Development Officer, Talent Fund

Date Posted: Feb 23, 2021
Application Deadline: Mar 19, 2021
Start Date: May 01, 2021

Salary From: 70K To 85K
Province: Québec
City: Montreal
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension, 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: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

The National Arts Centre Foundation
The National Arts Centre Foundation raises funds to support the National Arts Centre’s work in performance, creation and learning across Canada. Since its founding in 2000, the National Arts Centre Foundation has raised over $150 million to enrich the lives of Canadians through the performing arts and champion our country’s artists, students and educators.


Job Description


Telefilm Canada created the Talent Fund in 2012 to support the discovery and development of emerging Canadian filmmakers. As a private donation fund, the Talent Fund draws on the financial support of private companies, industry partners, as well as on the generosity of individual donors.

Telefilm Canada is seeking an experienced major gift fundraiser for the role of Development Officer, Talent Fund. With a focus on central and western Canada, the Development Officer will report to the Director, Talent Fund and will contribute to the growth of Telefilm Canada’s Talent Fund by fostering, building, and managing strong relationships with individuals, corporations, associations, and foundations, as well as with key volunteers.

The new incumbent will be responsible for major gift development activities related to donor prospecting, cultivation, gift solicitation, and ongoing stewardship of benefactors, corporate partners, and other industry stakeholders across. They will also engage and work with members of the Talent Fund Advisory Committee who assist with fundraising and cultivation strategies to secure unprecedented investment and gifts for the Fund. 

This is a unique opportunity for a major gift specialist who is enthusiastic about the Canadian film industry and keen to work in a fast-paced, creative and dynamic environment.  

This role can be based in either Toronto or Vancouver and will entail some pan-Canadian travel. This position is part of Canada’s Federal Public Service. 



Under the supervision of the Director, the Development Officer, Talent Fund is responsible for raising and stewarding new funds in support of the Talent Fund. With a focus on central and western Canada, the incumbent will be part of a small, active regional team to successfully cultivate, solicit and steward donors, prospects and partners to meet the Talent Fund’s long-term fundraising goals. 

Key Responsibilities:
  • Generate new revenue for the Talent Fund – from corporations, foundations and individuals and other initiatives
  • Act as an ambassador throughout the organization and philanthropic community portraying a positive image of the Talent Fund and Telefilm Canada
  • In collaboration with the Director, implement key initiatives of the organization’s strategic fundraising plan alongside a small team
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward new donors to the Talent Fund, with a specialized focus on major gifts and grants
  • Research and prepare philanthropic giving profiles and maintain a moves management process
  • Support fundraising efforts of volunteer advisory committee
  • Maintain active and accurate database of prospects, donors and partners, as well as report generation as it relates to fundraising and financial activities
  • Prepare proposals, applications, reports, newsletters and general correspondence in relation to fundraising
  • Ensure compliance with fundraising standards and principles
  • Assume additional responsibilities as assigned
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a philanthropic/fundraising environment
  • Excellent fundraising skills – including soliciting and closing multi-year major gifts in the five figures or more
  • Superior donor relations skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and very strong person-to-person relationship-building skills
  • Knowledge of fundraising sector and experience in building and growing revenue-generating campaigns and initiatives
  • Corporate partnership experience, including corporate sponsorship, activations and corporate giving
  • Experience engaging and supporting senior volunteers for major gift development
  • Budgeting experience
  • Special event experience for major gift cultivation and stewardship is an asset
  • Passion for and experience in the arts, culture and audiovisual industry is an asset, as well as experience with working across multiple sectors and communities
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in English (verbal and written). Proficiency in the French language will be considered an asset
  • Demonstrated proficiency working with MS Office Suite
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality is essential
  • Driven and comfortable in a start-up environment with responsibility for developing/growing the prospect pipeline
  • Ability to work with integrity and respect, both independently and in a highly collaborative team environment
  • A relevant post-secondary degree or combination of relevant training, education and experience

Additional Info:

Telefilm Canada – Our History
2023 Strategic Plan
Corporate Plan 2020 - 2023
Diversity and Inclusion
Talent Fund Website
2019-2020 Telefilm Canada Annual Report
2019-2020 Talent Fund Annual Report
Telefilm Canada News Releases

How to Apply:


KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Telefilm Canada. 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 March 19, 2021.

To view the full Position Brief, please visit:

Telefilm Canada is committed to building a skilled workforce that reflects the diversity of the Canadian population. The organization promotes diversity and inclusion and encourages all individuals to voluntarily indicate if they identify as a woman, a member of an Indigenous community, a person with a disability, a member of a racialized group or other.
Please note that the hiring salary range for this position is $70,000 - $85,000.

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