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Senior Development Officer (Western Canada)
LOCATION: Vancouver
HOURS: Full time



Weizmann Canada is currently seeking an experienced and energetic Senior Development Officer (SDO) to join our growing organization. The incumbent will lead fundraising efforts in Western Canada.

Weizmann Canada has seen significant growth in major gift results over the past decade, consistently exceeding goals, and the Senior Development Officer role is integral to our continued success and future planning.

We have made investments in our national support services over the past three years, as well as adding front-line major gift fundraisers. As we move forward, we see potential for expansion of our fundraising efforts (and reaching our goal of a sustainable $20M annually).

This position will be based in Vancouver.


Reporting to the Vice President, Major and Planned Gifts, the SDO will lead fundraising efforts in Western Canada. The SDO will manage a portfolio of individual and corporate major gift donors and potential donors. In addition, the Senior Development Officer will lead the Vancouver and Calgary Chapter of volunteers.



· Increase awareness of the Weizmann Institute of Science, helping to build a broader donor base and increase the frequency of major gifts

· Develop and nurture strong relationships with potential donors

· Work with National Manager of Research to proactively identify new leads and prospective donors for Weizmann Canada

· Develop and manage a portfolio of potential donors in various stages of development

· Learn about the Weizmann Institute and keep up to date on current breakthroughs

· Organize and maintain detailed donor records and track prospect management in Raiser’s Edge

· Partner with the National Managers, Stewardship, Communications and Events on the planning, coordination, and delivery of stewardship activities, donor communications and events

· Raise $650K in annual revenue by the end of year 2


· Lead the Vancouver and Calgary Chapter members in fundraising efforts for Western Canada

· Leverage contacts of volunteers and engage in fundraising initiatives

· Assist in the recruitment, training and motivation of volunteers who support major gift goals


· University or College degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience

· Five years’ experience in a fundraising role with a proven track record of success

· Skill in developing and implementing successful strategies for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of donors

· Demonstrated ability to identify and develop donor relationships

· Proven ability to engage, support and provide leadership to volunteers

· Solid knowledge and understanding of Western Canada’s philanthropic community

· Exceptional time management, planning, and organizational skills, with an emphasis on detail and accuracy

· Lead by example, providing clear expectations and feedback, and use motivation and encouragement to get the best results from both staff and volunteers

· Work well independently as well as part of a team that is geographically dispersed

· Possess strong listening, speaking, and writing skills, and be a proactive communicator

· Energetic, self-starter with a “can-do” attitude

· Confidence, polish, and a high level of professionalism

· Possess discretion, tact, and judgment

· Proficient in MS Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, Raiser’s Edge and/or other relational database

The candidate will be expected to be available for some evening meetings and events, as well as to travel to Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, as well as occasionally to Toronto and Montreal. In addition, there will likely be a trip to the Weizmann Institute in Science in Israel; thus, a valid passport is also required


The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world’s top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions. The Institute recently ranked second worldwide in the normalized 2019 Nature Index. The normalized index looks at the ratio of publications in the best scientific journals measured against total output, Weizmann may be small, but its contribution is mighty.

Noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences, the Institute is home to over 3,000 scientists, students, technicians and supporting staff. Institute research efforts include the search for new ways of fighting disease and hunger, examining leading questions in mathematics and computer science, probing the physics of matter and the universe, creating novel materials and developing new strategies for protecting the environment.


Individuals, corporations and foundations around the world invest generously in the Weizmann Institute’s research, graduate education and scientific outreach programs, including many Canadians who share our belief in the power of research to create a brighter tomorrow.

Weizmann Canada is a national community with a core group of dedicated donors and volunteers, and 15 professional staff who share a common vision with the Institute of advancing science for the benefit of humanity.

Our mission is twofold:

· To raise awareness and support for the Weizmann Institute of Science in order to maintain its standards of excellence, and;

· To encourage science literacy across all age groups through events featuring guest scientists and through education programs.


To Apply


Weizmann Canada offers a cause that has a world-wide impact on humanity; a great team and a collaborative work environment. We also offer a robust and competitive compensation package.

Candidates are asked to please submit both a resume and letter of interest to hr@weizmann.ca by January 31, 2020. Candidate submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.