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Regional Director, BC/Yukon

Company: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
Date Posted: September 22, 2015


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) is seeking a new Regional Director, BC/Yukon for an exciting opportunity to help achieve the Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  Leading a dedicated team of professionals and volunteers, the Regional Director will serve as chief fundraiser and be the most senior champion and ambassador for the Society’s activities in the region, promoting its important role and work to patients, volunteers, donors, potential donors and other stakeholders. 

Key among the Regional Director’s priorities will be providing experienced leadership and management expertise for the fund development program, developing and executing the regional operational plan, building presence across the province, and extending the mission reach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society within British Columbia.

Reporting to our national Vice-President, Revenue Development, the Regional Director will serve as a LLSC leader in BC as well as a member of the Society’s Senior Management Team.  The Regional Director will foster a collaborative approach to the management of BC’s human and financial resources and will work extensively with other regional leaders, functional leaders, the National Executive Team, and regional volunteers.  This position is located at the Society’s regional office in Vancouver. 


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) is an affiliate of the LLS in the United States and is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer.  LLSC funds lifesaving blood cancer research across Canada and delivers patient education, support and programming tailored to Canadians. 

Since 1955, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) has continually grown as more exciting and cutting-edge discoveries are made that directly affect the course of our mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  With more than 110,000 Canadians living with or in remission from blood cancers, and approximately 21,000 more patients diagnosed in Canada every year, the stakes are high, giving us the impetus to constantly look for ways to deliver on our mission as effectively as possible. 

Our commitment to cutting-edge science has contributed to an unprecedented rise in survival rates for some people with blood cancers.  Since the 1960s, the survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled.  Once unimaginable, new treatments are saving lives today.  Over the last 60 years, survival rates for children with leukemia have risen from 3% to over 90%.  Despite progress, more than a third of blood cancer patients still do not survive five years after their diagnosis, so more funding is needed to advance research and ensure access to treatment to help save lives.

We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our donors, volunteers and partners in helping thousands of patients and their families who are facing the diagnosis of a blood cancer, helping them survive and, hopefully, be cured.  With the help of major fundraising campaigns, including Team in Training, the world’s largest endurance sports training program, and Light the Night walk, LLSC will reach $14 million in total national consolidated fundraising revenue in 2015.

Over the last year, leadership roles have been redefined and changes made to reflect the emphasis on planned growth, innovation and business rigour.  A new thrust in marketing and communications has started as LLSC furthers it brand equity and awareness strategies.  Also, LLSC has enhanced its business discipline and planning and continues its commitment to fiscal responsibility and accountability.

LLSC is committed to assisting Canadians coast-to-coast through their journey with blood cancer.  We are a registered Canadian charity, governed by a national Board of Directors.  In addition, a Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee advises the Board of Directors on a range of issues regarding medical affairs and the research grant process.  LLSC is headquartered in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. 


BC/Yukon is one of five regions of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.  A team of six staff works with volunteers, event participants, donors, partners and other stakeholders to make a difference in the lives of patients in the region living with blood cancer. 

With annual fundraising revenues of approximately $2 million, the BC/Yukon team works in close collaboration with our National Office staff who provide support in all areas of activity including Campaigns, Marketing and Communications, Blood Cancer Research, Patient Education and Services and Corporate services.  The BC/Yukon revenues are comprised of special events (74% of total revenues) including the Light the Night walk (being held on October 17 in Stanley Park), Team in Training, third party events, individual giving, and the School in Youth program.

Approximately 2,500 British Columbians are diagnosed with blood cancer every year.  Our Patient Services regional team provides information, support, referrals and education to patients, families and healthcare providers who care for them. 

Every 25 minutes someone in Canada is diagnosed with blood cancer.  Our Patient Services regional team provides information, support, referrals and education to patients, families and healthcare providers who care for them.  Programs include a Patient Education Program, First Connections (connecting newly diagnosed patients with trained peer volunteers), a toll-free Information Resource Centre (a call centre staffed by social workers and health educators), and the award-winning LLSC website.


With true passion for the work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, the new Regional Director will be confident, driven and energetic in developing and executing strategy and providing fundraising leadership in support of the LLSC vision and goals.  The ideal candidate will be a proven fundraising leader, with particular expertise in broad-based fundraising programs, including events, corporate partnerships and sponsorships as well as donor development.  In addition, the new incumbent will ideally have gained meaningful experience in a multi-level charity.  A strong and dynamic representative of our Society, the Regional Director will employ best practices and inspire trust, confidence and respect among the LLSC’s senior volunteers, leaders, donors, colleagues and staff members. 

Drawing on a successful track record of achievement in establishing and stewarding relationships with donors and volunteers, the new Regional Director will be enthusiastic and motivated by the opportunities presented by this exciting new stage of revenue growth and diversification in the LLS BC/Yukon.  The new incumbent will be skilled at creatively identifying opportunities, finding synergies, educating others, and applying strategy and rigour to continue to build on our fundraising success. 

