Director of Development, Public Relations, & Special Projects

The Director of Development leads and manages the Fund Development and Public Relations Department at AIDS Vancouver. This position will undertake any agency-wide special projects as approved. This position reports to the Executive Director and is a key member of the agency’s Leadership Team and participates with the Board of Directors in the implementation of the agency’s Fund Development Strategy of annual giving, major giving and planned giving programs, Communications Strategy and Social Media Strategy.

The Director of Development is responsible for leading, building, managing and growing the full range of fund development strategies and directs revenue generating activities to ensure annual fundraising goals are achieved and sustained. A key focus of this position is around building strong professional relationships with internal and external audiences while delivering and representing the agency’s mission in our work with volunteers, stakeholders and the public.

The Director of Development is accountable for all organizational performance of the Fund Development and Public Relations Department with a particular emphasis on the following areas: provides vision and leadership for the department and acts as the official spokesperson representing the Agency in most matters of media as delegated by the Executive Director.


Posting Type:

Reporting to:
Executive Director

Bargaining Unit:

Permanent Full Time: 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday

Hours of Work:

AV ID #:

Post Date:
Monday, May 26

Closing Date:
Monday, June 30


Please Send Resume & Coverletter to:
Human Resources
Contact Address:
1107 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 5S8

Strategic Planning and Leadership

  • Assists the Executive Director in the formulation and diffusion of annual strategic fund development, communications and online activity plans for the Agency;
  • Reports to the Board on overall Agency activities, programs, and services on Fund Development as directed by the Executive Director;
  • Provides leadership and management to the staff and volunteers of the Fund Development and Public Relations Department of AIDS Vancouver, including labour relations support with discipline, grievances, administering the collective agreement and related issues.
  • Leads the department team in the recommendation, planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of necessary and new fund development programs and activities as approved by the Executive Director and/or the Board of Directors;
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations pertaining to AIDS Vancouver and the Charities Division of Canada Revenue Agency with the Executive Director;
  • Ensures compliance to all Fund Development, Public Relations, and Communications policies and procedures;
  • Identifies key Fund Development issues which affect the agency and recommends to the Executive Director strategies to manage their impact;
  • Participates in management team activities such as policy making, program development, program evaluation, strategic planning, and reporting as it relates to Fund Development and Public Relations activities.

Financial Management and Philanthropy

  • Ensures the on-going fiscal viability of the Fund Development Department through sound fiscal management and acceptable reporting methods in consultation with the Executive Director and The Treasurer of the Board;
  • Submits annual budgets and forecasting to the Executive Director for approval;
  • Controls the annual operating budget for the Fund Development and Public Relations Department;
  • Initiates and procures all potential sources of revenue in the public and private sectors;
  • Develops long and short term fund-raising strategies in consultation with the Fund Development and Public Relations staff, the Board, volunteers, and Fund Development Committees in consultation with the Executive Director;
  • Assists the Executive Director and the Board in leading the development of significant donor relationships;
  • Manages the Annual Giving Program, the Major Giving program and the Planned Giving Program and all grant writing activities including the annual submissions to major funders of the Agency and ensures all annual fundraising targets and goals are achieved and sustained.

Human Resources Management

  • Demonstrates and promotes a positive and professional work environment suitable to staff, volunteers, and clients in accordance with the Agency’s Code of Conduct;
  • Ensures compliance with the all provincial and federal employment regulations and Collective Agreements for the Fund Development and Public Relations Department;
  • Hires, negotiates contracts for, and terminates staff, volunteers and contractors of the Fund Development and Public Relations Department;
  • Ensures all disciplinary actions and terminations of staff, volunteers and contractors of the Fund Development and Public Relations Department are conducted in compliance with legislation, Collective Agreements and Volunteer Resources Policies and Procedures;
  • Conducts annual performance evaluations of departmental staff;
  • Ensures volunteerism is recognized for its vital contribution to AIDS Vancouver’s mission.

Public Relations, Marketing, and Brand Management

  • Cultivates a positive leadership role locally, regionally and nationally within the HIV/AIDS sector in association with the Executive Director;
  • Assists the Executive Director in maximizing opportunities for community partnerships and networks in the design, implementation, and evaluation of fund development programs and activities;
  • Represents AIDS Vancouver in most matters of media contact as directed and delegated by the Executive Director;
  • Presents fresh, creative, innovative ideas for unique, cost-effective, results-oriented strategic communication campaigns and activities aligned with AV’s vision, mission and goals
  • Develops, implements and executes communications activities across the organization in collaboration with the AV management team, board, and constituents;
  • Designs, writes, executes and manages the development and distribution of all print and electronic content including, but not limited to, social media, newsletters, brochures, online reports, e-newsletters, printed magazines, audio/video products, the AV website, media and public relations and other related online and print communications; 
  • Manages and maintains the AV website, databases, Nation Builder, and social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and etc.) and ensures that content is regularly and consistently updated and posted with new information (articles, links, stories, events, pictures, audio, video, etc.);
  • Develops, builds and maintains strong public brand and image for AV built through various media channels, communications plans and activities.

Event Management

  • Creates and implements annual plans for all special events activities for the agency including PRIDE, Red Ribbon Campaign and Gala, Celebrity Dim Sum and any additional fundraising events.
  • Manages contract employees & volunteers (auction coordinator, performers, etc) throughout the event planning process and during said events.
  • Negotiates contracts for vendors, contractors, performers, with the approval of the Executive Director.
  • Creates and executes annual Donor Recognition event, recognizing current donors and identifying/procuring additional donors.


  • Stays up to date on developments in HIV/AIDS related issues;
  • Participates in agency and departmental outcomes measurement evaluations and monitoring work plans;
  • Compiles qualitative and quantitative statistics and reports related to program operations;
  • Participates in relevant internal and external committees as directed by the Executive Director;
  • Assists and supports agency program staff in approved related activities;
  • Provides consultation to external agencies and participates in external events as required; Participates in professional development opportunities as required;
  • Attends meetings as called by the Executive Director when scheduled during regular working hours;
  • Complies with agency policies and procedures;
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Participates in developing and implementing department work plans;


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Fund Development, Journalism, Marketing, or Public Relations;
  • 5-7 years of senior management and supervisory experience within a fundraising and business development capacity for a not-for-profit organization, ideally in a unionized environment; 
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, budgeting and implementing annual fundraising, public relations and special events plans;
  • Proven success with giving programs,  achieving and sustaining fundraising targets, working with community groups, government and boards, completing grant applications, and senior relationship development;
  • Certified Fund Raising Professional is desirable;
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Skills and Abilities

  • Leadership and strategic planning skills;
  • Advocacy and negotiation skills;
  • Ability to budget and manage finances;
  • Ability to supervise;
  • Ability to analyze and resolve problems;
  • Ability to speak publicly and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to work independently and in cooperation with others;
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize;
  • Networking skills;
  • Ability to collaborate and establish and maintain rapport;
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and related issues and their impact on the community.

Closing Date for applications: Monday, June 30, 2014, 4:30pm

Please send cover letter and resume in one Word or PDF document to:
Human Resources, AIDS Vancouver:
1107 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 5S8

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