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Royal Ontario Museum Governors


Posted On: August 3, 2022
Closing On: August 31, 2022

Location: 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
Effective: As soon as possible
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $70,963 to $106,444 per annum, plus benefits

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(Permanent Full-Time)


ROM Governors works in tandem with ROM – Canada’s world museum – to engage philanthropic and sponsorship support that advances the Museum’s vision and mission. In addition to being a busy, fast-paced environment where we are committed to excellent donor and volunteer experiences and services, we get to explore, discover and learn from collections and exhibitions – and the wonderful people who bring them to life! There are many reasons it’s great to work with ROM Governors, ranging from competitive compensation and benefits, the chance to develop, grow and take on new opportunities and challenges, and to be part of an iconic institution that is transforming dramatically to ensure 21st century audiences can understand the past, make sense of the present and come together to shape a shared future.

There has been no better time to be part of ROM Governors as it undertakes an ambitious fundraising campaign to support ROM’s bold plans as a 21st century museum, embracing change and pursuing innovation. In February 2022, John Kearsey was appointed as ROM Governors’ President and CEO to lead a dynamic, mission-driven, donor-focused team intent on increasing philanthropic and private support for ROM, advancing transformational growth and sustainability. The team partners with global philanthropic management consulting firm GG+A for thought leadership and planning solutions.

ROM Governors is recruiting an experienced and dynamic fundraising professional to lead its Principal Giving Program as Associate Director. You are a passionate, capable and exemplary hands-on major giving fundraiser who believes in the transformative powers of museums and philanthropy. You are known for being highly collegial, strategic and comfortable working in a complex and fast-paced environment. You are a positive-thinker and role model who demonstrates leadership, collaboration, respect and excellence.


The Associate Director, Philanthropy, is responsible for managing a portfolio of individual, foundation and corporate prospects, and developing and implementing plans for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. The Associate Director, Philanthropy is also responsible for assisting in basic prospect research and the development of proposals and other fundraising materials related to this portfolio and in support of the Museum’s highest fundraising priorities.


Prospect and Donor Relationship Management: Cultivate and solicit a personal portfolio of up to 100-120 prospects annually. This will involve planning, developing and overseeing customized strategies for individuals, corporations and foundations, and working collaboratively to plan and execute targeted cultivation tours and visits. Convert ROM priorities into action plans and gift opportunities that match donors’ interests. Actively track actions related to prospects and oversee the processing of gifts and stewardship of active major gift donors; ensuring donors receive correspondence, reports, and updates in a timely and professional manner

Principal and Major Gifts Strategy Support:  Work collaboratively with the AVP, Principal Gifts to develop and execute philanthropic strategies for leadership donors to raise funds for the ROM’s priorities.

Volunteer Leadership: Work collaboratively with and in support of leadership volunteers and other Museum representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for Museum priorities. Develop strategies to activate volunteers as door openers and involve them in the ongoing work of the major gifts team.

Team Integration: All staff share responsibility for the overall success of ROM Governors. The incumbent must be familiar with all funding opportunities and levels of support, and work collaboratively to maintain a positive working environment with all internal stakeholders. Participation in additional events managed by other Governors departments is expected, as needed.


This position requires a post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field, and a minimum of three years fundraising and development experience, including direct experience building donor relationships and personally closing gifts in the five- to six-figure ranges.

The successful candidate must also possess:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and professional presence necessary to interact with donors, patrons, senior volunteers, senior Museum staff and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, business acumen, strategic aptitude, and sound judgment.
  • Knowledge of the marketplace and donor base.
  • Exceptional and proven oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to efficiently organize and manage a diverse range of assignments while meeting multiple deadlines, along with thorough attention to all details and consistent follow through.
  • Resourcefulness and independence, while remaining comfortable working within the framework of a team-oriented environment.
  • Sound computer skills and experience with The Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and InDesign, as applied to the preparation of proposals, reports and presentations.
  • Understanding of the vision, mission and values of the Museum and role of the ROM Governors.
  • A flexible schedule which allows for multiple after-hours events and meetings.

Reports to: Associate Vice President, Principal Gifts

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Salary Scale: $70,963 to $106,444 per annum, plus benefits

Application deadline: August 31, 2022

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At ROM Governors, we consider equity, diversity, and inclusivity to be foundational to our institutional success. We seek to foster a workplace that reflects the full breadth of the communities we serve and welcome applications from women, racialized persons/BIPOC, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, LGBTQ2S+, and people with disabilities.

ROM Governors is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview.

The selected candidate will be required to participate in a Criminal Background Check conducted via Profile Investigation Inc.

COVID-19: ROM Governors recognizes its heightened duty to protect employees from health and safety risks during the current pandemic. As such, an offer of employment shall be conditional on proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine series approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization.

ROM Governors is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ROM Governors wishes to thank all those who apply, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.