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Chief Advancement Officer - The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa

Application Deadline : 2019-11-25
Institution : The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa
Description :


The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa is seeking a seasoned advancement leader to take on the newly created role of Chief Advancement Officer. The successful candidate will lead the planning and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising plan that supports the Club’s current needs and advances growth for the future.

The Chief Advancement Officer will work closely with the Executive Director, Senior Management team, Board members as well as the volunteer Advancement Committee to craft and implement an ambitious fundraising strategy for the organization. The new incumbent will also work to build and shape our internal and external advancement structure and capacity for continued development success.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Advancement Officer will provide strategic and operational leadership to a current team of four fundraising staff members. The new incumbent will lead and partner with staff, board members and other volunteers to uncover new fundraising opportunities and leverage connections to drive revenue growth. This portfolio includes the strategic development and oversight of all fundraising activities, donor relations and advancement communications.

The Chief Advancement Officer will proactively manage a personal portfolio of major gift prospects and donors. The role involves a significant amount of hands-on relationship building and engagement with high-wealth individuals, corporate partners and other key stakeholders in support of the Club’s priority needs. The Chief Advancement Officer will be the lead fundraiser for our organization, strategically engaging, working with and supporting the Executive Director, Board members and other volunteers in major gift fundraising and other revenue generation activities.

This is an excellent opportunity for a senior fundraising professional who is passionate about the work of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa that allows children and youth living in vulnerable, at-risk neighbourhoods the opportunity to Belong, Believe and Achieve, and who will aid the BGCO in its mission to be the leader in child and youth development, impacting every vulnerable neighbourhood in Ottawa.


The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa has been helping at-risk children and youth across our city for nearly 100 years. We have the greatest reach and impact on at-risk children and youth in the city with more than 100,000 visits per year.

Each year, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa provides thousands of children and youth in seven at-risk neighbourhoods across the city with a safe space during the most vulnerable hours of the day, and FREE access to life-changing programs in four key programming pillars that are purposefully designed to drive personal development. They are; Education; Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle; Leadership and Social Skills; and Creative Arts. The Club also runs Camp Smitty to ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience summer camp.

After-school and weekend hours are a critical time for youth. That time can represent either an opportunity to learn and grow or be a time of risk to youth's health and safety. Experts agree that after-school programs offer a healthy and positive alternative. They keep kids safe, improve academics and help relieve the stresses on today's working families. They can serve as important intervention strategies for youth.

At the Club, we dream of a community where every child is given the opportunity to succeed in life and experience a brighter future regardless of race, religion, social or economic status.

BGCO Mission Statement: 

To provide a safe and supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.

BGCO Vision Statement:

All children and youth discover and achieve their dreams and grow up to be healthy, successful, and active participants in society.


The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa is a registered charity that provides 4,500 children and youth in seven at-risk neighbourhoods across the city with a safe space during the most vulnerable hours of the day. Fundraising efforts support four key programming pillars that are designed to drive personal development, empower youth to reach their full potential, and give them confidence and skills for life. Camp Smitty is also supported through fundraising efforts, to ensure the opportunity to experience summer camp is accessible to all children.


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Authentic, driven and personable, the ideal candidate is a confident and experienced advancement leader who demonstrates high emotional intelligence and brings a positive influence to our team. Compelled by the mission to help children in need, the new Chief Advancement Officer will be experienced in designing strategic and operational plans for various types of fundraising programs, and effectively leading and developing a team of professional fundraisers. The new incumbent will have a track record of success in building long term relationships and personally securing major gifts, corporate sponsorships and government grants.

Demonstrating financial acumen that encourages transparency and evidence-based strategies in the organization, the Chief Advancement Officer will understand how to secure and manage the resources required to enhance and build fundraising programs. 

The ideal candidate will be experienced in working with an executive team, and will have a confident and calming presence amongst stakeholders. A compelling and influential communicator, the new incumbent will be rigorous in building meaningful long term relationships with high-wealth prospects and donors as well as internal partners. The successful candidate will have a track record of improving revenue streams that support and grow organizational priorities.

An experienced team leader with high expectations of themselves, the new Chief Advancement Officer will help to enhance team culture by leading with integrity, respect, and collaboration. The ideal candidate will be an active participant on team projects, and willing to roll up their sleeves and pitch in to ensure the job gets done together. Encouraging of personal and professional development, the ideal candidate will be experienced in identifying, promoting and further developing individual and team strengths that help increase team productivity, accountability and employee engagement. 

