Job Board
Gardiner Museum

Development Officer

Posted On: May 24, 2023
Closing On: June 30, 2023

Location: Toronto
Effective: July 3, 2023
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $50,000 - $55,000

File: Download

Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum brings together people of all ages and communities through the shared values of creativity, wonder, and community that clay and ceramic traditions inspire.
We engage audiences with exhibitions, programs, and hands-on classes, while stewarding a significant permanent collection. We interpret historical ceramics to emphasize their relevance today, and champion emerging and established Canadian artists and their role in the broader world. We innovate through clay education, as we bring together the experience of making with a deeper understanding of the art of ceramics.
We believe in making, looking, and thinking through clay.

The Gardiner Museum has a collection of over 4,000 objects from the Ancient Americas, Europe, Japan, and China, as well as contemporary works with an emphasis on leading Canadian artists. We are among the few museums focused on ceramics, and one of the world’s most notable specialty museums.

Job Description

The Position
The Gardiner Museum is seeking a creative and collaborative new colleague to join our team in the role of  Development Officer. This individual will play an integral role in the Museum’s fundraising activities, including the planning and execution of its annual fundraising events, the management of departmental systems, realization of the Museum’s  annual revenue goals, and deepening a culture of philanthropy with our audiences.

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer (CDO), the ideal candidate will be an emerging development professional with a passion for the arts and its role in civic engagement and community building.  Highly motivated and detail-oriented, we are seeking an entrepreneurial-minded individual who is interested in building their stewardship, fundraising, and event coordination skills in the non-profit sector.

Year-round activities (Fundraising and Donor Management):

  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with donors and volunteers by providing support through cultivation, donor servicing and stewardship activities and events;
  • Provide administrative support to the CDO regarding Board meetings and Board Development Committee requests;
  • Maintain up-to-date donor records using the Gardiner’s CRM (Raiser’s Edge), including tracking pledges and gifts, and processing payments from donors;
  • Collaborate with the Museum’s Finance team to intake gifts, issue tax receipts, and reconcile cross-department revenue reports;
  • Draft donor correspondence, including invitations, thank you letters, and requests;
  • In concert with the Museum’s Programming and Curatorial departments, undertake research to identify prospective revenue sources for a variety of Gardiner initiatives;
  • Assist the Chief Development Officer with annual and project-based grant and foundation applications and reporting
  • Review marketing materials to ensure appropriate donor recognition and adherence to contractual obligations
  • Attend Gardiner Museum events and receptions as required to develop relationships with donors and patrons.

Seasonal activities (Event Coordination): 

  • Supporting the planning and execution of the Museum’s two annual fundraising events: the International Ceramics Art Fair and SMASH, including liaising with external Committees, securing vendors, tracking event budgets, and working with volunteers.


Candidate Knowledge and Skills

  • Highly motivated with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • 2-3 years working in the non-profit sector, preferably in fundraising and development
  • Experience in grant writing and research
  • Knowledge of not-for-profit fundraising practices and principles, and CRA legislation for charitable giving
  • Experience with event coordination, including liaising with external vendors
  • Experience using a CRM (Raiser’s Edge or otherwise)
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator or comparable design tool
  • A problem solver who can work both independently and across teams
  • An eye for implementing and improving upon organizational systems

Additional Info:

Special Conditions of Employment
Performs duties in a hybrid office environment during regular office hours. Due to the nature of the position, some work and events will occur outside office hours including evenings and weekends.

This position provides for 15 vacation days annually. Following a three-month probationary period, employees receive comprehensive health and dental benefits and an RRSP matching program.

The Gardiner Museum regularly updates its COVID-19 protocols and health measures in accordance with the Province of Ontario in an effort to protect the health of both visitors and staff. The updates may impact work and scheduling.

The Gardiner Museum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates from visible and invisible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons across the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to hiring on merit and to removing barriers in employment policies. Reasonable accommodations for disabilities will be provided, on request, to support applicant’s participation in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.

How to Apply:

To apply, candidates should submit a letter of interest and CV in one PDF document to Please reference “Development Officer” in the subject line. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

For further information on the Gardiner Museum, please refer to our website: