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Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health
Ottawa, ON, Canada
30+ days ago
Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30+ days ago



The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health is seeking an outstanding fundraiser and inspiring leader to join our team as Vice President, Philanthropy & Partnerships. In this newly redefined role, the Vice President will effectively guide our team in securing new levels of philanthropic investment in support of the exemplary care and ground-breaking research at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Centre (The Royal) including the Institute for Mental Health Research (IMHR).

Reporting to Chris Ide, the Royal Foundation President, the Vice President serves as a key member of the Foundation’s leadership team and will work to further build and grow a high-performing Philanthropy and Partnerships team of four direct reports.

As the lead program strategist and fundraiser of Major gifts, Legacy gifts and Leadership gifts (mid-level), the Vice President will foster engagement in our community from across the region and beyond, by building and strengthening relationships with prospects, donors and key stakeholders, and by working with and supporting exceptionally driven and successful volunteers.

As the Royal Foundation prepares for the largest fundraising campaign in its history, during a time of great awareness of the cause of mental health, the new Vice President will have the opportunity for real and meaningful impact, helping to transform mental health care and research in the region and beyond. Excited by the challenge and working closely with our Foundation President, leadership team, staff team, our Board, and the clinical and research leadership, the Vice President will drive our new ambitious campaign to success by providing solid strategy, direction and management of the campaign cabinet and all campaign efforts.



The Royal is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care and academic health science centres. Our mandate is simple: to get more people living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment-resistant mental illness.

For more than one hundred years, The Royal has been a community landmark and a beacon of hope for those needing mental health care. Today’s 400,000 square-foot facility features a state-of-the-art psychiatric teaching hospital with 186 inpatient beds and houses the Institute of Mental Health Research and the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. A teaching hospital of the University of Ottawa, The Royal is also networked with Queen’s University and Carleton University.

Our Vision

Mental health care transformed through partnerships, innovation and discovery.

Our Mission

Delivering excellence in specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education.

Our Values

We are guided by innovation and a passionate commitment to collaboration, honesty, integrity and respect.

Where we work

Most of The Royal’s patients receive care without ever walking through our doors. Most of our patients live in eastern Ontario, but some of our specialized programs reach into northern Ontario, Quebec, and Nunavut.

Our campuses include:

  • Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre — a 186-bed state-of-the-art mental health centre plus an 88-bed recovery/long-term care facility in Ottawa.
  • Brockville Mental Health Centre — home to The Royal's 63 bed forensic treatment unit as well as the St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre (Secure Treatment Unit), a 100-bed hybrid correctional facility and mental health centre that is the result of a contractual arrangement between the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and Ontario's Ministry of the Solicitor General, located in Brockville, Ont.
  • Community Mental Health Program based out of Carlingwood Shopping Centre in Ottawa.
  • Four Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic satellite campuses.


The clinical programs at The Royal focus on anxiety disorders; community mental health; forensic psychiatry; general psychiatry in transition; geriatric psychiatry; mood disorders; schizophrenia; sleep disorders; substance use & concurrent disorders; and youth psychiatry. Our Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic treats Canadian Forces, veterans and RCMP, and is the only OSI clinic in Canada within a specialized academic mental health centre.

The Royal serves people age 16 and older living with complex and persistent mental illness. For most of our programs, patients in need of the highly specialized care we provide are referred by physicians or nurse practitioners in our community.

We provide a broad array of inpatient, outpatient, and community-based services. We work together with numerous community partners to support people’s mental health across their lifespan and spectrum of needs.  We also educate thousands of health care professionals each year and work to promote mental health everywhere we can.

The Royal’s Strategic Plan

The Royal’s strategic plan charts the course over the next five years.  Its five forward-looking pillars unite all elements of The Royal in support of a singular purpose: Expand access, hope and new possibilities for people with mental health and addictions needs through the convergence of client and family-oriented care, science, education and lived expertise. 

The complete Strategic Plan can be viewed at:

The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR)

Researchers at The Royal’s IMHR specialize in complex and treatment-resistant mental illness, and conduct innovative work that is leading to the development of more personalized and alternative treatment options, to help improve patient care locally and globally.  Research is also strongly focused on advancing prevention and early intervention strategies; to help curb mental illness before it starts. 

