Posted On: 2017-04-03
Closing On: 2017-04-21
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: immediately
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate
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Job Description


The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is one of Toronto’s most important cultural institutions, recognized internationally as an outstanding orchestra and proud to represent Canada on the world stage. Founded in 1922, the TSO exists to inspire, enrich and engage audiences of all ages, to enhance our city, and to serve as a showcase of the beauty and power of orchestral music. Peter Oundjian, now in his 13th season as the TSO’s Music Director, leads the Orchestra with a commitment to innovative programming and audience engagement through a broad range of performances that showcase the exceptional talents of the Orchestra along with a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket program; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; and music education programs that reach tens of thousands of students each year.

If you are an energetic fundraising professional looking to work in the performing arts to help enrich lives through the power of music, this opportunity may be the right one for you!



Development Officer, Annual Giving

Full-time; compensation commensurate with experience

Reports to Senior Development Officer, Patron & Annual Giving

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s annual giving program is the foundation of the TSO’s fundraising efforts. The TSO is seeking a dynamic Development Officer, Annual Giving, who will be responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of broad-based giving programs (gifts of <$2,000), including Direct Response, Monthly Giving, and Young Patron Giving.


  • Work with the Individual Giving team to expand individual annual campaign programs to meet and surpass revenue targets

  • Manage the “Friends” (broad-based gifts < $2,000) and “Impresarios Club” (young patrons) donor membership portfolios, from cultivation through stewardship

  • Focus efforts on cultivation and acquisition of new annual donors through direct marketing channels (mail, phone, online) and targeted appeals

  • Draft direct response appeal copy that is compelling and targeted to diverse audiences

  • Draft stewardship communications that are thoughtful and meaningful for each constituency (Noteworthy newsletter, Impresarios Club e-newsletter)

  • In partnership with Development Operations team manage tele-fund campaign, direct mail, online appeals, and tribute giving, ensuring communications are integrated and timely, messaging is consistent with current philanthropic objectives, and that data segmentation is accurate and strategic

  • In partnership with Director of Communications, create individual giving collateral that supports campaign activity and reflects current case for support

  • Work with Marketing & Communications department to implement strategies for the cultivation of TSO audiences (ticket buyers/subscribers), to expand those relationships to include charitable gifts

  • In partnership with the Events team develop and manage donor engagement events (open rehearsals, backstage tours, post-concert socials, salons)

  • Manage the Young Leadership Council volunteer committee, including recruiting, grooming, and stewarding volunteers; direct and support the committee’s efforts

  • Ensure campaign activity is tracked effectively and efficiently in the database and that all mass communications and customized communications are up to date

  • Conduct regular performance analysis of campaign activity to refine efforts and improve ROI; provide weekly reports on campaign progress to date

  • Participate in planning, strategy, and evaluation of annual giving programs with the SDO, Patron & Annual Giving and the Development team

  • Act as a TSO representative at performances and other TSO events

  • Other appropriate duties as assigned

Experience & Qualifications:

  • University degree, community college diploma or equivalent work experience

  • Minimum 3+ years’ experience in Annual Giving or fundraising, preferably in the cultural sector

  • Experience with direct mail campaigns and online giving; tele-fundraising campaign experience an asset

  • Experience with donor retention and acquisition strategies, implementing donor benefits, and events management

  • Superior writing skills

  • Strong analytical and data skills, including data segmentation techniques

  • Excellent interpersonal skills: ability to initiate, cultivate and maintain relationships easily

  • Organized; strong time and project management skills; results-oriented

  • Strong communicator: communicates professionally and comfortably with donors, volunteers and staff in person, by phone and in writing

  • Resourceful and independent while remaining comfortable working within the framework of an integrated development program and team-oriented environment

  • Highly professional, tactful, mature, conscientious; demonstrates high degree of personal integrity and adheres to the AFP Fundraising Code of Ethics and the Donor Bill of Rights

  • Advanced level PC skills (MS Office) and highly proficient user of at least one fundraising database (ex. Raiser’s Edge, Tessitura)

  • Adaptable to a flexible work schedule including select evenings and weekends

  • Experience in the performing arts sector and interest in classical music preferred


Flexibility in hours and ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends (during the September to June concert season) as part of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra team is required.  The Toronto Symphony Orchestra provides a collegial, entrepreneurial work environment and opportunities for advancement and professional development.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

The TSO is committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation, the TSO will work with you to meet your needs.

Application Process:

Please email your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations in confidence by April 21, 2017 to Sarah Bullick, Acting Vice-President, Development, Toronto Symphony Orchestra at No Phone calls please.  We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those applicants considered for this position will be contacted.