Development Manager

Victoria Women's Transition House Society - Victoria, BC (30+ days ago)

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Help Us Make a Difference

Victoria Women’s Transition House is an inspirational workplace, working to support women and their children fleeing intimate partner violence and abuse. The organization is a diverse non-profit, skilled at meeting employee and clients’ needs; committed to treating staff with respect; and offering generous initiatives, compensation and benefits with a commitment to supporting a healthy work/life balance.

Job Summary

We are looking for an energetic Development Manager to join our small fundraising team. The Development Manager is responsible for managing a comprehensive fund development program supported by marketing and communications initiatives. This hands-on position involves grant writing/reporting, co-ordination of direct mail/annual campaigns, marketing and communications activities to support fundraising initiatives, third party event oversight and supervision of the Development Office Assistant. The Development Manager is a member of the VWTH Leadership Team and reports to the Development Director.

This is a full-time position, 35-hours per week with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

1. Grant writing and Oversight

  • Write, edit, submit and monitor grant proposals as well as progress and final reports
  • Ensure that submissions meet goals, mission and current organizational need
  • Participate in the research and identification of prospects and additional funding opportunities

2. Annual Campaign (direct mail) - develop and prepare all prospect and renewal materials required for annual campaign as well as any other campaigns initiated by the Development Department

  • Write solicitation letter and accompanying newsletter or other support pieces
  • Coordinate list-pull from database with Development Office Assistant
  • Liaise with graphic designer, printer and mail house
  • Track expense budget

3. Marketing and Communications

  • Write newsletters, monthly E-news copy, brochure copy, website text, annual report, op-ed pieces, media advisories, articles for publication
  • Oversee and update VWTH website
  • Oversee and manage VWTH social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc)
  • Some public speaking

4. Supervise Development Office Assistant

5. Leadership Team – as a member of the Leadership Team, attend and participate in meetings as required

6. Other – undertake other duties and special projects as required, where appropriate and as time permits


This position requires a proven record of accomplishment of successful non-profit fundraising experience with three to five years of progressive responsibilities. Experience in marketing and communications is helpful; strong writing skills are essential. Administrative skills and senior computer skills are required including Outlook, Excel, Word, (budgets, graphics and formatting) and comfort with donor management software.

E*ducation, Training and Experience*

University degree is essential and certificate in fundraising (i.e., CFRE or in process of attaining CFRE or other designation) is preferred.

Job Skills and Abilities

E*ssential knowledge*

  • annual campaign management, including direct mail
  • special event oversight experience
  • demonstrated experience with communications, social media and advertising
  • skill in handling sensitive topics while maintaining confidentiality

Job Skills and Abilities

  • strong grant writing abilities
  • superior strategic, organizational, supervisory and communication skills
  • superior writing and public relations skills
  • superior interpersonal skills for interactions with diverse groups – staff, volunteers, donors, and community
  • ability to take initiative, manage multiple and diverse projects and deadlines
  • work well under pressure; comfortable working both independently and as part of a team
  • skill and experience in working with Boards and volunteers

Additional Information

  • The Development Manager is required to maintain confidentiality regarding organizational operations, fiscal management and donor information
  • Use of own vehicle is required
  • Scheduling flexibility, including evening and weekend work, is required
  • A current criminal record check is required

D*eadline for submitting applications: *

Friday, March 22, 2019 -- 12 noon

Please submit cover letter with resume to:

Attn: Susan K.E. Howard, Development Director

Victoria Women's Transition House

100-3060 Cedar Hill Rd.

Victoria, BC V8T 3J5

Job Type: Full-time


  • Bachelor's Degree (Required)


  • Victoria, BC (Required)


  • BC Drivers (Preferred)


  • English (Required)