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Pancreatic Cancer Canada is a vibrant, progressive organization taking on the world’s toughest cancer. With devastating statistics and an unjust lack of progress over the past 40+ years, our patients and their families need all of us fighting for them. Fundamental advancements in cancer are happening every day – the time is now for pancreatic cancer. That is why our fundraising and awareness efforts are bold and unapologetic. We dare to set ourselves apart by taking chances with attention-grabbing campaigns and unique partnerships. Led by a visionary Chief Executive Officer, governed by an influential board of directors, and driven by a staff team with passion and expertise, we are taking on pancreatic cancer with the ultimate goal to save more lives.

Imagine doing what you love while also being part of a legacy that changes the history of a deadly cancer. Saying sorry doesn’t save lives but people do. People like you.

PCC is in the recruitment process for the following position(s):

Director, Development

Job Title: Director, Development

Organization: Pancreatic Cancer Canada

Location: Hybrid – Toronto/Remote

Reports to: CEO

Status: Permanent, Full-Time



Pancreatic Cancer Canada (PCC) is a vibrant, progressive organization taking on the world’s toughest cancer. We are committed to raising the survival rate through investments in research and increased awareness of the disease, while ensuring patients and their families have access to the specialized care and support they need at every stage. With devastating statistics and a lack of meaningful progress, we know just how aggressive we must be in taking on this challenge. That is why our fundraising and awareness efforts are bold and unapologetic. Led by a visionary Chief Executive Officer, governed by an influential Board of Directors, and driven by a staff team with passion and expertise, we are taking on pancreatic cancer with the ultimate goal of saving more lives.   


The Opportunity 

We are looking for an exceptional fundraising leader who is not afraid to take risks, who is ready to move quickly, and is motivated by the urgent need to make an impact against a disease that kills 90% of those diagnosed. The position will require a style of fundraising that is creative, bold, and unorthodox.

Our Director of Development will be responsible for the strategic planning and growth of a diverse portfolio of revenue generating activities, including major gifts (individual, foundation, corporate and planned giving), fundraising events, and corporate partnerships. The Director will lead, build, and retain a dedicated team and collaborate closely with them to achieve ambitious annual fundraising targets. The successful candidate will develop effective strategies to nurture and sustain long-term donor relationships, while also focusing on donor cultivation and stewardship. As a diligent and focused leader, the Director will champion the use of benchmarks, performance metrics, and best practices within the team.

 In addition to the opportunity to grow our fundraising in Canada, PCC will become a division of our umbrella organization – Pancreatic Cancer North America, and as such, there may be opportunities for cross-border collaborations and identification of revenue opportunities that extend beyond the Canadian landscape.


What You Will Do 

Fundraising Leadership 

  • Develop and execute an aggressive strategy to grow overall fundraising through major gifts, events, and partnerships.
  • Develop workplans for each area of fundraising business and maintain responsibility for overseeing their execution.
  • Work collaboratively with the Manager, Major Gifts to build the major gifts pipeline, qualify, solicit, and close gifts in the five and six figure range.
  • Provide oversight, direction, guidance and mentorship to the Managers of Major Gifts and Events.
  • Develop effective strategies to nurture and sustain long-term donor relationships, including a comprehensive donor stewardship plan.
  • Oversee the smooth function of revenue processing as it relates to customer service, including donation processing, receipting and recognition.
  • Create the annual revenue and expense budget for the Development portfolio, in collaboration with department leads, for approval by CEO and board.

 Business Development

  •  Prospecting, researching, and soliciting new and innovative partner prospects including cause marketing partners and allied partnerships with related institutions or organizations.

  • Work with board members and fundraising committee members to develop new business opportunities and solicit support for current fundraising activities and initiatives.

 Organizational Leadership 

  • Take an active role as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, collaborating effectively to support the CEO and the organization’s vision and strategic direction.
  • Collaborate with Directors responsible for Programs & Services and Marketing & Communications to ensure seamless and coordinated approaches.
  • Mentor fundraising staff in their ongoing growth and forward trajectory within the organization and industry.
  • Support the organizational culture and ethos, both internally and externally.
  • Advise and participate in HR decisions regarding fundraising staff, including conducting and/or participating in annual reviews for direct reports.


  • A minimum of 10 years experience, with at least 5 years in a senior fundraising role, in a not-for-profit organization, health or social care, hospital, or other complex setting.
  • Deep familiarity with the Canadian philanthropic landscape, with demonstrated track record of successful major gift prospecting and solicitation.
  • Supervisory, management or leadership experience building and retaining high-performing fundraising teams.
  • Strong strategic planning, forecasting and budgeting skills.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and leadership skills, creativity, mature judgment, and decision-making.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, strong listening skills, empathy, and patience.
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative mindset with the ability to work independently.
  • Strong communicator with exceptional written and oral communication.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to complete multiple tasks with a high volume of work, often with tight deadlines, and keen attention to detail.
  • Strong working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, RE NXT and Luminate. 


PCC provides its employees with a highly competitive, comprehensive benefit package. The package includes participation in a defined benefit plan (HOOPP – Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan), coverage for drugs, dental, vision and travel insurance, as well as access to an Employee Assistance Plan. In addition, PCC offers a Health Spending Account for services not covered by standard plans (e.g. massage, acupuncture, physio, chiropractic care, etc.). PCC offers considerable paid time off, as well as opportunities for paid professional development.

 Salary Range: Market Competitive

 If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, by Friday, November 3rd to:

 Beth Ruby

Director, Marketing and Communications

 PCC is committed to building and preserving an open, inclusive, and healthy work environment. We welcome all applicants to apply to join our team. We accommodate people with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process and applicants are encouraged to advise PCC if an accommodation is required. We thank you for your interest in working at PCC and we will contact those qualified to continue in the recruitment process. 

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