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Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Development Officer, Corporate and Foundations

Posted On: August 25, 2023
Closing On: September 8, 2023

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $55,000 to $65,000


The Development Officer, Corporate and Foundations is committed to creating a positive experience for corporate and foundation donors who support the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Working under the supervision of the Senior Development Officer, Corporate and Foundations, this role will manage a portfolio of corporate and foundation donors, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding gifts of $5,000 to $25,000 annually. The role will also coordinate donor relations activity in the corporate and foundation portfolio, supporting the delivery of sponsor benefits, communications, and partnership fulfilment.

In this highly collaborative role, the Development Officer, Corporate and Foundations will need to build effective relationships with fundraising colleagues and staff across the organization, as well as with volunteers and supporters.


Portfolio Management

  • Manage a portfolio of corporate and foundation donors, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding gifts of $5,000 to $25,000 annually in support of team revenue goals, and deliver an exceptional donor experience.
  • Research funding prospects and monitor grant and funding trends.
  • Write proposals and applications, tracking deadlines to ensure timely submission
  • Prepare backgrounders and budgets for cultivation and solicitation.
  • Maintain detailed records in the fundraising database including invoices, pledge reminders, call reports, and moves management details.
  • Coordinate reports for prospect meetings and ensure reports are up to date.

Donor Stewardship

  • Support the team to achieve the highest level of service to the portfolio of corporate and foundation donors.
  • Prepare insightful, timely, and donor-centric stewardship reports and other communication materials including thank-you letters and gift acknowledgements.
  • Liaise with the Senior Manager, Events and Special Projects to organize cultivation, stewardship, and sponsor activation events as required.
  • Liaise with various TSO teams to collect content and impact metrics related to donor-funded programs.
  • Represent the Development team in the donor lounge for TSO concerts as needed and build relationships where appropriate.

Benefits Fulfillment

  • Coordinate with the Marketing team on sponsor crediting for TSO materials.
  • Liaise with Corporate Partners on logo approvals and placement.
  • Maintain records of sponsor fulfilment and track activities for reporting purposes.
  • Support the delivery of sponsor benefits on time and as outlined in partnership


  • University Degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum three (3) years of relevant fundraising experience in a non-profit organization.
  • Exceptional writing skills; ability to determine the most important information to share with supporters and the most compelling way to tell a story.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet demanding deadlines and problem-solve by using initiative and independence.
  • Excellent administrative skills and outstanding attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative team culture.
  • High level of maturity, professional ethics, and personal integrity.
  • Ability to understand, develop and sustain resilient and dynamic relationships with donors, colleagues, and senior management.
  • Understanding of fundraising policies, principles and best practices.
  • Knowledge of fundraising databases (Tessitura or similar systems).
  • Passion for the arts; interest in and knowledge of orchestral music is an asset


Please email your cover letter and resumé to Esther Lee, Director of Human Resources, at by 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2023. While the TSO thanks all applicants for their interest, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is committed to having a workforce that is reflective of the diversity of the City of Toronto and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals, especially those who can provide different perspectives and contribute to further diversification of ideas.

The TSO is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require accommodation, the TSO will work with you to meet your needs.


  • Routine office environment with some activity taking place at rehearsals, concerts, and special events.
  • Essential function of the job includes attendance at some evening and weekend concerts and/or events. The majority of the TSO’s concerts take place in Roy Thomson Hall.
  • The TSO is currently working in a hybrid model of in-office and remote work
  • Incumbent may be required to meet donors/partners in person and such meetings may be held at the partner’s corporate office
  • Prolonged sitting to complete daily on-screen meetings, initiate and respond to emails and writing grants.

The TSO requires all employees to provide proof of fully-vaccinated status, with vaccines approved by Health Canada. A person is considered fully-vaccinated if they have completed the required regime for a COVID-19 vaccine and 14 days have passed since their final dose.