JDRF Regional Director, Alberta & Prairies 

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin.  It is not preventable, and its cause is unknown.  It can affect anyone, at any age, at any time.  Over 300,000 Canadians may have T1D, and the average incidence rate in Canada has been growing at an estimated 4.4% per year – among the highest countries in the world in terms of incidence.  

People with T1D run the risk of dangerously high-blood sugar levels, which can lead to complications, or dangerously low blood sugar levels, which can result in a coma.  Diabetes is the leading cause of amputations, blindness, kidney and heart disease, and other debilitating conditions.  People with T1D must take insulin via syringe or insulin pump in required doses to control glucose levels in their blood.   

JDRF was formed by parents over forty years ago who wanted to find a cure for their children who had T1D and felt not enough awareness and research was focused on T1D. This origin has shaped JDRF’s fabric and continues today.  Parents, people with T1D, and committed volunteers form the backbone of JDRF’s national support and give us an unrelenting passion and commitment to work to remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives. 

JDRF Canada is one of seven international affiliates of JDRF that funds ground-breaking T1D research in Canada and around the globe. JDRF has funded, in whole or in part, the research projects of scientists involved in nearly every major scientific breakthrough in T1D research to-date.  We also recognize that we help those living with T1D today to live healthier, easier, and safer lives until we arrive at the end of that path.  JDRF will not rest until type 1 diabetes is fully conquered. 

JDRF Canada raises funds through leadership gifts, planned giving, special events and peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate partnerships, and annual giving.   Its staff is fully virtual across the country. 

JDRF is now recruiting an experienced fundraising leader to be our new Regional Director, Alberta & Prairies. Reporting to the VP Development, the goal of the Regional Director is to drive fundraising results in their region (which includes Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) by deepening and growing donor and volunteer relationships across the market.  

Regional Directors are crucial leaders in JDRF’s fundraising teams, having broad responsibility for all fundraising strategies and execution in each region, partnering on national initiatives, and ensuring the JDRF supporter community is fully aware and engaged in JDRF’s incredible work. 

Ideally based in any of the region’s major cities, this is a compelling opportunity to: 

  • have autonomy over the development and execution of the region’s strategy;   
  • lead an engaged and keen team of five people across three provinces; 
  • work with highly committed donors & volunteers, and build on a strong foundation of success; 
  • join a virtual organization that values family and home life; 
  • contribute to JDRF’s national direction as a member of the senior management group. 

If you’re interested or curious, or know someone who is, please be in touch. This search is being led by JDRF’s search partner, Christoph Clodius at The Discovery Group, at christoph@thediscoverygroup.ca.  

Application Timing & Process:  The deadline for applications is August 25, 2023. After that point we’ll review submissions and begin the evaluation process.  Candidates need to do their due diligence too, so at every point you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and look for information.

Compensation and Benefits: The Regional Director’s compensation range is $105,000 – $115,000.

JDRF is pleased to offer a comprehensive health and wellness benefit package to support staff’s physical and mental health including; 4 weeks paid vacation, winter paid holiday office closure between Christmas and New Year’s, 11 stat holidays and flex weeks in the summer months; group RRSP Matching Program; Professional Development allowance, and Manulife group benefits (employer paid premiums)

Location:  JDRF is a remote-first workplace, and all of our staff work from their own home offices. JDRF provides home office reimbursement benefits of $70/month for internet and $150/year for other supplies (i.e., stationary, accessories etc. (up to $990 total annually).  

The incumbent will ideally be based in any major city in the prairies, such as Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, or Edmonton.   These are core cities for JDRF supporters, as well as major travel hubs since the RD will get to travel throughout the region.   Additionally, the Regional Directors assemble a few times a year in a central location. 

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