Fundraising Relationship Specialist

Nova Scotia, NS, Canada
Full Time
Mid Level

Who we are 

At Heart & Stroke our mission is to promote health, save lives and enhance recovery. We are committed to a culture that exemplifies our core values: champion health, practice humility, embrace change, drive impact, learn and grow and be heartfelt as we work together to beat heart disease and stroke. 

We believe in equity, diversity and inclusion ― it’s embedded in our values and core mission work to support all people in Canada to lead healthier lives. We are committed to applying this principle to cultivate a welcoming environment that embraces diversity among our employees. Candidates from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to, Indigenous peoples, racialized communities, 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, women, and people living disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

To learn more about our mission, values, commitment to EDI, and the difference Heart & Stroke makes in the lives of people in Canada at every age, please visit our website

The opportunity 

Please note we offer remote/hybrid working options, and for your application to be considered, candidates must be located in one of the following provinces: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland.

Our bold, dynamic and passionate development team has the honor of building and nurturing donor and volunteer relationships who raise funds to enable Heart & Stroke to deliver its critical mission and reduce the impact of heart disease and stroke in Canada.  

The role of the Fundraising Relationship Specialist is to lead the effective delivery of Heart and Stroke’s fundraising initiatives with a focus on our community initiatives.  

In this role you will:   

  • Promote Heart & Stroke’s (H&S) mission, and invite others to become involved in a way that is meaningful to them  

  • Develop, maintain, engage, recognize and grow community supporter relationships and partnerships  

  • Ensure full support and operation of H&S fundraising with excellence and in alignment with our organizational values  

  • Steward and build relationships through active and ongoing engagement initiatives  

How you will make an impact every day 

Maximize fundraising initiatives through active stewardship and relationship management for the region   

  • Create plans and implement all fundraising activities for programs that include, but are not limited to: Fundraise Your Way and Virtual Canvass; ensuring they are fully supported and operating to meet revenue goals and KPI’s  

  • Proactively approach and create initial contact with community members with the goal of inviting new support and participation  

  • Maintain excellent relationships with established supporters and liaise with prospects to maximize all available opportunities for partnerships and revenue growth  

  • Manage all promotion/communications plans and activities   

  • Anticipate participant needs and proactively search for solutions to ensure participant expectations are met or exceeded  

  • Monitor and adjust plans, real time, to influence fundraising and relationship outcomes  

  • Build, manage and sustain the internal business relationships necessary to support achievement of fundraising goals  

  • Identify and recommend new and current relationships that could serve the organization while ensuring continued growth and success of fundraising initiatives   

  • Create an excellent experience and positive interaction for all who are involved with Heart & Stroke  

  • Support the implementation and execution of new regional and national initiatives  

Community relationships, engagement, and management  

  • Engage regional volunteers to support fundraising activities  

  • Support and inspire fundraising organizers, participants and volunteers so they can be successful in their desire to support Heart & Stroke; Assist teams and individuals with online fundraising   

  • Coordinate and manage volunteer activities as needed  

  • Create plans to ensure regular engagement of key donors, organizers and stakeholders  

Plan and initiate promotional activities that supports and enhances H&S’s community presence   

  • Attend and actively participate in local networking, community, and health-related events   

  • Identify mission opportunities to engage donors   

  • Deliver a variety of presentations to workplaces, community groups and stewardship events   

  • Represents H&S at networking and local events with local mayors, media, service clubs, associations  

Who we need 


  • Post-secondary  

  • CFRE certification and involvement in a professional association is an asset  


  • Three to four years of related experience in fundraising, sales and relationship management    

  • Volunteer engagement and experience working with diverse communities   

  • Experience and comfort developing new relationships and fundraising opportunities   

  • Event planning, coordination and/or project management experience would be an asset   


  • A professional and exceptional donor centric service approach    

  • Proficient with remote technology, online and social platforms   

  • Developing rapport virtually   

  • Proven success in fundraising, particularly in the area of peer-to- peer and event-based fundraising   

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and customer service orientation; ability to work    

  • Ability to effectively promote opportunities and partnerships along with excellent public speaking/ presentation skills   

  • Proven ability to relate to and engage diverse groups of people.     

  • High level of ownership, and accountability to goals, teamwork and following best practices   

  • Proactive, self-motivated and resourceful   

  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail   

  • Ability to anticipate and plan, problem solve and exercise sound judgment    

  • Flexible and adaptable; able to work in a fast paced, ever-changing environment; able to effectively manage a demanding schedule and prioritize responsibilities.   

  • Strong technical abilities, computer skills and experience working with a CRM database and online fundraising platforms would be an asset   

What we offer 

At Heart & Stroke, we make it a priority to foster a culture of caring by implementing practices and programs that foster respect, compassion, trust and attentiveness to our own and others’ health and well-being. 

In addition to a competitive salary, we believe that time off is integral to the personal health and wellness of our employees. We offer a generous paid time-off package including vacation days, personal days, wellness days, and paid company-wide closure between December 25 and January 1. We also provide competitive health, medical, dental and vision benefits, life insurance, disability benefits, an employee assistance program (EAP) and a defined contribution pension plan with employer matching. Our employees also enjoy a flexible hybrid working model and reimbursement for mobile phones and home office setup, as well as opportunities for professional development.  

Apply now 

If you want to join the fight to beat heart disease and stroke, please apply by sending your resume by July 5, 2024. Applicants must be currently residing in Canada and legally entitled to work in Canada. 

Only those candidates that qualify will be selected for an interview. At this time, all interviews are being conducted via phone and/or video call ― we look forward to “virtually” meeting you!  


We are committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment. If you have been contacted for an interview and require accommodation to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please let us know and we will do our best to address your needs.  


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