Executive Director

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine
  • Fundraising / Giving
Full Time
  • Ontario - Peel Region - Mississauga
Senior Executive (E.D., CEO, CFO)N/A2019-06-112019-07-15


The Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) is the fundraising arm of the College of Family Physicians for Canada, the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training, certification and lifelong education of family physicians and for advocating on behalf of the specialty of family medicine, family physicians and their patients.

FAFM is seeking a driven and collaborative fundraising leader for the newly created role of Executive Director to provide strategic and operational leadership to FAFM’s activities. This role was created in response to the strategic decision to increase awareness and engagement through philanthropy to support the work of family physicians across Canada.

The inaugural Executive Director will be an experienced fundraiser and leader who will blaze a trail as we grow the Foundation and its revenue streams including major and planned giving, partnerships, and events. In this leadership role, the Executive Director will work as a member of the Executive Team of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) to establish and leverage critical connections between the CFPC, its members and the Foundation. As the lead fundraiser, the Executive Director will build a strong culture of philanthropy across the organization and motivate others by sharing the meaning and impact of their collective work.

Reporting to the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the CFPC and working closely with the FAFM Board of Directors, the FAFM Executive Director will create a vision and execute the strategies, programs, and operations of the Foundation. Building on the strong relationships with current partners and with the support of a capable staff team, the FAFM Executive Director will grow new and existing relationships with internal and external stakeholders alike to increase support of family physicians across Canada and around the globe.



Established in 1994 and with the vision of providing the best care for all, Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine is dedicated to advancing excellence in research, education, and service through philanthropy. Contributions to the FAFM fund numerous awards, grants, and scholarships, as well as initiatives to support the training and continuing professional development of medical students, family medicine residents, and family physicians.

Currently, total revenue for FAFM is approximately $1.5 million per year.  Philanthropic revenue representing about $500,000 comes from events, corporate partners, individual donors, employee giving, and the physician community, with the goal building capacity to drive sustainable growth.

Each year the CFPC is proud to host Family Medicine Forum, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive conference dedicated to family medicine. The Family Medicine Forum is an opportunity for family physicians, residents, medical students, researchers, and teachers to learn more about the CFPC and its role in establishing standards for the training, certification, and lifelong education of family physicians. Attendees are encouraged to engage with and support the FAFM. 

The following are some of the key fundraising priorities supported by the FAFM that improve patient care domestically and internationally:

Honours and Awards Program: Each year, we fund hundreds of awards, grants, and scholarships through the College of Family Physicians of Canada Honours and Awards program. These reach family physicians, medical students, and residents, and help support them in their studies, research, and physician care. We are proud to support learning opportunities, continuing education initiatives, and research in family medicine across Canada.

Family Medicine Research: Family medicine research is the basis on which family medicine is built. It produces the evidence that supports clinical practice and helps promote the value of family medicine as a cornerstone of the Canadian health care system. The FAFM supports the production, synthesis, and transfer of these results into best practice approaches to patient care.

Patient’s Medical Home: A network of family doctors and other health care professionals working together to provide and coordinate a comprehensive range of medical and health care services appropriate to the needs of that practice’s patients and the communities it serves.

Family Medicine Education: Family Medicine Education creates and supports a sustainable workforce in family medicine. Donations to this area support education, continuing professional development, research, and teaching initiatives that keep family physicians at the forefront of medicine throughout their professional career.

The Besrour Centre: Canada is a recognized leader in training and delivering family medicine, and is a valued collaborative partner by countries that need our help establishing strong, successful, and supported primary care systems. The Besrour Centre leverages this leadership to create meaningful global impact through three areas of focus:

  • Research and quality improvement — Generating and sharing knowledge to strengthen health systems globally.
  • Transformative partnerships — Engaging Canadian and international stakeholders to advocate for the common goal of robust family medicine worldwide. 
  • Advancing medical education and training — Leading the way in developing the careers of young and emerging family medicine leaders in Canada and around the world.



The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has played an important role in family medicine in Canada since it began in 1954. Representing more than 38,000 members across the country, the CFPC is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training, certification and lifelong education of family physicians and for advocating on behalf of the specialty of family medicine, family physicians and their patients. The CFPC accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools.

