Posted On: 2019-02-05
Closing On: 2019-03-06
Location: Toronto
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Ready to make your mark in the Arts?

Established in 1959, Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) is one of the world’s foremost training institutions for aspiring young dancers and teachers. Attracting students from across the country and around the world, NBS is the only ballet academy in North America to provide elite dance training, academic instruction and residential care on the same campus. The School’s progressive curriculum, with its emphasis on the physical and emotional well-being of the student, has put NBS at the forefront of dance training internationally.

Making dance relevant to all persons through its philosophy of ‘sharing dance’ sees NBS engaging a diverse mix of participants, from school children to people living with Parkinson’s Disease, in both on and off-site classes.


Canada’s National Ballet School is currently accepting applications for the Full-Time, Permanent position of


This position will play a key role in achieving the Development department’s fundraising goals for both Canada’s National Ballet School and Canada’s National Ballet School Foundation. Reporting to the Director, Development, the Development Officer, Philanthropy will work closely with the Director to identify, cultivate and solicit philanthropic gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. The Development Officer, Philanthropy will also play a key role in collaborating with and supporting senior staff and Board Directors and NBS’ Young Patron volunteers with cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of NBS donors.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead fundraising activities at the ‘Champion’ level of giving ($5,000 - $24,999) - identify/research new donor prospects; initiate yearly renewals; prepare solicitation/proposal materials; initiate/attend solicitation meetings/calls; budget forecasting and reporting; cultivate/steward donors encouraging deeper engagement;

  • Contribute to the planning and writing of major funding proposals for major and leadership gifts ($25,000+); working with the Director of Development, Chief of External Affairs , Artistic Director and CEO & senior volunteers;

  • Partner with the Director, Development and colleagues and volunteers to plan and execute fundraising strategies and activities required to meet annual and special project goals;

  • Collaborate with NBS Development staff to support NBS’ Legacy Giving program;

  • Track and report all “moves management” activities utilizing the fundraising database (Raiser’s Edge);

  • Monitor progress and generate reports on key performance indicators;

  • Partner with volunteers to plan annual activities of First Position Steering Committee (Young Patron committee);

  • Partner with staff on NBS’ annual gala solicitations as needed;

  • Required to attend meetings and events outside of usual business hours 



  • 3+ years fundraising experience complemented by a post-secondary degree in a related field;

  • Demonstrated success in identifying/cultivating/soliciting new donors and increasing support of existing donors;

  • Past work in Major Gifts area a definite asset;

  • High computer literacy required, specifically with regards to MS Office and fundraising databases (Raiser’s Edge experience an asset);

  • Work well collaboratively as well as independently; presentation ability is an asset;

  • Exceptional interpersonal communication (written/verbal); remain professional under pressure;

  • Excellent organization and problem-solving skills complemented by strong attention to detail.


Successful candidates must supply Canada’s National Ballet School with a Police Reference Check in accordance with the School’s Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy; this will be co-ordinated through NBS HR.

Qualified applicants should send resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to and include “Development Officer, Philanthropy – 2019” in the subject line ASAP or by March 6, 2019* at the latest.

* Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Canada’s National Ballet School is located at 400 Jarvis St., Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2G6.

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NBS is committed to providing accessible employment practices, in compliance with the AODA. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, applicants are asked to make their needs/requirements known.

NBS thanks all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.