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Art Gallery of Ontario

Development Associate, Philanthropy & Special Projects

Posted On: December 9, 2021
Closing On: December 31, 2021

Location: Toronto
Effective: February 14, 2022
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $58,749 - $73,418 per annum


Regular Full-time (35 hours per week)


The AGO is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and building teams that reflect our community. We encourage candidates who are women, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and people with disabilities to apply for this exciting role. If you require accommodations at any point in the hiring process, please let us know and we will be happy to provide them.

This is a moment of remarkable global change. At the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), we are exploring the possibilities of what an art museum can be—and there has never been a more exciting time to join us on this journey.

Do you believe that art has the power to spark important conversations, bring communities together and change lives? Are you energized by building relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds? Are you inspired by the idea of working in an iconic building filled with extraordinary art, innovative programs and big ideas? Could you see yourself as part of a team committed to addressing issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and anti-racism in galleries, programming and the workplace?  If so, you belong at the AGO!

As one of North America’s leading art museums, the AGO welcomes close to 1 million visitors annually and is deeply committed to making art and lifelong learning accessible to everyone. Our ambitious vision is to lead global conversations from Toronto through extraordinary collections, exhibitions and programs, and by reflecting the people who live here.

The AGO Development team is currently searching for a purpose-driven, organized and highly collaborative Development Associate, Philanthropy & Special Projects to support our mission. In this role you will play a vital role in supporting the writing and designing of proposals for the department’s major gifts team. This role is also responsible for coordinating, submitting, and reporting on a distinct profile of government and foundation grants. Under the direction of the Associate Director, Philanthropy, the Development Associate must communicate effectively with internal AGO departments and across the Development Division as well as outside funding organizations.

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrate extremely strong proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • 3-5 years directly related experience in proposal writing and Foundation/grant funding
  • Post-secondary education in related field or a combination of relevant experience
  • Directly related experience in developing and designing persuasive proposals, including project budgets
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to produce efficient, well-written materials that are persuasive, with quick turnaround and excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrated experience and strong skills working with proposal design software and donor databases such as Raisers Edge
  • Well-developed project coordination organizational and time management skills
  • High level of diplomacy

As the successful candidate, you will join a positive and committed team that supports one another, values everyone’s contributions and fosters a culture of learning and mentorship. You will get to know interesting people who balance hard work with laughter, celebration and a sense of community.

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a tailored cover letter and resume via our website: We thank all applicants, but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.