A highly engaging and inspiring leader, the Regional Director will possess strong interpersonal skills and exceptional communication abilities to build unity around the vision, and to rally volunteers, donors, team members and colleagues to meet and exceed goals.  Persuasive yet genuine and sincere, the successful candidate will effectively engage stakeholders and share the important impact of our work as it relates to blood cancer care and treatment for patients in the region.  The Regional Director will be equally comfortable addressing myriad audiences ranging from people affected by blood cancer, to journalists, health professionals and researchers.

The ideal candidate will lead by example with initiation and a proactive approach, and will be a model for the BC/Yukon staff.  The new incumbent’s leadership skills will have been honed by previous experience in successfully managing teams and supporting volunteers.  The ideal candidate will be flexible and adept at guiding a team through change in an evolving organization.  An accomplished coach and mentor, the new Regional Director will foster a strong team focus by inspiring, promoting, and encouraging collaborative and supportive work across the LLSC and within the BC/Yukon team. 

As a successful implementer of our BC/Yukon regional plan with an open, honest and humble attitude, the ideal candidate will always have the overall organization’s best interests in mind.  A positive and committed team player, the Regional Director will proactively consult with colleagues and peers, and share their advice and experience with other Regional Directors and staff across Canada. 


Reporting to the Vice-President, Revenue Development, the Regional Director will: 

Fund Raising and Donor Relations Leader

  • Lead regional staff in implementation of the fund development program including LLSC signature events, third party events, corporate partner development, major gift donor development and School and Youth programs.
  • Identify, recruit and actively support senior volunteers, and assure that they are effectively engaged.
  • Lead the region’s corporate partner development program including the securement of sponsors for the annual Light the Night Walk.
  • Directly oversee a portfolio of prospects and actively participate in the cultivation and acquisition of major donors, foundation and corporate contributions through grants, sponsorship and/or in-kind support.
  • Develop plans which support further market penetration and income growth; develop new revenue generating ideas to meet budgeted targets.

Regional Chapter Development

  • Develop an annual operational plan for regional goals and objectives within the national budget framework and operational plan (completed for 2015/16).
  • Recruit, develop, and provide leadership, direction and coaching to the regional team to ensure the successful implementation of the regional operational plan.
  • Initiate and provide leadership to regional projects.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the LLSC mission and programs.

Community Involvement and Public Relations

  • Support regional activities regarding Patient Education and Services through oversight of the local patient services staff to ensure that programs and services are implemented to meet objectives, and provide management for implementation of mission programs.
  • Serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the BC/Yukon Region.
  • Develop positive, collaborative working relationships with relevant stakeholders within the health research community, health institutes and universities, regional health authorities, and other related organizations.


  • Working with national Vice-President Corporate Services, oversee the regional budgeting and reporting through the Financial Administrator and appraise operating results in terms of costs, budget, operating policies, trends and increased net revenue opportunities.
  • Perform regional personnel management functions.  Build, develop and lead a strong team by sustaining an efficient organizational structure, creating an environment that enables staff to excel, and implementing effective human resource policies and practices.
  • Oversee the efficient and effective operation of the BC/Yukon region in accordance with the policies and procedures established by LLSC.
  • Ensure and oversee the preparation of reports, records and other documentation as requested which present the progress and status of the regional chapter’s plans and activities.

Liaison with the National Office

  • Represent the best interests, professionalism and integrity of LLSC in all activities and relationships through a unified message of the LLSC mission and a commitment to organizational standards.
  • Provide leadership in building confidence and a strong working relationship between the regional office and the national office.
  • Collaborate and receive support from national office specialists from all departments.


  • Demonstrated progressive non-profit experience, including experience in a leadership capacity,  preferably in a cancer or health-related field.
  • Knowledge and skill in fundraising management with a proven track record of fundraising success in corporate development, donor development, and event management.
  • Experience in operational management and leading a staff team.  Demonstrated ability to recruit, retain, mentor, motivate and lead a professional team to achieve common goals and objectives.
  • Proven success in senior volunteer recruitment, management and development.
  • Superior interpersonal skills to engage, motivate and leverage stakeholders both internally and externally.  Able to connect, build and maintain a broad range of relationships, including new business relationships. 
  • Experience working in a team environment, executing a strategic plan locally while working collaboratively in achieving goals with staff and colleagues both regionally and nationally.
  • Excellent planning and organizational abilities and sound judgement.
  • Proficiency in fiscal management and solid analytical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills; at ease with public presentations and a proven ability to relate to diverse groups of people at all levels.
  • An Undergraduate degree is required for this position or equivalent in experience.


KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.  For more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Christoph Clodius, Vice President, Search Practice by phone at 778-331-8865 or by email at

Candidates who wish to apply for this position should ensure that a resume and letter of interest are sent to the above email address by October 16, 2015.  All enquiries and recommendations will be kept in strict confidence.

More information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is available at