Posted On: 2018-10-05
Closing On: 2018-11-05
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: N/A
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description

Senior Manager, Philanthropy & Planned Giving

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, spanning painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. 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 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 AGO is establishing a proactive Planned Giving Program to maximize the potential within our significant loyal donor base.  The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to build the program, develop marketing strategy and materials, and integrate the new program with our upcoming campaign.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding gift planning and major gift ($25,000+) donors.

  • Building and managing a portfolio of approximately 80-90 gift planning prospects and/or donors to cultivate and solicit to meet established annual major gift financial targets and secure planned gift expectancies.

  • Acts as in-house expert for Planned Giving and is responsible for developing strategies and tailored programs to engage the interest and involvement of individuals with capacity for major, planned or legacy gifts, or blended gifts, including gifts of art.

  • Ensures proper stewardship takes place following a gift to maintain the donor’s involvement and support.

  • Contributes to the overall strategic direction and successful execution of the Development Division’s annual and multi-year plans.

  • Collaborates with colleagues on the implementation of the long-term fundraising strategy, aligned with overall multi-year annual and campaign plans. Implement projects and initiatives reflected in the campaign plan and the AGO strategic plan.

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of fundraising principles, practices and CRA guidelines.

  • Demonstrated track record of success securing major and planned gifts and implementing successful fundraising strategies to meet financial and expectancy targets.

  • Demonstrated track record of setting up and implementing a fundraising program and ability to build a culture of philanthropy within an organization.

  • A minimum of five years of experience in fundraising, with at least one year of experience in a supervisory fundraising role.

  • Well-developed computer literacy including familiarity with industry data analytics overlaid on a donor database.

  • Successful track record in meeting or exceeding revenue targets and managing budgets.

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, effective at follow-through and priority setting.

  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills and superior communication skills.

  • Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) Certificate (Original course preferred).

  • University degree or equivalent education and experience.

  • Knowledge of art an asset.

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by visiting our website at We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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.

Application Deadline: Posted until filled