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 Vice President

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Job DescriptionJOB SUMMARY:

This position is responsible for leading the resource development staff and volunteer team in developing  resources to ensure a strong base of financial support. In conjunction with the President, this position acts as a representative and ambassador to the organization's constituents to promote positive relationships and strong partnerships.


Reports directly to the President.

The Vice-President works with the President and senior volunteer leadership to develop organizational policies and strategic plans to ensure the future relevance, credibility and viability of the organization.

The incumbent sets goals, monitors work, and evaluates results to ensure that departmental objectives and operating requirements are met and are in line with the needs and mission of the organization.


Internal Relationships:

Works directly with the President, Board Executive, Board of Directors, and senior staff to set overall organizational policies and priorities. Works with the volunteer leadership on the Campaign Cabinet Committee to develop long and short term goals, strategies, and approaches to ensure successful annual campaigns. Considers and analyses the implications of proposed actions and decisions by individual areas on the whole of the organization (financial, operating and administrative aspects).

External Relationships:

Works executive directors, senior staff, and board members on collaborative projects. Takes a leadership to work with various groups and organizations on matters of mutual concern to problem solve, develop collective guidelines and set policies.


  • Keeps up to date on issues affecting the voluntary and develops strategies to address these issues.
  • Participates with the President and senior volunteers in guiding the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Provides effective training, support, and leadership to volunteers and leaders to meet annual and long-term financial goals.
  • Systematically cultivates long term, collaborative, strategic relationships with selected organizations.
  • Acts an ambassador for philanthropy.
  • Maintains and enhances the credibility of the organization's roles.


  • Develops and implements an annual plan for departmental operations.

  • Continuously realigns all aspects of the departments operations to facilitate and reinforce the effectiveness of strategic plans.  This includes realigning key business processes, the departmental structure, management practices, communications, and the development and deployment of staff and volunteers.

  • Participates regularly in the management and campaign leadership meetings.

  • Works with all departments and provides strategic information and guidance to assist in developing goals, plans, and procedures.

  • Leads and manages the affairs of the department including budgeting, program direction, supervision and evaluation of assigned staff.

  • Organizes or participates in community initiatives to promote the organization and philanthropy.

  • Works closely with all the other directors on all organizational marketing and communications initiatives.


  • Plans and develops short and long term strategies which are both strategic and tactical in nature to accomplish organizational goals.

  • Develops strategies and approaches to diversify the base of support and generate increasing levels of giving through the annual campaign.

  • Ensures that programs are in place for all donors to receive appropriate, consistent recognition and an accounting of the impact that their gifts have.

  • Attends strategically important donor calls to ensure a growing base of support for the organization.

Public Relations:

  • Acts as goodwill ambassador for the organization to all itís customer and stakeholder groups and acts a spokesperson when required.

  • Prepares and delivers speeches and presentations to organizations, business groups and boards.


  • Develops innovative approaches and initiatives to increase the community profile.

  • Develops innovate recognition opportunities and materials and events for continuity and donor stewardship.

  • Creates strategies to market the organization's leadership role to  donors.

Performs other related duties as assigned.  Such duties do not normally change the level of the job.


The decisions of the Director have serious contractual, legal tax and ethical implications for the organization. This position has responsibilities for the accuracy and integrity of financial systems. Poor leadership, inappropriate procedures, incorrect information, lack of foresight or diplomacy could lead to the alienation of donors, embarrassment to the organization and itís senior officials and volunteers and the possible loss of credibility with the constituents.



University graduation in a related field or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


Individual must possess a minimum of 10 years combined leadership experience including five to eight years in a senior management capacity with a complex not-for-profit organization involving a significant number of people and organizations with diverse and varied interests and backgrounds.  Must have at least five years direct fund-raising experience.

Extensive experience working with volunteers.


Able to lead and motivate groups and individuals. Able to think creatively and strategically to successfully mediate and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. Able to overcome obstacles to cooperation and to foster harmonious relations.

Able to balance competing priorities, complex situations and tight deadlines.

Proven fund-raising, leadership and consensus building skills. Proven negotiation and mediation skills.

Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills. Additional languages are an asset.

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