Posted On: 2017-07-10
Closing On: 2017-07-31
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior
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Job Description



With a collection of more than six million artifacts and specimens that spans over 4.5 billion years of natural history and the expanse of human civilization, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s largest field research museum and one of the world’s preeminent cultural centres. An indispensable resource for advancing scholarship, research, and conservation, the ROM also fosters engaged communities and transforms learning experiences by connecting its more than one million annual visitors with the world and each other.

Philanthropic support is vital to ensuring that the Museum can continue to share its collection with the public and extend the reach and accessibility of its programming. As the largest non-government funder of the Museum, the ROM Governors inspires donors to invest in developing the relevance and impact of the ROM’s offerings for audiences today and for generations to come.


The Senior Development Officer, Philanthropy, is responsible for managing a portfolio of major gift prospects and developing and implementing plans for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of such gifts. The Senior Development Officer is also responsible for assisting in basic prospect research and the development of proposals and other fundraising materials for individual, foundation and corporate prospects in support of the Museum’s highest fundraising priorities.


Donor Development: Cultivate and solicit a personal portfolio of up to 150 prospects annually. This will involve planning, developing and overseeing customized strategies for individuals, corporations and foundations. The Senior Development Officer will help identify funding priorities with ROM staff and convert priorities into action plans and gift opportunities that match donors’ interests.

Program Strategy:  In collaboration with the Vice President, Philanthropy, as well as independently, develop and execute philanthropic strategies for leadership donors ($1 million and above) to raise funds for the ROM’s priorities.

Volunteer Leadership: Work collaboratively with and in support of leadership volunteers and other Museum representatives, to cultivate and solicit donors for Museum priorities. Develop strategies to activate volunteers as door openers and involve them in ongoing work of major gifts team. Identify new volunteers for cultivation as Governors, trustees and canvassers.

Contact/Event Management: Plan and execute targeted cultivation tours and visits for prospects; develop group cultivation and stewardship events including liaising with internal and external Museum constituents. From time to time this will include organizing receptions and dinners in support of major gift initiatives.

Stewardship: Oversee the processing of gifts and stewardship of active major gift donors; ensuring donors receive correspondence, reports, and updates in a timely and professional manner.

Team Support: Work collaboratively and maintain a positive working environment with all internal stakeholders. Participate in additional events managed by other Governors departments as needed.


This position requires a post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field, and a minimum of three years fundraising and development experience including direct experience building donor relationships and personally closing gifts in the five to six-figure ranges.

The successful candidate must also possess:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and professional presence necessary to interact with donors, patrons, senior volunteers, senior Museum staff and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, business acumen, strategic aptitude, and sound judgment.
  • Knowledge of the market place and donor base.
  • Exceptional and proven oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to efficiently organize and manage a diverse range of assignments while meeting multiple deadlines, along with thorough attention to all details and consistent follow through.
  • Resourcefulness and independence, while remaining comfortable working within the framework of a team-oriented environment.
  • Sound computer skills and experience with The Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and InDesign as applied to the preparation of proposals, reports and presentations.
  • Understanding of the vision, mission and values of the Museum and role of the ROM Governors.
  • A flexible schedule which allows for multiple after-hours events and meetings.

Reports to: Vice President, Philanthropy

Starting Date: Immediately

PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME PRIOR TO 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 2017 to Linda Knox, Senior Human Resources Advisor, Royal Ontario Museum Governors Office, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C6; Fax: 416-586-5827;  email: – please include Competition #2017-056 - Senior Development Officer (Philanthropy) in the subject line.

The ROM Governors Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The ROM Governors wishes to thank all who apply, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The ROM Governors is committed to fair and accessible employment practices.  Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview.