Career Opportunity: Director, Development

Full-time, permanent, British Columbia. Apply today at SMART, SAVVY + ASSOCIATES.

You’re an expert fundraiser with the ability to engage with diverse audiences, building rapport and trust between parties. You are eager to support First Nations’ entrepreneurial efforts that strengthen community well-being. You also have a highly collaborative work style with a focus on teamwork and creating win-win outcomes for communities.

Tourists travel from around the world to experience beautiful Da’naxda’xw First Nation territory, including Grizzly bear viewing in Glendale Cove, Knight Inlet. Photo by Brodie Guy.

We’ve partnered with SMART, SAVVY + ASSOCIATES to search for our new Director, Development for a full-time, permanent position. If you are a professional fundraiser who has 7+ years of progressive leadership experience and a track record of personally cultivating and closing transformational gifts, consider applying for this unique and life-changing role today.

About the role:

Reporting to the Executive Director and working with a highly motivated team of coastal First Nations leaders, you are responsible for the strategic development and management of Coast Funds’ support for First Nations-led fundraising functions. Your focus will be to support First Nations’ goals to secure major contributions to grow the stewardship endowment and recapitalize the economic fund.

  • Initiating new fundraising campaigns in support of First Nations’ efforts to build healthy and resilient economies and their revitalized stewardship of ecology, culture, and protected areas in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.
  • Collaboratively developing and executing fundraising strategies and building high-trust relationships that will drive capacity, growth, and transformational impact.
  • Fostering Coast Funds’ continued evolution as a vibrant Indigenous-led conservation finance organization upholding First Nations and their partners in making individual contributions to their respective endowments while strengthening their economic development and stewardship efforts.

About you:

  • 7+ years of progressive leadership experience with a primary responsibility for fundraising and donor relationship development in the non-profit sector focused on the environment, social justice, or community development.
  • Track record of personally cultivating and closing transformational gifts, and successfully identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding relationships with major donors (e.g. government, philanthropy, and/or industry) at the six-figure level and above. Experience reaching $10M+ annual revenue targets will be considered a strong asset.
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (preferably communications, business, or public relations).
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with and facilitate convenings among diverse audiences including elected officials, executives, and high-net-worth individuals, building rapport and trust between parties.
  • Sound knowledge of marketing and engagement strategies related to donors; experience leading or overseeing strategic marketing is also strongly preferred, but is not mandatory.
  • Knowledge of legislative frameworks governing fundraising in Canada and ethical codes of conduct for professional fundraisers.

Preferred, but not required:

  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation.
  • Membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals or Canadian Association of Gift Planners.
  • Experience securing major contributions from the federal or provincial government.
  • Understanding and respect for the inherent stewardship responsibilities First Nations have throughout their unceded territories, and their need for sustainable finance to develop and sustain stewardship capacity to uphold those responsibilities in a modern context.
  • Understanding and respect for First Nations economic development priorities and their need for financing to develop long-term sustainable businesses and infrastructure.
  • Familiarity with land and/or marine use issues in the Great Bear Rainforest region and the First Nations that participate in Coast Funds, or other Indigenous communities.
  • Experience working with customer relationship management software such as Salesforce.


Our competitive benefits package includes a flexible health and dental plan, RRSP contribution, committed colleagues, a culture of innovation, and the sense of accomplishment that comes contributing to a small team that’s working hard to make a difference in B.C.’s coastal communities.

How to Apply:

To express interest in this position, please apply via our Recruitment Partner, Smart, Savvy + Associates. For general inquiries about this position, please contact Jaylene Crick, Recruitment Director @ Smart, Savvy + Associates at

Equity and diversity are essential to Coast Funds. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Indigenous People, Canadians, and permanent residents will be given priority.