Vice President, AFP Canada

Location: Canada, Canada

Department: Foundations

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Executive

Company Overview

For 50 years, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising.

As the largest association of philanthropic fundraisers in the world, AFP informs the public about the fundraising profession, and protects the best interests of fundraising whenever related laws and regulations are developed.

AFP International has more than 30,000 members world-wide, with 3,800 of them in Canada.  AFP promotes the importance and value of philanthropy, and enables people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising by:

supporting the growth and development of networks of fundraisers in Canada and around the world,
providing information and resources to enable fundraisers to develop in their profession,
establishing the ethical framework that allows fundraisers to make an impact in Canadian society, and
promoting philanthropy and fundraising the public arena.

Over the past two decades, AFP in Canada has grown significantly. It has grown from 214 members (in 1995) to over 3,800 members in 20 professional chapters across the country. The profession and the nonprofit sector in Canada now look to AFP for leadership in a variety of areas beyond merely fundraising education and training. New technology has changed member expectations about what AFP can and should provide.

AFP Canada (formerly AFP Canadian Council) has become an important vehicle in uniting the AFP community across Canada, while the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada has become a major force in supporting new programs, initiatives and research through new revenue streams. AFP Canada was incorporated on May 1, 2017, and the inaugural Board of Directors was created in April 2017.  The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada remains a partner with AFP Canada.

As a result of the new Canadian structure, AFP International (IHQ) and AFP Canada are seeking to hire a Vice President, AFP Canada to implement the work of the new structure.

Job Summary

In collaboration with AFP International Headquarters (IHQ), and AFP Canada Board of Directors, the Vice President, AFP Canada will support the strategic development of the fundraising profession in Canada.  The Vice President builds influential alliances with government and sponsors, and serves as the voice of AFP and a champion for the fundraising profession to key Canadian audiences. 

Responsibilities and Duties


  • Provide a Canadian voice, viewpoint, and assessments as needed to IHQ staff
  • Establish cooperative and collaborative relationships with IHQ and Canadian staff to access skills, expertise and administrative support as needed.
  • Collaborate with the AFP President and CEO and the Canadian Board in applying AFP strategy in Canada and the profession. Develop and implement a strategic plan and business plan in conjunction with the IHQ strategic plan
  • Collaborate in the budgeting process with IHQ staff in alignment with AFP strategy
  • Provide financial planning, budgetary management, and reporting for AFP Canada
  • Explore opportunities for revenue generation specific to Canada in collaboration with the AFP Foundation, including national and regional sponsorships, partnerships, government and corporate funding, and philanthropic efforts

Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations

  • Act as the Canadian voice for AFP and the profession to the public and stakeholder groups
  • Prepare and execute a contingent media plan to respond appropriately to issues in the media which may impact the public perception of philanthropy and the profession in Canada
  • Collaborate with the AFP Canada Board and Government Relations Committee to implement effective government relations strategy and build strategic relationships with government officials to positively influence legislation, regulation, and public policy related to philanthropy and the profession in Canada
  • Collaborate with AFP partners (i.e. CAGP, Imagine Canada, AHP) to promote philanthropy in Canada to legislators, regulators, donors, and the public at large.
  • Promote excellence in the profession across Canada, by supporting professional development and recruitment initiatives with AFP partners
  • Develop and execute with the Communications Committee an integrated strategic communication plan for AFP Canada which is aligned with IHQ and Canadian strategic objectives, annual business plan, and member chapter needs through all appropriate media or channels
  • Monitor regional issues through relations with member chapters, providing advice and guidance on issues of national significance, consistent with the Canadian strategy and business plans

Board Governance

Staff the AFP Canada Board by attending meetings, collaborating on agendas, facilitating and administering meetings, providing committee arrangements, and ensuring a working governance model is in place.   Provide regular progress reports on AFP Canada activities and issues.
Support the AFP Board in the recruitment, development and engagement of Board members and other volunteers in the activities of AFP Canada where their expertise can add value
Collaborate with the AFP Canada Foundation in supporting and promoting diversity in philanthropy and the profession across Canada, building an understanding of the opportunities which diversity presents.

Desired Competencies:

  • Leadership
  • Strategic thinking
  • Facilitates change
  • Collaboration
  • Consensus building
  • Negotiation
  • Business Acumen
  • Financial Acumen
  • Organizational Acumen
  • Problem solving
  • Practical 
  • Adaptability
  • Hands-on execution
  • Relationship building
  • Communication (written, presentation, conversation)
  • Volunteer management (understands diverse strengths of volunteers and is able to apply it to good effect in AFP’s interest)   

Education, Experience, and/or Training Requirements:

  • University degree in business, public administration, or social sciences
  • CFRE, CAE or equivalent professional designation is an asset
  • Minimum 10 years national association work experience with demonstrable experience in chapter-relations
  • Experience in professional fundraising and philanthropic work
  • Experience working with a non-profit board – board governance
  • Experience in government relations and funding processes
  • Experience in volunteer management
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and executing national communication programs and sponsorship's
  • Experience in media relations
  • Bilingual (English and French), or a third language of significance in Canada is an asset



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