Posted On: 2019-01-30
Closing On: 2019-02-20
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

Director, Corporate Partnerships & Development Special Events
Contract Full-Time (1 Year term)


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 Development team of 25 and growing, the AGO raises in the range of $20 million annually for operations, art acquisitions, special projects and 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 to support its ambitious 10-year vision.

The AGO is at a critical and exciting moment of growth and change. We are seeking a temporary full-time Director, Corporate Partnerships & Development Special Events for a one-year contract to play a key role in leading strategic sponsorships, partnerships and activations, and the fundraising events portfolio. The ideal candidate will be a proven and powerful relationship-builder, with a deep knowledge of corporate sponsorships, partnerships and events in the arts and cultural sector.  Reporting to the Deputy Director & Chief Advancement Officer, the Director will work closely with a Corporate Committee of key volunteers, a staff team of seven, and will be responsible for meeting established annual financial targets, as well as service enhancement and provision to other areas of the team.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Develops strategy for the development, planning and execution of corporate sponsorships, partnerships and activations, and fundraising events.

  • Prepares, implements and monitors business plans for the partnerships program.

  • Provides staff leadership to the AGO’s Corporate Working Committee in partnership with an AGO trustee, for advice and support on program development and delivery, benefit analysis, recognition, and growth strategies, and implements changes as necessary; liaises with fundraising event committee chairs as needed

  • Maintains a cohesive sponsorship slate of offerings and ensures an active corporate pipeline for all areas of development, including campaign.

  • Manages the collaboration between sponsors and the AGO Communications & Brand division to ensure that recognition materials and sponsorship messages are alignedwith AGO objectives consistently and appropriately.

  • Provides leadership to the corporate and fundraising events teams to ensure that the hiring, managing and mentoring of staff results in the required performance to meet current and future departmental goalsand financial targets.

  • As a member of the Development department’s senior team, participates in multi-year and annual strategic planning for the division and Gallery-wide funding priorities, and ongoing priority setting and alignment across the department


Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • University undergraduate degree and/or post-graduate designation in business/marketing or a related field.

  • 5-7 years of successful development experience at a senior level in a major charitable institution with multilevel and complex corporate sponsorship and fundraising events programs

  • CFRE or sponsorship designation would be an asset

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage a diverse portfolio of fundraising initiatives including directly related experience

  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and work collaboratively with senior volunteer committees

  • Experience working with Board members

  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically

  • Well-developed budget management skills

  • In-depth knowledge of fundraising techniques for high-end sponsor and donor cultivation and acquisition

  • Well-developed public relations, interpersonal, persuasion, and communication skills, with a strength in creative thinking around innovative partnerships

  • Well-developed administration, planning, team management and organizational skills, Knowledge of the Toronto corporate, donor and art communities


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

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.