Job Openings

Executive Director

Posted On: 2019-05-01
Closing On: 2019-05-17
Location: Comox Valley, BC
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description


The Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation (CVHF) is looking for a dynamic, experienced fundraising and non-profit management professional passionate about improving the quality of health care for the Comox Valley to lead the next stage of growth for the Foundation.


Established in 1993, the CVHF is an independent not-for-profit, charitable organization that raises funds creates awareness, promotes and furthers the aims, interests and objectives of healthcare in the Comox Valley, British Columbia, Canada.

Through generous donations, the CVHF has raised over $13 million since inception to fund vital medical technology, physical space improvements, capital projects, patient comfort items and staff education.

The Foundation raises funds from individuals, foundations and corporations through annual and capital campaigns, planned giving, special event fundraising, etc.

Although the Foundation does not contribute to ongoing operating costs covered by Island Health, its mandate is to support acute care, residential care, research and education, and community and mental health, inclusive of equipment, technology, education, and special programs.

See the Foundation’s website for the Vision, Mission and Values.


Reporting to the Foundation Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides the internal and external leadership necessary to co-develop with the Board the strategic direction and to lead the achievement of the Foundation’s goals. including the development and execution of the annual business plan ensuring the Foundation meets its ambitious resource development goals.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Raise Funds: Design, plan, implement, and execute diversified fund development programs that significantly increase funds received. Support, lead and participate in cultivation and solicitation of major gifts. Develop and maintain a program of recognition of donors which encourages prospects to continue support of the foundation at similar or increased level of support.
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders: Build close and effective relationships internally (the Boards, Medical staff, residential care staff, hospital staff, Auxiliary) and externally (donors and prospects, the community, general public) in order to enhance short- and long-term philanthropic support.
  • Provide Leadership: Stabilize and provide exemplary, inspirational leadership to a dedicated team of professionals. Ensure the effective recruitment, development, performance and support of human resource needs of the Foundation including staff, Board members, and volunteers.
  • Oversee administration: Manage all Foundation administrative functions including executing the strategic plan, budgets and financials, and ensuring fiduciary compliance. Being responsible to the board for taking such actions considered necessary to ensure compliance with the Acts and Articles of Incorporation, foundation bylaws and policies established by the board, and all other statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • Support governance: Work closely with, communicate to, and support the efforts of the Board in regards to fundraising and community relationships as well as policy development, and ensure accountability, transparency and appropriate risk management.
  • Risk Management: Keep abreast of developments in legislation affecting charities, fundraising and foundation management.
  • Brand Management; Develop an annual communication plan participate actively and as appropriate in the growing profile of the Foundation and discourse on healthcare at the local, provincial levels.

While establishing her/himself in this role, the new incumbent will want to address the following near- to mid-term priorities:

  • Execute a clearly-articulated fundraising plan and execution plan, to achieve fundraising goals and the Foundation strategic priorities.
  • While keeping the Board well-informed of progress, work closely with residential care and hospital leadership to identify the cases for support to inform the development of Foundation strategy and fundraising plans inclusive of substantive targets and corresponding budgets, materials, etc.
  • Quickly earn the confidence of all stakeholders including the Foundation Board and staff, residential care and hospital leadership, medical staff and staff, current and prospective donors, volunteers, community partners, public and media.
  • Harness the incredible passion, dedication and efforts of staff and develop the Board’s capacity to engage, as appropriate, in the philanthropic mission of the Foundation to strengthen results.
  • Through gaining an understanding of the history and the community within which the foundation operates, continue to build the Foundation’s brand locally and widely through formal and informal efforts, engaging fully in the community.
  • Work closely with Foundation staff to ensure clarity of purpose and role, and support their ongoing professional development and career planning needs.

The ideal candidate will bring the following experience, knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes to this leadership role:

  • An experienced, successful, hands-on fundraiser who brings a depth and breadth of proven capability and technical skill across all phases of the fundraising life cycle, all categories of donors, and all types of fundraising activity at a community level.
  • An exceptional leader with demonstrated successful relationship building skills, who has the ability to communicate the value proposition of the Foundation.
  • A sincere passion and joy of successful closing of fundraising asks or sales.
  • College or university diploma or degree in fundraising, business, communications, health services/health care, public relations, advertising, sales or marketing. Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) an asset.
  • Possesses superb communication skills and relationship building capabilities and acts with integrity and transparency.
  • Brings experience and an understanding of working with Boards and best practice governance, through direct reporting or participating on Boards.
  • An excellent collaborative leader who brings enthusiasm, inspiration, a strong team orientation and a willingness to pitch in and help.
  • A strategist and planner who can develop annual as well as specific program goals in line with a long-term strategy; at the same time, is a doer and a participant who can execute and actively assist/lead in fundraising efforts.
  • Balances a sense of urgency and pursuit of targets with a deep appreciation of stewardship and how to build relationships for the long term.
  • Understands the hard work involved in growing a foundation and demonstrates the stick-to-it-ness required to achieve longer term success.
  • Has brand-building savvy and can develop marketing strategy, programs and tools to establish a strong profile for the Foundation that will attract significant capital and discretionary dollars from a broader base to fulfill the CVHF’s aspirations.
  • Has experience with boards and an understanding of not only good governance practices, but also can assist in building board fundraising capability and success and recruiting new directors, as required.
  • Comfortable with all management requirements, planning and budgeting, reporting, and all other fiduciary obligations of effective foundation management.

Established in 1993, the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation is an independent not-for-profit, charitable organization that raises funds, creates awareness, promotes and furthers the aims, interests and objectives of healthcare in the Comox Valley, British Columbia, Canada.

This position operates out of North Island Hospital Comox Valley Campus. Located in the City of Courtenay, BC.


Please forward your resume and a cover letter in confidence to that details how your experience and qualifications match this opportunity. Also, please include your salary expectation. The posting will close on May 17, 2019.