Posted On: 2018-10-01
No closing date
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: N/A
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate
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Job Description

Associate, Philanthropy and Government

Regular Full-Time (35 hours per week)


The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is among the most distinguished museums in North America and is committed to making great art accessible to all. The AGO’s promise is to inspire current and future generations to see themselves in the art that we present and to create meaningful art experiences that provoke dialogue, offer new perspectives and stimulate creativity. The AGO brings transformative art experiences to life and believes in the power of art to start a dialogue, create community and change lives.

 The AGO’s Collection features over 90,000 works that date from 100 AD to the present, and includes all disciplines – painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. Led by the vision of our curators, the AGO showcases the best of our Collection and presents exceptional temporary art exhibitions, often in partnership with leading museums worldwide. Visitors enjoy a dynamic suite of programs, including artist lectures, school visits and tours, Family Sundays, First Thursdays, special events and performances, camps and studio courses. Accessibility and inclusivity are at the heart of what we do – from Art in the Moment, offering specialized tours to those living with dementia, to Free After 3 Youth Programs and Free Wednesday Nights.

The AGO enjoys a healthy financial position, achieved in part through a robust membership program, a thriving Development division and dynamic exhibitions and public programs that attract over a million visitors a year (2017/18). The AGO is developing a bold 10-year vision to ensure its position as a leader in global conversations. The AGO is preparing to launch a major fundraising campaign to elevate the AGO’s position at home and abroad.


The Associate, Philanthropy & Government plays a vital role in our success. Key responsibilities include:

  • Develops and implements strategies to identify, solicit, secure and steward Foundation supporters (develop customized proposals; coordinates and leads donor meetings; produces tailored impact reports)
  • Coordinates and executes recognition and benefits as contractually committed and ensures the timely delivery of these benefits.  Implements strategies for renewals and upgrades from Foundation Membership.
  • Develops strategic proposals for government funding project grants and special project initiatives. Conducts ongoing research of prospective sources of project grants funding to maximize opportunities and locate new funding sources.
  • Acts as the primary day-to-day contact for government project grant programs. Responsible for providing accurate and timely tracking reports on the status of proposals and coordinates reporting and compliance with terms and conditions of grants received. 
  • Participates in the Development Division prospect management system and the pan-Gallery prospect clearance process with colleagues from other divisions who also seek special project government grants, tracking all moves in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Participates in the development of the Foundation budget revenue and expense projections and monitors and tracks all related revenues and expenses. Maintains up-to-date records and reports to track performance against target.
  • Provides support across the Major Gift portfolio as required.


Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • 3-5 years directly related experience in Foundation and Government funding and grants
  • Post-secondary education in related field
  • Directly related experience in developing successful proposals
  • Strong understanding of Government granting programs
  • Well-developed organizational and time management skills
  • Well-developed customer management and project management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to produce efficient, well-written materials that are persuasive, with quick turnaround and excellent attention to detail
  • High level of diplomacy
  • Demonstrated experience and strong skills working with proposal design software and donor databases such as Raisers Edge


We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by visiting our website at

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO’s Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process. The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Application Deadline: Posted until filled