Job Posting 63726

Assistant Development, Philanthropy & Corporate
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA)
Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Vancouver, BC
closing today (Fri, 7 Aug)
full time  •  Salaried position

As Assistant, Development at the BC SPCA you’ll be joining one of the most innovative and successful fundraising teams in Canada.  The BC SPCA is funded by compassionate animal lovers who help us assist nearly forty-nine thousand abused, abandoned, injured and neglected animals every year.  Your work will help make all of this possible. As Assistant, Development you will focus primarily on supporting the Corporate and Philanthropy teams within the Revenue Development department.

What’s it like working at the BC SPCA? 

Our Team:

The fundraising team prides itself on having created a fun, supportive and positive work culture. We are results-driven and committed to excellence through professionalism, compassion, collaboration and innovation.

What we do:

We’re passionate about helping animals live safe, healthy and loved lives, and about helping their humans too. We’re the only animal welfare organization in B.C. that has the authority to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty. And, we’re one of North America’s most progressive animal welfare organizations with evidence-based standards of care.  We’re knowledge leaders.

The role of Assistant, Development

  • As a member of the Corporate and Philanthropy teams, reporting to the Senior Officer, Corporate Philanthropy and Partnerships, you will play a key role in identifying new donors and stewarding current supporters to grow the corporate and philanthropy portfolios.
  • You will be responsible for supporting the teams (and sometimes other teams in Revenue Development) in all aspects of the donor cycle including:
    • Researching and identifying prospective supporters.
    • Ensuring all gifts are accurately processed and acknowledged.
    • Drafting and editing solicitations, stewardship reports, thank you letters, contracts, and other communication to donors and internal teams.
    • Supporting donor recognition activities and events.
    • Maintaining accurate data in our database (Raiser’s Edge) and using reports to analyze donor activity and help the teams meet revenue targets.
    • Scheduling and attending meetings and shelter tours with prospective and current corporate partners with timely follow-up.
    • Providing professional, polite and accurate information by phone, email or in person to donors and prospects.
  • You’ll be responsible for administrative work, such as coordinating mailings to donors, tracking team expenses etc.
  • You’ll collaborate with other departments to find compelling impact stories and stewardship opportunities for supporters.
  • You’ll work directly with businesses on our cause marketing programs, ensuring they abide by our cause marketing policies and tracking advertising and revenue.
  • You will be supported and encouraged to develop and maintain relationships with industry peers and maintain a commitment to continued education, learning and innovation.

While every day is different, a day in this role might include:

  • Touring the Vancouver branch with a prospective corporate supporter, sharing your passion and knowledge of the BC SPCA with them while discovering their reasons for wanting to support us (and how we can make that happen!).
  • Sending a thank you email as follow up to the tour, and ensuring important information from the visit is entered into Raiser’s Edge.
  • Facilitating a prospect meeting with the Philanthropy team.
  • Processing cheques, making sure the coding is correct for Finance and that the right relationship manager is aware of the gift so they can thank the donor.
  • Creating a first draft of a gratitude report for a supporter in Canva, which includes writing an adoption story and capturing some social media posts where the supporter was mentioned.
  • Staying focused on your work while puppies are playing in someone else’s office (we all take short breaks to have a quick puppy snuggle once in a while!)

What type of person are you?

  • Self-motivated and an innovative problem-solver.
  • Highly organized with superb attention to detail.
  • Empathetic and relationship-centric (with donors, colleagues, animals etc.)
  • Adaptable and open to change.
  • In philosophical harmony with the mission, vision, and guiding principles of the BC SPCA.

What skills have you developed?

  • Post-secondary education, plus some related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience acceptable to the Employer.
  • You can demonstrate an understanding of big picture fundraising with some knowledge and experience of corporate and/or philanthropy best practices, trends and opportunities.
  • You are a clear and persuasive communicator, both written and oral.
  • You know when something is your responsibility and when you have to escalate something. If you don’t know, you’ll ask for help.
  • When you see a problem or an opportunity to make something better you bring forward solutions.
  • You’re great at information gathering; determining what you’ll need, sourcing it, analyzing, distilling and reporting back.
  • You are comfortable using data: establishing data points, accurate record keeping, collecting data, using data to support initiatives, and to demonstrate success, need, or areas of concern.
  • CRM experience preferred (and an openness to learning; we use Raiser’s Edge and Luminate Online); experience with a graphic design program a plus (we use Adobe and Canva).
  • You are proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and have a good sense of the tricks and processes for mail merge, formulas, styles templates, etc.
  • You are able to thrive in an open concept and fast-paced work environment and are driven to contribute to a highly motivated team.


  • Three weeks’ vacation plus twelve sick days.
  • Competitive extended health benefits after three months.
  • Employer RRSP contributions of 7.5% (with no matching requirement) after twelve months.
  • Eligible for professional development after twelve months.
  • Positive work-place culture of collaboration, innovation and respect.
  • And yes, there are dogs in the office…every single day (and sometimes other animals too!


The BC SPCA compensation structure is based on external benchmarks and regularly reviewed. Starting placement on the range for this position will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience.


How to apply:
If you are up for the challenge, are looking for an opportunity to be involved in a great cause and are legally entitled to work in Canada we would love to hear from you. Submit your resume and cover letter together as one document. Help us make a difference. Click on the link to apply:

We welcome diversity, value differences, and foster inclusion in our employment practices.  We invite applications from all qualified individuals who are philosophically aligned with our mission and guiding principles.


We thank you for your interest in the BC SPCA; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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