Reporting to the Board of Directors and serving as the chief development officer for the Foundation, the Executive Director will work closely with the Board to set the overall fundraising strategy and lead its execution. In the short and medium term, this will entail building the Foundation’s capacity, furthering the community culture of philanthropy, and preparing for a major campaign.

Location: Kenora, ON
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $120,000 – $150,000
Website: https://lwdhf.com/

Posted On: January 21, 2022
Closing On: February 22, 2022

The Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation (LWDHF) is seeking a dynamic, relationship focused and entrepreneurial Executive Director to advance philanthropic support and lead the operational and financial management of the Foundation. The Executive Director will provide leadership, counsel, and guidance in planning, directing, and implementing the Foundation’s strategies to achieve its goals.

Reporting to the Board of Directors and serving as the chief development officer for the Foundation, the Executive Director will work closely with the Board to set the overall fundraising strategy and lead its execution. In the short and medium term, this will entail building the Foundation’s capacity, furthering the community culture of philanthropy, and preparing for a major campaign.

With a commitment to active relationship building, the Executive Director will understand the relative motivations and interests of different types of donors and will be as comfortable in the corporate boardroom as at the kitchen table engaging a diverse audience to drive support for Foundation. With proven skills in cultivating and securing significant gifts, the new incumbent will build upon relationships with the Foundation’s loyal supporters while expanding its network throughout the untapped, high potential audiences in the community.

With a passion for community engagement and healthcare philanthropy, the successful candidate will be a supportive and collaborative leader who will hire, build, and inspire their team. The Executive Director will be a key member of the hospital leadership team, developing proactive and effective partnerships with the Hospital’s internal stakeholders, including senior leaders, hospital staff and volunteers.

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of history in the making. As an active partner in the healthcare transformation that is occurring in our province, we are working collaboratively with All Nations Health Partners to plan and build a new All Nations Hospital, which will reshape the future of healthcare.



Since 1897, the Lake of the Woods District Hospital has been delivering the immediate healthcare needs of residents of the City of Kenora, as well as a large surrounding area, including several First Nations Communities. Treating well over 30,000 people per year, Lake of the Woods District Hospital is Northwestern Ontario’s largest hospital outside of Thunder Bay.

The Hospital’s core programs include emergency and ambulatory care, chronic care, mental health, maternal and child health, and acute care services which include general medicine, intensive care, and surgical services. It also manages a broad range of services including dialysis, chemotherapy, diagnostic imaging, mammography, ultrasound, addiction counseling and detoxification, a sexual assault centre, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services, ambulance (land and dedicated air), palliative care, and various education programs.

In recognition of the First Nations communities that it serves, the Hospital is committed to ensuring that traditional native healing and culture are part of native health care, including a unique Native Healer Program that recognizes the spiritual component of aboriginal health care.

Our healthcare team is made up of a wide range of dedicated, expert individuals who work along with your physician to provide you or your loved one with the best possible treatment. We are a fully accredited hospital under the national standards of Accreditation Canada.

Vision: To be a leader in providing innovative and culturally sensitive patient care to remote and rural communities within a respectful and compassionate environment.

Mission: To support people in their healthcare journey in an innovative, collaborative, and compassionate way, with a goal to build healthy communities.

All Nations Hospital

We’re creating history being an active partner in the healthcare transformation that is occurring in the province. Currently, we are in the process of working collaboratively with All Nations Health Partners to plan and build a new All Nations Hospital. Early work being led by a planning team, community steering committee, and in collaboration with the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Health is underway including feedback from the community, staff, and partners.

Proposed is a new hospital designed to meet modern hospital standards, both in service delivery, as well as staff, patient, and family needs. Increased beds are proposed for Mental Health & Addictions to address service gaps experienced in the region. Key service delivery model themes identified in the proposal include accessibility, functionality, efficiency, blending of Western Medicine and Traditional healing on a new campus, and building strong partnerships for service coordination with other providers across the continuum of care.


