Director of Philanthropy

at Trinity Western University
Location Langley, Canada
Date Posted May 15, 2024
Category Pastor
Job Type Full-time


Director of Philanthropy – Trinity Western University

This executive search is conducted by Nelson/Kraft & Associates on behalf of Trinity Western University



Trinity Western University (TWU) is seeking a relational servant leader and development professional to join their team as Director of Philanthropy.

The Director of Philanthropy plays a key role in the overall growth of philanthropy at TWU. Working collaboratively with the Development Team, the Director of Philanthropy builds and stewards mutually beneficial relationships of increasing value and purpose among individuals within the TWU donor community. The Director of Philanthropy will have a leadership role in the strategy, planning, and stewardship of his/her assigned prospects.

As key ambassadors of TWU, University Advancement staff aspire to the highest standards of achievement, accountability, and excellence in communications, offering their various gifts and expertise to advance the reputation of TWU as Canada’s premier Christian Global Liberal Arts University.

University Advancement supports the ongoing transformation of the University by connecting individuals, foundations, and broader networks to God’s work of transformation in the lives of our students, faculty, and staff.

If you are a fundraising professional with a passion for donor stewardship, and a set of convictions that align with the mission of TWU, we would love to connect with you.




In 1957, a small group of people had an extraordinary vision to establish a distinctly Christian university in Canada.

The vision began when the Evangelical Free Churches of America (EFCA) appointed a committee to explore founding a liberal arts college in the Fraser Valley. Christian educator and church leader David Enarson was one of the guiding members of the committee and had a vision for an accredited Christian university. Members of the committee purchased the Seal Kap dairy farm in British Columbia's Fraser Valley and developed plans to build the college. The dream finally took off when Trinity Junior College opened in 1962.

Since those first days, Trinity Western has held a unique vision for Christian liberal arts and sciences education in Canada. The first president, Dr. Calvin B. Hanson (1962-1974), helped shape the early vision. Two decades later, with 800 students enrolled, the college achieved two important milestones. In 1984, under the leadership of TWU’s second president, Dr. R. Neil Snider (1974-2006), Trinity Western was granted full membership into the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), and in 1985, the British Columbia legislature renamed the Trinity Western College Act the Trinity Western University Act, establishing TWU as a university.

The next milestones for the University included incorporating ACTS Seminaries and the School of Graduate studies, which offer masters and doctoral programs in theological studies, counselling psychology, and the humanities.

TWU is now Canada’s premier global Christian university and a leader in liberal arts education offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs. As reported in educational surveys carried out by The Globe and Mail University Report and Maclean’s magazine, TWU has earned national recognition for its overall quality of education. TWU has two Canada Research Chairs: Canada Research Chair in Person-Centred Outcomes and Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Adaptation to Exercise.

Today, in addition to the programs offered at the main Langley, BC campus, Trinity Western University provides a wide array of degree and non-degree learning experiences at its satellite campuses and through its various schools and institutes.




The mission of Trinity Western University, as an arm of the Church, is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life.


Every graduate is equipped to think truthfully, act justly, and live faithfully for the good of the world and the glory of God.


  • Obeying the Authority of Scripture
  • Pursuing Faith-Based and Faith-Affirming Learning
  • Having a Transformational Impact on Culture
  • Servant Leadership as a Way of Life
  • Striving for Excellence in University Education
  • Discipling in Community
  • Practicing Christian Hospitality





  • A post-secondary degree, required.
  • 5+ years of fundraising experience or similar role experience.
  • A record of success in cultivating gifts of $10,000 or more.
  • CFRE designation, required.
  • Mature and committed as an evangelical Christian leader with a keen desire to serve in work, church, family, and the community.
  • A firm commitment to TWU's Mission, Core Values, Community Covenant, Statement of Faith, and Vision.




  • Passion for fundraising.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising.
  • Able to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle: initiate contact with potential donors; develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with other volunteers and University administrators and faculty; move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion towards solicitation and closure; make solicitations when appropriate; maintain stewardship contacts with donors.
  • General knowledge of tax laws that affect charitable giving, personal assets, and estates.
  • Superb oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Well-informed, positive, and engaging ambassador of the University’s vision to equip graduates for life.
  • Highly relational and a natural networker with an ability to build positive relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds.
  • An exceptional team player, multi-tasker, and able to take initiative.
  • Discerning, ethical, and wise; able to strategically navigate through challenging conversations.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to handle budget and schedule pressures.
  • Able to work independently and travel frequently.





Location: Langley, BC

Application Deadline: open until a suitable candidate is found

Start Date: TBD

Salary Range: $90,000 - $115,000


APPLY online at with your cover letter and resume. You must be eligible to work in Canada.



Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. is an executive consulting firm that specializes in working with not-for-profits and for-profit businesses across Canada, assisting them in the placement of senior executives and directors.

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