Posted On: 2019-11-05
Closing On: 2019-11-19
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: December 02, 2019
Employment Type: Contract
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned artistic, educational and recreational programming across a stunning ten-acre site at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 45 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world by curating thousands of events annually across its ten-acre site from music festivals to contemporary dance, to craft and design, to sailing lessons. There is something for everyone at Harbourfront Centre, year-round.


Position Title: Development Manager, Nordic Bridges

Reporting to: Senior Development Officer, Grants and Government Relations

Key Relationships: Nordic and Canadian partners

Type of Employment Contract 28 month contract

Summary of Function

Want to play a major role in an international collaboration in arts, culture and trade?

If you are a mid-career entrepreneurial-minded and driven leader with sponsorship experience, we want to hear from you!

Bonus points if you have experience in arts beyond sponsorship, or knowledge of the Nordic cultural sector.

In 2021, Canada will be the host country for the Nordic Cultural Initiative initiated by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Harbourfront Centre is the lead organization on this initiative.

In partnership with arts organizations across Canada, Nordic Bridges will include multidisciplinary programming and cultural conversations in cities including Halifax, Iqaluit, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.

The Development Manager for Nordic Bridges is responsible for program funding for the Nordic Bridges Project.

Start Date: December 2, 2019

End Date: March 31, 2022


  • Research
  • Grant Writing
  • Prepares proposals, reports and letters
  • Prepares plans and projections to assist in identifying priorities
  • Liaises with Nordic Bridges program managers
  • VIP event support


  • Other duties as assigned

Skills & Requirements

Essential Criteria

  • 4 years in development, corporate partnerships, diplomatic relations, or project/event management; or a mix of experience with a strong written case
  • Superior communication skills, verbal and written
  • Knowledge of government grant structure and corporate community engagement
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Experience in managing both the political and bureaucratic levels of government and comprehensive knowledge of government process an asset
  • Basic accounting/ financial understanding, budgeting experience  
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, spreadsheets and database)

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of Nordic artistic and cultural sector

Working Conditions

  • Job may involve evening and weekend hours, as well as some travel

Qualified applications are invited to apply by:  November 19th, 2019

Please quote Job Reference # 19FC22-AFP


Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.