Posted On: 2018-01-31
Closing On: 2018-02-20
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: 2018-04-09
Employment Type: Contract
Level: Intermediate
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Job Description


(Contract, 15 months)


The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is one of the most renowned cultural institutions in North America. The ROM showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages. In 2016/17, the ROM welcomed more than 1.35 million visitors from Canada and around the world. This represents the highest attendance of any single museum in Canada and ranks 9th in North America.

As a contemporary Museum, the ROM continues to evolve, redefine/reimagine itself and embrace innovation. The ROM is focused on deepening its connection with visitors; animating the museum experience; opening its doors wider to communities and being a catalyst for new ideas.


Reporting to the Director, Corporate Partnerships, the Senior Development Officer is responsible for the successful identification, acquisition and retention of corporate support for ROM programs with a specific focus on the School Visits Bursary and the Corporate Membership Program.

In addition, to meeting individual targets in specific program areas, the Senior Development Officer will manage the comprehensive stewardship of all corporate sponsors, partners and members to ensure a successful partnership with a strong potential for renewal. 


You like meeting new people and are not afraid to start a conversation with a stranger. You understand the technical and marketing language associated with corporate sponsorship and enjoy managing recognition, hosting, activation, and employee engagement opportunities.  You are organized, efficient and take initiative to problem-solve and anticipate the next step. While you excel at focused, independent work, you also work well in a team and are flexible to competing demands and priorities. You have a pleasant and professional phone manner and are able to handle delicate and confidential information respectfully.


  1. School Visits Bursary Program:  Manage, cultivate and solicit a personal portfolio of corporate prospects by developing and implementing personalized strategies to support the successful engagement of these important constituents for the School Visits Bursary program. Manage the fulfillment and implementation of all SVB corporate partner benefits.
  2. Corporate Membership Program:  Manage, cultivate and solicit a personal portfolio of corporate member prospects by developing and implementing personalized strategies. Manage the fulfillment and implementation of all corporate member benefits, such as invitations to members-only events, complimentary ticket requests, employee engagement activities and client hosting opportunities. Lead the organization of the program’s annual Corporate Appreciation Day, as well as manage and execute any reporting and/or online renewal applications as requested by the member.
  3. Sponsor Servicing:  Manage day-to-day stewardship of all corporate sponsors of Museum exhibitions and programs and ensure exhibition sponsorship benefits and recognition have been implemented and fulfilled. Liaise with all internal Museum departments to successfully fulfil sponsor benefits and contracts in a thorough, professional and timely manner to ensure sponsor satisfaction and retention. 
  4. Reporting: Liaise with all internal Museum departments and work with the Governors’ Communications team to track and collect all sponsor-related materials, assets and collateral to properly evaluate and report on the performance of sponsored programs and exhibitions and utilize this data to prepare and present mid, annual and final impact reports to sponsors and partners.
  5. Program Administration: Provide administrative support including coordination of meetings, travel arrangements, expense reporting, budget management, processing gifts, correspondence, minute taking, databases management, drafting contracts, pledge payment reminders and invoices for the Corporate team. Ensure all prospect and stewardship activity is entered into Raiser’s Edge, and contacts and proposals are kept up-to-date for accurate reporting based on data retrieved from Raiser’s Edge.


This position requires a post-secondary degree or diploma plus a minimum three years of experience securing support from the corporate sector. It requires a meticulously organized, capable individual handling a multitude of activities of a diverse nature, generally under time constraints or schedules.

This position also requires:

  • Knowledge of the marketplace and sponsor base.
  • Sound computer skills and experience with Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and InDesign as applied to the preparation of proposals, reports and presentations.
  • Be resourceful and independent, but comfortable working within the framework of an integrated development program and team-oriented environment.Able to adjust to changing priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Project management skills including the ability to effectively foster a strong working relationship with a diverse range of individuals including ROM Governors and ROM staff, peers, Members, donors, volunteers and other client groups.
  • Have basic familiarity and appreciation of the mission, purpose and values of the Royal Ontario Museum and particularly its foundation.
  • Be able to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion.
  • A flexible schedule that allows for after-hours events and meetings.

Reports to: Director, Corporate Partnerships

Starting Date: April 9, 2018

PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME PRIOR TO 5:00 p.m. on February 20, 2018 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 #2018-014 – Senior Development Officer (Corporate Partnerships) 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.