• Full Time
  • Newmarket, ON
  • $140,000 - $170,000 CAD / Year

Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation

Vice President, Campaign


Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation is seeking an exceptional fundraising leader as our Vice President, Campaign as we embark on the largest campaign in our history.

Building upon the success of several recently completed spotlight campaigns for Men’s Health, Mental Health, the Maternal Child Program, and Cancer Care, Southlake is now focused on preparing for and executing a transformational effort to meet the exponential demand for care in support of our rapidly growing communities.  Bolstered by the vision of our new Southlake CEO, Dr. Paul Woods, Southlake is establishing a multi-site health system with the ambitious re-development of the current site and creating new, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities in the region as we reimagine healthcare for our expansive catchment that serves, though our regional programs, over 1.5 million people across many very special communities.

This is a once-in-a-career opportunity for the successful candidate recruited to this newly created leadership position to work collaboratively with both the Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Development Officer (CDO), in partnership with the Hospital, to provide expert leadership and support to the entire Foundation team of volunteers and staff to achieve transformational growth throughout this historic and comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Responsible for strategic and functional leadership to the Foundation’s campaign design; development and operations; and managing a portfolio of high-impact donors, the VP, Campaign, will lead the strategy and coordinate implementation to bring the organization through the various phases of the comprehensive Campaign.

At Southlake, we believe that fundraising is a team sport and the VP, Campaign will lead in concert with Foundation and Hospital leadership; act as the primary resource for senior volunteers; and serve as the day-to-day operational lead for the Foundation team, with the support of an evolving Campaign staff.  As an integral member of the Leadership Team and working collaboratively and cross-functionally across the Foundation, the VP will develop and drive campaign activities, schedules, timelines, and processes engendering a sense of excitement, optimism, and confidence toward achieving the Campaign’s goals.

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the VP, Campaign will demonstrate deep knowledge of and commitment to Southlake’s mission, clinical priorities, the communities we serve, and the impact of philanthropy in advancing healthcare. The new VP will be a champion of Southlake’s commitment to delivering leading-edge care, close to home, our ambitious new Campaign, and the role of transformative philanthropy to reimagine the future of healthcare.



Since the inception of Southlake Foundation in 1980, more than $234 million has been raised in support of Southlake Regional Health Centre. Working with members of our communities, volunteers, our Southlake Family and our dedicated donors, Southlake Foundation will continue to support the most urgent needs of our hospital, including things like life-saving medical equipment, infrastructure upgrades and expansions, patient programs and staff education, all for the goal of providing leading-edge care for patients and families, close to home. For more information visit: www.southlakefoundation.ca.

Our Shared Purpose:  We build healthy communities, and shape the future of healthcare, through outstanding care, innovative partnerships and amazing people.



We inspire investment in Southlake’s future.

From ground-breaking procedures and innovative uses of technology to a commitment to the best in patient care, the future of Southlake is bright, and you can be part of it.


We are the leader in transformative philanthropy and are the most trusted and highest-priority charity in our catchment.

At Southlake Foundation, we fundraise with one goal in mind: supporting our leading-edge hospital and the communities it serves. As our community grows and changes, our hospital and Foundation fundraising goals grow too — always looking forward to ensuring that we are optimally serving our current and future patients. Our donors are our partners. Through their transformative philanthropy, we empower Southlake to reimagine healthcare.



Our Shared Values with Southlake Regional Health Centre-

Power of Many – We cultivate partnerships for positive change.

What This Means to Us: By encouraging each other’s unique expertise, we value the diverse perspectives across our team and the Southlake community to make a positive impact.

Serve with Purpose – We are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.

What This Means to Us: Together, we are aligned to our vision and to build the path to arrive at our shared goals.

Every Voice Matters – We value all perspectives, listen respectfully, and take action.

What This Means to Us: We work collaboratively, with integrity, acceptance, and open-mindedness, always presuming goodwill, as we build supportive and honest relationships.

Courage to Think Differently – We embrace creativity, diversity, and innovation in all we do.

