Posted On: 2018-06-01
Closing On: 2018-08-31
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description

Director of Development

Remai Modern

Posting No. 307(710)

The City of Saskatoon is an Employment Equity employer


Organizational profile — Remai Modern

Remai Modern is Canada’s museum of modern art. Located at River Landing on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, Remai Modern is a 130,000 square foot architectural and cultural centerpiece for Saskatoon. Inspired by the local landscape and the rich history of architectural modernism, the design by renowned Canadian architectural firm KPMB won Canadian Architect magazine’s 2011 Award of Excellence for the museum’s design, well before construction started. In 2018, Remai Modern was awarded an Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award.

Opened on October 21, 2017, Remai Modern is one of the most visionary new art museums in North America. The museum brings world-class national and international exhibitions to Saskatoon while celebrating western Canada’s contribution to the visual arts. Remai Modern is a thought leader and direction-setting art museum that boldly collects, develops, presents and interprets the art of our time. Our mandate is to enable transformative experiences by connecting art with local and global communities.

Remai Modern is home to a permanent collection of nearly 8,000 works, including many major recent acquisitions by international artists and the most comprehensive collection of Picasso linocuts in the world, which were donated in 2012 by the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation.

Remai Modern’s initial capital campaign raised $180 million, $120 million of which came from private donors and sponsors. More than $100 million was pledged by a single donor, Remai Modern’s visionary namesake Ellen Remai.

At the conclusion of the capital campaign and on its opening, Remai Modern launched the Remai Modern Foundation. The foundation supports the museum’s short-term development goals and works to build the museum’s endowment in the medium- and longer-term. Due to the generous support of donors, the museum is in a strong and enviable position in terms of its fundraising goals.


Organizational opportunity:

Remai Modern invites you to play a key role in the ongoing success of the museum, and its programs and services. Remai Modern seeks an experienced and innovative fundraising professional to lead a dynamic team of development staff. The chosen candidate will also work with the leadership team and Remai Modern Foundation to implement a development plan that meets the museum’s operational needs as defined by Remai Modern’s vision and brand.


Core function:

This front-line position reports to the Executive Director & CEO and is part of the leadership team. This position’s primary role is to meet the museum’s development goals including annual fundraising targets as defined by Remai Modern’s business plan. The Director of Development leads a team of fundraising professionals and works with the Remai Modern Foundation to continue to build the endowment for the museum.



  1. Identifies, cultivates, solicits, secures and stewards major gifts to meet fundraising targets.
  2. Develops and implements a comprehensive fundraising plan that meets the  future and ongoing strategic, capital and operational needs of Remai Modern.
  3. Cultivates and engages the gallery’s and Foundation’s trustees and volunteer leadership in the execution of the fundraising plan.
  4. Develops a comprehensive stewardship strategy to engage, inspire and secure annual and multi-year donors and sponsors, locally and abroad.
  5. Develops major gifts and individual and planned giving programmes and solicits and secures donors to support the gallery through major gifts, bequests and other planned giving vehicles.
  6. Maintains good relationships with existing donors through active stewardship and creates and implements strategies to upgrade donors and sponsors.
  7. Maintains a portfolio of prospective donors and sponsors to provide annual or multi-year gifts and sponsorships for a wide range of institutional priorities.
  8. Implements and ensures delivery of other fundraising strategies for the fundraising plan, including fundraising and donor recognition events.
  9. Ensures development print and electronic collateral materials are consistent with the corporate brand and produced in a timely manner.
  10. Recruits, directs, supervises, trains, develops and evaluates the performance of assigned staff.
  11. Recruits, manages and coordinates trustees, staff and volunteers in the execution of the fundraising plan.
  12. Prepares and monitors revenue and expense budgets, and reports progress to the Executive Director/CEO and Fundraising Oversight Committee.
  13. Ensures prospect, sponsor and donor information, and significant solicitor activity, is tracked and recorded into the Development database in a timely manner.
  14. Performs other related duties as assigned.



  • Degree in a related field. A master’s degree and/or a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation would be an asset.
  • Seven to nine years’ progressively responsibly experience in developing, implementing and managing fundraising programs. Experience working in a gallery or museum preferred.
  • Knowledge of public sector, non-profit organizational operations and related governmental relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and foster effective relationships with assigned staff, trustees, volunteers, artists, donors and sponsors.
  • Demonstrated ability to direct and support staff in achieving desired results.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills.
  • Skill in the use of a computer using the Microsoft Office Suite, financial accounting and computerized fundraising software.



$97,044.24 to $114,026.64 per annum (2016 rates).

Closing Date:

Will stay open until position is filled. Please e-mail to apply.