VP, Fund Development and Communications

Victoria, BC

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Base Salary: $90,000 to $110,000

Location: Langford, BC (position is in-person)

The Vice President, Fund Development and Communications will foster a culture of philanthropy and engagement across the organization. They will be responsible for creating strategies, leading implementation efforts, managing relationships, and overseeing relevant organizational systems. Success in this role will help inspire new contributions, encourage deeper connections, advocate for positive change and inform a diverse set of stakeholders to position the Y as a place where healthy people come together and build strong communities.

This newly created position serves as a member of the Senior Executive team, directly contributing to our overall success at YMCA YWCA of Vancouver Island and helping define an important future as one of the largest operating charities in this region.

The leader in this role will bring expertise, discipline and innovation with high levels of emotional intelligence and cultural competence, and show a strong commitment to service reflecting the Y values of caring, respect, honesty, responsibility, and inclusiveness.

Our organization operates health, fitness & aquatics facilities, childcare centers, a 1200 acre outdoor wilderness area (Camp Thunderbird), housing and life skills support for youth (Y’s Young Moms and Pandora Youth Apartments), employment services and mental health programs (Discover ECE and Y Mind), and a variety of activities categorized under healthy living, youth learning and leadership development


Building on the strength and capacity from our unique membership in both YMCA and YWCA National Federations, it will be necessary to apply best practices in storytelling, measured analytics, collaboration, listening and learning, anticipating and adapting to change.

We offer a competitive cost shared group benefits package with our matching contribution pension plan and an individual Y membership.

Additional information about the organization is available on our website at www.vancouverislandy.com


Fund Development

• Develop, oversee and measure shorter term and long term fund development plans and goals that include campaigns and targeted cases for support, multiple sources of funds and strategies for donor engagement not limited to individual giving, major gifts, legacy plans or sponsorship.

• Support grant applications, government relations and advocacy efforts to address organizational objectives and mobilize additional resources including application of CRM systems and liaison with staff, contractors, volunteers, or strategic partners, subject to resource availability.

Marketing & Communications

• Develop and implement comprehensive marketing and communications strategies through

integrated channels to achieve organizational priorities and goals – including strengthening

service delivery, promoting offerings, generating revenues, attracting staff and volunteers,

raising funds and increasing community engagement.

• Serve internal stakeholders in the development and oversight of key messaging, media relations

or promotional activities, including electronic and online digital media, as well as direct

advertising, print and displayed materials, events, activities, reports or presentations.

Strategy, Planning and Community Engagement

• Participate in regular planning and information sharing, including budget oversight, both

divisionally and as part of the Senior Executive team

• Liaise with other community organizations or partners, and with National YMCA and YWCA

Federations (or with regional efforts among Y’s) to support collaborative opportunities, maintain

brand standards and share best practices or advocacy that could be applied at our organization.

Leadership, Supervisory and Fiduciary Risk Management

• Directly supervise employees and volunteers and provide coaching, feedback or additional

support as necessary to encourage strong performance.

• Ensure policies, procedures and organizational standards in place are consistently followed and

make any recommendations for improvements or changes to reflect best practices in

fundraising and current legislative or regulatory compliance, including CRA requirements.


• Education / Certification: Post-secondary degree and/or advanced training in business,

marketing, communications or fund development, preferred CFRE designation or equivalent

• Experience: Minimum 5 years of complex operational leadership, including…

• Management and supervisory roles with specific experience in the charitable sector

supporting successful fund development efforts and stewarding donor relationships.

• Proven capacity in communications and marketing, developing and implementing plans,

writing and design experience with targeted audiences, digital tools and social media.

• Well-developed analytical and planning skills and initiative to provide advice, solve

problems and implement improvements to systems or practices across an organization.

• Proven ability to engage with empathy and cultural sensitivity, including experience

promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

• Candidates must meet BC Society Act requirements for a Senior Manager. • All Y employees are required to maintain a clean criminal record check with a vulnerable sector clearance, as well as confirming annual compliance with our Child Protection protocols and organizational policies.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources, YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island

Email: hr@vancouverislandy.ca

Please Note: Short-listing will begin April 30th, 2024.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only short- listed applicants will be contacted.

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