What This Means to Us: As a learning organization, we build trust, embrace the open sharing of new ideas, and value individual and collective contributions, courage, and inclusivity.

Always with Compassion – We treat everyone like friends and family.

What This Means to Us: We support and respect one another and all of our stakeholders, encouraging an atmosphere of compassion to facilitate positive collaboration.



Southlake is building healthy communities through outstanding care, innovative partnerships, and amazing people. We deliver a wide range of healthcare services to the communities of the northern York Region and southern Simcoe County. Our advanced regional programs include Cancer Care and Cardiac Care and serve a broader population across the northern GTA and into Simcoe-Muskoka.

Our team of 6,000 staff, physicians, volunteers, students and Patient and Family Advisors are committed to creating an environment where the best experiences happen. As a recognition of our commitment to quality and patient safety, we have received the highest distinction of Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada.

With an annual operating budget of over $550 million, we are one of Ontario’s most rapidly growing and aging populations and have developed an exciting plan for new facilities to serve our communities into the future. A member of the Northern York South Simcoe Ontario Health Team, we are working with our partners to deliver connected care to northern York Region and southern Simcoe County.

Top 10 Things You Might Not Know About Southlake Regional Health Centre

1.     Ranked in the list of Top 10 Best Hospitals in Ontario by Newsweek.

2.     Consistently has among the shortest wait times to see a physician in the Emergency Department of any hospital in Ontario.

3.     Home of Ontario’s 4th largest regional cardiac program, which offers virtually every service, eliminating the need to travel downtown for advanced cardiac care.

4.     Home to numerous cardiac care “firsts” (including one of two centres in Canada that does advanced electrophysiology studies, the first centre to perform leadless pacemaker insertion, and the most progressive aortic valve insertion program) and home to world-class cardiac physicians who are leaders in their field.

5.     Home to the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre, one of Ontario’s leading cancer programs and the first to partner with Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in the new Princess Margaret Cancer Care Network. A key partner with SickKids, Southlake also has the second-largest pediatric cancer program, providing leading-edge care close to home for children with cancer.

6.     Home of the first PET-CT scanner in the Central Region of Ontario, so patients will no longer need to travel downtown.

7.     One of 78 hospitals in North America to achieve the highest rank for high-quality patient outcomes from the American College of Surgeons.

8.     One of the largest hospitals in Ontario—a $550 million operation with over 6,000 employees, medical staff, volunteers, learners, and Patient and Family Advisors.

9.     A Canadian leader in integrated care, creating the unique “Southlake@home” model—the first of its kind in Ontario, which has now spread to dozens of hospitals across the province.

10.  An international leader in innovative value-based procurement, partnering with industry to improve patient care, outcomes, and experience while containing costs.



·       Lead the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of the campaign strategy across various channels in support of a comprehensive, multi-million-dollar transformational campaign.

·       Responsible for the timely and successful execution of Southlake’s comprehensive campaign including tactical and operational implementation and strategy consultation.

·       Work with key Southlake Hospital representatives to support the development of fundraising priorities ensuring staff and volunteers are set up for success to drive Campaign objectives.

·       Develop an enabling volunteer structure and staff support model to drive campaign goals. In conjunction with the President & CEO and Chief Development Officer, identify, recruit and train key leadership volunteers to support the campaign volunteer structures.

·       In collaboration with the Chief Development Officer, CEO, and Director, Principal Gifts, lead the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors connected to the campaign and manage a personal portfolio of major and transformational prospects/donors.

·       Collaborate with Senior Leadership and Director, Principal Gifts driving the strategy and execution for prospect lists and gift chart development.

·       Collaborate with Fundraising Operations to develop and execute a moves management process to advance, track and monitor donor development performance indicators.

·       Liaise with various internal stakeholders to develop a case for support, priorities, proposals, and stewardship reports for all donors in coordination with the Marketing and Communications Team.

·       Collaborate with Marketing and Communications to ensure consistent messaging and to optimize the use of communications vehicles to promote campaign and funding priorities.

