Senior Officer, Community Giving

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA)
  • Education: Teaching / Training
  • Fundraising / Giving
Full Time
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland - Vancouver
Manager (Supervisor of Staff)N/A2020-01-092020-03-01

As a Senior Officer, Community Giving at the BC SPCA, you’ll be joining one of the most innovative and successful fundraising teams in Canada.  The BC SPCA is funded by compassionate animal lovers who help us assist nearly 49,000 abused, abandoned, injured and neglected animals every year.  Your work will help make all of this possible.  As a Senior Officer, Community Giving, you will focus on building successful fundraising programs for 37 BC SPCA branches across the province.


What’s it like working at the BC SPCA?

Our team:

The fundraising team prides itself on having created a fun, supportive and positive work culture.  We are results-driven and committed to excellence through professionalism, compassion, collaboration & innovation.

What we do:

We’re passionate about helping animals live safe, healthy and loved lives, and about helping their humans too.  We’re the only animal welfare organization in B.C. that has the authority to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty.  And, we’re one of North America’s most progressive animal welfare organizations with evidence-based standards of care.  We’re knowledge leaders.


The role of Senior Officer, Community Giving:

  • As part of the Community Giving (CG) team, led by the Director, Community Giving & Events (CG&E), you’ll be a leading member of a team analyzing giving & fundraising at the branch level and developing new strategies to maximize fundraising success.
  • You’re responsible for providing training, coaching and tactical support to branches on identified fundraising campaigns & new fundraising opportunities.  Your responsibilities include:
    • Providing fundraising expertise, training, coaching & guidance to branch managers, fundraising volunteers and other Community Giving staff supporting branches.  This will include formal & informal channels and presenting to large & small groups as well as one-on-ones.
    • Working with the Director, CG&E and the wider CG team to develop annual branch fundraising plans & budgets and to monitor success throughout the year.
    • Playing a key role in ongoing analysis of fundraising at the branch level, including identification of new opportunities and participating in the development & rollout of new processes.
    • Working with the Digital Giving team to develop & implement fundraising tools for the branches for Paws for a Cause, Champions for Animals (third party), Lock-In for Love and Treat Week.
  • You are responsible for supervising, mentoring and guiding one direct report.
  • You are also responsible for leading meetings within the CG team.
  • You’ll be collaborating with branch managers, branch staff and fundraising volunteers as they develop & execute their fundraising plans.
  • You are expected to utilize appropriate measures & metrics to evaluate the success of your program areas and to provide regular reporting as required.
  • You are supported & encouraged to develop & maintain relationships with industry peers and to maintain a commitment to continued education, learning & innovation.


While every day is different, a day in this role might include:

  • Coaching a branch manager through a situation with a volunteer event chair who wants to deviate from BC SPCA best practices and policies.
  • Helping the Assistant, Community Giving assess an event’s graphic design needs and what their capacity is to provide support.
  • Leading a conference call with a branch manager & their regional manager to assess the current year’s performance in each fundraising area and setting goals for the following year.
  • Participating in a Paws for a Cause planning meeting with the Digital & CG teams in which you share your insights on the trends you’re seeing and what you’d recommend for each branch’s participation in future years.
  • Preparing for an upcoming training session in another city for several new branch managers.


What type of person are you?

  • Motivated and innovative problem-solver.
  • Empathetic and relationship-centric (with donors, colleagues, animals, etc.)
  • Adaptable and open to change, but confident in your knowledge.  Someone who uses good judgment and mature thinking when decision-making.
  • Warm, patient and collaborative.
  • In philosophical harmony with the mission, vision and guiding principles of the BC SPCA.


What skills have you developed?

  • University degree in relevant discipline plus 5-8 years’ experience in fundraising, with experience in fundraising events (both large- and small-scale) and community-level fundraising, or an equivalent combination of education and experience acceptable to the employer.
  • You can demonstrate an understanding of big-picture fundraising and how community giving fits in.
  • You have in-depth knowledge & experience of community giving and fundraising best practices, trends & opportunities.
  • You have experience creating annual budgets and tracking revenue & expenses for fundraising events.
  • You have a demonstrated capacity to strategically guide and professionally develop direct reports.
  • You are comfortable providing formal & informal training and coaching to colleagues & volunteers (who often have minimal or no fundraising experience).  You are also comfortable presenting to small and large groups.
  • You are a clear and persuasive communicator, both written and oral.
  • You know when something is your responsibility and when you have to escalate something.  If you don’t know, you’ll ask for help.
  • When you see a problem or an opportunity to make something better, you bring forward solutions.
  • You’re great at information gathering: determining what you’ll need, sourcing it, analyzing, distilling and reporting back.
  • You are comfortable using data: establishing data points, accurate record keeping, collecting data and using data to support initiatives & to demonstrate success, need or areas of concern.
  • You know at least one CRM well and are open to learning others (we use Raiser's Edge and Luminate Online).
  • You are proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and have a good sense of the tricks & processes for mail merge, formulas, styles templates, etc. (and are eager to learn when you don’t!)
  • You are able to thrive in an open concept and fast-paced work environment.



  • Full-time salaried position.
  • Three weeks’ vacation plus twelve sick days.
  • Competitive extended health benefits after three months.
  • Employer RRSP contributions of 7.5% (with no matching requirement) after twelve months.
  • Eligible for professional development after twelve months.
  • Positive workplace culture of collaboration, innovation and respect.
  • And yes, there are dogs in the office…every single day (and sometimes other animals too)!


The BC SPCA compensation structure is based on external benchmarks and regularly reviewed.  Starting placement on the range for this position will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience.

How to apply:
If you are up for the challenge, are looking for an opportunity to be involved in a great cause and are legally entitled to work in Canada, we would love to hear from you.  Submit your resume and cover letter together as one document no later than January 28, 2020.  Help us make a difference.  Click on the link to apply:

We welcome diversity, value differences and foster inclusion in our employment practices.  We invite applications from all qualified individuals who are philosophically aligned with our mission and guiding principles.

We thank you for your interest in the BC SPCA; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  No telephone calls please.