Established in 1992, The Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation is dedicated to fundraising in partnership with our community to meet the medical equipment and facility needs of Lake of the Woods District Hospital. 

Led by the Executive Director and supported by the Development Coordinator and Development Assistant, current fundraising programs include events, direct response, in memoriam, corporate and community partnerships and most recently the 50/50 lottery, raising over $1.2 Million annually.

Following a Strategic Review, led by KCI, key areas of growth were identified. The Foundation is in a strong position of understanding relative to the how it can build its capacity to orient itself toward these growth opportunities.



The Executive Director is responsible for the overall strategic management and coordination of all activities of the Foundation including the development and execution of plans and processes to ensure the Foundation obtains optimal support from philanthropic sources within the context of exemplary charitable sector governance. As well, the Executive Director ensures critical linkage between the Foundation and the Hospital.

Strategy & Organizational Leadership

  • Support the Board of Directors to successfully carry out their strategic leadership, stewardship, monitoring, and decision-making accountabilities.
  • Work closely with and support the Board of Directors in the development of a new Foundation strategic plan that will guide its activity and focus over the next several years.
  • Align Foundation activities and cases for support with Hospital priorities, strategy, brand, and values.
  • Propose, execute, and report on strategies, plans, projects, and programs that achieve the purpose and objectives of the Foundation, consistent with the Hospital.
  • Direct the development of the Foundation’s annual operating budget and financial targets.
  • Develop benchmarks to measure progress in the implementation of the Foundation’s annual plan and budget.
  • Build the broad capacity of the Foundation by assessing the existing organizational structure, team, programs, events, and initiatives to refine, improve, and build on existing strengths and new opportunities while managing available resources to ensure maximum efficiencies and results.
  • Develop and propose policies that ensure accountability, transparency, and appropriate risk management.
  • Liaise and foster strong relationships with the Hospital Board of Directors, the Hospital’s CEO, Senior Staff, and Physicians in order to define financial requirements for alignment with philanthropic sources of funding.
  • Engage hospital staff, volunteers, physicians, and Board members in the philanthropic mission of the Foundation.
  • Participate in the identification, cultivation, recruitment, and retention of Board members and other key volunteers who contribute to the Foundation’s development activities.
  • Ensure the Foundation’s role as trustee of donors’ funds is fully understood and respected by all relevant partners.

Fundraising Leadership

  • Fulfill overarching responsibility in the development, execution, monitoring, and evaluation of all fundraising initiatives and promote strategic and integrated implementation in alignment with the strategic plan of the Hospital and the Foundation.
  • Directly manage a personal portfolio of top tier prospects and donors including individuals and foundations, and strategic partnerships with corporations and other organizations.
  • Lead the Foundation in building capacity by developing diversified fundraising strategies with multi-year and annual plans to meet the Hospital’s needs.
  • Develop strategy and action-oriented plans to continue to build successful Major Gifts and Planned Giving programs with robust pipelines of major gift donors.
  • Lead the development and execution of upcoming major capital campaign for the All Nations Hospital.
  • Develop and deliver donor cultivation, recognition, and stewardship programs.
  • Further develop and build existing ongoing fundraising programs (Direct Response, Monthly Giving, Events, Lotteries/Raffles, Grants and Tribute/Memorium Giving) and appropriate campaign strategies to meet the revenue and pledge goals set forth in the Foundation’s plans and budgets.
  • Liaise with Hospital leadership to define financial requirements and sources of funding.
  • In collaboration with the Hospital, lead development of the case for support to build awareness of philanthropic opportunities at the Hospital and Foundation.
  • Develop a strategy and plan to build the culture of philanthropy within the Hospital internal community.
  • Develop and implement a grateful patient program, including the participation of physicians and other members of the Hospital teams.
  • Ensure policies and procedures are in place to guide fundraising growth.
  • Develop a strategic communications plan for the Foundation and use all communications vehicles to highlight donor impact.
  • Collaborate closely with the Hospital to ensure alignment on all key messages.
  • Provide professional support and assistance to fundraising volunteers, Board members, Hospital leaders, and staff involved in fundraising.

