Posted On: 2019-06-10
Closing On: 2019-06-21
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: July 8, 2019
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Development Writer
Regular Full-Time (35 hours per week)


The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is among the most distinguished museums in North America and is committed to making great art accessible to all. The AGO’s promise is to inspire current and future generations to see themselves in the art that we present and to create meaningful art experiences that provoke dialogue, offer new perspectives and stimulate creativity. The AGO brings transformative art experiences to life and believes in the power of art to start a dialogue, create community and change lives.

The AGO’s Collection features over 90,000 works that date from 100 AD to the present, and includes all disciplines – painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. Led by the vision of our curators, the AGO showcases the best of our Collection and presents exceptional temporary art exhibitions, often in partnership with leading museums worldwide. Visitors enjoy a dynamic suite of programs, including artist lectures, school visits and tours, Family Sundays, First Thursdays, special events and performances, camps and studio courses. Accessibility and inclusivity are at the heart of what we do – from Art in the Moment, offering specialized tours to those living with dementia, to Free After 3 Youth Programs and Free Wednesday Nights and the Less Equals More initiative.

The AGO enjoys a healthy financial position, achieved in part through a robust membership program, a thriving Development division and dynamic exhibitions and public programs that attract over a million visitors a year (2017/18). The AGO is developing a bold 10-year vision to ensure its position as a leader in global conversations. The AGO is preparing to launch a major fundraising campaign to elevate the AGO’s position at home and abroad.

The Development Writer plays a vital role in our success by using creative and dynamic storytelling, writing and editing to develop a broad range of Development communications materials, including print and digital. Develops written collateral to solicit and steward AGO donors for annual strategic and campaign priorities. Conceives, develops and writes brand-aligned proposals, reports and other written materials that cultivate meaningful engagement and inspire philanthropic involvement in the AGO’s mission.

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

• Demonstrated effective and persuasive writing skills;
• Minimum of 4 years of professional writing experience and/or experience in a fundraising communications role
• Advanced communications skills; ability to adapt writing styles for various purposes and different audiences
• Deep understanding of storytelling to develop a broad range of communications materials;
• Demonstrated ability to build a culture of philanthropy
• Superior skills in translating complex information into easy to understand and interesting language;
• Strong attention to detail in consolidating information from multiple sources;
• Ability to adapt writing styles for various purposes and different audiences;
• Strong project management skills: track record of successfully managing and executing a variety of creative communications initiatives, from conception stages through delivery and follow-up evaluation, often with tight deadlines;
• Proven experience crafting successful campaign materials, including cases for support;
• Advanced research, fact-checking and interviewing skills;
• Passion for the AGO’s mission and a belief in the importance of art;
• Knowledge of key aspects of Development, including government, donor and board relations;
• Demonstrated ability to develop and implement complex projects from design to execution; facilitation capacity and motivation to achieve results in collaboration with other professionals
• Strategic capacity to build exceptional relationships;
• Well-developed organizational, interpersonal and analytical skills;
• Awareness of government directions, sensitivities and relationships; can work with ambiguities; and
• Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising databases an asset

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply with their resume and cover letter 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.