As a Manager, Community Engagement 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 42,000 abused, abandoned, injured and neglected animals every year. Your work will help make all of this possible. As a Manager, Community Engagement you will focus on building successful fundraising and community engagement programs for the BC SPCA Kamloops & District Branch.
What’s it like working at the BC SPCA?
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 Manager, Community Engagement:
- You’ll be part of the Community Giving (CG) team led by the Director, Community Giving & Events from Provincial Office. This is one of three roles on the team working relatively independently in their communities (along with Victoria and Kelowna).
- You’ll be responsible for developing, implementing and executing successful fundraising and community engagement plans for the BC SPCA Kamloops & District branch. You’ll collaborate with the Manager, Animal Centre Services, staff and volunteers to ensure plans meet the needs of the branch and the community and are sufficiently supported.
- You will lead volunteers and work closely with the branch’s Community Council to ensure successful achievement of defined goals and objectives consistent with the BC SPCA’s strategic plan.
- You will build strong relationships with supporters, volunteer committees, community businesses and volunteer groups and other stakeholders. You’ll ensure high visibility and brand recognition for the branch.
- You will act as an advocate for the animals in the community and work with various stakeholders to address animal welfare issues in the community. You’ll identify and respond to community needs as they relate to the work of the BC SPCA.
- You will develop, implement, execute and assess the annual fundraising plan for the branch. This will include leading on local and provincially-led initiatives, including the annual Fur Ball in the spring.
- You will steward existing donors and cultivate new relationships in order to grow revenue.
- You are expected to utilize appropriate measures and metrics to evaluate the success of your program areas and provide regular reporting as required.
- You are 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:
- Preparing for a meeting with a potential new major donor.
- Meeting with branch staff to figure out how to support upcoming community and third-party events you’ve identified as important.
- Pulling reports of Fur Ball ticket sales and planning a follow-up eblast to promote sales.
- Polishing up the design of an Impact Report to email out to donors.
- Attending a monthly meeting of the North Shore Business Association or the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.
- Answering media inquiries about a recently announced BC SPCA initiative.
What type of person are you?
- Motivated and innovative problem-solver
- Empathetic and relationship-centric (with donors, colleagues, animals, etc.)
- Adaptable and open to change, but confident in your knowledge. Someone who uses good judgment and mature thinking when decision making.
- Warm, patient, and collaborative.
- In philosophical harmony with the mission, vision, and guiding principles of the BC SPCA.
What skills have you developed?
- University degree in relevant discipline plus 5-8 years’ experience (or an equivalent combination acceptable to the employer), with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in community engagement and fundraising; some supervisory and media experience is preferred.
- You have in-depth knowledge of and experience with community giving and fundraising best practices, trends and opportunities.
- You’re a proven leader with the ability to inspire and coach people to achieve great things. You are comfortable providing training and presenting to small and large groups.
- You are organized, detail-oriented, able to juggle multiple priorities, and can work in a fast-pace work environment with minimal supervision. You must be able to work some evenings and weekends as required.
- You are a clear and persuasive communicator, both written and oral, and can work effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
- 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.
- You are proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and have a good sense of the tricks and processes for mail merge, formulas, styles templates, etc. Ideally you have experience with at least one CRM and are open to learning others (we use Raisers Edge and Luminate Online).
- You have a valid unrestricted BC Class 5 drivers license.
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, looking for an opportunity to be involved in a great cause and 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 apply now or use the link to apply: https://spca.bc.ca/about-us/careers/
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 candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.