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Development Director / Major Gifts Officer

Development Director / Major Gifts Officer

Company: Rock Solid Refuge
Contact Person: Dallas Block
Box 1622
Shaunavon, Saskatchewan , S0N 2M0
Phone: 3062973663

Position Description

Reporting to: Executive Director

Rock Solid Refuge is a year-long, Christian residential program exclusively for teenage boys (Ages 13-18) with life-controlling issues. Based in rural, southern Saskatchewan, Rock Solid Refuge provides a structured and caring environment where mentoring and education in a Qualified Independent School, teaching Saskatchewan curriculum from a Christian world-view, leads to the restoration of adolescent lives. It is the only facility of its kind in Canada.


  • The Development Director will represent Jesus Christ through servant leadership by implementing biblical precepts, scripture, and prayer in daily life and counsel. This requires the pursuit of God through interpersonal relationships, accountability, regular church attendance, and consistent personal devotions.
  • The Development Director is the primary person responsible for creating, developing, and implementing the development/fundraising strategy. The successful candidate will be required to reside within one hour’s drive of Shaunavon, SK.
  • Reporting to the Executive Director and in collaboration with a fundraising team, the Director of Development will lead the development of Rock Solid Refuge’s fundraising strategy and fund-raising events.  This is accomplished through….
    • Key events (Two Spring Banquets, Harvest for Hope, etc)
    • Partner for Change
    • Quarterly news letters
    • Donor recognition & Thank you’s
    • Presentations, private & church
    • Social media
    • Grants

Qualifications and Experience

  • Personal relationship with Christ from an Evangelical point of view and references attesting to a lifestyle consistent with Christian faith.
  • Commitment to the Rock Solid Refuge faith statement, mission and vision.
  • Proven track record in non-profit development managing $1M+/year.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience (preferred) in a not-for-profit development office, major gift fundraising, or as a Development Director. Experience working in fundraising organizations; clear understanding of how to build a robust fund development program.
  • Completion of post-secondary education. Graduate of a fundraising program or working towards the Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is an asset.
  • Demonstrated and persuasive verbal and written communications skills.
  • Strong event-planning and partnership-building skills.
  • Good computer skills and knowledge of non-profit database programs.
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities with changing priorities.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel in regions where RSR has presentations (Specifically the Prairie Provinces).
  • Creative with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Able to manage a Development team.
  • Experience working in faith communities.

Skills and abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively and create compelling written work that solicits funds.
  • Experience using fundraising software (e-tapestry).
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with donors and the development team, work well with teams and diverse constituencies.
  • Flexibility to work outside regular hours.
  • Be self-motivated, work well under pressure and be able to handle several projects at one time, will have good judgment and, ideally, a sense of humor.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Create and implement the annual development plan and strategy.
  • Lead and manage the department’s efforts to raise an annual budget of $1.2M +
  • Train staff and volunteers to support fundraising and marketing efforts.
  • Develop and grow the donor base, and manage events and campaigns.
  • Write fundraising letters and appeals; maintain regular correspondence with donors, foundations, churches, and stakeholders; oversee direct-mail campaigns.
  • Prepare reports for the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Position requires 50% Onsite and 50% offsite travel.
  • Sits on the management team.


A successful Development Director will achieve the following:

  • Achieve 10%, year-over-year, overall financial growth.
  • Drive the design and implementation of a strategic fundraising plan to meet Rock Solid’s revenue needs and build long-term sustainability, with particular focus on growing individual giving initiatives.
  • Implement best practices around fundraising operations, utilizing systems and relationships to build stronger donor pipelines, locally and regionally.
  • Train and mentor existing staff within the department.

Compensation to be negotiated based on education and experience

To apply, send resume to: Dallas Block at

For more information, contact Dallas Block at (306) 297-3663, or write to the above email.

Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Posted: May 21, 2019 | Expires: August 19, 2019
Posted Under: Ministry - General
Career ID: [ 6903 ]