Job Posting 101542

Director of Major Gifts
Union Gospel Mission
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Vancouver, BC
closes in 7 days (Sun, 30 Jun)
full time  •  $106,470 to $116,337

Director of Major Gifts – Union Gospel Mission

This executive search is conducted by Nelson/Kraft & Associates on behalf of Union Gospel Mission



Union Gospel Mission (UGM) is searching for a relational fundraising executive with a passion for growth and expansion to join their team as Director of Major Gifts.

Reporting to the Vice President, External Engagement (VP EE), this position provides strategic leadership in areas critical to UGM’s ministry and vision for External Engagement. The Director is responsible for increasing revenue and generating resources for UGM in order to meet UGM’s capital and operating requirements. The Director manages the Corporate & Foundation and Principal Giving teams and provides leadership in strategy development, which includes prospect identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors.

You will utilize key performance indicators to proactively measure results and guide fundraising strategy and activities. You will maintain and grow a portfolio of donors by building and nurturing strong positive relationships to increase the level of giving with current donors and attract new principal gifts to support the strategic priorities of UGM.

If you are a gifted leader and fundraiser who is exceptional at building and maintaining relationships, as well as creating and driving strategy, we would love to connect with you!




Union Gospel Mission first opened its doors 80+ years ago

We sought to be a light in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, offering soup and a few shelter beds. Today, we provide a hand-up to life-changing hope at eight locations across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

Through the years, we’ve built strong relationships with the people we serve. We’ve learned so much about their challenges, and grown with their needs. Today, we’re connected to other service providers and work within a network of care.

We meet people wherever they’re at

A man who has been living under a bridge for years. A woman fleeing domestic abuse. A single parent who just lost their job. Everybody’s circumstances and needs are different, but we believe unconditional compassion can lead to transformation.

We walk alongside people every step of the way

Though many of our connections are made around the dining table, we offer more than just meals.

Our continuum of care includes a comprehensive range of programs and services that lovingly journey with people as they rebuild their lives:

  • Street Level Outreach Programs: Offers practical assistance, counselling, spiritual guidance and referrals.
  • Meals, Shelter & Clothing: Restores dignity, giving community members the freedom to focus on rebuilding their lives, while connecting to other UGM programs.
  • Alcohol & Drug Recovery: Offers freedom from addiction through live-in programs, where participants are equipped with tools to transform their lives.
  • Career Development Services: Helps people identify their strengths, build skills and increase the chances of finding meaningful work.
  • Social & Affordable Housing: Provides stability for families and individuals, helping re-establish them in the community.
  • Children & Family Services: Guides the next generation through afterschool programs, summer camp sponsorship, mentorship and life skills workshops.

We partner with churches to assist in transforming their communities

For decades, the local church has faithfully supported UGM through volunteering, donations and prayer. We're grateful to have the opportunity to partner in reciprocity – providing churches with workshops, training, grants and other resources to strengthen programs in their own communities that help overcome poverty, homelessness and addiction.




Demonstrating the love of Christ, UGM is determined to transform communities by overcoming poverty, homelessness and addiction – one life at a time.



UGM is determined to restore the God-given dignity of people by sharing and demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ, providing without discrimination:

  • Meals, shelter, outreach and chaplaincy services that relieve suffering and renew hope.
  • Life recovery programs that offer freedom from addictive lifestyles.
  • Education and job preparation that equip for successful living.
  • Affordable housing that fosters community and personal contribution.
  • Preventative programs that build healthy families.




  • Christ Centered
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Relationships





  • University and/or professional certification, along with more than 10 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, major gifts and leadership. Consideration may be given to alternate combinations of lived experience and education.
  • CFRE designation, preferred.
  • Experience with and working knowledge of Salesforce.
  • In-depth knowledge on how to generate support and creatively implement principal gift models and strategies.
  • Intermediate computer skills (Excel, Word and Outlook).
  • Must gain knowledge of and operate according to UGM’s Ethical Code of Fundraising and Financial Accountability policy and Confidentiality policy.
  • Good knowledge of and must operate according to the AFP guidelines and the Donor Bill of Rights.
  • Good knowledge of and must operate within CRA and CCCC guidelines that relate to financial and gift-in-kind donations and donor recognition.
  • Mission-minded, of strong Christian character and committed to spiritual growth and maturity.
  • Must support and implement UGM’s vision, mission and values including UGM’s Christian ethos as indicated in its Statement of Faith.
  • Model responsible work habits, effective servant leadership and good stewardship.
  • Able to act with integrity and diplomacy, and to apply excellent judgment and discretion in order to support UGM’s faith-based workplace values.
  • Able to develop effective and trusting relationships with all levels of staff.
  • Able to lead both complex and standard change initiatives.
  • Must have strong ethical character.
  • Must be a solid and approachable leader with exceptional coaching and mentoring abilities.
  • Able to build for the future through coaching and selective recruitment.
  • Enthusiastic, proactive and pleasantly persistent. Possesses a willingness to drive change, a pragmatic approach to enacting it, and the stamina to see things through to completion.
  • Must display a curiosity to explore non-traditional fundraising and partnership opportunities to expand the circle of supports who become involved with UGM.


Location: Vancouver, BC

Application Deadline: open until a suitable candidate is found

Start Date: TBD

Salary Range: $106,470 to $116,337


APPLY online at with your cover letter and resume. You must be eligible to work in Canada.



Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. is an executive consulting firm that specializes in working with not-for-profits and for-profit businesses across Canada, assisting them in the placement of senior executives and directors.

Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. welcomes and encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position. Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion in its hiring practices, and will only make distinctions among interested applicants in accordance with the applicable Human Rights legislation.

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