The MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan is seeking an outstanding major gift fundraiser for the leadership position of Campaign Director to take the organization through the planning and execution of a five-year capital campaign.
At the MacKenzie we are gearing up to commemorate 70 years of excellence in the arts, while also unveiling an ambitious, future-focused vision that will guide our work for many years to come. As part of this exciting plan, we are exploring a major renovation project to revitalize our space and help us better serve our community.
We have recently worked with the Philanthropy team at KCI to complete a feasibility study for a revitalized space that will communicate pride of place by centering on Indigenous art and culture, children and families, and a sustainable relationship with the land. Building on this work, the exploration stages of a capital project are underway and we are seeking an experienced Campaign Director with the necessary skill to lead a multi-million-dollar capital campaign.
Inspired by the Mackenzie Art Gallery’s mission and vision, the successful candidate will be a proven major gift fundraiser responsible for leading the overall campaign planning, prospect strategy, and benchmarking of end goal targets. The new incumbent will possess the ability to proactively develop multi-year plans and achieve yearly fundraising targets. A gifted relationship manager, the Campaign Director will engage loyal supporters while establishing new donor relationships with highly connected members of the community.
Reporting to the Executive Director & CEO, the Director will serve on the Gallery’s leadership team. This is an exciting opportunity to provide leadership in the recruitment, engagement and coaching of a campaign staff team and volunteer leadership committee in identifying and cultivating opportunities that will result in a successful campaign.
The MacKenzie welcomes applicants who are from outside of Regina. The preference is for candidate relocation to Regina to be immersed with the community, however a hybrid work arrangement would be considered with frequent travel into Regina.
ABOUT MACKENZIE ART GALLERY
The MacKenzie Art Gallery is located on Treaty 4 territory in Regina’s Wascana Park, from the Nêhiyawêwin name for this place oskana kâ-asastêki (pile of bones). Regina is situated on the traditional territory of the Nêhiyawak, Saulteaux, Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. We acknowledge and honour the deep art history of this land and aim to serve both this history as well as current and future generations.
The MacKenzie Art Gallery engages people in transformative experiences of the world through art.
The MacKenzie Art Gallery is grounded in history, education, and sustainability.
The MacKenzie Art Gallery is Saskatchewan’s oldest public art gallery. It serves a senior leadership role as the only provincial organization with the mandate and facilities to address an encyclopedic range of visual art and culture. Purpose-built and maintained to Class A Museum standards, the permanent collection spans 5,000 years of art with nearly 5,000 works. We are proud to take the work of Saskatchewan artists to the national and international stage while bringing the art of Canada and the world to Saskatchewan.
The MacKenzie showcases unique and exceptional programs that encompass research, exhibitions, collections, publications, and a diverse range of immersive encounters including our online experience, gift shop, café, classes, workshops, public programs, school tours, events, performances, residencies, screenings, and more.
The MacKenzie Art Gallery has a proud history of being a leading ally in exhibiting and collecting the work of Canada’s Indigenous artists. We build upon Norman McKenzie’s passion and respect for Indigenous artists and are led by Indigenous curators. In fact, the MacKenzie was the first public art gallery in Canada to present traditional First Nations objects as fine art back in 1975. The exhibition “100 Years of Saskatchewan Indian Art 1830–1930” recognized the creative achievement of Saskatchewan’s First Nations and was curated by well-known Saskatchewan Métis artist, Bob Boyer.
At the MacKenzie Art Gallery, we value the importance of Indigenous artists’ recognition in Canada. We understand that art has always been an integral part of Indigenous culture and a powerful tool to express thoughts and feelings. Therefore, displaying Indigenous artists’ works and providing a space for them to share their stories is a necessary step towards reconciliation. We work with Indigenous artists to ensure that their stories are being told as they intended and strive to facilitate challenging conversations with visitors to support the goal of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
The MacKenzie aims to create an environment that inspires people to think critically, creatively, and empathetically about the world around them through the lens of art. In doing so, the gallery hopes to foster a deeper understanding of different cultures and perspectives, and to promote social change and positive community development.
The community has expressed a need for a building that espouses a Saskatchewan identity, that communicates pride of place that is grounded in Indigenous culture. This means that the building should reflect the cultural identity of Saskatchewan and incorporate Indigenous perspectives and traditions. Additionally, the community wants spaces that focus on art-making as a method to strengthen family connections and foster learning. The MacKenzie aims to create spaces that connect art and culture with the land, inspired by the beauty of native grasslands and built with environmental sustainability in mind.
