Posted On: 2020-02-06
Closing On: 2020-02-28
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Development Associate, Donor Programs

Regular Full-Time (35 hours per week)


The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is among the most distinguished museums in North America. With a Collection that features over 90,000 works of art, the AGO showcases the best of all disciplines – painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and performance.  It presents exceptional temporary exhibitions, often in partnership with leading museums worldwide, and creates meaningful art experiences that provoke dialogue, offer new perspectives and stimulate creativity.

The AGO is at a critical and exciting moment of growth and change. In 2019, the AGO introduced the Access Initiative, a new admission model that removes financial barriers, offering great art and dynamic programs to a broad and diverse audience.

The AGO raises in the range of $20 million annually for operations, special projects, art acquisitions, major campaigns and works of art donations, with an additional $90 million held in endowment, restricted and unrestricted funds. It currently is preparing for a new major fundraising campaign including capital, endowment and works of art in support of the AGO’s 10-year vision.

As the AGO undertakes this exciting work, we are seeking a highly personable, articulate, and collaborative Development Associate, Donor Programs to lead a membership program that engages the next generation of philanthropists, as well as support mid- to high-level fundraising activity at the Gallery. The successful candidate will be responsible for the AGO’s dynamic young patrons’ program; achieving revenue goals, developing and implementing the program, and leading the volunteer committee’s fundraising efforts.  In addition, the Development Associate, will work closely with the Major Gift team to identify, cultivate, secure and steward critical support for the Gallery. Key activities include: donor communications, coordination of stewardship events and donor travel, gift processing and membership administration, as well as data analysis. 

Does this sound like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? If you have the following qualifications, we’d love to hear from you!

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • 3 years of directly related experience in a Development environment with a focus on membership and donor programs. 
  • Well-developed interpersonal and public relations skills to interface with major donors, senior volunteers and AGO staff. 
  • Well-developed administrative, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating individual giving activities within a fundraising team. 
  • Directly related experience drafting compelling donor correspondence, including eblasts, marketing materials, solicitation and acknowledgment letters.
  • Operates with a high-degree of professionalism and discretion.
  • Demonstrated experience in applicable computer programs, donor databases and social media platforms such as Raiser’s Edge, MailChimp, Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Power Point.
  • Knowledge of the visual arts an asset.

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.