Senior Fundraiser

Permanent, full-time position

St. Michaels University School is seeking a full-time experienced, dynamic fundraiser to ensure we continue to meet and exceed fundraising goals. The SMUS fundraising team is comprised of the Director of Annual Fund and Major Gifts, the Senior Fundraiser, the Alumni office, the marketing department and support staff. The team is responsible for an extensive fundraising operation that includes the Annual Fund as well as gift initiatives for endowment and capital projects. The SMUS Annual Fund is a crucial foundation to SMUS and is one of the most successful programs among Canadian independent schools, raising over $1.4 million per year. Endowment and capital projects remain critical components of the success of this department. Success in these programs will result from strong relationships with the fundraising team and a broad range of constituencies that include current and past parents, staff, alumni and friends of the School. The position reports to the Director of Annual Fund and Major Gifts and through her to the Director of Admissions and Engagement.

Outline of the Role

The Senior Fundraiser will provide dynamic leadership to all aspects of the SMUS fundraising program. The department has ambitious annual targets, as well as many new initiatives for the coming years. The Annual Fund is a key element in an extensive and comprehensive fundraising program, and raises money for program enrichment, endowment and capital projects. The School's Strategic Plan sets out ambitious fundraising goals to achieve the SMUS Vision.

Critical Competencies

  • Significant fundraising experience and success
  • Familiarity with a personalized Annual Fund process (rather than a direct mail campaign)
  • Understanding of the role of Mission and Vision in fundraising efforts
  • Ability to forge and sustain relationships with potential donors
  • Self-disciplined, independent, confident and possessing excellent initiative
  • Outstanding interpersonal communications skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Positive energy and flexibility
  • Performs well in a deadline-driven environment
  • Honed research and database skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completion of a university degree
  • Experience working within an independent school environment
  • Experience working in an organization with varied constituencies, as reflected in the SMUS communities of alumni, past parents, students, staff and friends of the School
  • A proven fundraising record
  • A CFRE designation

Application Details

To apply for the position of Senior Fundraiser, interested candidates should submit a cover letter indicating personal strengths and a résumé with references on or prior to Friday, August 11, 2017 to:

St. Michaels University School
C/O Human Resources Department
3400 Richmond Road.
Victoria, BC V8P 4P5

Email: [email protected]

We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted; no phone calls, please. Once a successful candidate is hired, the posting will be removed from our Current Opportunities page. Thank you for your interest in our school.

St. Michaels University School is one of Canada’s leading co-educational, independent day and boarding schools. It was recently recognized by the College Board as the top school in Canada for Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence as well as placing among the top 60 schools worldwide.

Our boarding population is recruited nationally and internationally to form a rich and diverse community. Our students come from over 20 different countries and our school community represents over 40 different ethnic backgrounds. Our graduates attend the top universities in the world, many of them on scholarships. The faculty culture of excellence is supported by healthy professional development resources and a dynamic program of professional growth, which has earned them national and international recognition, including several Prime Minister’s Teaching Awards.

The school pursues academic success in an environment where the character and the self also grow.

For more information about St. Michaels University School, please refer to the rest of our website.