As Vice President, Major Gifts your primary responsibility is to drive major gift revenue and build capacity by cultivating and soliciting prospects at the leadership/major gift level and developing major gift strategies.

Location: Remote
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $115,000 – $125,000 commensurate with experience

Posted On: January 9, 2022
Closing On: February 7, 2022

The Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC) is a national organization with family focused roots. It was established in 1991. The founding families positively transformed their deep loss into a mission to raise money to fund the research that could ultimately cure this devastating disease.

From its heartfelt beginnings in small town Ontario, BCSC has grown to become a national organization supporting Precision Oncology (patient-focused) breast cancer research across Canada. In the past few years, BCSC has increased its profile in the community, expanded its donor base, developed a strong Board from coast to coast, grown its brand awareness, and enhanced its revenues. Its signature events – Dress for the Cause and the Mother’s Day Walk – continue to build its national presence, generating funds for breast cancer research, and connecting BCSC to the pulse of its organization: breast cancer survivors, family members, volunteers, donors, researchers, partners, corporate sponsors, and local organizers who work in the fight to end breast cancer.

BCSC is poised to grow into an even more impactful national organization. It is driven by its vision to end breast cancer, and its mission to save lives through breast cancer research.

This is a new position for BCSC. Reporting directly to the CEO and working in collaboration with the team, the VP, Major Gifts will play a critical role in developing a new major gifts strategy and program for the Society.

As Vice President, Major Gifts your primary responsibility is to drive major gift revenue and build capacity by cultivating and soliciting prospects at the leadership/major gift level and developing major gift strategies.

 Experience and Skills

  • A minimum of 7 – 10 years of extensive philanthropic leadership gained over 2 – 3 organizations managing major gifts programs using moves management and donor-centred fundraising. You make donors feel valued because you’re sensitive to their needs
  • Superior planning skills, including working with team members to develop the major gift program
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated success raising funds from diverse cultural communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to accountability, measuring outcomes in a results-oriented culture
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • You are comfortable using a donor database, prospect research and other wealth screening tools to aid in your moves management process

Working Style

  • A self-starter and driven by results with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to build a process and path forward and bring the team along with you
  • Dual ability to develop the strategy, implement it and to sell it internally
  • Diplomatic, able to leave ego at the door and tactfully, respectfully and collaboratively work with a wide variety of people; altering style based on the environment
  • Able to wear many hats in a fast-paced small organizational environment
  • Confident and mature with an executive presence and strong emotional intelligence
  • Strategic and collaborative; a team player and builder with a commitment to creating a positive and inclusive working environment
  • You aren’t someone who spends a lot of time in the weeds, but you know donors expect you to be organized, prepared, detail-oriented and to follow through on promises
  • People are inspired by your determination. You bring people in line with a vision and motivate them to reach goals


  • Bachelor’s degree or college diploma or the equivalent management experience in a related field
  • Ongoing professional development


  • Demonstrated experience building a major gifts program from “the ground up”
  • CFRE designation (is beneficial)
  • Experience raising funds nationwide, in particular in Western Canada to reach BCSC’s current donors in Alberta and BC
  • Experience raising funds for disease/cancer charity

The Breast Cancer Society of Canada is strongly committed to diversity within its staff, Board and volunteers, and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons living with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Salary and Benefit Information

  • $115,000 – $125,000 commensurate with experience

To Apply:

This search is being conducted on behalf of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada by crawfordconnect, a search firm specializing in recruiting leaders for Canada’s non-profit sector. Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume and cover letter in two separate documents (PDF or Word) by email to by February 7, 2022.

For additional information about this position, please reach out to Heidi Stock at / 416.977.2913

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.