POSITION TITLE: Senior Development Officer
REPORTS TO: Director Of Community Engagement
LOCATION: Calgary, Alberta
STARTING SALARY: $64,725.00*
JOB CLOSING DATE: Until Suitable Candidate is Found

*Salary will be determined based on the candidate’s relevant years of experience and educational qualifications

What We Do:

Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society provides a continuum of care and integrated wrap-around services to women and their children fleeing domestic violence. We facilitate transitional housing and offer longer-term, safe places for women and children to call home while they begin to rebuild their lives. Discovery House is about hope and healing using trauma-informed care practices.

What Our Employees Love:

  • Three weeks of vacation to start.
  • Eligible positions can work from home up to 3 days per week with our Flexible Work Policy.
  • Additional time off including Wellness Days, Professional Development Days, and Sick Days.
  • Benefits Package and Employee and Family Assistance Program.
  • A dog friendly workplace.
  • We observe all Statutory Holidays (including the optional ones), and employees may substitute religious holidays for celebrations that are relevant to their cultural identity.
  • Committees including Health & Safety, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Indigenous; and Social Wellness.
  • A 2SLGBTQ+ welcoming environment.
  • Potlucks, celebrations, work-life balance, and plenty of fun.
  • Being a part of a reputable not-for-profit organization (5-time winner of Top 100 Rated Charities in Canada!)
    We are building towards an inclusive and equitable workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we live in, creating the opportunity for every employee to reach their potential.

We welcome applications from people in all underrepresented groups, believing we are at our best when everyone has a seat at the table. If you some but not all the qualifications for the position, but are willing to learn, we invite you to apply. Accommodations are available upon request throughout every stage of our recruitment process. Join our team and be part of a transformative organization committed to ending domestic violence. As advocates of Empowerment, we believe in unlocking the potential in every individual, fostering resilience, and empowering positive change. Our Tenacious spirit drives us to get things done and make a lasting impact, while our commitment to Inclusion ensures that everyone belongs and is welcomed in our community. Embracing Curiosity, we continually learn, innovate, and adapt to break the cycle of domestic violence. Through Collaboration, we build strong connections and work collectively to create a safer, more equitable world for all. If you’re passionate about making a difference, join us in our mission to empower, thrive, and create positive change together.

What You’ll Do:

Reporting to the Director of Community Engagement, the Senior Development Officer is responsible for fundraising and stewardship for gifts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. The Senior Development Officer develops tailored strategies to engage individuals, corporations, foundations, and associations capable of making major gifts. The Senior Development Officer builds strong, trusting relationships both internally and externally and demonstrate leadership through outcomes-focused, ethical approaches to fund development. Success in this role requires confidence and depth in strategic planning and relationship building. Key
responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Manage a major gift portfolio, valued at approximately $400,000 annually, and support with the Executive Director and Director, Community Engagement portfolios.
  • Maintain and/or grow current and prospective donor interest through relationship building and stewardship, including travel within Calgary and area to meet with donors.
  • Act as an ambassador for Discovery House, representing the organization at events and in the community.
  • Provide exceptional donor-centric stewardship adhering to AFP’s Donor Bill of Rights, Discovery House policies, and CRA regulations.
  • Assess and research individual and institutional prospects for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and recognition.
  • Identify, evaluate, recommend, and implement steps to bring prospects closer to making major financial commitments to Discovery House.
  • Prepare and present donor proposals and grant applications, customized to the donor’s interests and priorities.
  • Develop and implement strategic solicitation plans, and track donor interactions using Donor Perfect, briefing notes and call reports.
  • Prepare and submit grant applications and funding proposals to secure financial support.
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure applications reflect business needs and that appropriate reporting is completed

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or an acceptable combination of equivalent experience, with at least four years in a non-profit environment.
  • Minimum four years of related experience in major gift fundraising and donor relationship management.
  • Demonstrated experience in moves management with a proven track record of securing gifts of $20,000+.
  • Strong writing and communication skills for crafting donor proposals and grant applications.
  • Proficiency and reliability in using fundraising software and CRM systems (Experience working with DonorPerfect is an asset).
  • Exceptional interpersonal, listening, and communication skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, tact, diplomacy, discretion, and confidentiality.
  • Self-motivated to identify and pursue opportunities.
  • Membership with AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) or a CFRE (Certified Fund
    Raising Executive) designation would be an asset.
  • Effective time management between varied responsibilities, able to meet deadlines.
  • Access to reliable source of transportation/own vehicle accompanied by a minimum of $2
    million liability insurance coverage and business insurance is required as travel will be necessary.
    The successful candidate will be required to complete a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check and an Intervention Record Check.


Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@discoveryhouse.ca stating the job title in the subject line. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Iyarhe Nakoda Nations (Bearspaw, Chiniki, Goodstoney), the Métis Nation of Alberta, District 5 & 6, and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta

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