World Vision Canada — Director, Philanthropy Engagement

The Director, Philanthropy Engagement will lead the strategy, team and relationships that will drive capacity, revenue growth through Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Foundations and Middle Donor teams. The incumbent will set strategic direction and establish priorities for a high-performance team of front-line fundraisers nationally.

Posted On: 2021-05-04
Closing On: 2021-06-07
Location: Mississauga, ON, Canada
Employment Type: Full-Time, Req #631
Level: Senior
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Director, Philanthropy Engagement

Mississauga, ON, Canada Req #631


Are you looking for more than a job? At World Vision Canada we offer challenging careers that change the lives of children all over the world and it will change yours too. Come and be part of a team of 400 Canadians with a vision for the world: Life in all its fullness for every child.

You will experience Christian faith in action helping to make real and lasting change in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. Join the World Vision Canada team and be part of a powerful and effective force for good:

For Children. For Change. For Life.


Position:             Director, Philanthropy Engagement

Reports to:         Vice President, Philanthropy & Partnerships

Position Term:   Full time permanent

Deadline:            Until filled


The Director, Philanthropy Engagement will lead the strategy, team and relationships that will drive capacity, revenue growth through Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Foundations and Middle Donor teams. The incumbent will set strategic direction and establish priorities for a high-performance team of front-line fundraisers nationally. They will work collaboratively and synergistically alongside the Director, Philanthropy Enablement Services and other teams in World Vision to ensure that the Philanthropy teams are equipped for success and can spend 80% of their time engaging directly with donors. The role will have engagement with top-tier prospects and high net worth donors and as needed large corporations and foundations.  In addition to this being a strategic role focused on readying and equipping the fundraising team and the Executive office for accelerated revenue growth and enhanced donor long-term philanthropic support. This Director role will report to the Vice President of Philanthropy & Partnerships on the Senior Leadership Team.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide energetic leadership to the development of new fundraising and stewardship approaches and tactics to achieve our long-term organizational revenue growth objectives.
  • Provide strategic and motivating leadership to our philanthropy teams, specifically Middle, Major and Legacy teams, to ensure revenue growth while safeguarding for cost effective impact and internal compliance adherence.
  • Collaboratively oversee and personally develop key donor relationships nationally in order to strengthen and grow the long-term donations as well as secondarily engagement and voluntarism.
  • Provide leadership to formation and management of volunteer committees for the purpose of principal gift fundraising, HNW and high-profile affinity groups.
  • Grow High Net Worth opportunities ($100k+) through championing the major gifts strategy through the Executive Office.
  • Act as the official liaison from Philanthropy to the Governance Community, working closely with key staff in EXO, to staff the CEO and VP, Philanthropy and Partnerships.
  • Identify ways to accelerate Legacy donations through a variety of planned giving offerings and channels and offer diversification with agreement with Finance and the Board.
  • Expand the Middle Donor program with a focus on moves management to grow the donor pipeline for the Major Gifts and Planned Giving teams.
  • Work collaboratively with the Corporate Engagement and Foundations teams to input on best practice engagement approaches, prospect clearance and opportunistically bring in new leads.
  • In collaboration with other subject matter experts provide input into the marketing, digital and IT processes for customized proposals and impact reports, case statements and solicitation materials development, as needed.
  • Develop/steward, monitor and improve designated revenue-generating programs aligned with business unit objectives, key results, and that contribute to annual and long-term organization-wide objectives.; lead Philanthropy team on emergency appeal fundraising.
  • Participate, alongside the Director, Philanthropy Enablement, in global philanthropy discussions, specifically related to fulfilling Strategic Initiative 4.5.
  • Together with Prospect & Pipeline Development team, ensure that Philanthropy Advisor donor pools are balanced and movements between teams in alignment with the prospect clearance process.  The prospect clearance process is a mutually agreed process by all the leaders within the business unit and with input from other leaders across the organization, as required.
  • Work collaboratively with Director, Philanthropy Enablement Services with the annual plans and regular updates on revenue and expenses, budget and forecasts, and to ensure market facing advisors are equipped with research, predictive modeling, prospects, stewardship and operational support.
  • Recruit and provide professional development training to ensure the philanthropy teams are equipped to perform at the highest of fund-raising standards using industry best practices with ease.



  • Reputation for a high degree of integrity and trustworthiness and collaboration.
  • Over 10 years of proven experience in leading and motivating teams focused on fundraising, sales, relationship management and working with large clients in a results-driven capacity.
  • Personal experience cultivating and closing large, transformational gifts and successfully managing relationships over time with major donors and senior volunteers.
  • Extensive knowledge of Canadian fundraising trends, methods and principles.
  • Significant experience leading capital campaigns, annual fund-raising campaigns and managing a pipeline of philanthropic opportunities.
  • Demonstrated capacity to set strategy, oversee implementation and drive growth all along the donor giving continuum and across asset offerings.
  • Demonstrated success in crafting and closing large, multi-year and corporate solicitations.
  • Demonstrated success in working with volunteer committees and campaign cabinets.
  • Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills to work effectively with senior volunteers.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification.


Demonstrated skills include:

  • Ability to provide spiritual leadership through devotions, prayer, discernment and wisdom; experience in a Christian ministry leadership capacity.
  • Strategic, big picture thinker with a superior ability to develop innovative solutions and cost efficient processes.
  • High energy, enthusiasm and a demonstrated ability to work professionally and effectively under pressure.
  • Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills to work effectively with senior leaders, board members, high net worth donors and volunteers.
  • Results-driven, hard-working and always focused on continuous improvement.
  • Strong client, customer or donor service orientation and superior communications skills including oral/pubic speaking, written and listening.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: coaching, encouraging, motivating, negotiating, managing change, conflict resolution.
  • Strong analytical, planning skills: budgeting, operating plan development, business case development.


Location: Remote for the near future.


We bring life-saving support in times of disaster. We help poor communities to take charge of their futures. We provide small loans and training that boost family livelihoods. We work with policy makers to change the way the world is run. Our Christian faith teaches us that every child, regardless of gender, faith or race, is a precious gift to the entire world – and that their wellbeing concerns us all. We shall never rest while children suffer in situations that can be changed.

Our Core Values: We are committed to the Poor. We are Christian. We are Stewards. We value People. We are Partners. We are Responsive.
Qualified candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the core values and mission of the World Vision partnership.

World Vision Canada takes our Safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we provide an environment that is safe for our child and adult beneficiaries. We have strong recruitment procedures to make sure the safest and most suitable people work with the children in our programs. We provide our staff and volunteers with ongoing supervision, support and training in their work with child and adult beneficiaries.


World Vision Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Thank you for your interest; however only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


Other details

  • Job Family – Resource Development & Fundraising
  • Job Function – Director
  • Pay Type – Salary

Interested candidates please apply online.