Manager, Advancement

Manager, Advancement



Working at York House School

York House School is a vibrant and close-knit school community where people feel valued, engaged, and connected to the school. All staff contribute towards our rigorous and innovative programs that enable our Yorkies to develop knowledge, skills, and global competencies to succeed in the world beyond our doors. 


Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Manager, Advancement supports the design and execution of fundraising strategies and programs to develop and sustain philanthropic giving to advance the mission of York House in alignment with the school’s strategic plan. They will be an experienced, dynamic, confident fundraiser dedicated to quickly building strong and authentic relationships with the York House community. The Manager, Advancement will be responsible for leading, implementing, and delivering a comprehensive Annual Giving program with a goal of increasing funds and participation rates from all constituent groups including new and current parents, grandparents, alumnae, employees and friends of the school. They will oversee the stewardship of Annual Giving donors and volunteers to ensure they are acknowledged and recognized through print and digital communications, events and other school mediums. The candidate will also research, cultivate, solicit and steward a curated portfolio of active major gift prospects and donors to generate support for capital campaign projects, endowment programs and events. In addition, they will provide general operational support for a high performing and agile fundraising team, be skilled in volunteer relations and willing to engage positively in the life of the school.



  • Design, implement and execute a comprehensive Annual Giving program with targeted solicitations, appeals and activities to increase participation and donations from all constituency groups to strengthen the school’s fundraising program
  • Lead the strategic planning process to develop the Annual Giving program including the appeal business plan, calendar of activities/events, optimal solicitation and segmentation methods, donor stewardship and recognition, volunteer coordination, program budget, data analysis and campaign evaluation
  • Direct the development and production of all Annual Giving creative, collateral and branding (coordinated with the Communications Department) for print, digital, social media channels, website and other relevant mediums
  • Develop and oversee stewardship strategies for Annual Giving donors and volunteers including recognition events and multi-platform communications
  • Oversee the implementation of Annual Giving related special events including the annual York House Day of
  • Giving and regular volunteer-led solicitation/stewardship phone-a-thons
  • Write and create impact reports, stories, articles/features focusing on Annual Giving donors for school print/digital publications and other mediums
  • Partner with the Director of Advancement to identify yearly Annual Giving (and special appeal) fundraising targets and school priority projects
  • Identify, secure and collaborate with the Annual Giving Committee Co-Chairs (parent volunteers) in partnership with the Director of Advancement
  • Lead, recruit, and train Annual Giving volunteer (parent) committee members in facilitating appeal awareness, community participation/engagement and events including phone-a-thons
  • Support the identification of prospective leadership donors, develop engagement strategies for increasing participation, and moving donors to higher giving levels
  • Work collaboratively with the Associate Director, Alumnae Relations to grow alumnae participation for the
  • Annual Giving program through segmented alumnae appeals
  • Produce regular Annual Giving progress updates and statistics for the Director of Advancement and Head of School as required
  • Keep current with best practices, innovations, and trends in the Annual Giving field with a focus on independent schools
  • Develop and maintain a curated portfolio of active major gift prospects and donors in support of capital campaign projects, endowment programs, and other school fundraising priorities
  • Soliciting individual and corporate sponsorships (e.g. school and Parents’ Association events)
  • Manage all aspects of the donor gift cycle including prospect research, cultivate authentic and personal relationships, deliver personal solicitations (face-to-face, virtual, phone, email, etc.)
  • Effectively communicate the philanthropic mission of the school and its priority projects
  • Create and write proposals and case for support documents to support personal and/or department solicitations when required
  • Steward assigned major gift donors in collaboration with the Advancement team and assist with signage and recognition as per donor agreements when required (i.e. naming installments and/or donor walls)
  • Collaborate with the Director of Advancement on face-to-face activity and solicitation metrics relating to major gifts along with capital campaign planning and development
    Support new parent engagement and related events including annual Advancement-led information/welcome meetings with new families, New Parents’ Dinner and Grandparents Day;
  • Attend school and local-area events to build and deepen relationships and develop a personal profile in the York House community
  • Connect and liaise with other key stakeholder groups and school staff when required including the YHS
  • Parents’ Association (PA), Advancement Committee, New Parents’ Committee (in collaboration with the Admissions Department), Alumnae Association, student ambassadors, the Finance department and the school Archivist
  • Provide general operational support for the Advancement department when required including the execution of core programs and processes
  • Track and capture constituent engagement and activity in the Raisers’ Edge database  
  • Liaise with the Advancement Database Administrator to oversee the timely processing and acknowledgment of gifts including online donations and related tax receipts
  • Assist with other Advancement, Alumnae Relations and school community engagement projects and events as required including Alumnae and Founders’ Days, Graduation ceremonies and the YHS Celebration of Community
  • Consideration and implementation of practices that promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • As needed, attend annual industry conferences and  learning opportunities including virtual webinars;
  • CAISAP, CASE, or other 
  • Professional membership volunteer roles 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience as a fundraising / Annual Giving professional with a proven record of achieving goals/targets, developing engagement/participation tactics and stewardship strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, foster, build rapport with and manage a broad range of personal relationships with members of the YHS community and constituency groups including incoming/current parents, alumnae, students, faculty and staff
  • Demonstrated talent for recruiting, managing and inspiring volunteers
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously as well as work with and support others to complete projects
  • Outstanding organizational skills and able to initiate and complete multiple priorities on time with competing priorities and deadlines
  • Experience in developing/managing event-related sponsorship programs is an asset
  • Results-driven, ability to establish goals/action plans
  • High level of attention to detail in all aspects of the position
  • High professional and ethical standards. Ability to demonstrate sound judgment, integrity, diplomacy, and exercise confidentiality when working with constituent/donor information
  • Must be willing to make the commitment to both the position and the organization, as it is requisite to building and sustaining relationships
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, professional, organized, analytical, creative, innovative and a strategic thinker
  • High level of initiative, proactive and creative approach to problem solving
  • Open-minded, flexible and has a sense of humour
  • Demonstrated ability to model appropriate professional, ethical and collaborative behaviours consistent with the responsibilities of this position
  • Sophisticated level of emotional intelligence 
  • Continuously seeks to stay current and be at the leading edge in their field; self‐motivated and self‐directed
  • A strong interest in the transformative power of education and a passion for the education of young people
  • Continuous professional growth



  • Minimum of five years of fundraising and/or Annual Giving program experience preferably in the independent school or post-secondary environment or a comparable not-for-profit organisation
  • Thorough knowledge of fundraising strategies in education, with emphasis on demonstrated success in developing and executing annual and individual giving programs
  • Superior interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Superior communication skills including writing, editing and verbal including presentation and public speaking. A second language is an asset.
  • Adept at using traditional and social media in prospect/donor communication, engagement and stewardship
  • Ability to work independently, combined with skills to thrive in a team-based environment
  • Established professional credibility as evidenced by a degree from an accredited post-secondary institution in a related area of study, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential and/or membership of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) or other related professional networking associations is an asset
  • Excellent computer skills. Strong knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is preferred. Familiarity with Mac, Google Suite and graphic design software is an asset
  • Knowledge of and experience of an independent school culture is preferred
  • Flexibility to travel locally and work flexible hours when required 


Review our Career Page for more information about benefits and programs for staff.


Please apply online here.

Closing Date: October 20, 2021


All employees of YHS must be able to provide a passed vulnerable sector screening criminal record report. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


About York House School

York House School, located in the heart of Vancouver, is one of Canada’s leading independent schools for girls. Founded in 1932 by seven progressive and insightful women, York House provides an outstanding education for approximately 650 girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.  For more information about York House School, please visit our website at

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