Director of Development
Autism Society of Edmonton Aea - Edmonton, AB

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Over the past 43 years, the Autism Society of Edmonton Area (ASEA) has stood as a pillar of support and advocacy for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as for their families. Today, ASEA responds to over 20,000 inquiries per year from the Edmonton and area communities for information and assistance. It serves as the initial point of contact and support for individuals (and their families) inquiring about or are newly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as a resource, advocate, and life-long support for individuals (and their families) who are on the Autism Spectrum.

ASEA’s unwavering commitment to increasing public awareness for Autism, and more importantly, to enhancing the lives and independence of individuals on the Autism spectrum, has also brought about broader critical impact in the forms of legislation to protect persons in care, the Autism Clinic for school age children as well as on-going collaborations among government, health, education, and private entities to coordinate services and address concerns.

A well-respected organization, ASEA continues to grow and thrive in its effort to help families and communities embrace and support persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout their lives.

Director of Development (Posting # 2014-02)

Currently, ASEA is looking for a talented and passionate individual to fill the position of Director of Development. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will oversee the organization’s key fundraising initiatives as well as lead the development and implementation of innovative fund development strategies and programs that would strengthen the organization’s fiscal viability.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Executive Director as well as the Marketing and Communications Officer to:

o Develop, implement, and evaluate ASEA’s communication and solicitation strategies to build donor loyalty, improve retention, increase the size of the supporter base and increase net revenue.
o Develop and implement of comprehensive strategies to engage the general public and create a movement to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
o Be available as a spokesperson and ambassador for media and public speaking opportunities.

  • Work with the Executive Director to forecast annual revenue, prepare an annual program budget, and diligently monitor program spending.
  • Create an annual fund development operational plan, including goals, objectives and timelines, and deliver results against plan.
  • Lead efforts to ensure and enhance the continued success of ASEA’s key fundraising events.
  • Cultivate external relationships, seek out fresh fundraising opportunities, and coordinate programs to expand funds procurement possibilities.
  • Ensure best practice for donor relations in all communications including acknowledgement letters and other correspondence, newsletters, special mailings, telephone and in-person contact, and recognition events.
  • Maintain up-to-date notes on donor interactions to preserve institutional memory and communicate next steps in the relationship building process.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the donor management software including the timely and accurate processing and receipting of all donations.
  • Provide timely and accurate analysis of fund development trends and issues to the Executive Director.
  • Ensure that the organization is in compliance of all current legislation and ethical practices pertaining to fundraising.
  • Act as the Executive Director in her absence.

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

  • A relevant degree and a minimum of 5 years experience in successful broad-base fund development. CFRE designation an asset.
  • Sound knowledge of principles, methods, and strategies of fundraising, donor relations and communications.
  • Ability to recognize opportunities and threats, and effectively react and adapt to changing situations.
  • Strong analytic skills with the ability to build budgets, provide accurate income forecasts and create multifaceted Excel reports to track ROI and net income for each channel and the entire fund development program.
  • Proven ability in seeking, applying for, and procuring grants.
  • Ability to think strategically, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Overall superior written and verbal communication skills and particularly excellent negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and knowledge of donor databases

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their cover letter, resume, and salary expectation (Please quote posting # 2014-02) as soon as possible.

Application review will begin on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 and the competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.


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Over the past 43 years, the Autism Society of Edmonton Area (ASEA) has stood as a pillar of support and advocacy for children and adults...