Canadian Art: Call for Development Manager
Reporting to: Publisher Start Date: ASAP Location: Downtown Toronto Compensation: The compensation package includes a competitive base salary...

Reporting to: Publisher
Start Date: ASAP
Location: Downtown Toronto
Compensation: The compensation package includes a competitive base salary and a full benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, prescriptions and paid vacation.
Application Deadline: February 7, 2020

The Organization
Canadian Art is the preeminent platform for journalism and criticism about contemporary art and culture in Canada. Our print, digital, educational and programming initiatives deliver smart, accessible ideas, stories and opinions. A national non­profit foundation, Canadian Art develops and supports art writers, and engages with the work of artists, established and new. We develop inclusive platforms to understand, debate and be inspired by art.

The Opportunity
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 Canadian Art’s development objectives including individual donors, government grants, and philanthropic giving. A full-time, permanent position, this role reports to the Publisher and supervises the work of the Development Coordinator. The position is based in Canadian Art’s offices in downtown Toronto.

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.

A champion of 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 Ethical Principles 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.

Benefits include:

  • Health and dental benefits
  • Flex-time work arrangements
  • Annual AFP membership

Applicants should send a cover letter and resumé to Carla Dal Mina at by February 7, 2020. Please reference “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 Canadian Art’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.

Image Credit: Ruta Celma