Posted On: 2017-05-19
Closing On: 2017-06-17
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: June 2017
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior

Job Description

The Royal Conservatory (RCM) is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world, providing the definitive standard of excellence in curriculum design, assessment, performance training, and teacher certification. It is also a leader in the creation of arts-based social programs designed to address a range of social issues, and promotes early childhood development utilizing the latest neurological research. In addition, The Royal Conservatory presents a wide range of concerts featuring the finest Canadian and international artists in its magnificent performance space, Koerner Hall.  Please visit for more information. 

In 2017/18, The Conservatory will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Glenn Gould School (GGS), its post-secondary training program dedicated exclusively to music performance. In the two decades since it was founded, GGS has established itself as a world-class program, on par with such leading institutions as The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute and The Royal Academy of Music. To mark this anniversary, the Conservatory will be launching Resounding! The Campaign for The Glenn Gould School to raise significant major gifts and scholarships in support of GGS.


The Development Office of The Royal Conservatory is looking for a Senior Writer for a one-year contact, covering a parental leave from June 2017 to June 2018. The successful candidate will support all of The Conservatory’s fundraising activities, particularly in relation to major gifts and campaigns; corporate sponsorship and events; and donor stewardship.  Reporting to the Senior Director, Development Services and working closely with the Senior Director, Major Gifts & Stewardship and the Senior Director, Development, the Senior Writer will be responsible for carrying out a wide variety of writing tasks for both internal and external audiences.  

The successful candidate will have excellent writing, editing, proofreading and analytical skills. She/he will be able to communicate in a clear, compelling and highly persuasive manner.  The Senior Writer must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, highly organized, and be able to synthesize information and communicate in a succinct manner.  The ability to effectively change writing styles to fit the audience, context and voice of the piece is crucial. 

The incumbent will serve as principal writer, project manager, and editor for a variety of print and electronic projects, including (but not limited to): cases for support and campaign materials; funding proposals and grant applications; acknowledgement letters and other correspondence; stewardship and progress reports; newsletters, brochures and website content; and, speeches and remarks. 

The candidate will also act as a writing resource for the Development team, and will serve as the communications liaison between Development and other divisions within the organization. In this capacity, she/he will work closely with other staff and departments to obtain necessary information for the production of written fundraising materials. 

The incumbent will be responsible for the production and presentation of materials created, and/or serve as the main contact with external partners and suppliers with the respect to the production, design and completion of written documents.


  • Work in consultation with the Senior Director, Major Gifts and Stewardship and the Vice President, Institutional Advancement to craft written materials to support the campaign for The Glenn Gould School. This will include cases for support, project descriptions, fact sheets, personalized funding proposals, presentations, brochures, and fundraising collateral for presentation to prospects, partners and donors. 
  • Develop written materials to support volunteers and fundraising staff as needed.
  • Write and oversee the process for donor thank you letters, renewal correspondence and reminders.
  • Undertake ongoing analysis to ensure the department is producing written materials efficiently.
  • Manage, maintain, organize, update and archive written materials.
  • Develop content, write and edit a variety of publications such as donor newsletters, direct mail pieces, website content, invitations and event copy, memos/messages, and content for digital signage.
  • Write and prepare customized stewardship reports and updates for major donors and partners.
  • Prepare spoken remarks and speeches for senior executives and volunteers for engagements, including but not limited to gift announcements, stewardship events and fundraising galas.
  • Provide support to staff in the timely writing, submission and on-going follow-up of grant proposals to foundations and government bodies.
  • Complete research, gather information and interview staff, key donors and stakeholders for various written materials and participate in strategy development for positioning of written communications.
  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required to complete writing projects.
  • Ensure RCM brand standards, messaging and style guidelines are adhered to in all Development materials, and provide advice to staff in terms of key messaging, language and format of donor communications.
  • Ensure written materials are presented in an appealing and professional manner.
  • Maintain a high degree of motivation and superior work ethic consistent with the culture of the Development team and participate actively as a member of the team.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work at events and performances.
  • Other development duties and responsibilities as assigned.



  • University or college degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Affairs or other related disciplines with 3‑5 years of professional writing experience, preferably in a non-profit organization.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, with a track record for producing high-quality, persuasive documents— particularly proposals, impact reports and other fundraising materials—that have resulted in fundraising success.
  • Superior writing and communication skills, exhibiting a high-level command of grammar and spelling.
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and develop concise and compelling written materials.
  • The ability to think strategically, work proactively and manage competing priorities in a complex environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational, planning, problem-solving, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure, handle competing deadlines and respond promptly to a variety of requests.
  • Able to handle information ethically, accurately and confidentially.
  • Team oriented with the ability to work independently, take initiative and exercise good judgment.
  • Flexible with a positive, helpful attitude and excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office software and the Raiser's Edge.

RCM is committed to a policy of equity and inclusion.

In accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and RCM’s Access and Equity policy, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

We thank all applicants and will contact the individuals selected for an interview. Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter with a current résumé online (please ensure to upload a single document combining both) by June 17, 2017; however, please note that this position may be filled prior to the deadline if a suitable candidate has been identified.