People Leadership & Collaboration

  • Ensure the effective recruitment, development, performance, and support of Foundation staff and volunteers to achieve the Foundation’s vision and financial goals.
  • Provide leadership, management, and coaching to the Foundation’s employees, ensuring that the Foundation is optimally organized and staffed.
  • Create an environment in which staff are supported, enabled, and empowered to deliver excellence and reach their full potential to help move the Foundation forward.
  • Establish performance measures and goals for all direct reports, which are aligned with the goals of the Foundation. Ensure annual reviews and assessment.
  • Ensure appropriate personnel policies and procedures are developed and maintained.
  • Provide guidance and support to the Board of Directors and other key volunteers, ensuring they are well-informed about, and actively engaged in supporting, the mission of the Foundation.
  • Build effective relationships with the community at large as well as other external parties such as the Hospital Auxiliary, government representatives, the media, and other community organizations, businesses, foundations and societies.
  • Integrate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into human resources management and fundraising activities, leveraging opportunities to attract new, diverse Board members, staff and volunteer leaders.
  • Represent the Foundation at local, regional, provincial meetings as directed by the Board and/or Board Chair.

Operations Leadership

  • Manage and direct the operations of the Foundation, ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and in fulfillment of the Foundations’ mission, vision and values.
  • Direct and monitor all Foundation administrative functions, including budgeting, financial management and reporting, and policy administration.
  • Establish a respectful workplace environment and implement effective and efficient structures, systems, policies and practices for the execution of Foundation work.


  • Progressive leadership and management experience in a fundraising environment; alternatively, a successful background in sales and/or marketing ideally in a not-for-profit environment.
  • Demonstrated strategic vision and expertise in Board relations and governance practices.
  • Ability to build capacity while setting and meeting progressive strategic goals.
  • Demonstrated success in designing and executing proactive revenue generation strategies and programs.
  • Proven ability to lead and motivate individuals and teams, and create an engaging, performance focused environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising is preferred, with direct responsibility for donation revenue generation, including major gift experience and campaign management.
  • Proven ability to build and develop long-term, sustainable relationships, internally and externally with Board members, volunteers, donors, partners, colleagues, staff and other stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to influence others positively, through effective interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills including strong listening abilities.
  • Strong working knowledge of the financial, legal, and regulatory requirements for a not-for-profit organization.
  • Proven sound judgment and integrity.
  • Proven facility with financial analysis and project reporting.
  • Ability to develop and apply sound business practices, systems, and policies to ensure effective operations.
  • Personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Familiarity with Northwestern Ontario/Manitoba and its philanthropic sector is an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience with information systems and donor/CRM databases.
  • An equivalent combination of education and related work experience will be considered.
  • Experience and/or interest working in or on behalf of healthcare or a health-related field would be an asset.


KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation. For more information about opportunity, please contact Ellie Rusonik, Vice President, KCI Search + Talent by email at LWDHF@kcitalent.com.

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by February 22, 2022.

The salary range for this position $120,000 – $150,000 plus a wide range of benefits and support for relocation.

 To view the full Executive Brief please visit www.kcitalent.com

LWDHF is committed to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belongingness in our operations and throughout our workplace. We value the importance of creating a workplace that reflects the population we serve and seek to employ individuals who are committed to and value these principles.

We believe in and promote the rights of all persons with disabilities as outlined in the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA 2005) and its related Accessibility Standards Regulations. To meet this responsibility, LWDHF will make appropriate accommodations at any point throughout the recruitment and selection process to ensure equal participation.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of all LWDHF staff except for those with an approved medical or human rights exemption.