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Director of Fund Development

  • Posted:Jan 24, 2020
  • Apply by:Feb 09, 2020
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Senior
  • Location
  • Manitoba, MB
  • Impact Area
  • Other
  • Impact Category
  • Nonprofit
  • Company Type
  • Nonprofit

About this position

Executive Summary

Career Trek Inc. is looking for an energetic, dynamic, creative individual who thrives in a space of innovation, growth, change, and out-of-the-box thinking to work as its Director of Fund Development. Reporting to the CEO, the primary role of the Director of Fund Development will be to lead the creation and successful implementation of an extensive Fund Development Strategy to assist the organization in achieving to main goals:

  1. Revenue Diversification: build a strategy that will diversify Career Trek’s revenue base across sectors that
    include all levels of government, business, industry, foundations, events, individual donors
  2. Increasing Career Trek’s overall revenue base in an effort to expand programming in Manitoba and beyond

The exciting work at Career Trek Inc. happens on a number of levels and in relationship and partnership with many key stakeholders. Career Trek is a not-for-profit organization that, for more than 20 years, has been offering programs for children, youth and adults in the areas of education, career exploration and career development. Career Trek provides an experiential, hands-on, learning opportunity that increases skills, competence, confidence, knowledge, self-awareness and understanding. It is Career Trek’s belief that its hands-on career-related activities and workshops enhance each participants’ level of engagement in their education and ultimately supports the commitment and investment they’ll make in order to achieve career success and life satisfaction.


Who Are We Looking For?

Career Trek is looking for a self-starter with a can-do, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude who is not afraid to jump in wherever necessary to get the job done. While the primary responsibility of the Director of Fund Development is to lead the development and rollout of a successful Fund Development Strategy, the successful candidate will also:

  1. Lead, coach and mentor the Fund Development Team
  2. Develop and lead a Communications Strategy to promote and highlight the work of the organization
  3. Develop and lead an Alumni and Donor Relations initiative
  4. Participate in strategic thinking, planning and implementation
  5. Build and maintain trusted relationships with community, funders, business, partners
  6. Support the work being undertaken by the Programs Team
  7. Support and help the organization achieve its mission and vision in-line with policies and procedures

We are looking for someone with a special mix of skills, experience and knowledge that includes being a creative, innovative storyteller, has a keen eye for detail, a commitment to relationship building, someone who can work as a team player as well as take the initiative to work independently and who is passionate about organizational growth. This person will also have an understanding of the unique experiences of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples in Canada with a commitment to on-going learning in the space of truth and reconciliation.

If this sounds like an organization you want to work for please continue reading!


Strategic Plan:

Career Trek is currently half-way through its current Strategic Plan that has a focus on work in four key areas:

  1. Indigenous Programming: Explore and leverage opportunities to expand programming in partnership
    with rural and remote Indigenous communities
  2. Revenue Diversification: Diversify funding across government departments at federal, provincial and
    municipal levels by aligning programming and new initiatives with government priorities; increase the
    organization’s revenue base in partnership with business, industry, foundations and community
  3. Partnerships: highlight the importance of career development and identify opportunities for the
    creation of new relationship and partnerships to grow the organization in Manitoba and beyond
  4. Human Resources, People and Culture: establish and nurture a working environment that creates
    employee engagement and empowers Career Trek employees to thrive in an environment of change


Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Revenue Diversification

  • Responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight to the development and implementation of
    a comprehensive fund development strategy that would include but not be limited to:
    • Government funding at all levels and across departments
    • Business and Industry sponsorship and investment
    • Foundations
    • Special Events and Donor Relations
    • Annual Giving Campaign
  • Develop, set and achieve short-, medium-, and long-term fundraising goals in order to successfully
    achieve the outcomes of the fund development strategy as well as those outlined in the strategic plan
  • In collaboration with the Director of Programs, lead the development of proposals, budgets and reports
    and assign tasks and responsibilities accordingly

Human Resources

  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring, training and mentorship of fund development staff to ensure that
    practices are consistent with Career Trek’s Mission, Vision and Values.
  • Implement human resources policies, procedures and practices of the organization and ensure that
    personnel files are properly maintained and kept confidential.
  • Establish and implement a performance management process for all program staff.
  • Accountable for ensuring all fund development staff meet performance standards, and implement
    corrective action when standards are not met.
  • Create a work culture that empowers staff to think creatively, bring new ideas forward and thrive in an
    environment of change and expansion
  • Build and maintain relationship with a diverse group of key stakeholders
  • Provide monthly reports to the Board of Directors

Communication & Donor Relations

  • Build a Communications Strategy that will help tell the Career Trek story and raise awareness about the
    work and impact the organization has here in Manitoba
  • Lead the development and revisions of promotional materials
  • Provide leadership and direction that will build a presence for Career Trek and its supporters using a
    number of social media platforms
  • Create a system of engagement and profile for individual donors, Alumni and funders


  • Travel is a requirement of this position
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle
  • Some weekend and evening work will be required
  • Provide a Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Registry Check


Skill Requirements & Qualifications

  • Related University or College degree (Communications, Business, Management or other related field). A
    combination of education and work experience will be considered
  • Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and adherence to the Association’s Code of
  • Minimum 5 years of fundraising experience in the not-for-profit sector with proven results
  • 3+ years leading multi-stakeholder initiatives and relations in the not-for-profit sector
  • 3+ years of management and supervision experience with the ability to provide mentorship to team
  • Familiarity with or working knowledge of e-Tapestry and other fundraising software
  • Knowledge of all Canada Revenue Agency’s regulations as they pertain to the not-for-profit sector
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage simultaneous priorities, meet deadlines and be accountable for
  • Experience creating and implementing new and innovative ways of fundraising
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated oral and exemplary written communication skills that lead to compelling and engaging
    fundraising presentations, proposals, materials and public speaking engagements
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills guided by a creative, innovative solutions-oriented mindset
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Experience developing and maintaining a budget
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and various social media


  • Certificate in Fundraising Management; Accreditation as a Certified Fundraising Executive or working
    towards designation
  • Knowledge of Indigenous worldviews, teachings, language or land-based education
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities, organizations and businesses
  • An understanding of Canada’s history and relationship with Indigenous Nations with a commitment to ongoing learning in the space of truth and reconciliation


Salary Range: $50,000 - $56,000 per year

If after reading the posting and learning about some of the key responsibilities you’re still interested in applying, please forward your detailed cover letter highlighting your experience along with your resume to Careers at:


Please include ‘Director of Fund Development’ in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is Saturday, February 8th, 2020.

Career Trek thanks everyone who applies. Those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Career Trek is committed to an employment equity practice that achieves a workforce reflective of the community
at large. We encourage all applicants to self-declare. For more information about Career Trek please visit:

About us

Career Trek Inc. is a not-for-profit organization and registered charity that helps young people discover the importance of education and career development by providing career oriented programming in educational settings across Manitoba.

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