We’re hiring a Philanthropy Officer!

August 19, 2018 Featured, Homepage, News

Employment Opportunity

Position Title: Philanthropy Officer
Location: 500-610 Main St, Vancouver BC  
Terms: Full time, Permanent: 40 hours per week. Flexible work schedule
Start Date: Negotiable, but as soon as possible
Hiring Range: $55,000-$57,000
Reports to: Executive Director


What we do: mission & mandate
At the Environmental Youth Alliance Society (EYA), we believe every young person deserves the opportunity to spend time in nature. Just like clean air or clean water, connection with nature is a human right and essential to healthy adolescent development. Yet many youth living in Vancouver face barriers to accessing nature in their daily lives. EYA is working to change that by delivering free, experiential nature stewardship programs in eastside schools and inner city green spaces. Our programs create opportunities for youth experiencing marginalization to connect with nature in meaningful ways in their own neighbourhood, while building community and acquiring new skills, to benefit wellbeing and inspire environmental stewardship. To find out more visit www.eya.ca

What you’ll do: situation & role overview
Like many small charities, much of EYA’s funding comes from government and corporate grants. The goal of our three-year fundraising plan is to diversify and increase our revenue to develop organizational resilience and help more local youth experience the transformative power of nature. To achieve this goal, we’re working to build robust annual, major, corporate (small business) giving programs to drive donor engagement and increase contributions, as well as develop new funding partnerships with private foundations to build grant revenue. As Philanthropy Officer, you will play an essential role in executing these strategies and will be responsible for donor strategies, donor development, and marketing.

Key responsibilities

  • Accountable for reaching the EYA annual individual and corporate gifts fundraising goal (32K) and for contributing to the annual grant revenue goal (270K)
  • Assume responsibility for the overall fundraising success of a designated portfolio of individual, corporate and foundation donors
  • Develop and implement strategies to build robust annual giving, major giving and corporate giving programs and meet or exceed financial targets
  • Plan, organize and execute annual fundraising campaigns
  • Develop and write appeals for annual email, direct mail, and social media campaigns, case statements, presentations, and impact stories and reports
  • Write letters of intent and proposals to private foundations to help meet grant revenue targets
  • Increase awareness of the EYA as a charity in the community and build relationships with existing and new community partners and donors, ensuring the highest standards of stewardship are established and maintained
  • Build strategies to identify, cultivate and steward new donor prospects
  • Develop processes & systems to drive development of individual and corporate giving programs; help to define cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship processes
  • Develop menu of funding opportunities, levels of giving, and written material for monthly giving club to support development of individual and major giving programs
  • Develop and monitor progress on communications plan to support fundraising strategies
  • Lead the research, planning, and implementation of a CRM to manage donor relationships
  • Other duties as required


What you’ll bring: requirements
We’re looking for a skilled fundraiser with experience in grant writing. The ideal candidate is a proficient and persuasive writer, energetic self-starter, and innovative and strategic thinker who is passionate about developing and executing a wide range of fundraising strategies in support of the organization’s fundraising goals. You are a grammar expert with an eye for detail and a compelling storyteller who can write for various audiences, settings, and tones. You are an expert researcher with prospecting experience, and have a knack for building and maintaining relationships. You are highly organized and enjoy creating simple and effective processes.

  • A university degree or equivalent training/experience in fundraising, communications, marketing, professional writing or a related field
  • Three years of direct fundraising experience
  • Exemplary writing skills, including copywriting, proposal writing, promotional writing, business writing, editing; strong oral communication
  • Experience with marketing and communications in support of fundraising objectives
  • Strong donor management; ability to relate to and motivate prospective donors
  • Dynamic and innovative skills in new business development, research, and prospecting
  • A self-starter with the ability to initiate projects and see them through to completion; high degree of independence and initiative
  • Collaborative with a customer-focused, positive attitude and a willingness to learn new skills
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound judgments and decisions, and create action plans based on information discovered
  • Excellent prioritizing skills, with ability to adapt to changing priorities and juggle multiple demands with competing timelines
  • Critical and strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills with ability to think outside the box
  • Excellent organizational skills with great attention to detail
  • Tech savvy with strong proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Experience with donor management systems an asset  
  • Experience and skill with InDesign an asset
  • Access to a vehicle is an asset. Most work happens at the EYA office, but some travel (across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland) will be required for meetings and events.
  • Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, outcomes and values of EYA
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date

How to apply
E-mail a short cover letter, resume, and three relevant professional writing samples in a single PDF to emily@eya.ca, with “Philanthropy Officer application” in the subject line. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to limited administrative capacity, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

EYA is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.