The Royal’s IMHR researchers are tackling important mental health questions in a number of different areas, including mood disorders; stress and trauma; youth mental health; suicide prevention; sleep disorders; military mental health; and workplace mental health. 

The Institute is home to a number of dedicated research facilities including the Brain Imaging Centre and the Sleep Research Laboratory, which are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies that enable researchers to study the brain and mind in new and innovative ways. 

As a member of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO), researchers are ideally positioned to translate cutting-edge discoveries into transformative mental health care for individuals at The Royal -- and beyond. 


The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health raises funds to support the best possible patient care and leading-edge research provided by the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Brockville Mental Health Centre, and the uOttawa Institute of Mental Health Research.

As a not-for-profit arms-length fundraising organization governed by a dedicated and skilled volunteer Board of Directors, we:

  • Focus on improving the health and lives of those living with mental illness
  • Communicate with our donors openly, honestly and transparently
  • Demonstrate integrity in our financial management and disbursement of donor funds.

Our passionate and growing Foundation team of 17 staff works collaboratively with our dedicated hospital colleagues and many committed volunteers.  

In 2020-21, The Royal Foundation raised $6.9 million in donation revenues through a comprehensive fundraising program that includes: Major Giving, Corporate Partnerships, Leadership Giving (mid-level), Legacy Giving, Annual Giving and Events.

The Foundation is currently planning its most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history in support of The Royal’s priority needs, including (1) expanding access to today’s world-class mental health care through innovative programs and (2) revolutionizing our understanding of the brain through new breakthroughs and discoveries that will be translated into life-enabling care. Based on the campaign plan and staffing model, the Foundation team is expected to grow over the next few years.

The Philanthropy and Partnerships team plays a critical role in achieving our ambitious goals so that the Foundation is able to help advance mental health by deepening support from existing donors and broadening the donor base to attract new major and transformational gifts.


About The Royal   

The Royal – 2020-2025 Strategy Plan

The Royal Annual Report 2020-2021

The Royal Events

Fundraising Events



An accomplished senior fundraiser and manager, the Vice President, Philanthropy and Partnerships will be excited to contribute to advancing The Royal’s mission and strategic vision of Access, Hope and New Possibilities for people with mental health and addictions.

A nimble self-starter who works proactively and with a strategic, data-driven and entrepreneurial approach, the Vice President will lead and set an example for the team by identifying prospects, developing cultivation and solicitation strategies, getting out the door and meeting goals. The ideal candidate will be a strong closer who enjoys coaching others in donor strategy, making the ask and deepening relationships.

Dynamic, optimistic and outgoing, the successful candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills and will enjoy interfacing with donors, hospital colleagues, researchers and the community. Intelligent and curious, the Vice President will be a great listener who seeks to deeply understand the substance of The Royal and the remarkable work that is done here. An enthusiastic communicator who can effectively translate institutional needs into projects that resonate with donors, the Vice President will be a storyteller who conveys the importance and impact of vision, programs, research, clinical efforts and innovative ideas.

The ideal candidate will bring a joyful, inspiring energy and a passion for further building collaborative, high-performance teams and developing people. An inclusive coach and mentor, the Vice President, Philanthropy & Partnerships will have a strong ability to align, engage, motivate and support volunteers, physicians and staff. The successful candidate will have integrity, empathy, maturity, patience, and the ability to meet people where they’re at, in order to help them engage, grow, find success, and celebrate.


To be successful in this role, the Vice President, Philanthropy & Partnerships will:

