Job Posting 89683

Grants & Donor Relations Specialist
Calgary area
closes in 14 days (Mon, 12 Dec)
full time

Calgary is a complex city filled with incredible opportunities and dynamic challenges for those who call it home.

For over 110 years, carya has worked diligently to meet the evolving needs of Calgarians by providing members of our community with the tools they need to be stronger, more connected, and more resilient.

Today we offer over 40 programs for individuals and families at all stages of life. From providing mental health supports to fostering multi-generational wellness and strong families – carya’s dedicated team of professionals plays an essential role in ensuring a vibrant and healthy future for all Calgarians.

About the Role


carya is searching for a Grants & Donor Relations Specialist who will expand carya’s grants and donor relations efforts and play a vital role in advancing organizational development efforts. Reporting to the Director of Social Investments, this individual will leverage their superior communication and organizational skills to enhance donor relations and secure grant funding. Key responsibilities include:

  • Research & Grant Writing                            
  • Donor Relations                              
  • Database Management                         
  • Public Relations & Engagement

Who You Are

  • A highly motivated and proactive self-starter with a high degree of attention to detail.
  • An analytical thinker who values research, process and has strong project management skills.
  • A result-oriented individual with strong decision making and problem-solving abilities.
  • A proven collaborator with exceptional written communication
  • An enthusiastic team-player who excels in a fast-paced environment.

What You’ll Do

  • Establish and oversee a comprehensive grants calendar which includes qualified public and private foundations and granting prospects that align with organizational priorities.
  • Lead carya in researching, qualifying, and applying for suitable grants and giving programs.
  • Oversee donor database. Ensure all donors are recognized and that data is hygienic and being effectively captured in accordance with CRA guidelines.
  • Initiate database processes and procedures to operationalize efficiencies and to identify prospects and seek out opportunities to grow and engaged lapsed donors.
  • Support organizational annual fundraising campaigns and initiatives.
  • Coordinate the creation and implementation of a Donor Stewardship Matrix including the writing, development, and distribution of stewardship materials.
  • Engage and develop relationships with service clubs including but not limited to Rotary, Clubs Lions Clubs, Kinsmen Clubs, Optimist Clubs etc.
  • Coordinate corporate engagement opportunities such third-party fundraising initiatives and volunteer opportunities.
  • Meet or exceed targets pertaining to grant applications, donor stewardship and cultivation efforts, and revenue goals

What You Bring

  • Superior written communication skills; ability to convey complex stories in compelling ways.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; an ability to develop rapport with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Project management, organizational and prioritizing skills, and high attention to detail.
  • Ability to work autonomously while being a collaborative and active team player.
  • Experience with Donor Perfect or similar fundraising database.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Post-secondary education in a related field or a combination of education and experience including a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience of proven results in fundraising and grant writing.
  • Adherence to a high ethical standard and Donor Bill of Rights.
  • Must have access to a vehicle.
  • CFRE designation is an asset.

Why Join Team carya

When you join team carya, you are joining over 100 passionate professionals who exemplify our values of Community, Integrity, Professionalism, Respect, and Stewardship. Our employees are the heart of our organization and work collaboratively to meet the unique and evolving needs of over 40,000 Calgarians.

At carya, we take care of our people and proudly provide our employees with:

  • Exceptional work life balance including paid vacation time off, personal time off each month and office closures during the year.
  • A supportive and flexible work environment that includes professional development opportunities and hybrid work when
  • A focus on health and wellbeing including access to virtual mental and physical health supports, employer paid extended health benefits, dental benefits, an annual health spending account and Employer matched RRSP contributions
  • Recognition that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.

The Grants & Donor Relations Specialist will receive a comprehensive total compensation package including:

  • Annual salary of $55,000 - $67,000
  • Employer paid premiums for extended health benefits and 50/50 share of dental premiums
  • Up to 7% RRSP matching
  • Annual Health Spending Account
  • Three (3) weeks paid vacation pro-rated to start date and eligible for use in the first year of employment
  • Monthly Personal Time Off (PTO) day
  • Paid office closure days between Christmas and New Year
  • Discretionary Day of Observation each year for use on a day that is of personal significance
  • Access to bereavement leave
  • Agency provided property as needed by the role

Closing Date

Until Suitable Candidate is Found


How to Apply
Please submit a PDF of your cover letter and résumé, with job title in the subject line, to prior to 11:59pm on the stated closing date.  We thank all those who expressed their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


Equal Employment Opportunities, Requesting an Accommodations Statement and other Employment Statements


Carya is deeply committed to building a workplace where inclusion is not only valued, but prioritized. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create a welcoming and diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, family status, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, neuro-diversity, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other non-merit based or legally protected grounds.

is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in the employment application process. To request an accommodation, please contact HR by email at in advance of your interview.

The successful candidate must satisfactorily complete a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable sector clearance.


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