Posted On: 2018-04-19
Closing On: 2018-06-08
Location: Toronto
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

The Aga Khan Museum (AKM) in Toronto, Canada offers visitors a window into worlds unknown or unfamiliar: the artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China. Its mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage. Through education, research, and collaboration, the Museum will inform and inspire audiences from all cultures by presenting art created in the Muslim world throughout the past fourteen centuries, along with current paths of artistic practice and cultural development. 

Purpose of Position

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Development Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for pursuing, securing and stewarding substantial sponsorship and grant support from corporations, charitable foundations and government in support of the Museum’s Exhibitions, Performing Arts and Education programs. The incumbent will be responsible for reaching and exceeding annual revenue objectives to achieve the strategic goal of broadening the Museum’s base of corporate, foundation and government support and engagement.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and grow the Museum’s corporate sponsorship portfolio by identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a robust pipeline of corporate sponsorship prospects from across Canada and around the world.
  • Manage and grow the Museum’s charitable foundation and government grants portfolio.
  • Establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with high-level executives involved in decision-making roles within corporations, foundations and various levels of government.
  • Work with members of the Development Office to prepare and submit corporate, foundation and government funding requests including letters of intent, proposals and presentations.
  • Organize and execute an institution-wide stewardship and fulfillment plan for corporate sponsors, foundation and government funders that clearly articulates responsibilities and delivers best-in-class stewardship on the use of funds.
  • Oversee timely delivery of sponsorship benefits and recognition.
  • Maintain the calendar to ensure the timely submission of grant applications, proposals and reports.
  • Work with representatives from Development, Finance and Legal to create sponsorship and grant agreements.
  • Work closely with the Development Manager, Friends and Patrons’ Circle, to coordinate and grow the Museum’s Corporate and Foundation Patrons’ Program.
  • Analyze and monitor progress toward established goals on an on-going basis, recommending adjustments as required in order to meet targets. 

  • Develop and direct a system for proposal development and work with Marketing & Communications to create collateral sponsorship and fundraising materials where required.
  • Provide professional, quality customer service to sponsors, donors, patrons, volunteers, staff and other community contacts.
  • Provide external industry knowledge, monitoring trends in the philanthropic environment and implementing best practices as appropriate.
  • 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. 

Qualifications & Experience

  • A University degree in Business, Arts, Fundraising or Marketing & Communication or a related field; suitable combinations of education and experience will be considered.
  • Minimum 5 years of successful professional experience in fundraising with a focus on corporate and foundation relations; proven experience in closing significant sponsorships. 

  • Strategic planning experience including the ability to develop and implement strategies in support of corporate sponsorship and foundation and government grants and initiatives. 

  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of corporations, foundations and government in order to develop relationships between them and the Museum. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work with senior volunteers and senior organizational leadership 

  • Exceptional planning, organization, project management, prioritization, and time-management skills are required to manage multiple on-going projects simultaneously. 

  • Strong analytical, research, interpretative, and evaluation skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to effectively direct all grant proposal writing and ensure a high level of quality.

  • Previous leadership experience and strong management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a donor centric approach to fundraising. 

  • 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.
  • Knowledge of Canadian tax laws that impact charitable giving. 

  • Computer literacy and competency with word-processing and spreadsheet applications, fundraising and prospect management databases, and internet skills. 

  • Experience with CRM moves management software an asset; Tessitura experience will be advantageous. 

  • Occasional evening and weekend work at events, performances – flexible work hours required.
  • CFRE designation or equivalent an asset.
  • Occasional travel will be required.
  • Expressed interest in the mandate of the Museum. 

  • An affinity with the underlining goals and philosophy of the Aga Khan Development Network. 

To Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to on or before June 08, 2018. 

The Museum thanks all those who apply, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please note that the Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fair and accessible employment practices.  Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for applicants invited to an interview.