Sunshine Foundation

Job Opportunity: Director of Development

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Sunshine Foundation of Canada, located in London, Ontario, is seeking a Director of Development to provide leadership and management for the direction, planning, and execution of our development plan as we continue to make dreams come true for children living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.  

The Director will be responsible for developing and implementing an annual strategic plan to elevate fundraising across our organization by setting clear goals and metrics for revenue development, volunteer and donor engagement. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director will provide strategic and operational leadership to a team of seven professionals and support staff. The Director of Development will also be a valued member of the senior leadership team and will work in partnership with our Board of Directors, Fund Development Committee, program leaders, and volunteers.  

The Ideal Candidate: 

The Director of Development will be an established fundraising professional with a scope of experience ranging from major gifts, corporate partnerships, events and direct mail.  

The new incumbent will be strategic with a clear sense of how to successfully activate plans to reach goals. The ideal candidate will build on our past efforts and accomplishments, and in collaboration with the fund development team, will determine our fundraising plan and path forward.  

The new incumbent will ensure processes and systems are established to confirm that quality data informs our decisions. The successful candidate will grow our donor base and our prospect pipeline to advance our revenue generation capabilities. Carrying their own portfolio, the Director will nurture and sustain relationships with our long-term and generous donors. 

Energetic and driven, the ideal candidate will bring a results-oriented focus and perspective. Instilling a call culture and an “out the door” approach, the new incumbent will be an inspirational coach, guiding and motivating our development team to reach their full potential. The successful candidate will establish metrics, benchmarks and moves management discipline to encourage efficiencies and best practice fundraising. Decisive and concise, the ideal candidate will share information and value input. Collaborative, tactful and kind, the Director will nurture a cohesive team. 

The new incumbent will be comfortable interacting with a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders, from grassroots organizations to C-suite executives. Caring, empathetic and showing compassion for the children and families we serve, the Director will be excited by our mission to make dreams come true for children across Canada living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.  

For full details about this position, please download the attached PDF.

Director of Development PDF

How to Apply:

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada.

For more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Sylvia Kadlick, Senior Search Consultant at Sunshine [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 above by November 5, 2018.