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Job Number:  58034
Chief Development Officer (Paternity Leave)
Job Posted: Wednesday, 2 October 2019
Closing Date: Friday, 18 October 2019
(in 3 days)
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Contract - Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: (not entered)

Chief Development Officer
(35 Week Paternity Leave Term)

About PeaceGeeks

PeaceGeeks is a non-profit organization that builds digital tools to empower communities in the pursuit of peace. We are based in Vancouver, Canada, and Amman, Jordan. We operate on the principle of inspiring local action to solve local problems, with a vision to make peace a lived reality for everyone. 


We partner with community-based changemakers to build tech tools and capacities towards making communities safer: empowering refugees through access to information on critical services; preventing and responding to violent extremism in digital spaces; and supporting human rights defenders to stay safe online while addressing human rights abuses. 


PeaceGeeks has several projects in motion, including an app funded by the Google.org Impact Challenge that fast-tracks refugees and immigrants in Canada on a pathway to successful resettlement with a personalized directory of settlement services, as well as a capacity building program funded by Global Affairs Canada that supports artists, activists and youth in Jordan to respond to hate and violence in online spaces. 


More info at peacegeeks.org.

Our Geek Values



We empower our community-based partners by focusing on opportunities that further their mission, and by acting as equals with shared commitment



We build strong and complementary teams and create effective and collaborative relationships with our partners



We commit to being open, honest and transparent, and to prioritizing open-source technology



We are agile and resourceful, we commit to learning equally from success and failure, and we strive to create opportunities for growth



We work in inherently challenging situations; therefore we commit to acting with compassion, humility and patience.



We commit to mitigating vulnerabilities in digital spaces and ensuring that everyone can engage online in safe and informed ways.



Position Overview


The Chief Development Officer leads PeaceGeeks’ development strategy which includes fundraising, prospecting, negotiations, and outreach. This management position works closely with the Executive Director, as well as, the Marketing, Communications, and Event teams to execute the development strategy. This role engages the board of directors, builds sponsor connections, and manages the fundraising team. The Chief Development Officer has a direct and fundamental role in PeaceGeeks’ growth and success.


The Things You Love Doing


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Development Officer is responsible for the following:

  • Lead PeaceGeeks’ organizational development
  • Lead and manage the fundraising and grants team, including recruitment and hiring of staff and volunteers
  • Engage and support the board on all aspects of development, fundraising, as well as prospecting companies and major gift donors
    • Create key messaging and assets to engage the board
    • Provide opportunities to the board and support their efforts
  • Report on fundraising to the board using a developed standard reporting process
    • Fundraising admin and pipeline creation within Salesforce
    • Manage digital analytics and tracking conversion goals
    • Optimize for conversions
    • Create risk analysis and balancing time-cost ratios to focus effort on priority fund development activities
  • Manage fundraising calendar (schedule of communications and events related to stewardship and solicitation) for individual, corporate and major giving
  • Manage Individual Giving Stewardship and Solicitation Strategy
  • Create Corporate Strategy & Pipeline: Sponsorship, Foundations, Major Gifts & Planned Giving
    • Plan corporate sponsorship opportunities for the year and outreach strategy
    • Conduct donor research
    • Identify prospects and manage volunteer support (eg. volunteer introductions)
    • Meeting with potential and existing sponsors
    • Prepare proposals and manage the creation of communications material
    • Execute and track sponsorships (creating marketing assets, tracking progress, internal reporting)
    • Stewardship and thank yous
  • Vet and write grant applications for key grant funding opportunities  
  • Plan events as required for the Fundraising Strategy
  • Take on the role of a spokesperson for the organization for all types of media
  • Other related duties and operational support as required


The Things You Bring To Us

  • Education in Marketing, Fundraising, Communications, or an equivalent qualification
  • 2 - 5 years of Development, Fundraising, and Outreach experience
  • Experience in Organizational Development and Strategy
  • Capable of representing and communicating the PeaceGeeks brand to sponsors
  • Demonstrated experience in community engagement and/ or managing stakeholder relations
  • Comfortable with and enjoy being a jack-of-all-trades
  • Strong client-facing and internal communication skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills
  • A demonstrated interest and awareness of global issues
  • A love for Research, Data, and Analytics
  • Graphic design experience is an asset
  • Experience with Salesforce is an asset
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers is an asset
  • Experience in the technology, non-profit or immigration sector is an asset


The Things You Experience

  • Gaining practical experience working on projects with multinational teams
  • Learning about relevant contemporary international peace and security issues, especially as they related to technology
  • Making an impactful contribution to peacebuilding in developing, non-democratic and conflict-affected regions, and socio-political cohesion here in Canada
  • Collaborating and networking with an amazing group of volunteers and community leaders
  • Building and interacting with a growing open source developer community
  • Working with open source tools and open data for social good projects
  • Working with other non-profit organizations and international institutions on projects that have similar or complementary objectives
  • Tight-knitted culture powered by a fun, respectful and diverse team
  • Team socials and events


Hours of Work and Expected Start Date

The Chief Development Officer role is a paternity leave term coverage for 35 weeks. This is a full time position working 37.5 hours/week expected to begin mid-late October. You must be willing and available to work as needed in the evenings in order to facilitate stakeholder meetings and engagements outside of normal business hours.


Work Location

The Chief Development Officer will work from the PeaceGeeks offices at the HiVE co-working space in Vancouver in the vibrant neighborhood of Gastown (128 West Hastings Street). The Chief Development Officer may be permitted to work from home on occasion with permission from your supervisor.



A competitive salary will be determined based on experience level.
Please indicate your expected salary within your cover letter.

How to Apply
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to https://peacegeeks.org/jobopenings

Consideration of candidates will begin immediately.

Application Deadline: Friday October 11, 2019
Contact Details
Recruiting Team
128 W Hastings Street #210
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1G8

www:   peacegeeks.org

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