Director: Strategy and Business Development


ELIXR (Enhanced Learning Incorporating eXtended Reality) is a pioneer non-profit organization focused on using virtual reality technology and simulations to drive forward the way we interact, learn and communicate. 


We do this by creating a pipeline of research, development, and talent to the market.


As a part of the ELIXR team, you can expect: 


  • No day will ever be the same - we’re learning, innovating, iterating and taking big steps everyday.

  • Endless opportunities within an inspiring, impact-focused culture where you are surrounded by a team that empowers you to do what you do best.

  • Leeway in your workday so you can make the most of your time at work and deliver results, while also balancing all the rest of life’s demands.  

  • Access to the tech innovators and leaders of Alberta and a network that will propel you far past where you could go on your own.


What will you be doing?


Reporting to the President, the Director of Strategy and Business Development serves as a strategic thought-partner in designing and executing on ELIXR’s business plan. You will be creating/managing strategic partnerships, fundraising, and defining the infrastructure/systems needed to support substantial growth over the next five to ten years.


Business Development

  • Independently develop a pipeline for ELIXR’s new and existing business opportunities with the potential to be long-term accounts, and drive the achievement of ELIXR's targets for the partnership.

  • Collaborate with senior leadership to jointly plan and execute collateral, events, campaigns, and other assets and activities that create an opportunity for the partner and ELIXR to achieve partnership targets

  • Jointly created go-to-market / marketing plans with the partner, and driven the associated activities (i.e., events, collateral)

  • Established and nurture strong relationships with partner marketing and sales teams to ensure the organization is top of mind for the right partner-led opportunities.

  • Implement ELIXR’s network development including membership and MOU’s



  • Work in liaison with the President to build, manage and sustain the relationships necessary to support achievement of fundraising goals.

  • Responsible for expanding and diversifying the organization's funder base through the solicitation of major gifts, federal and state grants, special events, and corporate and foundation support.

  • Have primary responsibility for development and execution of all proposals including identifying funds needed, preferred funding targets, and approaches.

  • Actively work with the ED and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include corporate, foundation, government grants, donations, etc.


Finance and administration 

  • Oversee budgeting, financial forecasting, and cash flow for administration, existing programs, and proposed new sites.

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner.

  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess any changes necessary.

  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/ reporting system.


Key Capabilities

  • Minimum undergraduate degree in Commerce, Economics, Business or a related degree, ideally with an MBA/CPA advanced degree. Equivalent financial and business management experience will be considered. 

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, strong financial management skills, comfort with ambiguity, and excellent interpersonal skills with an entrepreneurial spirit and sense of humor

  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects.

  • Strong organizational, time management, and prioritization skills with great attention to detail

  • Ability to review and analyze complex contracts and familiarity with standard deal structures.

  • Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships, across different levels of the organization and externally

  • Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, with consideration to budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.

  • Proven success in fundraising. Experience forge new donor relationships, running capital campaigns and success securing funds from multiple funding channels


At ELIXR, we know that highly talented people can readily transfer their skills. If you believe your skills and experience are transferable, please consider putting your name in the running. 


Are you in?

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1200-10405 Jasper Ave,
Edmonton AB
T5J 3N4


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