Development Director, Dogwood Initiative

Dogwood Initiative is a non-profit organization that helps British Columbians exercise local control of resource developments to create healthy and prosperous communities. We believe a community cannot be a healthy one without a healthy environment. We also believe that people have a right to decide how the land they live on is used. So we have a unique mandate – working for a healthy democracy, prosperous communities and environmental sustainability.

Dogwood is a small organization that builds strength in forging links between labour, environmentalists, local community groups and First Nations. Together we seek new ways to live in harmony with our environment while taking part in the economic development and democratic processes that secure the long-term sustainability and livability of our local communities.

To read more about our work, please see

The Development Director works closely with the Executive Director, other staff, volunteers, the Board of Directors and Advisors to design, implement and maintain Dogwood Initiative’s fund development and donor strategies in-line with our organizational objectives and budget targets. The Development Director works independently and cooperatively in a spirit of team‑work while maintaining the flexibility to adapt to the changing circumstances and priorities of a small, dynamic organization.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director’s primary Responsibilities are to:

* Maintain existing sources of funding while researching and developing new opportunities from foundations, corporations, governments, community partners and individuals
* Create funding proposals, budgets and reports to funders
* Manage direct mail campaigns, including copywriting text
* Together with the Executive Director, cultivate personal relationships with major donors, current and prospective
* Plan and coordinate special events related to fundraising and community outreach
* Maintain detailed records of all fundraising activities
* Develop promotional materials (t-shits, posters, brochures)
* Draft thank you letters
* Prepare timely and accurate narrative and financial fundraising status reports for Board, Advisors and the Executive Director
*Assist in the preparation of annual organizational budgets and strategic plan

Qualifications and Experience:

* A minimum of 3-5 years proven successful fundraising experience with a progressive organization in a similar setting including grant writing and report, relationship building with major donors, direct mail and event management
* Excellent English language written and verbal communications skills
* University degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
* Must be extremely well organized, able to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines, and work independently and as part of a team
* Strong computer skills with experience in all Microsoft Office applications, the internet and fundraising databases
* Membership in AFP an advantage
* Understanding of land reform, aboriginal and/or environmental issues in British Columbia are strong assets

Application Procedure:

Please submit a resume, cover letter including a summary of your qualifications, why you would like to work with Dogwood and what your contributions to our team would be to:

Development Director Hiring Committee
Dogwood Initiative
PO Box 8701
Victoria, BC
V8W 3S3
Fax: (250) 370-9990

Deadline for applications is August 1, 2006. We thank everyone for your interest, but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.