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Director, Development

Company: Scouts Canada
Date Posted: September 19, 2017

Scouts Canada is seeking a strategic Director, Development to join our team in our National Office in Ottawa! 

Passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth, you will use your fundraising experience, talent for connecting with people and exceptional communication skills to translate our work into a compelling and inspiring story for our donors and sponsors.

Scouts Canada promises youth, parents and the community at large that “It Starts with Scouts”.  Scouts aims to provide youth with opportunities to experience new things and develop into capable and well-rounded individuals.

We are looking for a Director of Development to provide leadership in managing the goals of the Development Department with a focus on executing the fundraising strategy, specifically building on and growing our Foundation, Corporate, Sponsorship, Major Gift, Individual Giving, Planned Giving, Government and Group Fundraising Programs and Scouts Canada’s national fundraiser and popcorn campaign.

In collaboration with key volunteers, you will execute design and implement a revenue development strategy, build an annual fundraising campaign with a focus on major gifts and manage and oversee special fundraising events. Your experience and success in the areas of Foundations, Government Relations, Individual Giving, Planned Giving and national fundraisers ideally positions you to coach and mentor the Development team as you work together in accomplishing the plan.

You have a proven track record in effective donor relationship-building skills, with the ability to be tactful, proactive, and diplomatic, and have superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work closely and cooperatively across different levels of the organization and externally.  Additionally, your highly developed analytical and business planning skills with a proven track record for long term visioning and big picture thinking has contributed to your success to date.  Your excellent writing abilities have highlighted your ability to draft compelling and persuasive correspondence to donors and prospects. 

The ideal candidate will have post-secondary education in fundraising or CFRE combined with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in generalized fundraising and a solid track record of achievement in the strategic planning, implementation and management of comprehensive fundraising campaigns.  If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

Organizational Core Competencies 

  • Member Focus – Demonstrates commitment to increasing member satisfaction, assumes responsibility for solving problems, ensures commitments to members are met, solicits organizational and personal performance feedback from members.
  • Integrity/Ethics – Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, maintains confidentiality and supports company values
  • Dependability – Meets commitments, accepts accountability, stays focused under pressure and meets attendance/punctuality requirements
  • Teamwork – Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere
  • Job knowledge – Understands duties and responsibilities, has necessary job knowledge and technical skills, understands Scouts Canada’s mission/vision and keeps job knowledge current

We’ve got you covered:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes a fabulous merchandise discount; an employer-matched retirement plan after one year; extended health, prescription, vision and dental coverage and more.

If this role excites you, we want to hear from you! Please take the time to tell us about yourself in a cover letter — we want to hear your story — your background, your accomplishments, and why this role is a good fit with your future career aspirations. Please submit your application to 

Scouts Canada thanks you for taking the time to consider this position. Please understand that only individuals chosen for an interview will be contacted. For more information about Scouts Canada, please visit our web sites at

Scouts Canada encourages applications from all qualified candidates and has a great record of accommodating persons with disabilities. Contact Lisa Donnelly in Human Resources at or 613-224-5131 if you need accommodation at any stage of the application process or want more information on our accommodation policies.