·       Lead the strategic development and delivery of donor cultivation, recognition, and stewardship events, collaborating with the Director Development Operations and Director, Principal Gifts on the engagement of clinicians and leaders to bring donors closer to our mission to inform and inspire their investment in Southlake.

·       Support other elements of fundraising, including collaborating with events and annual programs to support a cross-functional team to advance key components that ensure campaign cadence and milestones are achieved to drive overall campaign success.

·       Translate campaign strategy discussions into concrete plans and provide strategic oversight of their execution.  Develop Campaign processes and administrative support structures, ensuring alignment with other Foundation programs and activities.

·       Develop an annual budget and monitor the progress of the campaign plan.

·       Lead a current team of four direct reports and recruit, hire, manage, and train additional Foundation staff as required through the phases of the Campaign.

·       Provide leadership, direction, coaching, and encouragement to a staff of fundraising professionals, to raise sights, and support them in reaching Campaign goals.

·       Provide guidance, training, and support to colleagues and volunteers who serve as partners in Campaign activities.

·       Work in partnership with the Donor Experience Team to develop campaign-specific donor acknowledgment, recognition and stewardship processes and products and provide strategic oversight of stewardship plans for our top donors.

·       Work cross-functionally with various internal teams including Development Operations, Donor Experience, Marketing and Communications, Events and Community Partnerships, and Finance to develop campaign-related initiatives, reporting, monitoring, and tracking against campaign goals and key performance indicators.

·       Ensure compliance with all regulations, policies and ethical standards that pertain to fundraising for a Campaign.



·       Progressive senior-level fundraising experience and a proven track record of responsibility for major gift development.

·       University degree or comparable professional training and experience

·       Previous engagement in planning and executing significant, comprehensive campaigns.

·       Strong donor relationship manager with a track record of closing significant major gifts.

·       Experience leading, educating, and supporting senior volunteers in a major gift and/or campaign environment.

·       Ability to manage vertically and horizontally and to lead through influence; investing in relationships to work effectively with senior leaders and mission partners, collaboratively with peers and stakeholders and coaching and mentoring staff to meet business objectives.

·       Demonstrated ability to build relationships with internal staff, donors, volunteers, hospital representatives and other key stakeholders.

·       The ability to demonstrate success in campaign design, strategy, pipeline management and meeting targets.

·       The ability to think strategically and work proactively managing competing priorities, excellent project management skills and capacity with an attention to detail.

·       Exceptional communication skills, writing and interpersonal skills, in addition to well-developed presentation abilities.

·       Well-developed business acumen along with advanced analytical experience.

·       Proven ability to support staff colleagues and manage volunteer and hospital partner involvement in major gifts fundraising.

·       Experience as a leader in creating and/or enhancing diverse and inclusive work environments.

·       Strong critical thinking skills and the confidence and judgement to make decisions within areas of responsibility.

·       Resilient with the ability to solve problems, thrive under pressure in a fast-paced environment, and effectively manage multiple projects and timelines working collaboratively with and through others in the complexities of a not-for-profit organization.

·       Ability to maintain confidentiality, a personal reputation for integrity and the highest ethical standards.

·       Demonstrated passion for healthcare philanthropy.  Experience working in a healthcare environment is considered an asset.



KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Ellie Rusonik, Senior Vice President/Lead or Helena Debnam, Senior Consultant, KCI Search + Talent by email at Southlake@kcitalent.com.

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by July 26, 2024.

To view full Executive Brief, please visit www.kcitalent.com

The salary range for this position is $140,000 – $170,000 with eligibility for up to 8% of base salary in incentive pay upon achievement of individual and team goals, a full range of benefits, including an employer-matched defined benefit pension through HOOPP, and a flexible, hybrid work policy.  KCI salary benchmarking is reviewed regularly, with the goal of maintaining competitive comprehensive compensation packages in order to attract and retain top talent.

Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation is committed to its people and the talents, capabilities, and perspectives they bring to our mission. We live that commitment by being open and accessible to all, by valuing and respecting every individual, and by equally supporting every employee.

Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation is committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. Please inform us of your needs if you require an accommodation of any kind and are contacted for an interview.

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