Job Posting 73500

Senior Officer, Community Giving
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA)
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Vancouver, B.C.
closed yesterday (Thu, 5 Aug)
full time  •  Salaried position

The BC SPCA is looking to fill the following career opportunity:


As a Senior Officer, Community Giving 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 helped us assist nearly 97,000 animals last year.  Your work will help make all of this possible. As a Senior Officer, Community Giving you will focus on building successful fundraising programs for BC SPCA locations across the province.

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 Senior Officer, Community Giving

  • As part of the Community Giving (CG) team, led by the Director, Community Giving & Events (CG&E), you will lead on analyzing giving and fundraising at the community level and developing and executing new strategies to maximize our locations’ fundraising success.
  • You’re responsible for providing training, coaching and tactical support to branches on identified fundraising campaigns and new fundraising opportunities. Your responsibilities include:
    • Providing fundraising expertise, training, coaching and guidance to branch managers and other Community Giving staff supporting branches. This will include formal and informal channels, and presenting to large and small groups as well as one-on-ones.
    • Working with the Director, CG&E and the wider CG team to develop annual branch fundraising plans and budgets and monitor success throughout the year.
    • Playing a key role in ongoing analysis of fundraising at the branch level including identification of new opportunities, and leading the development and rollout of new processes.
    • Working with the Digital Giving team to develop and implement fundraising tools for the branches for Champions for Animals (third party), Lock-In for Love, and other campaigns.
  • You are responsible for mentoring and guiding two direct reports.
  • You are also responsible for spearheading projects and data analysis for the team.
  • 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:

  • Coaching a branch manager through a situation with a volunteer event chair who wants to deviate from BC SPCA best practices and policies.
  • Helping the Assistant, Community Giving assess an event’s graphic design needs and plan an appropriate e-communications schedule for the event.
  • Leading a conference call with a branch manager and their regional manager to assess the current year’s performance in each fundraising area and setting goals for the following year.
  • Participating in a Lock-In for Love planning meeting with the Digital and CG teams in which you share your insights on the trends you’re seeing, and what you’d recommend for each branch’s participation in future years.
  • Preparing for an upcoming training session in another city for several new branch managers.

What type of person are you?

  • Motivated and innovative problem-solver
  • Empathetic and relation-centric (with donors, colleagues, animals, etc.)
  • Adaptable and open to change
  • 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 in fundraising with specialization in community-level fundraising, or an equivalent combination of education and experience acceptable to the employer.
  • You can demonstrate an understanding of big picture fundraising and how community giving fits in.
  • You have in-depth knowledge and experience of community giving and fundraising best practices, trends and opportunities.
  • You have experience rolling out fundraising campaigns or initiatives across multiple locations.
  • You have experience creating, monitoring and analyzing annual budgets.
  • You have a demonstrated capacity to strategically guide and professionally develop direct reports.
  • You are comfortable providing formal and informal training and coaching to colleagues and volunteers (who often have minimal or no fundraising experience). You are also comfortable presenting to small and large groups.
  • 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.
  • You know at least one CRM well and are open to learning others (we use Raisers Edge and Luminate Online).
  • You are proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and have a good sense of the tricks and processes for mail merge, formulas, styles templates, etc. (and are eager to learn when you don’t!)
  • You are able to thrive in an open concept and fast-paced work environment


  • Full time salaried position.
  • 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.

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