Chief Development Officer [Vancouver]

Chief Development Officer



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Chief Development Officer




Vancouver Art Gallery


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Vancouver, BC


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Excellent compensation and benefits include not only basic health insurance provided by the Province of British Columbia but also extended health and dental insurance, life insurance, vacation time, and participation in a retirement matched contribution plan of 5 percent. In addition, Vancouver offers a high-quality work-life balance in a dynamic multicultural city surrounded by stunning natural beauty and recreational opportunities.


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Reporting to the Director of the Gallery, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will have primary responsibility for all aspects of the Gallery’s fundraising and philanthropic programs and will serve as a key member of the leadership group. The CDO will play a key strategic and leadership role in the Gallery’s capital campaign and will also drive its overall endowment and annual fundraising activities, expand its network of potential donors stewarding those relationships, and increase support from individual and institutional contributors.

The CDO will work closely with the Director, board of trustees, Foundation trustees, senior staff, volunteers, and campaign leadership to engage in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors and to leverage significant government support that ensures the realization of the Gallery’s mission and strategic goals. The CDO will be responsible for leading the division team, developing strategies, and implementing flexible plans that deepen relationships in all segments of the philanthropic community.

Roles and Responsibilities

Campaign Strategy and Leadership
 Develop and guide strategic campaign plans with outside counsel, ensuring that the Gallery adheres to long-term capitalization and short-term operational goals.
 Advise the Director and board to increase their regional and national networking capabilities and to advance the Gallery’s campaign and community engagement goals.
 Monitor and present regular campaign progress reports to the Director and board and mobilize resources to advance campaign activities.
 Collaborate with the Director of Engagement and Strategic Initiatives in a variety of activities with the community and government partners.
 Represent the Gallery at a variety of public and private community events, as appropriate.
 Serve as a primary liaison to the campaign committee and foundation board.
 Embrace other campaign strategy and leadership roles, as needed.

Donor Identification, Research, Cultivation, Solicitation, and Stewardship
 Plan and orchestrate the implementation of all development activities to increase engagement and generate contributions in collaboration with the Director and the board.
 Develop existing Gallery relationships and identify potential individual and institutional funders for further cultivation.
 Spearhead a full spectrum of fundraising implementation tools (i.e. personal solicitation, direct mail, online, social media) focused on increasing all sources of program and campaign support.
 Oversee a robust schedule of fundraising events and activities that grow opportunities for donor engagement.
 Embrace other donor identification, research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship roles, as needed.

Team Mentorship and Division Operations
 Ensure that the Gallery's internal culture, technological systems, and procedures support the development division as the foundation of a vibrant organization.
 Manage the day-to-day operations of the development function to ensure that all administrative and operational aspects of development are executed at a high level of quality and efficiency.
 Direct the strategic use of the Raiser’s Edge database and other development communication tools to ensure that development staff utilizes them for communicating donor and prospect contacts, maximizing relationships, and creating timely and accurate reports.
 Ensure that compliance with the Canada Revenue Agency receipting regulations and required documentation is maintained, and that records are reconciled with the Finance Division.
 Recruit, supervise, and mentor all development staff of the Gallery and shape the staffing of the development function.
 Set and meet fundraising goals and division budgets for each development program.
 Embrace other team mentorship and division operations roles, as needed.

Please submit a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable capital, endowment, and annual campaign accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to:

Bruce D. Thibodeau, DBA
Arts Consulting Group
2 Toronto Street, Suite 217
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2B5
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 201