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Vice President Development

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Reporting to and partnering with the President and CEO, the Vice President, Development (VPD) will lead in the engagement, identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors and corporations, leveraging the potential for significant gifts and corporate philanthropic support and sponsorship.

The VPD will maintain and expand public and private sector relationships for revenue outcomes to deliver on strategic plan priorities; build other strategic community relationships, and collaborate with teams across Banff Centre to maximize successful arts and leadership fundraising efforts. The VPD will be responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction in all fund development activities and external relations, which includes the community at large, alumni, donors, corporations, and government.

As an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team, the VPD will play an active role as a thought-partner in planning for the organization’s overall advancement. Supporting, assisting, and partnering with the President and CEO and other members of the Senior Leadership Team, the VPD will operationalize the strategic plan while building a thriving, creative, diverse safety-, health-, and wellness-focused culture serving artists and leaders.

The VPD will collaborate with the President and CEO to implement strategic changes that will dramatically increase the Board of the Foundation’s fundraising role as well as developing strategies for increased government support.

The VPD will conceptualize and implement a plan to grow Banff Centre’s philanthropic support and donor base while leading and motivating a diverse team of professionals in devising successful capital and operating fundraising
strategies, implementing appropriate delivery and support systems, and evaluating results.

Qualifications and Experience

A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) is required. Qualified candidates will have at least 10 years of experience at a senior leadership level with increasing responsibility in a fundraising leadership role, preferably in the multi disciplinary arts, education, or non-profit sector. A strong track record in donor identification, cultivation, and solicitation at all funding levels, particularly major gifts, is required.

Prior experience with capital campaigns would be an asset. Superior written/verbal communication skills and experience collaborating with high-level, nationally respected volunteers and government funding sources are required. Candidates must possess expertise in and willingness to mentor and develop team members to create a high performing division. Strong computer skills are necessary, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), donor database software, media (traditional, electronic, and social media), and use of advanced tools for donor prospecting and research.

Compensation and Benefits

Banff Centre offers a very competitive salary, subsidized housing, professional development opportunities, a supportive work environment, employee cafeteria plan, and subsidized fitness membership, among other benefits.

In addition to the Government of Alberta Health Plan, Banff Centre offers extended health and dental insurance, life insurance, vacation time, and participation in a retirement plan to all full-time salaried employees.

Application and Inquires

Please submit a cover letter and resume including demonstrable accomplishments to Mr Martin Bragg, Senior Vice President, Arts Consulting Group, by email to, or:

1811 4th Street SW, Suite 523
Calgary, Alberta  T2S 1W2

For questions or further inquiries, phone 888.234.4236 Ext. 205