Contact & Team


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Alexandra Pearson

Alexandra Pearson

Executive Director, Finance and Fund Administration


Denise Howell

Executive Director, Grants and Communications

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Barbara McMillan

Donor Relations and Community Engagement Manager

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson

Executive Assistant and Office Manager


Donor Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Part-Time

The West Vancouver Community Foundation has been working to create a more vibrant, healthy and caring North Shore community since 1979. We are looking for a strong team player to join the Foundation as we celebrate 45 years in the community. This role will manage the donor development and relations activities for the Foundation such as outreach, events, and database management. In addition, community engagement will be part of the role including managing our annual Vital Signs report program, capacity building for charities and other activities in the community.

The ideal candidate lives on the North Shore or is very familiar with West Vancouver. The working environment is predominantly in the office in an open space, with stairs, and we are a dog friendly office.


  • Identify, cultivate, and steward relationships with West Vancouver Foundation’s supporters to increase visibility, impact, and financial resources
    • Set up and lead in-person and online meetings with existing and potential donors
    • Oversee donor relations, including writing content, following recognition policies, and coordinating relationship building activities
    • Utilize donor database to impact our donor cultivation and engagement strategies
    • Assist with major gifts, family foundation giving, and planned giving activities
    • Develop new concepts for growing the Foundations assets under management
  • Manage and present at various events throughout the year
    • Lead event development and planning
    • Source presenters and managing attendees
    • Present at the events
    • Support to Committees and the Board including policy, communications, attending quarterly board meetings (evenings), volunteer recruitment, and facilitation.
  • Manage the community engagement programs
    • Work with charities across the North Shore to help identify their needs and trends
    • Produce the annual Vital Signs report including collecting and analyzing data, providing insights, meeting with external groups, writing copy, sourcing materials and proofing and editing
    • Present to various community groups such as charities, non-profits, municipalities and District council
    • Work with local charities to determine what capacity building opportunities they need and then produce the programs (with external trainers/facilitators)
    • Attend various events throughout the year, representing the Foundation.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 3-6 years of previous donor development, relations, fundraising, communications, relationship management and/or other relevant experience
  • Non-profit experience, either as staff or volunteer capacity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to tailor communication style based on audience.
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized self-starter able to work independently, set and meet goals and deadlines.
  • Strong computer and software skills including CRM, PowerPoint, and MS Office.
  • Strong multitasking and problem-solving skills; ability to maintain composure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Project management skills.
  • Strong public speaking skills and experience, comfortable presenting to small and large groups.


  • Passionate about community and looking to make a difference.
  • Commits to high-quality work and meets deadlines; exceptional attention to detail, accuracy, and follow through.
  • Takes initiative and ownership; has a growth mindset.
  • Culturally competent to work with individuals and groups from diverse racial, religious, cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Is a team player and relationship builder: positive, fun, “can do” attitude.
  • Has self-awareness (incl. naturally reflecting on performance/feedback), self-management, empathy, and social expertise.
  • Has exceptional client service skills (team and donor-centred) and professional tenacity.
  • Is solution driven and a creative problem solver.
  • Excels in time management, planning, organizational and execution skills; is capable of working in a fast-paced, high-functioning, performance & goal-driven environment.
  • Flexible and adaptable to a changing environment.


We are a small team, working in a converted house (1/2 flight of stairs) in West Vancouver. The role is primarily in-person at the office. The ideal candidate will live on the North Shore, or have a strong understanding of the North Shore community and the community’s needs. The role is part-time, with many of the activities held outside of office hours (typically 2-4 events/month).

The West Vancouver Foundation is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity & inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, language, national or Indigenous origin, family or marital status, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic status. The office is closed on Fridays and the week between Christmas and New Years.


This is a part-time position, eligible for a benefits package that includes a health plan plus RRSP matching program. The candidate’s schedule should have some flexibility to work evenings and weekends when needed (typically 2-4 events are outside of normal work hours per month).

The pay will range depending on the candidate’s experience and the number of hours worked. The range is $42,000-$55,000 based on a 60% schedule. The final salary offer will be determined based on the candidate’s qualifications, and relevant experience in accordance with BC labour laws and company policies.


Email your cover letter and resume, by April 22nd to 


We always appreciate helping hands, particularly at events. Your contribution of time and talent helps to make a meaningful difference to our events and our work. Volunteering for the foundation often involves supporting fundraising efforts. Experience isn’t always necessary – we value warmth, professionalism and commitment.

If you wish to volunteer, please contact us at:

Seeking Volunteer BOARD MEMBERS

Are you a community-minded professional, wanting to make a lasting impact on the North Shore and seeking a volunteer role that will utilize your experience and knowledge while helping those in North and West Vancouver?  The West Vancouver Foundation (WVF) is a community foundation, founded in 1979 by a group of local residents that wanted to inspire and steward local philanthropy. We are seeking nominations for two (2) individuals, with a passion for community-building, to join the volunteer Board of Directors. See the full description.

We are a certified Living Wage employer. We meet or exceed the Living Wage rate within Metro Vancouver for all our direct and contract staff.