Organization Overview

Learning Disabilities Society is a growing, innovative, research-based, non-profit charitable organization serving children with Learning Challenges. In collaboration with UBC, LDS offers individualized, evidence-based programs that target student-specific learning needs. Our growing programs and services currently operate from our Learning Centers in East Vancouver and North Vancouver, as well as from 8 Satellite School locations. We provide sustainable, affordable and individualized programs to ensure that all children have an opportunity to realize their full potential. Our goal is to ensure that No Student is Left Behind. 

Through early intervention, we support students at a critical time in their life, leading to profound, positive change in student life outcomes. We are scaling-up our organization and service provision with the ultimate goal to effect system change with material and wide-ranging societal benefits.

Purpose of Position

The Advancement Manager will help to develop and advance LDS fundraising activities and build on recent successes. The Advancement Manager will work closely with the Communications Manager and Executive Director to grow LDS fundraising capacity and revenues through individual, corporate and foundation giving and special events.

Principal Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement and evaluate annual fundraising plan
  • Develop and implement strategies for individual and institutional giving programs
  • Plan and coordinate special, boutique events
  • Identify prospective individual and institutional donors and cultivate relationships; manage communications with current and prospective donors including timely reporting to current donors
  • With some data entry support from staff, manage internal contact databases and communications systems

 Skills and Qualifications

  • University undergraduate degree in related field
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in advancement
  • Strong oral and written communications skills; comfortable presenting to multiple sizes and types of audiences, including one to one meetings
  • Strong interpersonal skills; relationship builder; collaborative style
  • Ability to thrive in dynamic environment; entrepreneurial
  • Demonstrated ability to lead advancement programs
  • Passion for non-profit work and community service
  • Self-motivated and proactive, ability to work in a team and independently
  • Proficient computer skills including with Office Suite and with database/CRM management

Reports to: Executive Director and Board of Directors

Start date: As soon as possible.

Location: This position works primarily out of our East Vancouver office, which is located on very good transit and bike routes, and has parking available.

Remuneration: We have budgeted a competitive daily rate range, commensurate with a professional of the stated experience and responsibility level. We would be pleased to discuss this at an initial interview. We are open to discussing how remuneration is recognized in a contractor or employment agreement. For employees, we are able to offer comprehensive extended health and dental benefits.

Equity: LDS is committed to employment equity and believes that a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve strengthens our ability to achieve our mission. We strongly encourage applicants of all genders, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, and with a range of life experiences to apply.

Accessibility: Please note, LDS’s main office space is located on the ground floor of the building.

How to apply: Please send your resume and cover letter specifically indicating past advancement experience as ONE PDF by 5pm Thursday February 13, 2020 to Rachel Forbes, Interim Executive Director at We encourage early applications; applications will be considered as received.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.