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You might consider employment with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg!

As employment opportunities arise, they are posted below. Qualified candidates are encouraged to send resumes to the contact provided for each position. Only those candidates that are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls or e-mail follow-ups please. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg

Director of Development

Job Description- June, 2017

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg is seeking a knowledgeable Fund Development expert with a proven track record for the newly created position of Director of Development. 

The Director of Development assumes a lead role and has full accountability, along with the Executive Director, to develop and implement a strategic plan to raise vital funds in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner to further the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg and to maximize revenues for its programs and projects. The incumbent plays a key role in coordinating the development of, and in implementing, annual and strategic plans to increase revenues from individuals, foundations, and corporations, takes a lead role in raising revenues, manages development staff, and assists and supports program staff as required.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to create a fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization
  • Lead, monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved
  • Monitor trends in the community or region and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary
  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising events
  • Identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization's fundraising priorities
  • Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information
  • Steward relationships with prospective and current donors and supporters
  • Coordinate in-kind donations and make decisions regarding the issuing of receipts
  • Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditure related to fundraising and the management of the fund development activities
  • Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization
  • Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts
  • Develop and foster media relations and build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization



  • University degree. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is an asset
  • 5 years minimum experience in professional fundraising
  • Knowledge of fundraising management and federal and provincial legislation affecting charities
  • Exceptional donor/client communications and donor relationship building skills;
  • Excellent writing skills, including a demonstrated ability to generate accurately-researched and persuasive proposals, business correspondence and donor acknowledgements;
  • Experience developing and managing successful fundraising campaigns;
  • Self-motivated, with superior time management skills and ability to work to meet deadlines;
  • Highly analytical and detail oriented;
  • A creative pro-active thinker;
  • Ability to work within a flexible schedule, including occasional weekends and evenings


Personal Characteristics:

The Director of Development should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:

  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve the finances of the organization and to create new opportunities
  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices and ensure own behaviour and the behaviour of others are consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
  • Foster Teamwork: Works cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

Please submit your resume, along with cover letter and salary expectations, to greg.unger@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca using the subject line ‘director of development’.  No phone calls please.  Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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