revenue;
  • Develops and implements the strategy for on the Park sponsorship of assets, such as buildings and other sponsorable assets;
  • Manages sponsorship for Fund Development and Heritage Park events, such as Christmas in Alberta, Railway Days, and Carnivàle amongst others;
  • Manages Direct Mail program;
  • Maintains and grows monthly donor program;
  • Implements strategy for the Heritage Club and other fundraising membership programs;
  • Creates new opportunities to generate revenue to meet established targets;
  • Supports the Fund Development Manager to identify, write and/or report on grant proposals;
  • Works with Fund Development team to identify and qualify major leads to progress into major donor program;
  • Develops and implements an effective stewardship plan to ensure strong relationship building with donors;
  • Updates donor profiles in Raiser’s Edge NXT in accordance with department’s guidelines for database use;
  • Prepares communication strategies to support fundraising programs, and works closely with the Marketing team to implement;
  • Establishes goals, targets, and measures results;
  • Provides support to the Director of Fund Development and the Fund Development Department during meetings with potential donors and in the preparation of and follow-through on proposals, meetings and correspondence with donors;
  • Coordinates volunteers who help with fund development support;
  • Willing to work toward personal fund development target; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Post-secondary education with an emphasis in business, communications or administration preferred, and a minimum of 8 years’ experience in fundraising is required, including coordinating fundraising events, donor appreciation activities, sponsor fulfilment, and working directly with donors (or an equivalent combination of education and experience);
  • Must have worked in a fund development team environment;
  • Demonstrated advancement in a fund development focused career;
  • Ability to manage budgets, lead annual planning, and inspire support from peers and team members;
  • Experience working with Raisers Edge, prospecting software, and other fund development tools; and
  • Continuous learning and membership in professional association.


  • Proven fund development and annual giving experience;
  • Ability to achieve fundraising targets;
  • Experience creating and implementing fund development strategies using diverse fundraising programs;
  • Must possess exceptional public relations, interpersonal and communications (written and verbal) skills;
  • Attention to detail and ability to prioritize and remain organized when you have multiple tasks and responsibilities;
  • Experience working with volunteers, motivating them to support fund development efforts;
  • Strong administrative and computer skills are required, including experience with MS Office software, desktop publishing, website maintenance, and A/V support;
  • Interest and experience in working with diverse groups of people;
  • Must be self-motivated and have the ability to generate results while working independently; accuracy, attention to detail and respect for confidentiality are essential;
  • A valid driver’s license is mandatory

Special Clothing and Working Conditions:

This position must be prepared to meet with donors at any time; professional business attire is therefore required; and may be required to wear a costume (as provided by the costume department) during certain fundraising events.

Hours of Work:

35 hours per week, Monday – Friday; and
Early morning, evening and weekend work is required throughout the year.

Candidates meeting the above criteria who wish to apply for this exciting opportunity should email their cover letter and resume, in confidence, to:

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted directly.  No phone calls, please.

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