Director, Major Gifts, Ocean Wise

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada · Ocean Wise


The Director, Major Gifts, is responsible for leading a team to secure large donations, grants and sponsorships and thereby significantly grow revenue to meet Ocean Wise’s strategic goals.

Working with a highly engaged and passionate team, the Director, Major Gifts, will play a critical role in finding the resources that help support ongoing programs and initiatives at Ocean Wise. They will develop and implement a strategy to secure major funding (>$10k, with a primary focus on >$100K) from a pipeline of high-net worth individuals, family foundations, grant-making foundations, government grants, corporate partners/sponsors and legacy donors.

This position will be responsible for coaching and mentoring the major gifts team to ensure income targets are established and met from a robust pipeline of donors. Ongoing support will be provided on issues including prospect identification, cultivation tactics and major asks. The Director of Major Gifts will be responsible for ensuring every team member is meeting their financial and non-financial goals.


Provides leadership to the major gifts team by:

Leads the overall strategy development and execution of major gifts by:

Oversees the development, cultivation and management of key relationships by:

Ensure cross-collaboration within the Development department and amongst other Ocean Wise teams by:

Reviewing and managing the program budget by:

Provides management, coaching and mentoring to Direct Reports and contributes to and fosters the development of the team by:

Consciously improves the overall organization and its processes by:


Education and Experience


Working Conditions


Ocean Wise offers a competitive compensation and benefit package.

Apply for this job