Job Opportunity: Fundraising and Donor Relations Manager, CPAWS Northern Alberta & Southern Alberta Chapters

Fundraising and Donor Relations Manager
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Full-time (37.5h/wk) | 1-Year Contract

The Southern and Northern Alberta Chapters of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are seeking a skilled Fundraising and Donor Relations Manager to join our team in either Calgary or Edmonton, Alberta. This unique position will be a half-time contract with each chapter for a total of 37.5 hours per week.

This is a one-year contract position with possibility of extension dependent on outcomes and funding. 

CPAWS Southern and Northern Alberta are dynamic, independent chapters of the national charity, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. CPAWS Alberta chapters work to protect, connect and expand parks and wilderness areas across Alberta. We work with Indigenous Peoples, all levels of government, local organizations, businesses and citizens. We use a base of science and Indigenous knowledge to educate, engage, and collaborate with Albertans of all backgrounds. We recognize that decolonization and social justice are the future of conservation and commit to a healthy, resilient, wild Alberta for all. If we want to protect Alberta’s landscape, we need to see inclusive conservation efforts and commit to reducing barriers and amplifying diverse voices in conservation.    

The Fundraising and Donor Relations Manager will be responsible for all aspects of unrestricted revenue fundraising including: expanding and diversifying our donor bases, ensuring donors experience high-quality interactions with the organization to foster long-term engagement and investment, and advising the Executive Directors of strategic opportunities. The Fundraising and Donor Relations Manager will work closely with the Executive Directors, operations, and communications staff at both chapters, as well as liaise with development staff at the National Office. 

This is a new role for both Alberta CPAWS chapters.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to bring their expertise and experience into building the role and strategy. 

Core responsibilities include (but are not limited to): 

  • Leading the development of complementary fundraising strategies and workplan, with the support of the Executive Directors 
  • Designing and implementing fundraising targets, campaigns and messaging aimed at new and existing donors 
  • Developing and nurturing strong relationships with current and prospective donors 
  • Creating tailored asks for key individual donors / prospects based on giving history, preferences and information gathered through research and personal meetings 
  • Recruiting and engaging with new corporate and business donors 
  • Working with communications and engagement staff on member and donor engagement events 
  • Working with the respective communications staff on development of fundraising materials 
  • Managing donor stewardship and moving donors up the ladder of engagement (e.g. from non-donor supporter to monthly donor and/or annual major donor) 
  • Directing donor engagement (e.g. contacting donors and requesting donations), including: 
  • Contacting and converting lapsed donors to current donors 
  • Significantly growing major donor (>$500) giving program 
  • Contacting and converting potential donors  
  • Creating and implementing a focused program that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, to steward a new generation of donors across a wide range of demographics 
  • Building the legacy giving program 
  • Support program staff with grant writing and review 
  • Organizing and maintaining detailed donor records and tracking prospect management in Raiser’s Edge 
  • Proposing cost-effective budgets to the Executive Directors to achieve action plans 
  • Evaluating the success of fundraising initiatives and providing reports to the Executive Directors and Boards of Directors 
  • Pursuing new opportunities that align with our core program areas 
  • Recruiting, orienting, training, supervising, supporting and evaluating volunteers as required 
  • Collaborating with senior leadership and prioritizing activities to meet organizational goals


  • Experience and proven track record in the following areas: strategic fund development plans, major gifts, sponsorships and grants, stakeholder relations, donor stewardship, and engagement, and communications. 
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to present and convey complex ideas and issues clearly and coherently. 
  • Outgoing and professional with an aptitude for building relationships. 
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work autonomously, take initiative and make decisions, in consultation with other team members. 
  • Ability to work as a part of two collaborative chapter teams.  
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task and work with both CPAWS Northern and Southern Alberta. 
  • Track record of bringing innovative creative thinking and fresh ideas to an organisation and its services.  
  • Commitment to implementation of CPAWS’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion values and strategies in all work. 
  • Ability to travel between Calgary and Edmonton, as well as throughout Alberta and work flexible hours as needed. 
  • Degree in business, communications, non-profit management, public administration, public policy or related field or equivalent experience. 
  • Commitment to CPAWS Northern and Southern Alberta’s core values and strategic directions.

Work hours will be mutually agreed upon with possibility to work both in the office and at home, occasional evening and weekend work may be required. Preferably the successful candidate would live in or be willing to relocate to either Calgary or Edmonton or area; however other locations in Alberta would be considered. The ability to travel between Edmonton and Calgary, as well as other regions across Alberta, and provide own transportation is an asset for this position. 

Salary range:
$55,000-$60,000 depending on experience. 

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by November 30, 2022.