Director of Development

Aunt Leah’s Place is a non-profit organization that helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills.

We are seeking a high-energy inspirational leader, who is passionate about creating and supporting innovating services to support youth and families affected by the foster care system, to join Aunt Leah’s Management Team as the Director of Development in this full-time regular position. 

Job Summary:

The successful candidate will have a measurable track record of successful fundraising and a willingness to work in a fast-paced, creative and collaborative work environment. The position reports to the Executive Director, and works closely with the Director of Operations and the entire management team. The position oversees the Development Department which includes the full time positions of Donations Relations Officer and Development Officer(s), along with contracted positions.

The Director of Development oversees our donor relations program and manages our fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing our non-profit’s fundraising campaigns, communicating with current and prospective donors, and building a stronger development team for our organization. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns. If you have a strong background in non-profit fundraising and development, we encourage you to apply.

Reports to: Executive Director


Skills, Knowledge and Training

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Communications or related field
  • 3-5 years’ fundraising experience preferably within social service sector
  • You are passionate about the Organization’s mission and understand the current and historical context of the child welfare system in relation to colonization.
  • You love to network and have established relationships within the Canadian business community
  • You have excellent verbal communication skills and are able to present yourself in a professional, confident manner both in person and over the phone
  • You’re an ambitious go-getter with strong organizational skills and you pay close attention to detail, with a demonstrated ability to work independently, manage multiple projects, prioritize, work to deadlines, and you are excited to learn and grow with the organization
  • Foundation relationship and grant writing experience
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
  • Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding management and leadership qualities, and ability to mentor, inspire and motivate staff and volunteers
  • High energy, positive attitude, flexibility, and attention to detail
  • Strong ability to think and plan strategically as well as analytically
  • Financial acumen to prepare, manage and analyse budgets and donation reports
  • Strong understanding of CRA regulations and donor program implications
  • Strong understanding around Social Enterprises
  • Knowledge of Salesforce or comparable CRM software
  • You have professional writing and editing experience, including writing and editing fundraising emails, letters and proposals


Essential Functions:

  • Create and execute a fundraising strategy to meet the organization’s fundraising and growth goals, maximizing revenue streams for Aunt Leah’s Place through a variety of programs including major gifts, annual giving, monthly giving, planned giving, event sponsorship, events, foundation grants, Third Party Fundraisers, endowments, etc.
  • Articulate the case for support to donors for the organization generally and for specific projects
  • Identify prospective individual and corporate donors and develop strategies to cultivate those relationships
  • Maintain ongoing communications with private and corporate donors
  • Ensure timely and accurate report deliveries to funders & other stakeholders
  • Collaborate with staff on the management and planning of fundraising events and donor receptions
  • Develop print marketing materials related to fundraising in collaboration with our communication department
  • Preparation and maintenance of annual department budget and forecasts, Social Return-On-Investment (ROI) analysis as well as tracking and evaluation of the effectiveness of fundraising campaigns and activities
  • Coordination with financial staff regarding accounting procedures for donations
  • Preparation and presentation of reports to Board Finance Committee
  • Coordination of special campaigns
  • Participate in the overall management of Aunt Leah’s Place as part of the Management Team
  • Perform a liaison role between Aunt Leah’s Place, Aunt Leah’s Social Enterprises and the Aunt Leah’s Foundation – ensuring that Development Team decisions and actions support all three entities
  • Support all activities relating to revenue generation for: Aunt Leah’s Place, Aunt Leah’s Social Enterprises and Aunt Leah’s Foundation
  • Research new prospects, including foundation, corporate and government sources
  • Oversee all grant reporting by preparation of individual grant proposals, updates, and reports in accordance with each grant-making organization’s guidelines and timelines, coordinating with finance and operations team members to ensure that budgets, statements, and outcomes are accurate, and products are delivered on time
  • Develop, manage and maintain a legacy giving program
  • Manage relationships with new and established funding partners, including granting foundations, 3rd party fundraising entities, and large and small donors
  • Direct and work with staff on outreach and fundraising initiatives such as events, direct-mail, electronic communications, third-party fundraising, retail and crowd-source funding
  • Oversee the donations processing procedures including tax receipting and reconciliation process with accounting
  • Oversee the Organization’s donor database and manage the handing of donor information
  • Perform other related duties that do not affect the nature of the work


Working conditions:

  • Hours of work will be 37.5 hours a week; 7.5 hours a day, generally Monday to Friday
  • This position may require working occasional evenings and weekends
  • Work is generally performed in an office environment; flexibility to work remotely as needed


We offer: A comprehensive benefits package that includes: dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, RRSP matching, generous vacation, and personal time package, and an employee discount at our Thrift Store.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications


How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter, quoting Director of Development in the subject line, to Short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest in Aunt Leah’s Independent Life Skills Society

We encourage qualified people of all gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities to apply if you are interested in supporting our mission and mandate and like what we have to offer.





What We Believe

Our Values

  • 01
    All behaviour has meaning and is the human tool for communication.
  • 02
    Success is fragile and must be tended to and supported with care.
  • 03
    An individual’s artistic/soulful centre must be expressed and appreciated.
  • 04
    Celebration is essential to a successful life.
  • 05
    Community building ensures that we all have a place to go when we need support.
  • 06
    Entrepreneurial spirit builds individuals and organizations.

Why Join Us

  • You’ll tackle unique challenges - Not two days are the same and each participant has their unique story but you have what it gets and will be given the support and resources to do the best. You’ll play a role in creating a future that otherwise wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for our team's entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.
  • Your professional development matters - Constant learning is essential and we also like to learn together. Once a month, we all get together to participate in meaningful workshops and discussions that enhance our ability to serve our participants and our community in a better way. We also invest in your individual education and training.
  • You will be part of one of the Top 10 Impact Charities in Canada - Aunt Leah's Place has been selected as a top 10 Impact Charity, by Charity Intelligence for three years in a row. We are the only one in B.C. with this designation.
  • You will feel like you are working with family - Our participants and staff frequently comment that Aunt Leah's feels like a family. We embrace individuality, diversity, and care for each other.
  • You’ll become part of a greater mission - The overrepresentation of BIPOC people in the child-welfare system in Canada is a result of years of colonial practices. We are on a mission to change the system and reduce the number of kids who enter the foster care system. Aunt Leah's uses research, data, and stories of lived experiences to understand the challenges before us. We advocate and partner with other root grass organizations to build innovative solutions, raise awareness, and drive much needed systemic changes.
  • We've got great leaders - Our leadership team rolls their sleeves up,  lead by example, openly recognize individual contributions and fully understand that we are humans with unique strengths and challenges. Their combined experience, sense of humour, and development skills, make it really easy to get up and go to work every day.

What We Offer

Besides a great workplace culture, we offer a generous benefits package (Dental and Extended Health Care), RRSP matching program, a generous vacation, and personal time package and employee discounts at our Thrift Store.

Every dollar counts

Your support helps kids in foster care and young mothers
achieve a better future.