Displaying high managerial courage, the ideal candidate will understand how to counsel leadership when investment and growth is needed. A talented and poised public speaker, the new Chief Advancement Officer will influence and secure by-in and approvals from a diverse and deeply engaged Board. A skillful consensus-builder, the new incumbent will have executive presence that instills trust and confidence in donors, senior volunteers and other key stakeholders.

Open and encouraging of different perspectives, the new Chief Advancement Officer will promote a culture of collaboration, and create opportunities for active participation and proactive feedback.  Keen on effective and efficient internal communication, the ideal candidate will be a talented collaborator and will build systems and opportunities for clear and consistent communications between stakeholders. The successful candidate will be comfortable and capable of leveraging the skills and knowledge of the program staff and other content experts in a meaningful and impactful way that helps advance fundraising.

Inspired by the social impact of helping young people develop their personal skills and empower them to their full potential, the ideal candidate will bring a fresh perspective to the team and a personal ambition to take the organization to new levels of growth through increased philanthropy.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Advancement Officer will be responsible for:

Leadership and Strategic vision

  • Develops and drives the Advancement plan for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, working closely with all stakeholders internally and externally to develop and meet the Club’s revenue goals and desired outcomes.
  • Champions the Club’s vision and strategic direction, and ensures all fundraising strategies are in alignment with the overall strategic goals of the organization.

Management of Fundraising and Donor Relations

  • Develops and delivers an ambitious fundraising program that includes major gifts, corporate sponsorships, public and private grants, annual giving and planned giving, in support of the funding priorities identified in the BGCO strategic plan.
  • Manages the annual fundraising priority setting, ensuring the active involvement of all key internal stakeholders.
  • Directs and builds on the various fundraising initiatives for major gifts including prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities. 
  • Acts as the lead fundraiser for the major gifts portfolio, holding a personal portfolio of high-value prospects and donors.
  • Actively engages and supports the senior management team, Board members and other senior volunteers of the organization in appropriate advancement activities, including prospect identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Supports the volunteer Advancement Committee through planning and organizing meetings and overseeing the follow through of their decisions.
  • Provides strategic input in the design and planning of a structured and strategic Annual Giving and Planned Giving Program.
  • Oversees the implementation of the Donor Relations plan that incorporates the recognition and stewardship activities of all donors.
  • Develops, monitors, reports on and is accountable for the financial goals and results of all revenue streams of the BGCO.
  • Works closely with Executive Director and Government Relations Committee to develop strategy for Government Relations, including overseeing proposal development and grant applications.

Team Leadership and Advancement Services

  • Provides strategic direction and leadership to the Advancement team, and collaborates with the Director of Advancement to oversee the recruitment, onboarding, training, coaching and performance management of Advancement staff.
  • Provides strategic input and guidance to the Director of Advancement to help ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the Advancement team.
  • Plans, prepares and administers the Department’s budget, including collaborating with the Finance team to develop a rolling 3-year revenue plan, ensuring the appropriate support is provided for financial audits and revenue forecasting/reporting.

Advancement Communications

  • Serves as the primary spokesperson for the Advancement team with the Executive team, Board, and community at large.
  • Oversees an integrated Advancement communications strategy that supports the fundraising initiatives and ensures alignment with the BGCO brand.
  • Oversees the development of communications and marketing materials that support fundraising programs including a compelling and dynamic case for support highlighting current fundraising priorities.
  • Represents BGCO in the philanthropic marketplace and takes on speaking engagement as appropriate.


  • An accomplished leader with executive-level presence, strong emotional intelligence and a reputation for integrity.
  • A seasoned fundraiser with mission-driven passion, who has held increasingly senior roles leading fundraising programs and campaigns.
  • A history of successfully planning and delivering strategic fundraising programs that align with organizational priorities.
  • A proven track record of successfully soliciting major gifts.
  • A demonstrated ability to build and maintain successful relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • An excellent people leader and manager with the ability to develop and mentor a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to influence, inspire and engage key stakeholders internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage and develop human and fiscal resources including the development of business plans, budgets and reporting.
  • Knowledge and experience working with advancement and fundraising databases, system and processes.
  • Ability to manage many competing priorities in a fast paced and changing environment.
  • Familiarity and adherence to Imagine Canada Standards program and Association of Fundraising Professional Code of Ethics.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant area of study.
  • A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and a Canadian Association of Gift Planning Certificate is an asset.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in French will be considered an asset.


KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of The Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa. For more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Sylvie Battisti, Vice President, Search + Talent or Ayesha Mayan, Senior Search Consultant by email at

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest, to the email address listed above by November 25, 2019.

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Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa values diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and to providing a workplace which is free from discrimination and harassment. This means that all job applicants, employees and volunteers receive equal treatment regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origins, sex, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.