To achieve these goals, the MacKenzie plans to engage its community through meaningful exhibitions, engaging community programs, performances, activities, and events. The gallery hopes to reimagine the public art gallery to be future-oriented, rooted in Indigenous and diverse cultural knowledge, and decolonizing landscapes within Wascana Park. By doing so, the MacKenzie Art Gallery hopes to become a leading institution in Canada for Indigenous representation and inclusion, and a place where people from all walks of life can come together to experience the transformative power of art.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Campaign Leadership and Fundraising
- In consultation with the Executive Director & CEO, oversee the creation, implementation, management, and evaluation of a campaign strategy for a five year, multi-million-dollar campaign.
- Lead the fundraising planning process for the capital campaign and produce effective strategies to achieve targets.
- Plan for and engage the people and resources required for a successful campaign, including campaign staff, leadership volunteers, and internal partners.
- Develop and maintain a pipeline and manage a full portfolio of donors across Saskatchewan and beyond. Including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donors.
- Research, identify and target suitable donors and partners whose aims and objectives align with MacKenzie Art Gallery values.
- Provide annual budgets and plans with regular financial and performance reports as requested by the Executive Director & CEO and Director of Operations.
- Work closely with the Operations and Development team to ensure full risk, governance and financial implications for fundraising growth are accurately assessed prior to progressing large proposals.
- Monitor and evaluate campaign activities to ensure that financial goals are met.
- Energize, motivate, and inspire all those involved in helping to meet the campaign goal.
- Closely collaborate internally with the Director, Development, and the Development team to ensure appropriate identification, segmentation, cultivation, and stewardship of donors.
- Work in partnership with the Executive Director & CEO by providing coaching, advice and support for them to engage in donor cultivation and securing gifts.
- Work closely with the Communications Manager to develop and manage the MacKenzie Art Gallery brand, maintaining a consistent and engaging message, tone and visual identity across all communications.
- Oversee the preparation of campaign communications, including proposals, gift agreements, partnership agreements and stewardship materials.
- Actively participate in relevant organizational committees.
- Organize and attend networking opportunities with relevant non-profits, potential partners, donors, and members of the community.
- Develop and implement donor and partner recognition strategies for the campaign.
Staff and Volunteer Management
- Establish a staffing plan for the campaign.
- Hire, train, supervise, and manage campaign staff.
- Provide leadership, direction, and coaching to direct reports.
- Play a key role in the identification, cultivation, recruitment, training, and ongoing support of Campaign Cabinet volunteers.
- Serve as the lead staff person supporting the Campaign Cabinet and other assigned campaign volunteers.
- Work directly with the Campaign Cabinet to ensure that activities are on track, volunteers feel well-supported, and goals are being met.
- Undertake prospect review and evaluation with campaign volunteers, Board members, leadership and staff, and others as required.
QUALIFICATIONS & KEY COMPETENCIES
- Progressive fundraising program leadership experience and a proven track record of responsibility in major gift development.
- Demonstrated experience in alignment of fundraising activities to the organizational strategic plan, and in the creation and implementation of fundraising business plans.
- Previous exposure to, and involvement with, a capital campaign would be a significant asset.
- Excellent project management capacity complimented by exemplary people skills.
- Proven ability to build, manage and develop key relationships with partners, donors and others involved in making the campaign a success.
- Proven ability to support staff colleagues and manage volunteer involvement in major gifts fundraising.
- Familiarity with Indigenous cultures and communities and a commitment to allyship and reconciliation.
- Highly self-motivated and able to work autonomously, take initiative and make decisions.
- Continuous learner with the ability to work and research independently.
- Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
- Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
- Exemplary verbal and written communication skills.
- Experience utilizing the strength of an organization brand for charity/business development.
- Some experience in budget preparation and financial planning for a non-profit organization would be considered an asset.
- Work history that includes a museum/gallery or art-based non-profit would be an asset but is not a strict requirement for this role.
- Experience working within a unionized environment would be an asset.
- Technological fluency, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and familiarity with the donor database software and other tools used in a modern, connected workplace.
- Post-Secondary degree is preferred, but a combination of education and experience will be considered.
- This position will require occasional evening and weekend work as needed.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of MacKenzie Art Gallery. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Mia Gardiner, Senior Search Consultant by email at MAG@kcitalent.com
All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by June 29, 2023.
To view the full Position Brief, please visit: www.kcitalent.com
The Mackenzie Art Gallery is committed to maintaining an inclusive culture and building a diverse workforce that includes diversity in gender identity/representation, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, persons with disabilities and members of racialized communities who have traditionally been and are currently unrepresented in the Canadian workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.
The salary range for this position is $95,000-$130,000. This is a five-year term position with potential to grow into a more permanent part of the team.