Executive Director, Development & Donor Relations - McMichael Canadian Art Foundation

Date Posted: Feb 07, 2023
Application Deadline: Mar 15, 2023
Start Date: Apr 17, 2023

Salary From: 150K To 200K+
Province: Ontario
City: Vaughan
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Executive/board member

Organization Description

McMichael Canadian Art Foundation

Job Description

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection ranks among Canada’s top public galleries in size and significance. The Gallery, exhibition, and programming space, comprising 25,000 sq. ft., are surrounded by a network of outdoor trails, an outdoor sculpture garden and 100 acres of conservation land with breathtaking views of the Humber Valley. Over 6,500 works of Canadian art comprise the permanent collection, and the gallery welcomes more than 115,000 visitors on an annual basis – in person and virtually.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection generates revenue from both government and private philanthropic sources and its Foundation is seeking an Executive Director, Development & Donor Relations to raise philanthropic dollars to advance the Collection’s vision as an extraordinary place to visit and explore Canadian culture and identity.

Reporting to the Chair of the Foundation Board and working collaboratively with the Executive Director of the Collection, the Executive Director will oversee fundraising, development, and program activities designed to sustain and enhance annual private sector donor support for the McMichael. Current programs include major gifts and the patrons’ program, planned giving, individual membership, corporate and foundation support, events, exhibition, and education program sponsorship, and the donation of goods and services. Working closely with a Campaign Cabinet and supported by a dedicated team of development and fundraising staff and volunteers, the Executive Director will play a leading role in the planning and delivery of a major capital and endowment campaign of up to $50M over three years, while also managing and cultivating donors and sponsors to position the McMichael for long-term sustainability and success.


As the ideal candidate, you are a visionary, agile, and forward-thinking fundraising professional with a breadth of development experience and a global perspective in fundraising. You bring an entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset, operational excellence, and sound business judgement, which will elevate the McMichael’s fundraising activities with exceptional results. As an inspiring role model with superior intercultural and interpersonal skills, you effectively motivate others to new heights, inspiring both staff and volunteers, and attracting others to support the McMichael’s mission. You are a skilled communicator, relationship-builder, and advocate for the arts who is at ease speaking with highly educated audiences both large and small. You have an excellent network of private sector professionals and potential donors and sponsors that have enabled your past success in securing substantial major gifts and executing successful fundraising campaigns. Your experience with government and foundation granting procedures as well as individual giving and membership campaigns will serve you well in this role, as will your passion for the McMichael’s mission to interpret and promote Canadian and Indigenous art to attract local, national, and international audiences.

The staff and volunteer committee are dedicated to broadening Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA), increasing access for marginalized and vulnerable groups, recognising that the McMichael has an important role to play in bringing the voices of Indigenous communities to Ontarians. 

How to Apply:

If you have the character, skills, and experience to deliver on McMichael’s vital mission, please submit your CV and Cover Letter by March 15, 2023 via: Boyden Applications. For any questions, please contact John Caminiti and Mona Khan at mkhan@boyden.com.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection is committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Foundation, cultural and touristic community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants are asked to make their requirements known in advance.

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