Posted On: 2019-01-30
Closing On: 2019-02-15
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Regular Full-Time (35 hours per week)


Are you energized by the idea of working in Canada’s leading art museum, surrounded by great art, award-winning programs and big ideas? Would you thrive working with colleagues who are leaders in their field, from a variety of professional backgrounds? Do you believe art has the power to spark conversation, create community and change lives? Do you want to be a part of breaking down barriers to access?

Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (“the AGO”) is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a collection of close to 100,000 works. Through the collection as well as collaborations with leading museums around the world, the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs.  With more than 1 million visitors in 2017/18, the AGO is further broadening its reach by deepening relationships with existing members and visitors, attracting new and diverse audiences, and flexibly responding to the changing environment. With an operating budget of over $60 million, over 600 employees, and 400 volunteers, the AGO continues to build a high-performance culture as an employer-of-choice, with strong staff and volunteer satisfaction and engagement aligned to the AGO’s compelling mission to bring art and people together to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.

With a professionalized Development team of around 25, the AGO raises in the range of $20 million annually for operations, special projects, art acquisitions and major campaigns and also administers works of art donations. Endowment, restricted and unrestricted funds totaling $90 million are held in The AGO Foundation, and the American Friends of the AGO receives and receipts gifts from U.S. donors. The AGO is preparing for a new major fundraising campaign including capital, endowment and works of art. Comparable to some of the larger campaigns now underway in Toronto, this will be a truly significant campaign, in support of the AGO’s 10-year vision.

The AGO is at a critical and exciting moment of growth and change. We are seeking an Associate, Donor Programs to play a key role in supporting the AGO’s robust patron membership programs, such as AGO Next and Curators’ Circle. Reporting to the Manager, Donor Programs, this donor-facing role entails drafting donor correspondence and communications, supporting a volunteer committee, and building meaningful relationships with the AGO’s most loyal and generous donors. The ideal candidate will be a strong writer with exceptional people skills and a demonstrated knowledge of donor acquisition and retention strategies.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and executing action plans as they relate to the AGO’s patron membership programs, including acquisition, retention and upgrade strategies.
  • Creating and deploying donor communications (solicitation and acknowledgment letters, emails, event invitations, etc).
  • Identifying, cultivating and soliciting new donor prospects and working within the AGO’s established prospect management system to ensure all activity is tracked in Raiser’s Edge.  
  •  Developing and organizing donor recognition events including coordinating guest speakers, invitations and invoicing.


Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • A minimum of 3 years of directly-related fundraising experience in a Development environment with a focus on membership and donor programs.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating membership and donor programs activity including renewal cycles, upgrade and acquisition strategies.
  • Directly related experience drafting and coordinating eblasts, membership collateral, and other donor communications.
  • Directly related experience supporting a volunteer fundraising committee, following up with prospective members, preparing prospect reports, and coordinating meeting activities.
  • Well-developed administrative, analytical and organizational skills.
  •  Well-developed interpersonal and public relations skills to interface with major donors, senior volunteers and AGO staff. Experience working with major donors and senior volunteers.
  • Experience developing the content for donor and member events, as well as organizing travel arrangements for guest speakers.
  • Knowledge of and ability to maintain professional standards
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in applicable computer programs and donor databases such as Raiser’s Edge, MailChimp, Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Power Point. Keyboarding skills.
  • Knowledge of the visual arts an asset.


We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by submitting a tailored cover letter and CV via our website:


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.