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Chief Development Officer

Posted July 25, 2022

As Canada’s largest living history museum, Heritage Park creates immersive experiences that bring to life the stories and diverse voices from the past to reveal lessons still relevant today. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer serves as an Executive team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting our partnerships and fund development opportunities at Heritage Park. The Chief Development Officer is a critical member of the Executive team who is passionate about elevating and engaging in long term community relationship building, which creates opportunities for long lasting donor relations and support at Heritage Park.

Strategic Partnerships

Supports government affairs activities by establishing key messages, position papers to advance Heritage Park’s strategy with funders and elected officials at all levels of government, for the purpose of building understanding of the work and historic access that Heritage Park provides to the community, while positively influencing funding and program support. 

Identifies strategies to engage in public policy input, lobby campaigns and government relations advocacy opportunities.

Oversees the development of strategic plans for government relations and fund development, which will deliver on strategic imperatives and business plan objectives.

Stewards the fundraising vision and strategy to build stability and growth in community and donor investments, within ethical standards and CRA compliance.

Collaborates with the Board and CEO to participate in awareness and community engagement with the goal to help champion the fund development plan which increases annual operating budget, capital and reserve revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization.

Accountable to risk oversight and crisis management preparedness.

Oversees the development of a strong case for support and achievement of annual philanthropic targets.

Provides strategic advice and counsel to support organizational leaders and departments on government relations and donor and stakeholder relations.

Supports growth strategy with critical market data.

To explore this opportunity further, please contact Boyden’s Calgary office at 403-410-6700 or visit 


Provides leadership coaching to community donor engagement staff in order set a strategic vision for the organization in these areas, as well as deliver on business plan objectives.

Builds and manages key internal relationships at all levels of the organization, across departments and sites to ensure a good understanding of public relations and community engagement-fund development functions is advanced.

Monitors trends in the community or region and adapts public relations and fundraising strategies as necessary.

Develops policies and procedures for public relations and the fund development portfolio which reflect ethical, and innovative practices. Works closely with others to identify opportunities to promote initiatives and activities that enhance corporate reputation both internally and externally.

Oversees the planning and evaluation of special public events (for fundraising and public relations events) to generate funds and/or government recognition for the organization in the external community.

Supervises direct reports and provides a clear vision to the department staff. 

Budget Management and Reporting

Leads and oversees the preparation of the annual budget for fundraising and GR/public relations.

Provides clear, concise and appropriate information to the Board, Chief Executive Officer and leadership teams and other internal audiences of the organization's progress in the areas of fundraising and public relations with our government funders.

Supports annual reporting and education to council and in support of Board/CEO meetings with key leaders.

Oversees a comprehensive engagement and stewardship plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximizing public awareness of the fundraising activities.


Participates and maintains a liaison with government agencies, professional associations and community activities where relevant to Heritage Park

.Role model’s ethical behaviour and consistent application of Heritage Park policies.

Actively participates in Heritage Park’s committees/projects and other relevant departmental duties as required.

Qualifications required

The successful candidate will possess a university degree, preferably a Master's degree in a related field such as Government Relations, Public Policy, Business, or a related discipline. Additional professional designations in communications (ARP, ABC) or fund development (AFP) will be considered an asset.

Ten (10) or more years of progressive government relations experience, fundraising practices, coupled with a strong understanding of government processes and public policy.

Experience working in a not-for-profit environment would be considered an asset.

Demonstrated ability to carry projects and initiatives to completion while working successfully in a team environment and independently.

Successfully negotiating innovative and creative solutions to problems with external partners.

Proven ability to develop, maintain and elevate effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Demonstrated initiative in recognizing opportunities for improvement and efficiency in processes and practices.

Strong analytical skills to resolve issues and evaluate possible solutions.






















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