Posted On: 2020-01-27
Closing On: 2020-02-15
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

Manager, Development Special Events
Regular Full-Time (35 hours per week)


Are you energized by the idea of fundraising and planning events at Canada’s leading art museum? 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?
The AGO is at a critical and exciting moment of growth and change, as we welcome new audiences with the newly launched AGO Annual Pass and as we prepare for a new major fundraising campaign including capital, endowment and works of art in support of the AGO’s 10-year vision.

The AGO is currently looking for a highly skilled relationship manager to lead and grow the museum’s portfolio of Signature fundraising events which include:
  • AGO Massive, now in its 16th year, which has established a reputation as “Toronto’s ultimate contemporary art party.” The event is a fixture on the calendars of the city’s most passionate art enthusiasts, leading style makers and top young professionals;
  • Art Toronto Opening Night, the official kick-off event for Canada’s premiere art fair, which raises funds for AGO exhibitions and programs from art lovers and collectors;
  • AGO Art Bash, the Gallery’s annual gala which is the must attend black tie event on Toronto’s fall calendar, bringing together the city’s most prominent philanthropists, business leaders and art lovers.

Reporting to the Director, Corporate Partnerships & Development Special Events, the Manager, Development Special Events, initiates, develops and produces special events to generate specific fundraising revenues for the AGO, while enhancing the Gallery’s profile in the community, cultivating existing supporters and attracting new audiences and supporters to the Gallery. In addition, they, implement and manage the centralized scheduling, processes and operations of Development events to cultivate and steward supporters of the AGO.

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Superior interpersonal skills and experience in volunteer management
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage a diverse range of fundraising events.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and work collaboratively with volunteer committees, including Board Trustees.
  • Experience in securing sponsorship for events; cash sponsors and donors of goods and services.
  • Well-developed working knowledge of fundraising techniques for major gifts and high-end donor acquisition and cultivation.
  • Well-developed working knowledge of the Toronto donor and art communities.
  • Well-developed public relations, interpersonal, persuasion, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Well-developed administration, budgeting, planning and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and engage with diplomacy.

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by visiting our website at

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. We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


External Application Deadline: 2/15/2020