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Manager of Philanthropy

Company: The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Date Posted: May 31, 2017

The BC & Yukon Division of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is looking for a Manager of Philanthropy to join their team based in Victoria BC. We are passionate about youth engagement, and providing them with an experiential and supportive platform to develop the skills and personal resources they need to find success in life. We empower youth to utilize their passions and believe in the power of their own potential.

The Manager of Philanthropy is a new position within our organization and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to build a comprehensive and innovative philanthropy program based on their experience and best practices. It is an ideal opportunity for a fundraising professional looking to expand and develop their career in a successful professionally managed and governed non-profit organization. 

The Division office is based in Victoria, BC. The position could potentially work remotely from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.


Reporting directly to the Executive Director, and working with the Division office team and the Board Fundraising Committee, the role of the Manager of Philanthropy is to develop, establish, and carry out an effective multi-year fundraising program to support the on-going activities of the organization.

In the first year, this position will work with the Executive Director to develop a multi-year fundraising strategy that will includes prospect development, major donor recruitment, direct donor campaigns including alumni and legacy giving, donor recognition, relationship stewardship, and philanthropic communications.

Specific responsibilities of the position will include, but not be limited to:

  1. Develop and successfully carry out the Fundraising Strategy, working closely with the Executive Director, Division Team and the Fundraising & Marketing Committee,
  2. Work closely with Executive Director, Staff, and Board Fundraising Committee to identify income-generating opportunities,
  3. Prepare or assist with preparation of communications materials to aid the goals and activities of the fundraising strategy,
  4. Identify, and build relationships with, potential donors – Individual, Corporate, & Foundation
  5. Secure commitments of donation and/or participation from individuals, corporate, and foundation donors,
  6. Support grant development,
  7. Ensure donors are thanked in a timely and meaningful manner,
  8. Support Board organized fundraising events,
  9. Attend community events, meetings, or conferences to promote organizational goals

10.  Contact corporate representatives, government officials, or community leaders to increase awareness of organizational causes, activities, or needs,

11.  Create an annual work plan aligned with the Fundraising Strategy,

12.  Support the ED’s development of annual organizational budgets and annual organizational work plan that align with the Fundraising Strategy,

13.  Monitor and regularly report to the ED and Fundraising Committee on the progress of fundraising drives,

14.  Support, encourage, and cheerlead our organizational culture of philanthropy. 


The ideal candidate is a career focused individual with high personal standards of integrity. 

A minimum of 3 years’ experience in the fundraising arena is desired, particularly in the areas of successful major donor recruitment and retention, corporate and foundation relationship building, strategic planning, and program development.

They will have a post-secondary degree, preferably in marketing, communications, business, and/or finance, and relevant professional training and experience in fundraising.

Ideally, they will hold membership in a professional association related to fundraising and development.

Database experience with a fundraising CRM tool is an asset, but not required.

Familiarity and experience with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an asset, but not required. 


  • Passion and commitment for our mission.
  • Team player with a strong work ethic.
  • Strategic big-picture thinker, with the ability to recognize and plan for details.
  • Superb communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Stellar sales and negotiation abilities, tempered with diplomacy.
  • Creative solution-focused thinking, resourceful and entrepreneurial.
  • Professional, friendly, approachable, and curious.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • IT skills and comfortable working in the e-verse.
  • Initiative and carry-through.
  • Discrete and confidential.
  • Committed to continued professional growth and development. 


To start, the annual salary is $60,500 – $65,000 with an extended benefits package. Travel expenses are covered on a per diem structure. Our extended paid holidays include two weeks as required, plus an additional paid two weeks off during the annual winter holiday closure in December of each year.


Applications are due no later than Tuesday June 13 at 4pm.

Please submit via email both your cover letter and resume in one PDF document titled with your last name and the position. In the subject line of your email please state the Manager of Philanthropy position. Submit applications to Sushil Saini, Executive Director at

Interviews will be held in mid June. Only those chosen for interview will be contacted, although we thank all who have taken the time to apply.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, BC & Yukon Division encourages diversity and accessibility in the workplace and we encourage candidates from diverse groups to apply.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a youth development program whose goal is to challenge, empower, and recognize young people between the ages of 14 and 24. We are an international award program, supporting youth in over 140 countries. Since 1963, the Award in Canada has inspired young Canadians from coast to coast to coast to challenge themselves to achieve personal goals and take control of their lives and futures. Not all learning happens in the classroom and the Award experience nurtures the potential of one of our country’s greatest natural resources — our youth. We strive to reach young Canadians in all communities and give them an experiential yet supportive platform to develop the skills and personal resources they need to find success in life. 

Over 51,000 young people are currently achieving the Award in Canada, 13,000 of whom are supported by The BC and Yukon Division, which has over 400 active Award groups facilitated by volunteer leaders. The Award program is designed to be accessible to all youth regardless of background or ability, which in BC & Yukon Division has translated into engagement initiatives with inner-city, rural, at-risk, new immigrant, Aboriginal, Northern youth, and youth with diverse-abilities. Through these partnerships, we work to ensure that the Duke of Ed empowers all youth to utilize their passions and believe in the power of their own potential. For more information about the Award, please visit