Philanthropy & Partnerships

  • Campaign Planning & Strategy Development – Establish and implement the strategic direction of the leadership (mid-level), major, and planned giving programs in support of the Foundation’s strategic direction and campaign plan.
  • Operating Plan – Develop, implement, and continuously report on annual operating plans for the Philanthropy & Partnerships team.
  • Major Giving – Responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of all major giving ($25,000+) prospects and donors (individual, family, foundation, and corporate). Develop engaging fundraising products and strategies that drive this segment’s growth (e.g., Royal Angel (grateful patient) program, Family Giving program, Associate Giving program, etc.).
  • Leadership (Mid-Level) Giving – Responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of all leadership giving ($1,000 to $25,000) prospects and donors (individual, family, foundation, and corporate). Develop engaging fundraising products and strategies that drive this segment’s growth (e.g., Young Professionals Network, Women for Mental Health, etc.).
  • Planned Giving – Responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of all planned giving prospects and donors. Responsible for the planned giving program vehicles and elements including endowed and named funds with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.
  • Volunteer Engagement – Lead the recruitment, engagement, and performance of the Campaign Cabinet in support of the campaign plan. At the direction of the President, work with and engage the Board of Directors for the Foundation, the ROHCG, and the IMHR. From time to time, support the engagement of other volunteers on fundraising committees or committees of the Board.
  • Fundraising – Manage a portfolio of prospects and donors, primarily focused on major gifts, moving them through the fundraising cycle and successfully achieving assigned performance goals.
  • Reporting & Data – In partnership with the Campaign Operations & Business Intelligence team, ensure the timely and accurate input of information relating to mid-level, major, and planned prospects and donors including their gifts at all stages of the fundraising cycle in the Foundation’s database (Raiser’s Edge). Prepare accurate and up-to-date fundraising reports as requested and needed, including reports on our progress toward campaign goals and campaign funding priorities.
  • Support to the President – Support the President of the Foundation with the development of Foundation initiatives as assigned as well as the preparation and review of research & briefing notes for call activity and volunteer engagement.


People Leadership

  • Lead and manage the Philanthropy & Partnerships team ensuring each team member has clear accountabilities and goals that align with and support the Foundation’s goals; recruit and onboard new team members as approved and coach, train, and motivate all team members to success.
  • Cultivate physician and staff relationships across the ROHCG including IMHR; engage as leaders of funding priorities as well as donors and develop their potential to identify grateful patient prospects.
  • As a member of the Foundation’s leadership team, represent the decisions of the Foundation’s leadership team professionally, work in close partnership and collaboration with your fellow leadership team members, and continuously inspire and coach all staff.
  • Ensure a work environment that is conducive to the Royal’s Respectful Workplace policy.

Community and Collective Engagement

  • Actively work toward building cooperative and collaborative relationships with hospital departments, staff and community entities.
  • Participate in initiatives, special events and projects relating to the hospital including IMHR from time-to-time.
  • Participate on appropriate hospital-based and professional committees.
  • Work in manner that is in compliance with staff and patient/client safety practices, policies and procedures of the Royal.


  • Passion and enthusiasm for the mission, vision, and strategic direction of The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and the Foundation.
  • Progressive fundraising leadership experience, with proven results in delivering successful donor development strategies, ideally within a hospital, education, or other complex setting.
  • Demonstrated track-record of success is required in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual, corporate, and foundation prospects and donors of Major gifts, Partnerships and Planned gifts at the 6-figure level or higher.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience with mid-level giving strategies and programs.
  • Experience in the successful execution of major fundraising campaigns is an asset.
  • Demonstrated success in building and retaining a high-performing team including recruiting, coaching, managing, and inspiring staff.
  • Experience providing leadership, supporting, and mobilizing senior volunteers/executives.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building abilities.
  • Excellent communication skills including superior verbal, written, and presentation skills; language abilities in French will be considered an asset.
  • University degree or equivalent experience and education.
  • Knowledge of financial, legal and regulatory requirements of a non-profit organization.

Qualities and Behaviours

  • Strategic and analytical with a creative mindset.
  • Data-driven in strategy development and decision making.
  • A leader who is able to motivate and inspire groups and individuals.
  • Ability to understand and articulate complex health care fundraising priorities to prospects and donors.
  • Committed to the highest standard of ethical fundraising practice.


KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Sylvie Battisti, Vice President, KCI Search + Talent by email at  

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 January 26, 2022.

To view full Position Brief, please visit:

At The Royal, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.  We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the recruitment process.

All applicants for any vacancies at The Royal must be fully vaccinated to be considered for any positions.  Any new hires, prior to their first day of employment will be required to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated, or present supporting documentation of a valid exemption in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Please note that the hiring salary range for this position is $130,000 - $150,000.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60495834
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Position Title: Vice-President, Philanthropy and Partnerships
  • Company Name: Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health
  • Job Function: Corporate & Foundation Relations
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Salary: $130,000.00 - $150,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

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