Job Posting: Fund Development Lead

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Posted: 17 April, 2024

Deadline: Until the position is filled

Employment Type: FT.8 (4 days/week)


Job Title: Development Lead

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary range: $63,000 – $70,000

Location: RCNBF, 403 Bank Street, Ottawa (Staples Co-working Studio)

Hours of Work: weekdays 9-5, occasional evenings or weekends for meetings and events

About the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund (RCNBF)

A charity established in 1942, the RCNBF has upheld a long tradition of providing financial assistance to retired and serving members of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and their families with pressing needs. Over the past few years, we’ve expanded this endeavour through a formal needs assessment and organizational renewal. Today, we work in partnership with the Navy family and strive to create programs and grants for the well-being of the naval community.

Propelled by an enthusiastic cadre of volunteers and a small staff, the RCNBF engages in programming that includes individual support in response to crises, works with partners to help on specific initiatives and educational projects, and confers an established leadership award. We continually seek opportunities to leverage the funds with partners and sponsors to achieve maximum impact in our charitable activities. 

See our latest initiatives at

Job Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Lead will support the revenue generation efforts of the board of directors and thus drive revenue growth through corporate and individual giving, corporate partnerships, and the establishment of legacy giving and event initiatives. The Fund Development Lead is also responsible for the overall strategy and oversight of prospect, donor, and partner relations to enhance the profile and engagement of the RCNBF with its communities. 


Our directors have embraced their responsibilities as fundraisers, developing a pipeline of prospects and training on donor relationship building and making “the ask.” The RCNBF seeks a Fund Development Lead to pilot our fledgling fundraising efforts, build a philanthropy culture, propose new and innovative ideas tied to the RCNBF’s strategic plan, engage new audiences, and enhance visibility.

The RCNBF will welcome a dynamic, resourceful individual to the team. The Fund Development Lead will organize our fundraising function, striving to build networks, foster critical relationships, and manage creating and implementing a comprehensive and multi-channel revenue generation plan to support growth and impact.

In addition, the chosen candidate will:

  • Oversee donor reporting and ensure effective information/data/reporting using fundraising software (DonorPerfect) 
  • Advise the Executive Director on philanthropic activities and opportunities
  • Foster an environment of inclusion, cooperation, and professionalism
  • Stay up to date with external and internal developments in the naval community to identify current needs and new market segments

The ideal candidate has proven experience in:

  • Leading and motivating organizations focused on fundraising, business development and partnerships in a results-driven environment
  • Cultivating and managing relationships over time with donors/partners
  • Establishing corporate partnerships, with brand alignment and creative integration to support organizational objectives
  • Implementing fundraising events and other new business opportunities
  • Leading campaigns and managing a pipeline of philanthropic opportunities

… and ideally, the candidate is:

  • Solution-oriented, innovative, and resourceful
  • An excellent communicator (both official languages preferred) with good presentation and sales skills and the ability to engage with a broad array of communities
  • Collaborative, team-oriented, but able to work independently

What We Offer

28-hour work week, dental and health benefits, professional development support, a diverse and inclusive workplace located in an accessible co-working space with free parking, three weeks vacation, and paid winter closure (between Christmas and New Year’s Day). Partial hybrid work arrangements may be made.


Interested candidates should submit (digitally) a cover letter and resume to the Executive Director, Gay Hamilton (she/her), at, indicating Fund Development Lead in the subject line.

The RCNBF is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and a workplace that demonstrates respect for all. We encourage interested applicants from all backgrounds to apply. The RCNBF is also committed to providing accessible employment practices compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify the Executive Director.

We thank all interested applicants, however, the RCNBF will only contact qualified candidates. Only individuals authorized to work in Canada may apply. No telephone calls, please.

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