Careers at Canada's History

Manager of Fund Development

Are you looking for growth and independence in a creative workplace? Do you like to write, plan strategy, and work with ideas that shape the future of Canada?

Are you passionate about the communities and stories that make up this diverse country? Would you like to work with strong, smart people in a resilient, dynamic organization?

Canada’s History may have the career you are looking for — don’t miss the chance to have national impact!

In this principal role...

You will:

  • Coordinate all aspects of concept and delivery of fund development, donor stewardship, and recognition programs including prospect research and development, gift management, grant writing, stakeholder communications, and donor reporting;
  • Manage major gift development with a focus on youth, education, national awards programs including Young Citizens, Student Internships, and the Governor General’s History Awards;
  • Support, cultivate and advance prospect and donor relations. Undertake research; assist with arranging meetings with prospects; prepare compelling and timely proposals and support material including written gift and pledge agreements.

You are:

  • Collaborative: working with staff and senior volunteers to achieve fundraising goals
  • Highly organized: maintain active list of donor prospects; undertake prospect and donor research; develop the strategic approach for relationship-building and solicitation, reporting and recognition.
  • Effective: maintain electronic (Raisers Edge) and paper files; work diligently and undertake required follow-up; maintain integrity and trust.
  • Trusted & Accountable: prepare development and stewardship reports; prepare gift and pledge acknowledgement correspondence.
  • Articulate & composed: represent the Society in the national community and actively assist in advancing the support of qualified donors with major and planned gifts, donor stewardship and recognition programs.
  • Relationship-focused: actively cultivate relationships with qualified prospects and donors including individuals (subscribers and friends of Canadian history; Governor General’s History Award alumni; public and private foundations; and others); communicate directly through phone calls, letters, e-mails and meetings; arrange meetings with donors and prospects, work with key contacts to advance prospect connection and discussion.
  • Strategic & open: actively listen, help solicit and close gifts in direct contact with donors; prepare timely proposals and materials.
  • Skillful writer/editor: develop proposals and plans; consult, negotiate and communicate; prepare gift agreement terms to reflect understandings.
  • Congenial: arrange formal and informal occasions/events for prospects and donors to engage with the Society and its leadership.

You bring:

  • A high degree of confidentiality, maturity, organizational skill, interpersonal skills, time management skills and the ability to handle sensitive matters and high volume of work;
  • Cooperative problem solving with high morale and a positive attitude, and strong financial aptitude;
  • The ability to work on your own initiative, plan and prioritize workload effectively; undertake meeting scheduling and preparation; develop and maintain hard copy and electronic files; prepare correspondence; provide other administrative support and be available to work extra hours as required; and possess strong computer proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook scheduling;
  • Considerable professionalism and good judgment with proven ability to develop and maintain the confidence and trust of others. Able to effectively facilitate the work of colleagues and acquiring reliable prospect research from key volunteer(s) and others, with proven ability to undertake timely planning, scheduling and follow-up;
  • Have experience in fund development; with post-secondary education in Canadian history or public communications.

Desired Experience and Qualifications

  • Proven fundraising experience resulting in meeting targets;
  • Previous experience working with donor data bases and gift processing;
  • Proven experience engaging and stewarding donors at a variety of levels;
  • Proven experience with major gifts and capital campaigns would be an asset;
  • Compliance with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Donor Bill of Rights and Code of Ethical Principles and Standards;
  • Knowledge of Raisers Edge or similar data base software;
  • Related experience working in a field of Fundraising Development/Capital Campaigns;
  • The ability to communicate in both English and French would be a key asset.


  • This position reports directly to the President & CEO;
  • The successful candidate will comply with the policies and procedures of Canada's History (including PIPEDA);
  • Please provide information that supports financial accountability and budget achievement.
About Canada’s National History Society

The importance of understanding Canada by examining the histories of its people is an anchoring belief of Canada’s History. Established as a national charitable organization in 1994 through the generous support of the Hudson’s Bay Company History Foundation, we bring relevance and awareness to a diverse past, illuminating the people, places and events that unite us as Canadians. Our work includes: Canada’s History magazine and Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids, and and the Governor General’s History Awards.

Canada’s History engages more than 1.4 million readers of all ages through its compelling and informative stories, videos and digital content. Our audience reflects the diversity of contemporary Canada. Millennials, the most diverse and educated demographic to ever come of age, is our emerging powerhouse of 541,000 readers.

Our audience is more diverse than the Canadian population as a whole, with 403,000 of our readers being born outside of Canada. Of these, more than 200,000 have lived in Canada less than ten years and use a language other than English or French at home.

Regardless of where readers’ families originate or where they live now, they share a passion for Canada and for exploring its many cultures, histories, and legacies.

Interested applicants are encouraged to forward a resume and cover letter to by November 20, 2020, to the Head Office of: Canada’s National History Society, Main Floor, Bryce Hall, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2E9. You may also fax it to 204.988.9309.

Employees of Canada’s History may work remotely from locations other than Winnipeg. Canada’s History is committed to employment equity and welcomes diversity in the workplace. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

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