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24 Jul 2015

Full-time Director of Development and Advancement

Mennonite Central Committee BC – Posted by Marie Reimer Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Job Description

Director of Development and Advancement

The Director of Development and Advancement is the chief marketing officer who provides leadership to donor relations, communications and the advancement of MCC BC’s mission by collaboratively developing and implementing strategies that generate awareness, relationships, engagement, support and various types of donations from within our constituency and the broader public. The Director of Development and Advancement ensures that activities are focused on approved strategic priorities and are in compliance with standard ethical requirements as well as MCC values, principles and policies.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a Christian faith-based agency that provides relief, development and peacebuilding initiatives in over 60 countries. MCC BC carries out local programs that address poverty here in BC and also supports the international work of MCC by generating funds, personnel and material aid. MCC BC has an operating budget of $10 million with approximately 75 staff and over 3,000 volunteers who serve in thrift shops, relief sales, material aid activities, local programs, fundraising and other areas. MCC BC also has 5 subsidiary enterprises that operate local programs and hold donated legacy investments.


Bachelor Degree in a related field such as business administration is preferred; a related graduate degree is desired
5 years of experience in fundraising and communications, or related experience in marketing, sales, public relations and other promotional activity
3 years of experience in a senior management role, preferably as Director of Development, or in a related field
Awareness of best practices in fundraising and communications; ability to translate principles into effective fundraising activities
Expertise in a variety of fundraising methods including direct mail, monthly donor programs, donor acquisition, major donors, special events, planned giving and innovation in fundraising
Understanding and support of the vision, purpose, beliefs and values of MCC
Ability to learn about the context and content of domestic and international programs and to present them in a clear and compelling manner
Solid understanding of the Biblical call to respond to human need and the Anabaptist commitment to peace and justice, and the ability to articulate it persuasively
Familiarity with the MCC constituency; ability to network and build relations with constituent donors
Strong communication skills as a public speaker, good writing skills for reports and stories, and a humble listener of those being engaged
Effective strategic planner, pro-active problem solver, flexible and open to change
Entrepreneurial attitude and a creative innovator at a practical level that adds value
Excellent interpersonal skills in a collaborative and diverse team environment where leadership is most effective through collegial influence rather than formal authority
Appreciation and commitment to fostering equity/diversity in the workplace
Approachable, humble, patient, open to criticism, good sense of humour
Comfortable learning and using a variety of standard software programs
Satisfactory criminal record check for a leadership position relating to a broad public

All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship, active church membership, and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

This position is available on a salaried basis. Only those candidates who are legally eligible to work in Canada should apply.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Marie Reimer at email: or by fax 604-850-8734. Anticipated start date: Friday, October 30, 2015

Job Categories: non-profit. Job Types: Full-time. Job Tags: B.C..

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