Regional Director (Central Region – MB/SK/NU)

Reports to: Vice-President, Development

Direct Reports: Development Coordinators

Purpose of Position

Reporting to the Vice President, Development and, as an integral member of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s management team, the Regional Director will serve as the key leadership role for the Central Region. He/she will be responsible for ensuring the implementation of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s strategic goals and operational priorities within the assigned region. This position champions the vision and models the values of the organization, internally and externally, while fostering an environment of teamwork, excellence and shared success.

The Regional Director will work closely with and foster positive relationships with major donors, key volunteers, regional sponsors, corporations and the scientific community. He/she is also responsible for managing human and financial resources through strong staff leadership as well as the development of annual budgets and the operating plan for the region. The scope of work includes overseeing staff, communicating with the media in accordance with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s policy, raising awareness among the general public about the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada mission and values, handling financial and banking matters, etc.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Major Gifts and Annual Fundraising

  • Works to develop a prospect pipeline and actively cultivates, solicits and stewards major gift donors and prospects for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada;
  • Works closely with National Office to ensure implementation of major gifts and planned (legacy) giving programs;
  • Oversees the implementation of regional events/programs, e.g. galas, signature walk event, and other events by Development Coordinators as appropriate;
  • Supervises staff support to fundraising events, campaigns and special initiatives within the region, working in close collaboration with national and other regional colleagues in the planning and development of these activities;
  • With the assistance of national and local staff, Identifies, researches and sources funding opportunities to benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s mission (e.g. through speaking engagements, prospect cultivation, relationship building etc.);
  • Personalizes proposal templates to secure grants from regional and local foundations, corporations, service clubs and other grant-making organizations;
  • Evaluates new and existing fundraising initiatives in his/her region, including identifying potential new funding sources and maintains relationships with donors;
  • Assesses third party fundraising activities and actively seeks out opportunities that are aligned with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s objectives.

Strategic Planning

  • Establishes and implements organizational goals and outcomes in the region in accordance with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s strategic plan and identifies the required resources to achieve the goals;
  • Directs the staff’s implementation of the strategic plan and any business policy;
  • Communicates with key stakeholders to identify the changing needs and conditions in the communities within his/her region;
  • Collaborates with the rest of the senior management team on strategic initiatives, as well as the implementation of key deliverables and day to day operations.

Staff Leadership

  • Provides leadership to staff distributed throughout the region through support and coaching, leading to high motivation and strong performance;
  • In consultation with the VP, Development and the Manager, Human Resources and Office Management, recruits, hires, supervises, evaluates and releases all staff within the region;
  • Encourages team building by facilitating open communication and positive working relationships with staff.

Planning, Budgeting, Financial Administration and Policy Compliance

  • Works with the VP, Development and the VP, Finance to develop and implement an annual regional business plan in alignment with overall strategic plan;
  • In conjunction with annual fundraising plan development, creates the regional budget annually, and assists Chapters to complete their regional budgets;
  • Ensures compliance with approved budgets and proposes revisions as necessary;
  • Reviews monthly financial statements for accuracy and undertakes analysis of the results to ensure that the region stays within budget;
  • Implements appropriate actions to ensure strong fundraising results and/or reduction in expenditures as needed.

Volunteer Engagement and Services

  • Oversees his/her staff to recruit, motivate, train and support volunteers through chapter development workshops across the region and through everyday interactions;
  • Coaches and assists staff in the assistance and encouragement of Chapters, Chapters in Development, and Affiliates to help them reach their objectives as outlined in the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada chapter standards;
  • Ensures Crohn’s and Colitis Canada chapter standards are monitored by staff and applied in the region.

Education/Awareness and Communications

  • Works with staff to develop strategies to stage education seminars within the region and liaises with appropriate agencies to maximize opportunities;
  • Works with Marketing and Communications team to increase public awareness;
  • Issues local media releases and proclamations, as appropriate, and carries out activities during November Awareness month;
  • Builds and maintains relationships with regional research scientists and other key healthcare professionals;
  • In accordance with overall Crohn’s and Colitis Canada policies and guidelines, acts as liaison to government officials and the medical community in his/her region in coordination with National Office personnel.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A University Degree in social sciences, business or non-profit management is preferable;
  • Minimum 2 to 5 years of experience cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift prospects;
  • 5 to 7 years of related leadership and staff management experience, derived from a non-profit, public sector, community agency and/or health related discipline;
  • Completion of a certificate in the fields of fundraising (CFRE) and volunteer management or appropriate equivalent is preferable but consideration will be given to individuals in the process of achieving this;
  • Proven, successful track record in:
    • Management level leadership;
    • Staff management and leadership of cross-functional teams in home-based offices;
    • Strong understanding of and the ability to work effectively in a multi-tiered organization;
    • Demonstrated capacity to work with diverse internal and external groups and interests and to facilitate a consultative process;
    • Operations, financial processes and budget management;
    • Solid public relations and media relations.

Key Competencies, Skills and Attributes:

  • Strategic business awareness and planning skills;
  • Ability to operationalize the organization’s vision and strategic plan and deliver successfully on outcomes;
  • Strong team leader with ability to build and lead a strong staff team;
  • Possesses superior human resources management and development skills;
  • A strong, positive self-starter who is passionate about the mission and achieves results;
  • Displays awareness and insight into the disability issues affecting persons living with Crohn’s disease or colitis;
  • Ability to work well with senior volunteers in a leadership capacity;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills;
  • High degree of professionalism and integrity;
  • Strong emphasis on ethical behaviour;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate diplomacy, tact and sound judgment;
  • Displays an entrepreneurial spirit but also works collaboratively with colleagues;
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and strategic relationship-building skills to exert influence and develop constructive working relationships with a wide range of persons and organizations;
  • Ability to build rapport quickly and inspire in others a sense of commitment, enthusiasm and excellence;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as database management (Raiser’s Edge).

Working Conditions:

  • This position will work out of a home office;
  • Some travel and after-hours/weekend work is required, including provincial or national meetings as required;
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is required;
  • Bilingualism (French/English) is an asset.

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada provides a competitive salary and benefits program and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to by March 16, 2018. Please quote "Regional Director-Central" in the subject heading in your email reply. We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at Crohn’s and Colitis Canada; however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted regarding a job opportunity, please advise if you require accommodation.


  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 150 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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