Director of Fundraising and Development

Date Posted: May 03, 2021
Application Deadline: May 21, 2021
Start Date: Jun 01, 2021

Hourly From: $30/hr To $40/hr
Province: Ontario
Region: Peel Region
City: Mississauga
Employee Benefits: 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: Part-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Orchestras Mississauga

With a unique combination of over eighty talented community musicians and professional section leaders, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra has earned a reputation as one of the finest community orchestras in Canada, with the vibrant Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra engaging over 150 young musicians. Housed in the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, the MSO/MSYO present 11 concerts annually in the wonderful acoustics of Hammerson Hall under the baton of Music Director, Denis Mastromonaco.

Job Description

Orchestras Mississauga has an immediate opening for an experienced, part-time Fundraising Professional to design strategies and execute programs to achieve development objectives. The successful candidate will be required to be able work from home, with Zoom meetings and other online communication key to the success. Concerts, rehearsals and some meetings will take place at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga when restrictions in Peel are relaxed somewhat, and eventually lifted.
The position is built upon a part-time commitment of 25 hours/week with flexibility depending on orchestra and board activities.

Orchestras Mississauga consists of two orchestras, both led by Music Director Denis Mastromonaco:
     • Mississauga Symphony Orchestra ….a large community based symphonic orchestra with a combination of professional section leaders and volunteer community musicians. In normal circumstances the MSO rehearses weekly at the Living Arts Centre, and performs 8 to 10 concerts annually in Hammerson Hall at the Living Arts Centre.
     • Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra …. a vibrant youth orchestra with over 150 members ranging in age from 8 to 18. In normal circumstances the MSYO rehearses weekly at the Living Arts Centre and performs 4 concerts annually in Hammerson Hall, with one concert shared with the MSO at during the Christmas season.
Both orchestras have typically taken part in concerts and run-outs extra to the regular season, including mall performances, Paint the Town Red parade in Port Credit, and other opportunities as they arise.
Reports to Executive Director
Works closely with Board members and Fundraising Committee
Responsible for planning, organizing, directing all fundraising and development activities
     First Priority
     o Donor Retention including Stewardship, monthly giving plans, etc.
     o Planned giving
     o Special events and Campaigns, especially 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Opera Fund
     o Maximizing giving from current patrons
     Second Priority
     o Prospecting/Building a pipeline of new donors
     o Major gifts
     o Corporate gifts

Duties include:
     • Developing and implementing a comprehensive development strategy in cooperation with the Chair of the Development Team.
     • Identifying, cultivating, and stewarding individual and eventually corporate donors
     • Updating and managing database of donors – prospecting, donations, recognition, acknowledgement, reporting, tax receipts in tandem with the Administrator
     • Contributing to the creation of publications to support fundraising activities working in tandem with the Director, Outreach and Marketing
     • Organizing and managing fundraising events (in person and online)
     • Managing a budget and expenses pertaining to fundraising with the guidance of the Executive Director
     • Attending performances, rehearsals (as required), donor cultivation events, related community activities
     • Assisting in the grant seeking process with researching, writing applications, reporting as required by the Executive Director

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 21, 2021
If you can see yourself in this role, please send your application including a cover letter and a current CV to:


     • Experience in fundraising in performing or visual arts field of a minimum of 3-5 years
     • Strong Familiarity with the Mississauga / Peel / GTHA environment / characteristics for fundraising
     • Excellent communications skills, written, oral, presentation
     • Demonstrated ability to lead teams of volunteers and be a team member
     • Demonstrated experience in building effective relationships
     • Organizational, analytical, strategic, project management, critical thinking, problem solving skills
     • Results oriented with respect for firm deadlines
     • Experience with fundraising software
     • Familiarity with social media for gathering data and staging and promoting fundraising events
     • Self-motivated, detail oriented, independent, can take initiative when required
     • High degree of integrity, respecting confidentiality of sensitive information
     • Excellent collegial relationship with local fundraising professionals
     • Enthusiasm for / knowledge of classical / symphonic music is a desired asset
     • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as required, including MSO and MSYO concerts and occasional meetings

Additional Info:

Benefits include flex-time aligned with orchestra activities, free tickets to all MSO/MSYO concerts and a combination of working from home and from the Living Arts Centre (post-pandemic).  

How to Apply:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 21, 2021
If you can see yourself in this role, please send your application including a cover letter and a current resumé to:

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