Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the FDM is an integral part of the SCI-AB management team. The FDM will help ensure SCI-AB’s continued success by helping to build a culture of philanthropy from the grassroots, establishing philanthropic practices and procedures, identifying new donors and sponsors, stewarding existing donors and sponsors, and executing a variety of fundraising activities. This role requires an experienced, pioneering, outgoing, positive individual who can thrive in a team-oriented, fast-paced, and dynamic environment.

The FDM must be ready to take a proactive role in creating a respectful and positive workplace where all our stakeholders are excited, connected, and invested in the organization’s work.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • Foster and maintain relationships with donors and sponsors through various points of stewardship and execute all parts of the donor experience promptly and with a high level of excellence and professionalism.
  • Work in partnership with the CEO and Board of Directors to develop a culture of philanthropy from the grassroots.
  • Lead the development of the organization’s first Fund Development Strategy.
  • Work collaboratively with team members to help identify and build relationships with prospects and develop strategies and fundraising products such as legacy and major gift plans to attract a new generation of philanthropists to SCI-AB.
  • Provide leadership of event planning and sponsor relationship management when required.
  • Evaluate SCI-AB’s current DMS, @Ease, for efficiency and effectiveness, recommend its continued use or switch to a different platform.
  • Ensure all current and future fundraising policies align with industry best-practice.
  • Represent SCI-AB at networking and community events.
  • Research grant opportunities and provide leadership to the grant application and administrative processes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Must be willing to learn and understand the impact of spinal cord injury on individuals, their support network, and the community.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills with a proven history of effective relationship building.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to multi-task, problem-solve, and prioritize responsibilities in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Must have the ability to lead with positivity while managing multiple deadlines and demands.
  • Must possess vital networking and social skills.
  • Donor-centric focus and stewardship capabilities.
  • Must demonstrate exceptional written and oral communications skills.
  • Must have a post-secondary degree or diploma in fundraising, marketing, public relations or equivalent.
  • 4-6 years’ experience as a successful fundraiser.
  • Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation an asset.
  • Successful grant writing experience.
  • Knowledge of the guidelines for charities from the CRA is an asset.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience and proficiency using Donor Management Software such as Raiser’s Edge, Donor Perfect, @Ease, SalesForce, Benevity.

Other Job Expectations:

  • Conduct all day-to-day activities in accordance with SCI-AB’s vision and values.
  • Reviews and adheres to SCI-AB’s human resource policies and procedures.
  • Adheres to high standards of ethical practice and confidentiality.
  • Participates as a professional, positive, and supporting team member.
  • Provides feedback to the CEO regarding the attainment of outcomes.

Please email a letter of intent/introduction and resume to

Shaun Dyer, CEO

We thank everyone for their interest in this position; only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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