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YMCA of Greater Saint John

Vice President of Philanthropy

– Saint John, New Brunswick
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

The YMCA of Greater Saint John responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide solutions. By nurturing the potential of children, youth and adults, the YMCA connects people to life-building opportunities, as well as to each other and enhances their quality of life. The YMCA of Greater Saint John as a charity offers a diverse set of programs at 15 locations in the city and surrounding municipalities. There are 250 employees and 1,000 volunteers. 

General Description

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President, Philanthropy is a member of the senior leadership team, providing strategic leadership to foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization. This position ensures that the association's culture, systems and procedures support financial development. The Vice President, Philanthropy leads staff and volunteers in the planning, coordination, and implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the association. This position ensures the development and maintenance of effective systems for financial development including but not limited to accountability and compliance standards, volunteer and donor management, research and cultivation, gift processing and recognition.


Fund Development

  • Ensure that philanthropy and financial development support the association's values, mission, vision and strategic plans.
  • Identify and address internal and external forces on the association that challenge and/or support philanthropic effectiveness.
  • Develop an effective combination of donor sources and solicitation programs.
  • Establish and maintain fundraising policies, procedures, and performance measures. Monitor results and help the CEO, Board and the Financial Development Committee(s) to evaluate the effectiveness of the association's financial development program.
  • Design, lead and manage financial development programs, including annual campaign, major gifts, endowment and planned giving, fundraising events, capital campaigns and donor management.
  • Support board members, CEO, other volunteers and staff identify, cultivate, and solicit charitable gifts and major gifts.
  • Direct and coordinate the association's annual campaign and the growth of the endowment fund.
  • Development and implementation of cultivation, acknowledgement and recognition programs.
  • Oversee the donor management system (Raisers Edge) and review monthly reports to ensure accuracy. Research, identify and prepare the submissions for foundation applications.


  • Ensure that volunteers are properly recruited, identified, trained and supported through effective policies and procedures.
  • Develop strategies to increase volunteer involvement at all levels of the Association.
  • Develop and implement policies for volunteers that protect the Association and all members of the YMCA.
  • Encourage and support a culture of volunteerism at the YMCA.


  • Provide input and support to achieve the YMCA's strategic goals through participation on the association's Senior Leadership Team and through the effective performance management of all department staff and volunteers.
  • Manage sound fiscal operation of development function including timely and accurate budgeting, reporting, monitoring and implementation.
  • Ensure compliance with all regulations and laws in fund development.
  • Maintain accountability to donors and be compliant with standards of the association and professional conduct for fundraising executives.
  • Any other tasks as required.



  • Leadership: Guides, motivates and inspires self and others to take action to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Relationship Building and Collaboration: Builds positive interactions both internally and externally to achieve work related goals.
  • Communication/Listening: Possesses the behaviors required to understand and effectively communicate to: Board, volunteers, staff, members, and public.
  • Planning and Organizing: Establishes a clearly defined and effective course of action for self and others to accomplish short and long term work goals.
  • Self-Management: Ability to monitor personal performance to achieve desired results.
  • Innovation: Seeks out new ways of achieving goals and introduces new ideas.


  • University Degree/College Diploma in related field
  • Minimum of seven years of fundraising experience demonstrating success in developing and delivering a comprehensive philanthropy program including annual giving, capital campaigns, foundation, corporate grants and planned giving
  • Demonstrated ability to connect and work effectively with business and community leaders, volunteers, Board of Directors and senior leadership members
  • Excellent written and presentation skills
  • Must have a commitment to the mission of the YMCA and uphold its values
  • Appreciation, knowledge of and commitment to the charitable sector
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge or other fundraising software.
  • Employment is contingent on obtaining a clean Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search prior to accepting position

 If you are interested in being a part of a dynamic team and developing  your skills while embarking on the adventure of working for an organization dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community, we would love to hear from you!

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  • Location
    Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
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