Outlined in the Strategic Plan 2017–2022, CFPC’s Strategic Goals underscore the importance of comprehensiveness and continuity of care at the individual, practice, and community/system levels:





Inspired by the mandate to improve the health of Canadians by supporting the family physicians that provide care, the ideal candidate will be a fundraising strategist and leader, influencer, and relationship builder. In a collaborative and cohesive fashion, the Executive Director will inspire a culture of philanthropy by engaging others and celebrating collective impact.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced and ambitious fundraising generalist who will explore new revenue opportunities placing priority on demonstrating impact to all stakeholders while strategically building on the success of current programs and partnerships. With proven success in cultivating relationships with individual and corporate major donors, the incumbent will be a dynamic champion and ambassador for the FAFM and the CFPC, continually striving to increase our presence and build positive brand awareness.

Persistent and diplomatic, the Executive Director will build partnerships internally and externally to develop capacity and drive engagement. A focused, resourceful, and resilient team player, the successful candidate will have experience engaging senior staff and volunteers in major gift prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The new incumbent will, proactively coach, knowledge-share, and provide direction and will effectively draw on referrals as well as explore new donor audiences to build a robust portfolio.

A highly organized, business minded administrator with a healthy balance of aspiration and realism when it comes to setting goals, the Executive Director will bring experience developing, managing and reporting on strategic, operational, and financial plans. The ideal candidate will embrace their role as coach and mentor to a skilled and cohesive team providing clarity and focus around goals and expectations. The new incumbent will drive the execution of annual plans and will foster an environment of fundraising best practice while maximizing the contribution of each team member. 



 Strategic Fundraising Development, Leadership, and Operations

  • Develop and implement the vision and strategic direction for the FAFM in alignment with the CFPC Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Plan and execute annual operational strategies and tactics for all revenue streams including major & planned gifts, partnerships & sponsorships, annual giving, employee giving, and events, and develop targets to measure and monitor performance.
  • Lead all administrative functions including strategy and planning, budgets and financials.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the team of four, driving the execution of development programs.
  • Work with the CFPC Executive Director and Executive Team to integrate and coordinate programs and leverage donor engagement and fundraising opportunities.
  • Provide leadership and oversight for the Honours and Awards programs and committees.
  • Work closely with the FAFM Board of Directors and related committees. Support their efforts in fundraising and governance, and ensure accountability for FAFM activities.
  • Develop and manage a personal portfolio of key donor and partner prospects, including individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Ensure the Foundation’s compliance with legal, regulatory, and ethical standards.
  • Identify opportunities to build awareness of the FAFM and the CFPC and foster a culture of philanthropy.

 Organizational Integration, Alignment and Coordination

  • Participate as a member of the Executive Team in CFPC and FAFM meetings, including but not limited to the CFPC and FAFM Board and related committees.
  • Participate and report as required to internal committees including but not limited to Executive and Senior Advisory Teams.
  • Demonstrate behaviours aligned with the CFPC Values in Action.
  • Demonstrate competencies aligned with our CFPC Competency Framework for Executive Team Members.



  • Relevant senior leadership experience in a fund development role with expertise working with and supporting boards and volunteers.
  • Broad fundraising background with experience in diverse revenue generating programs and activities.
  • Experience creating and executing a fund development strategy and accompanying operational plans.
  • Enthusiastic team leader with ability and desire to lead, coach and work alongside their team to achieve results.
  • Proven success engaging and soliciting individuals and corporations for major gifts and partnerships.
  • Excellent verbal and written and communication, presentation, and negotiation skills, with ability to express ideas and opinions clearly and effectively.
  • Solution focused with creative and inclusive approach to problem solving.
  • Solid interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships within immediate team, across the organization and with external partners.
  • Strong business acumen with knowledge of regulatory requirements for a fundraising organization.
  • Understanding of the systems, data and software for the support of fundraising programs and donor management.
  • Verbal and written fluency in French is preferred and will be considered a strong asset.
  • Flexibility to attend to related CFPC/FAFM events and donor meetings outside regular work hours or to attend to issues which require timely action and/or response.
  • University degree is preferred for this role; an equivalent combination of education and related work experience may be considered.
  • A CFRE designation would be considered an asset.



KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this important search. For more information, please contact Ellie Rusonik, Senior Consultant, Search + Talent at FAFM@kcitalent.com.

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.

To view the full Executive Brief, please visit:  https://kciphilanthropy.com/kci-talent/

To apply, please send resume and letter of interest to the email address above by July 15, 2019

The CFPC is committed to fostering a healthy and positive work environment. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, The CFPC encourages applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. If selected to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources of any accommodation(s) that you may require to ensure your equal participation.