Job Posting 69033

Officer, Development - Creative
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA)
Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Vancouver, BC
closes in 17 days (Fri, 30 Apr)
full time  •  Salaried position

As Development Officer - Creative (new position) 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 more than forty-one thousand abused, abandoned, injured and neglected animals every year.  Your work will help make all of this possible.

This role will be part of the four-person Direct Response team that is responsible for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of annual offline, lapsed, new to file, monthly, mid-level, expectants and allied professionals. The Development Officer - Creative will develop fundraising, stewardship and cultivation materials for the following portfolios: monthly donors, mid-level donors, legacy prospects, expectants and allied professionals. Channels will include direct mail, phone, and marketing materials. They will write content and work directly with designers, and also be the project lead on other projects where external agencies develop the creative. This role is critical in ensuring a consistent voice of the BC SPCA for these portfolios.

This position is normally based out of the BC SPCA Provincial Office in Vancouver, however, adjustments to actual work location will be made based on health and safety considerations related to the pandemic. Ability to work effectively from home/off-site, may be required.

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 (and yes, once we get back to normal, there are dogs in the office…and sometimes other animals too).

What we do:

We’re passionate about inspiring donors to invest in 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 Development Officer, Creative

  • Liaises with direct mail agency providing direction, background and oversight for core direct mail.
  • Develops concept, researches, writes and oversees design for special appeal direct mail letters.
  • Writes phone and event scripts, animal and donor stories for internal publications and acknowledgment letters.
  • Develops concept, writes content and provides creative direction to designers for impact reports, brochures, buckslips, welcome packages, giving materials and more.
  • Develops ads, directory listings and advertorial for external publications.

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

  • Meeting with the Manager, Direct Response to set content direction for fall direct mail pieces.
  • Writing copy for the quarterly Impact Report for mid-level and expectant donors.
  • Providing feedback on package design to an agency for an upcoming direct mail solicitation.
  • Interviewing a Cruelty Investigator to get information on a recent case to include in an upcoming lapsed donor direct mail piece.
  • Updating a legacy ad with new dimensions and contact information for external publication.
  • Reviewing results from the most recent direct mail test.

What type of person are you?

  • Someone who is adaptable and embraces change – this is a dynamic and innovative fundraising team.
  • Recognizes that fundraising is part art and part science and that being data driven and incorporating best practices is just as important as your creative writing flair.
  • Ability to identify problems and opportunities as well as bring forward solutions.
  • A reliable team member who is willing to pitch in as needed to get the job done, but can work equally well independently.
  • Ability to work within established boundaries; able to identify when help is required and demonstrated ability to ask for assistance when required.
  • A demonstrated ability to be flexible, creative and very well-organized.
  • In philosophical harmony with the mission, vision and strategic direction of the BC SPCA.

What skills have you developed?

  • A university degree and 3-6 years of experience in fundraising with direct response or writing for non-profit marketing, or an equivalent combination of education and experience acceptable to the employer.
  • Experience writing for direct mail and developing giving materials.
  • A clear and persuasive communicator in English, both written and oral; ability to communicate respectfully to a diverse audience.
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to work proactively and efficiently, set and manage competing priorities, establish procedures, manage external contractors and staff and meet overlapping deadlines in an agile, innovative, fast-paced environment.
  • Professional demeanor, attire and presentation.
  • Proven record delivering exceptional prompt, friendly donor-centric service.
  • Ability to use a graphic design program and willingness/ability to learn others (e.g. Adobe and Canva).
  • Familiarity with a CRM (we use Raiser’s Edge)
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and professional development.

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. Help us make a difference. Click on apply now or use 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 candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

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