Development Associate, Toronto Biennial of Art
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TORONTO BIENNIAL OF ART: Development Associate

About TBA

The Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) is a large-scale international contemporary art event available to everyone. For 10 weeks every two years, local and international Biennial artists transform the city (and surrounding regions) with artworks, talks, and performances that reflect local contexts and pressing issues of our time. The Biennial’s free, citywide programming aims to inspire people, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations.

For detailed information on the impact of the first Biennial, please read the 2019 Evaluation Report.

TBA is committed to transparency and to principles of anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and inclusion and is putting these principles into practice at all levels of the organization. Please see TBA’s recent Statement of Accountability for more information on our commitment to racial justice.

Position Overview

Development Associate
Full time contract: July 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022 with potential to extend
Salary: $50,000 – 55,000

The Development Associate is responsible for identifying, engaging and stewarding donors; developing fundraising proposals; and reporting on our impact for a portfolio of individual and foundation supporters.

Fundraising (60%)

  • Identify and solicit individual and private foundation donors at the $25,000 and below level
  • Supporting the execution of stewardship and fundraising activities and events, including on virtual platforms
  • Develop, monitor, and manage grant and foundation applications in coordination with the Director of Development
  • Draft, format, review and edit a range of donor correspondence including gift agreements, gift acknowledgements, pledge forms & reminders, invitations, and more
  • Draft materials related to prospect solicitations such as a briefs, letters of interest, one-pagers, decks and more
  • Assist with the preparation of proposals, stewardship reports, briefing notes, and other donor materials and packages for donors at the >$25,000 level

Donation & Grant Administration (30%)

  • Update and maintain donor database (Salesforce) and electronic files and records in a timely manner
  • Prepare donor correspondence including acknowledgement and thank you letters for foundations and grants donors.
  • In collaboration with colleagues, ensure fulfillment requirements of all foundation and grant agreements are met

Prospect Research (10%)

  • Prospect research, identification and qualification with a focus on individuals and private foundations at all levels


  • Leading with curiosity, proactively learns about TBA’s work in order to effectively support fundraising priorities
  • Work collaboratively with Development colleagues to achieve collective fundraising results that meet annual goals

Desired Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Two or more years of relevant work experience in fundraising, preferably in the arts
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional writing ability
  • Proven commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and practices of anti-racism and anti-oppression, to contribute to a healthy workplace environment
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and to successfully manage multiple priorities as evidenced by excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Superior computer literacy in Google Office Suite and Microsoft Office
  • Experience using donor or CRM databases. Salesforce knowledge is strongly preferred.
  • A flexible team player able to collaborate and support colleagues and motivated to achieve results.
  • Professionalism, good judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters essential.
  • Willingness to learn and to take on additional responsibilities as appropriate.
  • General knowledge of fundraising practices, procedures and standards preferred as evidenced by a combination of relevant work, education or professional development.
  • Strong donor and client-service mindset

We believe in growth and curiosity. If you don’t have all of these qualifications, but believe you have what it takes and you’d be excited to do the work, please apply!

Toronto Biennial of Art is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all of our work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and welcome applications from all qualified individuals. We encourage those who identify as women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, persons of colour, all gender and sexual orientations, and all groups protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code to apply. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to Toronto Biennial of Art.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line Development Associate by June 4, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.