Director of Fund Development
Kerby Centre - Calgary, AB

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Kerby Centre, a dynamic non-profit for older adults, is looking for a visionary director who can spearhead strategic fund development and build a team of professionals. This includes building for a capital campaign.

Kerby Centre is centrally located in downtown Calgary and has been supporting and advocating for older adults since 1973. Core services include elder abuse and homeless support, adult day support, grocery delivery for frail seniors, information and advocacy, housing, personal decision making and active living programs.

With this newly created position, Kerby Centre has shown its commitment to building a philanthropic culture in the organization. The Director will establish strategic fund development initiatives, retool the annual campaign and cultivate major gift donors. The Director will be responsible for laying the groundwork for a comprehensive capital campaign. As an integral part of the senior management team, the Director will work closely with the CEO and serve on the Relocation Committee.

Job purpose

In support of the long term financial sustainability of Kerby Centre, the Director of Fund Development serves as the chief fundraising strategist, overseeing all fund development efforts of the organization. He/She is responsible for directing the creation and implementation of short and long term strategies for all fund raising activities and has primary responsibility for major gift giving and manages his/her own portfolio of prospects. He/she will be responsible for a small team of fund development experts and contractors and will be part of Kerby Centre’s Senior Management Team.

Duties and responsibilities

As a member of the Senior Management Team, the Director of Fund Development is involved with the administration of Kerby Centre as a whole. Primary responsibility is strategic fund development and fostering a philanthropic environment in the organization. This position is also responsible for building the Fund Development team (with permanent or contract positions) and staff oversight.
1.Provide executive oversight in the development and execution of diverse strategies including major gifts, sponsorship, annual giving, planned giving and fundraising events.
2.Establish annual fundraising and prospects goals/targets and ensure they are met.
3.Develop, monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved.
4.Identify, cultivate and steward major gift donors as the lead officer on major gifts.
5.Personally manage and steward a portfolio of key prospects and donors.
6.Actively seek and build advantageous partnerships with business, organizations and agencies, vendors and individuals to advance the mission and fundraising goals.
7.Recommend and participate in major solicitation meetings with the CEO.
8.Attend Relocation Committee meetings. Lay the groundwork for the Comprehensive Campaign Plan and potentially direct the capital campaign.
9.Represent Kerby Centre at community events, including serving on committees.
10.Oversee the preparation and management of grant proposals for government, foundation and corporate sources. This includes:
11.Prioritizing and developing projects in concert with other staff.
12.Tracking existing grants by utilizing internal reporting systems, writing reports, maintaining historical records and liaising with staff to ensure grant conditions are met.
13.Complying with grant reporting as required by donors.
14.Writing acknowledgement letters and correspondence.
15.Guide fundraising support functions such as prospect research, donor and prospect records, gift management systems and informational reporting.
16.Oversee administration of donor and prospect databases.
17.Be a member of a team with other Senior Managers and the CEO. Attend Senior Managers meetings.
18.Provide individual supervision of the Fund Development team, once established, and coordinate team meetings.
19.Serve on internal committees as time and interest permit.
20.Evaluate fundraising policies and practices and recommend changes to CEO.
21.Oversee the Fund Development budget and work with the Senior Manager of Finance on financial accounting for the department.
22.Prepare monthly progress reports for the CEO and Board to include budget information and details of fund development activities.

NOTE: All positions at Kerby Centre are evolving. New or changed responsibilities may be considered by the CEO at any time.



  • Strong oral, writing and presentation skills and the ability to comfortably interact with a wide range of individuals from the community, and business and government sectors.
  • Demonstrated success in managing and implementing a comprehensive fund development program.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead a team of specialists.
  • Demonstrated ability to network and build strategic partnerships. This includes the ability to “cold call” prospects.
  • Strong self-motivation and the ability to collaborate as part of a team.


  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in related field
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation an asset.

Computer Proficiency:

  • Must have experience with fundraising and accounting software


  • Minimum 5 years substantial fundraising experience in leadership positions
  • Experience in strategic planning, financial management and governance
  • Experience in leading a team.
  • Experience in the social sector would be an asset.
  • Experience with capital campaigns an asset.

Working conditions

Office environment. Standard work week of 35 hours. Choice of shift: 7:30 –3:30 or 8:00 – 4:00 or 8:30 – 4:30. Must be flexible to meet the needs of the agency and able to work some evenings and weekends.

Physical requirements


Direct reports

  • Reports to Chief Executive Officer.

Beginning salary is $66, 319.

Apply with resume and cover letter by Wednesday August 13 at 5:00 pm

About this company
Located in the heart of Calgary, Alberta, the Kerby Centre is a not-for-profit organization, committed to enhancing the lives of older...