Posted On: 2017-04-04
Closing On: 2017-04-21
Location: Oshawa, ON
Effective: Immediately
Employment Type: Contract
Level: Management

Job Description

Position Title: Development Manager

Reports to: CEO

Status: One year contract - 3 days a week (7 hours a day); possibility of flex time/work location

The Opportunity

Incredible untapped opportunity awaits the right fundraising leader at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Located in Durham Region, one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, the RMG has a strong culture of philanthropy, an engaged and supportive CEO and leadership team, and a connected and committed board of directors.

This is a once in a lifetime chance to make your mark in the Canadian arts community by joining the RMG management team, and making an crucial contribution to the vision for the future of the gallery by establishing and growing a strategic, sustainable fundraising program for one of Oshawa’s most beloved cultural institutions.

We are the RMG

A vibrant, engaging public art museum located in Oshawa’s civic centre. The RMG is the largest gallery in Durham Region, occupying an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by noted architect Arthur Erickson.

Featuring a Permanent Collection of over 4,800 works, and five galleries of diverse and changing contemporary and historical exhibitions, the RMG holds an important collection of modern Canadian abstraction and the largest holdings of works by Painters Eleven.

A robust roster of dynamic public and educational programs, thriving volunteer program, gallery shop, inspiring event spaces, art archive and library, artist-in-residence lab, and art studio comprise the gallery’s many rich assets and offerings.

You are…

Determinedly donor-centred. You understand that our donors and supporters are at the centre of everything we do. The donor as hero is more than a trope for you – it’s inspiration, and a call to action.

A proud fundraiser. Never apologetic, you take great pride in your identity as a fundraiser. You strongly believe that philanthropy plays an important role in making our world a better place.

A strong storyteller. You persuade with story, not statistics. You beautifully capture and communicate the stories of the RMG and our communities, attracting a legion of new fans and friends.

Curious and adaptable. You understand the power of great questions in your work with donors. You can have an engaging conversation with anyone from any walk of life, and can move between a corporate board room and a grassroots community event with ease.

Boldly creative and entrepreneurial. You are innovative and solutions minded, and bring your entrepreneurial spirit to everything you do.  

Building on best practices. You understand that innovation is not simply about chasing the latest shiny object. You believe effective fundraising means establishing a strong base of proven strategies and techniques, and measuring your results against key success metrics.

Unfailingly ethical. You know that ethical fundraising is a cornerstone in building and maintaining a trusting relationship with our donors.  

A congenial collaborator. You play well in the sandbox with others, building enduring internal and external relationships that propel the RMG forward.

Fiercely inclusive. You are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and know how to bring these core values to life in your day to day work. 

You possess:

  • Minimum five years’ experience in a fundraising management role.
  • A proven track record in the development, implementation and execution of a fundraising plan, including budget management.
  • Demonstrated success using a range of fundraising methodologies, including major and mid-level solicitation, corporate sponsorship, planned giving, and direct marketing.
  • Experience working effectively with senior/leadership volunteers.
  • Superior written and verbal communication, with strong presentation skills.
  • The ability to work proactively and independently, managing competing priorities.
  • Experience with fundraising databases, such as eTapestry or Raiser’s Edge.
  • Work experience in the cultural sector, knowledge of modern and contemporary art in Canada and experience working in a museum setting an asset.
  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends as required.
  • CFRE certification (or certification in progress) considered an asset.

The RMG is committed to workplace flexibility, and can discuss options available for flexible scheduling and work location with short-listed candidates. The gallery also offers professional development and team training opportunities.

The RMG features ample free parking, as well as close proximity to local and regional public transit.

If this posting sounds like we wrote it with you in mind, please forward your cover letter and resume in confidence to the e-mail below, including The RMG in the subject line:

Deadline for applications is 5pm on April 21st. While we thank those who have applied, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The RMG is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.