Development Officer

Date Posted: Dec 03, 2019
Application Deadline: Dec 17, 2019
Start Date: Feb 03, 2020

Salary From: 45K To 50K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
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

Gardiner Museum
The Gardiner Museum brings together people of all ages and communities through the shared values of creativity, wonder, and community that clay and ceramic traditions inspire.

We engage audiences with exhibitions, programs, and hands-on classes, while stewarding a significant permanent collection. We interpret historical ceramics to emphasize their relevance today, and champion emerging and established Canadian artists and their role in the broader world. We innovate through clay education, as we bring together the experience of making with a deeper understanding of the art of ceramics.

We believe in making, looking, and thinking through clay.
 

Job Description

The Gardiner Museum brings together people of all ages and communities through the shared values of creativity, wonder, and community that clay and ceramic traditions inspire.

We engage audiences with exhibitions, programs, and hands-on classes, while stewarding a significant permanent collection. We interpret historical ceramics to emphasize their relevance today, and champion emerging and established Canadian artists and their role in the broader world. We innovate through clay education, as we bring together the experience of making with a deeper understanding of the art of ceramics.

We believe in making, looking, and thinking through clay.

The Gardiner Museum has a collection of over 4,000 objects from the Ancient Americas, Europe, Japan and China, as well as contemporary works with an emphasis on leading Canadian artists. The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the world’s most notable specialty museums.

The Development Officer reports directly to the Senior Manager, Development and is responsible for supporting the fundraising efforts of the Gardiner’s Development team, helping to secure between $1,500,000 and $2,000,000 annually to support operating funding and a wide array of Museum initiatives and programs.

This position requires fundraising experience, grant writing skills, excellent organization and communication skills, creativity, event management experience, and the ability to manage multiple competing priorities and projects. This position will also act as the Assistant Board Secretary working closely with the Board Secretary, and the Board of Trustees. The ideal candidate is looking to gain general experience in the development department of an arts institution, and to learn about all aspects of fundraising in the cultural sector. This role is one that will evolve with operational requirements so the candidate should be comfortable with responsibilities changing in line with strategic objectives.  This is a great opportunity to use your creativity and entrepreneurial skills to build your knowledge and fundraising portfolio.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Revenue Generation – 45%
  • Support the Senior Manager, Development in the implementation of the annual development plan aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities and approved fiscal budget.
  • Assist with managing the annual fund and with implementing strategies to attract new donors, enhance donor retention, and move supporters through the donor pipeline.
  • Research individual donors to identify potential new donors and current supporters with the ability to become major donors.
  • Input donor data efficiently and accurately and generate reports to support donor and prospect tracking, relationships, and segmentation for appeals and outreach.
  • Identify and research opportunities for foundation grants, assist in preparing letters of interest, grant applications, and proposals.
  • Identify and research opportunities for new corporate support and sponsorships for events and programs.
  • Assist with government grants including research, writing content, planning and execution of submission, regular communications with stakeholders, and writing reports.
  • Manage grant-reporting processes, including generating content, tracking timelines, and coordinating input from other departments.
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure fulfilled deliverables for funders.
  • Ensure appropriate and timely funder and donor acknowledgement, including print, online and on-site recognition.
  • Provide support on special projects as required.
Special Events – 45%
  • Plan and execute the Gardiner’s annual gala including event conception, working with the Honorary Committee, secure vendors at favourable rates, support sponsorship and ticket sales efforts, coordinate collateral materials.
  • Develop, plan and execute SMASH, the Young Patron Circle annual art party, work with the SMASH Committee, secure vendors at favourable rates, help to secure sponsorship and with ticket sales efforts.
  • Coordinate Patron Circle Openings for exhibitions.
Assistant Board Secretary – 15%
  • Coordinate and organize four to five meetings of the Board of Trustees per year, including preparation of agendas, background materials and committee reports.
  • Coordinate and organize all Board Committee meetings, in consult with Committee Chairs.


Requirements:

Key qualifications:
  • Understanding of best practices in corporate, foundation and government grant giving
  • Exceptional professional communication and writing skills for grant writing, solicitation letters, sponsor proposals, and government grants
  • Ability to research, develop, and maintain a list of prospects and donor profiles;
  • Highly developed presentation skills
  • Ability to communicate easily and effectively with stakeholders, corporate and foundation representatives, and government officers
  • Ability to foster strong collaborative relationships and build relationships with donors and key stakeholders to encourage long-term commitments to the Gardiner
  • Strong project and time management skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills required to balance and prioritize multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Highly adaptable and able to effectively manage quickly shifting priorities
  • Highly motivated, innovative, creative and strategic thinker; uses innovation and resourceful strategies rooted in evidence to achieve ambitious results
  • Works well independently while being a true team player; sees collaboration as fundamental to a positive and productive working environment
  • Ability to win cooperation, and to facilitate groups of people to work toward success in shared goals
  • Familiarity with Board Governance and the workings of Board of Trustees
  • Ability to work discreetly with confidential information
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), internet research, and Raiser’s Edge
  • University degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in a fundraising role, preferably with an arts or cultural organization
Bona fide education licenses or degrees required
  • Post-secondary degree in related area (preferred but not required)
Working conditions
N/A
Control
  • Control over annual fundraising target $1,000,000 - $2,000,000
Special conditions of employment
  • Weekend and evening work required for events, and at particularly busy periods, to complete day-to-day administration of the department.


Additional Info:

Salary Range: $45-$48,000

The Gardiner Museum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates from visible and invisible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons across the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to hiring on merit and to removing barriers in employment policies.
 
Reasonable accommodations for disabilities will be provided, on request, to support applicants’ participation in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.
 

How to Apply:

To apply, candidates should submit a letter of interest and CV in one PDF document by December 17, 2019 at 5 pm to hr@gardinermuseum.com. Please reference “Development Officer” in the subject line. No phone calls or visits please. For further information on the Gardiner Museum, please refer to our website: www.gardinermuseum.com.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  
 

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