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JDRF Regional Director, Alberta & Prairies, NWT, Nunavut


Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin.  It is not preventable, and its cause is unknown.  It can affect anyone, at any age, at any time.  Over 300,000 Canadians may have T1D, and the average incidence rate in Canada has been growing at an estimated 4.4% per year – among the highest countries in the world in terms of incidence.

People with T1D run the risk of dangerously high-blood sugar levels, which can lead to complications, or dangerously low blood sugar levels, which can result in a coma.  Diabetes is the leading cause of amputations, blindness, kidney and heart disease, and other debilitating conditions.  People with T1D must take insulin via syringe or insulin pump in required doses to control glucose levels in their blood.

JDRF was formed by parents over forty years ago who wanted to find a cure for their children who had T1D and felt not enough awareness and research was focused on T1D. This origin has shaped JDRF’s fabric and continues today.  Parents, people with T1D, and committed volunteers form the backbone of JDRF’s national support and give us an unrelenting passion and commitment to work to remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives.

JDRF Canada is one of seven international affiliates of JDRF that funds ground-breaking T1D research in Canada and around the globe. JDRF has funded, in whole or in part, the research projects of scientists involved in nearly every major scientific breakthrough in T1D research to-date.  We also recognize that we help those living with T1D today to live healthier, easier, and safer lives until we arrive at the end of that path.  JDRF will not rest until type 1 diabetes is fully conquered.

JDRF Canada raises funds through leadership gifts, planned giving, special events and peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate partnerships, and annual giving.   Its staff is fully virtual across the country.

JDRF is now recruiting an experienced fundraising leader to be our new Regional Director, Alberta & Prairies. Reporting to the VP Development, the goal of the Regional Director is to drive fundraising results in their region (which includes Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) by deepening and growing donor and volunteer relationships across the market.

Regional Directors are crucial leaders in JDRF’s fundraising teams, having broad responsibility for all fundraising strategies and execution in each region, partnering on national initiatives, and ensuring the JDRF supporter community is fully aware and engaged in JDRF’s incredible work.

Ideally based in any of the region’s major cities, this is a compelling opportunity to:

  • have autonomy over the development and execution of the region’s strategy;
  • lead an engaged and keen team of five people across three provinces;
  • work with highly committed donors & volunteers, and build on a strong foundation of success;
  • join a virtual organization that values family and home life;
  • contribute to JDRF’s national direction as a member of the senior management group.

Thank you for your interest. This opportunity is now closed.


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    Desired Competencies:

    • Mission-aligned with the work, goals, and communities that JDRF works with.
    • Experience and ability to partner with strong and active volunteer leaders is critical, as is the ability to work successfully with a large network of passionate volunteers.
    • A broad base of fundraising experience to understand and appreciate how a multi-faceted fundraising program works and its pieces complement each other; successful mid-level or major gift fundraising experience would be valuable.
    • Exceptional relationship-building and donor management skills:the identification, cultivation, solicitation and on-going stewardship of leadership individual donors and corporate partners.
    • Navigational skills to manage JDRF’s various internal constituents, a keen and proactive team player and partner across the organization. Adept at managing complexity and identifying key stakeholders.
    • Exceptional management skills and the ability to inspire, lead and motivate a talented and geographically disbursed staff team; develop and sustain an inclusive and respectful work environment through all interactions with staff.
    • Commitment to staff development and ability to create career/development plans for staff, with a view toward retaining a talented team.
    • Team player that has the experience and ability to interface with all levels of staff and volunteers.  Must develop, grow, manage, and utilize relationships.  Capability to leverage relationships and negotiate agreements.
    • High level of comfort communicating complex information (e.g., JDRF research, goals, etc.) to a wide range of audiences, from high-net worth individuals to corporate and governmental leaders, the press, and the public.
    • Ability to be a passionate spokesperson/representative of JDRF’s mission.
    • Ability to translate strategies into achievable goals/deliverables.  Highly analytical and understands know numbers and data can tell a story.
    • Attention to detail while also having the ability to see the “big picture”.
    • Highly accountable and self-motivated, personable, and service-oriented.Driven to set and achieve targets.
    • Ability to work within a tight timeline and prioritize in a fast-paced dynamic environment.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills to successfully interact with external customers and staff within the organization.
    • Strong interpersonal, customer service, problem solving and planning skills are required.

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