Development Manager

Date Posted: Jan 15, 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 07, 2020
Start Date: Feb 10, 2020

Salary From: 60K To 65K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description


Canadian Art is the preeminent platform for journalism and criticism about art and culture in Canada. Our award-winning print, digital, educational and programming initiatives deliver smart, accessible ideas, stories and opinions. A national non-profit foundation, Canadian Art develops and supports art writers, and engages with the work of artists, established and new. Most important, we develop inclusive platforms to understand, debate and be inspired by art.

In addition to publishing in print and online, the Canadian Art Foundation also presents innovative events and educational programs including School Hop and the Canadian Art Encounters speaker series. These programs support our mandate to engage audiences nationwide and address urgent and evolving issues through the lens of contemporary art and culture.

Job Description

Canadian Art seeks a talented and motivated fundraising professional to join its team and lead its fundraising strategy. This is a great opportunity to make your mark in the Canadian arts community in support of Canadian Art’s mandate of creating inclusive platforms for people to understand, debate and be inspired by art.

The Development Manager leads the strategic development, management and delivery of CA’s development objectives through managing relations with individual donors, securing government grants and overseeing philanthropic giving.  A full-time, permanent position, this role reports to the Publisher and supervises the work of the Development Coordinator.

Who you are:
Determinedly donor-centric. You understand that telling the donor’s story is the key to successful fundraising and you know how to put a donor-centric strategy into action.
A strong storyteller. You are a strong writer and use language with ease; you persuade people to act through clear copy and your ability to use statistics in compelling ways.
A relationship-builder.  You are a great communicator and strong collaborator. You work well with others, building internal and external relationships that propel Canadian Art’s mission forward.
Creative, resourceful and passionate about art. You are driven by results and bring an entrepreneurial spirit to everything you do. 
Champion best practices. You believe success in fundraising is based on employing proven strategies and measuring results against key metrics, both specific to the organization and benchmarked against industry standards.
Fiercely inclusive. You are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and practices of anti-oppression. You know how to bring these core values to life in your day-to-day work and are committed to contributing to a healthy workplace.


You possess:
  • Minimum five years’ experience in fundraising roles with progressive advancement.
  • A proven track record in the development, implementation and execution of a fundraising plan, including budget management.
  • A passion for, and knowledge of, contemporary art and culture, in Canada and abroad
  • Demonstrated success using a range of fundraising methodologies throughout the donor lifecycle, including patron programs, recurring giving, donor events and stewardship, mid-level to major gift solicitation and direct marketing campaigns.
  • Exceptional writing abilities and a strong track record of success in grant writing
  • Superior skills in project design and budgeting for large, multi-year projects.
  • Advanced expertise with donor databases, such as DonorPerfect, and ability to train colleagues, troubleshoot problems, build reports and demonstrate strong data analysis skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of CRA charitable tax law and understanding of the AFP Code of Ethics and Donor Bill of Rights
  • Experience working effectively with senior leadership and board members.
  • Superior written and verbal communication, with strong presentation skills.
  • The ability to work proactively and independently, managing competing priorities.
  • Capacity to work some evenings or weekends as required.
  • CFRE certification (or certification in progress) considered an asset.

Additional Info:

 Benefits include:
  • Flex-time work arrangements
  • Annual AFP membership
  • Group Health & Dental Benefits

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Carla Dal Mina at by February 7, 2020.  Please include “Development Manager” in the subject line.
Canadian Art works to promote an intersectional understanding of identity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. We encourage applications from individuals within the Canadian Art Foundation’s employment equity categories, including those who identify as women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, persons of colour, individuals of non-conforming gender and sexual orientations and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code. Canadian Art is committed to equity and diversity, and to a positive, supportive working environment. Canadian Art’s office is fully accessible.  Please let us know should you require accommodation during any part of this recruitment process.
Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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