Posted On: 2019-10-31
Closing On: 2019-11-10
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: November 18, 2019
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate
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Job Description

The Aga Khan Museum (AKM) in Toronto, Canada offers visitors a window into worlds unknown or unfamiliar: the artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China. Its mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage. Through education, research, and collaboration, the Museum will inform and inspire audiences from all cultures by presenting art created in the Muslim world throughout the past fourteen centuries, along with current paths of artistic practice and cultural development.  

Purpose of Position 

Reporting to the Development Director, the Development Officer, Prospect Research and Development Communications will be responsible for the dual mandate of collecting, organizing and disseminating information on current and potential donors to the Museum as well as writing proposals as directed by the fundraisers in the department They will also support the communication function of the Development team and be responsible for generating a variety of communications products in support of the Museum’s fundraising programs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing, implementing, and overseeing systems and procedures to meet the information needs of the Development team (staff and volunteers) and Museum Leadership in preparation for identifying, contacting, cultivating and soliciting prospective donors to the Museum (Individuals, Corporations, Charitable Foundations and Government).
  • In partnership with the Chief Development Officer and the Director of Development, leading the identification of prospective donors by researching and analyzing for connections to the Museum, giving potential and propensity to give, in order to establish priorities and strategies for the successful solicitation of donors.
  • Recommending strategies for obtaining new prospects in order to ensure the ongoing development, expansion, and renewal of the prospect base.
  • Anticipating in advance, and preparing detailed and up-to-date research briefings on prospects for the Development team (staff and volunteers) and Museum Leadership in advance of calls and events in order to obtain optimal outcomes.
  • Collaborating with the fundraising team to craft customized funding proposals, project descriptions, fact sheets, presentations, brochures and fundraising collateral for presentation to donors and prospective donors.
  • Leading prospect research, development-related messaging, collateral production and design, triaging and delegating work requests as necessary and mentoring of less experienced staff on researching and development communications projects. 
  • Liaising with external suppliers for the design and production of proposals, publications and other products including the Museum’s Year in Review.
  • Developing content, writing and editing a variety of publications with a primary focus on major gift and sponsorship proposals.
  • Ensuring Museum brand standards, messaging and style guidelines are adhered to in all Development materials; making available guidelines to staff around key messaging, language and format of donor communications.
  • Prioritizing and managing multiple projects in a timely manner, meeting deadlines and managing supplemental material required to complete projects.
  • Any other task assigned by the line manager.

Qualifications & Experience

  • A university degree, preferably an MLIS or equivalent, with a minimum 2 years extensive investigative, research and writing experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the methods of information acquisition, including use of a multitude of online and print research resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize data from a wide variety of sources, and present the resulting information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, with a track record for producing high-quality, persuasive documents – particularly funding proposals, grant applications, impact reports and other fundraising materials – that have resulted in fundraising success.
  • Exceptional planning, organization, project management, prioritization, and time-management skills to manage multiple on-going projects simultaneously. 
  • Ability to handle information ethically, accurately and confidentially.
  • Computer literacy and competency with word-processing and spreadsheet applications, fundraising and prospect management databases, and Internet skills. 
  • Experience with CRM moves management software an asset; Tessitura experience will be advantageous. 
  • Expressed interest in the mandate of the Museum. 

To Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to on or before November 10, 2019.

The Museum thanks all those who apply, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be requested for verified samples of their work and will need to appear for a writing test.  

Please note that the Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fair and accessible employment practices.  Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for applicants invited to an interview.