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National Arts Centre


Posted On: February 13, 2023
Closing On: March 12, 2023

Location: ottawa
Effective: June 2023
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $220,000 to $260,000


  • Competition number: J0223-0480
    Department: National Arts Centre Foundation
    Status: Full-Time continuing
    Annual/hourly salary: The NAC offers an attractive compensation package that includes a salary range of $220,000 to $260,000, a bonus structure of up to 15% and a comprehensive suite of benefits, pension and annual leave provisions.
    Closing date: March 12, 2023
    Anticipated start date: June 2023

Introducing the National Arts Centre Foundation
The NAC’s Foundation is truly national. Our enthusiastic and generous donors believe in the unique power of the performing arts – of our stories – to transform lives and society. Engagement and philanthropy now more than ever are critical to the NAC’s ability to help the performing arts in Canada recover and renew.
The NAC is seeking a strategic and passionate Chief Executive Officer to lead its Foundation’s fundraising activities to support our vision and programs.

The CEO of the NAC Foundation plays the principal role in donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship and will serve as an inspiring, visionary leader to the Foundation team, Board of Directors and volunteers.
The incumbent reports dually to the NAC President & CEO and to the Chair of the Foundation. They will serve as a member of the NAC’s Senior Management Committee and attend meetings of the NAC Board of Trustees.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
It is the National Arts Centre’s goal to be a more welcoming, inclusive, accessible, and diverse organization for all Canadians. We believe that the basis of this inclusivity requires a socially and culturally diverse workforce and, therefore, we actively seek to recruit candidates who identify as women, Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour (IBPoC), persons from the LGBTQ2+ community and persons with disabilities. We encourage you to self-identify in the recruitment process.

Summary of Responsibilities:
• Develop and implement a visionary strategic plan for the Foundation to support a sustainable and comprehensive fundraising program that will increase the pool of individual and corporate prospects and donors.
• Design a strong case for support for the NAC and its key programs with clear, distinct impact stories that will resonate with funders for a Major Comprehensive Campaign to renew the Canadian performing arts sector.
• Actively cultivate relationships with current and prospective national major donors.
• Lead an exceptional program of stewardship and engagement for donors at the NAC and across the country.
• Communicate effectively with the Foundation Board of Directors, providing all information required for the Board to function effectively and make informed decisions.
• Report to and work closely with the Foundation Board to seek their involvement in fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the National Arts Centre in Canada.
• Serve as an advocate for the Foundation team at NAC leadership tables.
• Collaborate with NAC artistic departments and other department leaders to communicate the Foundation’s vision, scope, and key priorities to align NAC and Foundation strategies.
• Work with NAC artistic and program leaders on the cultivation and stewardship of major gifts and partnerships.
• Partner with key internal stakeholders on shared vision and strategies for external relations; collaborate in the execution of projects to ensure a healthy pipeline of new donors into the organization.

• Proven track record managing significant and successful fundraising programs, particularly with individual major gifts and corporate partnerships.
• Demonstrated experience in the planning and execution of major campaigns.
• A natural affinity with the NAC’s values of Inclusion, Creativity, Generosity, Sustainability, and Engagement.
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
• Ability to tap into and expand upon a national network of donors.
• Experience working in, or an affinity with, the arts and cultural sector in Canada.
• Expertise in best practices in fundraising, donor cultivation, and stewardship.
• Strong understanding of financial management and experience in budgeting and financial reporting.
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with storytelling expertise.
• Progressive senior leadership experience managing successful comprehensive fundraising teams.
• Fluency in both official languages is an asset.

Who can apply:
Canadian Citizens or persons legally permitted to work in Canada.
If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation for an interview or written exam, please advise us when initially contacted.

Workplace well-being
The NAC is committed to providing a safe, healthy and respectful work environment where all employees, contractors, patrons, artists and members of the public are treated with respect and dignity.

Workforce diversity
As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we invite applications from all qualified individuals and encourage applications from members of racialized groups/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons who are Deaf and/or have a disability, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

While we appreciate all applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted by us.
The successful candidate will be required to provide the original or a certified true copy of their education credentials as appropriate, along with proof of a valid Background Check as a condition of employment.

How to apply:
Please submit your cover letter and résumé online through the “Career Opportunities” section of our website at
For additional information, please contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, Debbie Collins, at 613-297-6496.
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