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Job Number:  38484
Specialist, Philanthropy
Job Posted: Thursday, 28 September 2017
Closing Date: Thursday, 26 October 2017
(47 days ago)
Region: Edmonton area Type: Full time
Location: (not entered) Salary: TBD





Founded in 1918, CNIB is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected charities. For 99 years, the organization has been Canada’s primary source of support for people who are blind or partially sighted, providing crucial vision loss rehabilitation services to thousands of Canadians each day.


With a dedicated team of approximately 700 staff members and thousands of volunteers across the country, CNIB is proud to be there, every step of the way, for people who are blind or partially sighted and their families, from the crucial early childhood years through adulthood and into the autumn of life. We also work diligently to increase public understanding of vision health, and to advocate proudly for an inclusive society where no citizen is left behind, regardless of vision loss.


CNIB has ambitious goals for the future. Through our new strategic plan, CNIB is working to ensure that every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted has access to the full range of services they need to increase their independence and have more control over their own lives.

For more information, please visit www.cnib.ca or call 1-800-563-2642.



September 26, 2017

Job Title: Specialist, Philanthropy


Full Time


Edmonton, AB



The Specialist, Philanthropy is responsible for developing and implementing a strong plan – using defined fundraising products and initiatives – to maximize support from the community by enhancing engagement opportunities and securing philanthropic commitments.  With support and guidance from the Manager of Philanthropy, the Specialist is responsible for mid-level and major giving solicitation strategies across a geographic area, focused on cultivating long-term, donor-centered relationships and developing sustainable sources of income.

Reporting to the Manager of Philanthropy and covering a broad range of duties, the Specialist will recruit and develop relationships with a network of internal and external stakeholders.  A focus area will be on corporate and major gifts fundraising and the Specialist will engage with existing and new donors and manage a portfolio as well as identify external prospects with the ability to make gifts of $5,000 and above.


Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):


  • Proactively use prospect identification, research and qualification processes to generate prospects and grow major gift revenue.
  • Develop and implement a local plan using defined fundraising products and audiences, which includes solicitation strategies to service clubs, and community-led (hybrid) organizations.
  • Develop and implement a local plan for an annual Eye-Give campaign.
  • Develop a budget and monitor income forecasts in relation to the all major initiatives.
  • Recruit new donors and develop relationships with existing donors, identifying key local supporters and those with influence in the community.
  • Manage a corporate major gift donor portfolio as well as identifying external prospects with the ability to make gifts of $5,000 and above.
  • Enhance relationships and migrate qualified mid-level donors to Major Gift level.
  • Achieve financial and non-financial targets through the execution of solicitation strategies focused on a network of local supporters and strategic involvement of volunteers.
  • Increase awareness of the organization’s work through various communication channels and ensure awareness campaigns are targeted to the areas with greatest potential.
  • Manage the recognition and stewardship of donors and all gifts received in a timely manner.
  • Ensure appropriate administration of donor and event information in the donor database and, where appropriate, supply reports the Manager of Philanthropy AB-NWT
  • On a strategic basis, provide assistance and support to signature event(s) in regional jurisdictions.
  • Participate in team meetings to qualify, coordinate and prioritize opportunities.
  • Relationships
  • Develop strong, collaborative relationships with stakeholders from all communities and backgrounds.
  • Communicate consistent messages with integrity and gain commitment from different audiences.
  • Problem Solving/Efficiency
  • Develop clear, workable plans and establish key, cost-effective strategies for achieving day-to-day goals. 
  • Diagnose problems, provide innovative solutions and make logical, timely decisions.
  • Work collaboratively with fund development staff members to deliver on team targets and goals.
  • Leadership
  • Encourage and develop a climate of learning, passion and eagerness to improve to meet organizational goals.
  • Shape products/initiatives based on donor needs to provide the highest quality and consistency of support.
  • Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
  • Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):
  • Proven success in the field of Philanthropy
  • Excellent communication skills; comfortable conversing with a variety of people in different situations
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Knowledge of privacy legislation and able to conduct business in accordance with the CFRE/AFP/CAGP code of ethics
  • Comfortable working in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment
  • Thoroughness, timeliness, flexibility and an ability to juggle priorities and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications as well as other software applications such as CRM (familiarity with Raiser’s Edge software a plus)
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive, productive relationships with stakeholders
  • Resourceful, results-oriented with a positive, "can do" attitude
  • Experience and Education:
  • Minimum post-secondary diploma in a related field such as Marketing, Business or equivalent
  • Minimum three-five years fund development experience
  • Work Environment:
  • Willingness to work flexible hours; some evening and weekend work is required
  • Willingness to travel
  • Knowledge of vision loss is an asset
  • Desire to be a passionate advocate for CNIB and those we serve                                                                                     
  • Closing Date for Applications: October 24, 2017. Please Send the Application to: and quote the job title in the subject line. To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.
  • We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted
  • CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.
  • Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.
How to Apply:
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Please submit cover letter and resume.
Contact Details:

www:   www.cnib.ca/en/about/Careers/Pages/Specialist,-Philanthropy---Edmonton,-AB-.aspx

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