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Aga Khan Museum

Development Officer, Events

Posted On: March 1, 2022
Closing On: March 25, 2022

Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $55,000 - $60,000

The Aga Khan Museum (AKM) connects cultures and communities through art. The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions that Muslim civilizations have made and continue to make to world heritage.

A Toronto-based Museum, we promote pluralism through art, stories, and enlightened encounters, across cultures. Using visual and performing arts as a force for good in the world, the Museum’s ambitious vision is to promote peaceful co-existence and positive intercultural dialogue. As a global learning hub, uniquely positioned to play a pivotal role in creating connections among people and communities locally, nationally, and around the world.

The AKM is seeking an individual with experience in the planning and execution of in-person and virtual events, to join the Development team. If you thrive in a fast paced dynamic environment and are an outgoing, creative professional with strong relationship management skills, this role is for you.

Purpose of Position

Reporting to the Development Manager, Fundraising Operations, the Development Officer, Events ensures the seamless planning and execution of a wide variety of in-person and virtual events that engage Museum members, donors, prospects and stakeholders. They foster excellent cross-departmental relationships within the Museum as well as externally with vendors and partners. They work with the team to conceive of and design compelling events that achieve the Development department’s objectives and align with the Museum’s mission. They project manage all event logistics and budgets to execute events on time and on budget. They are also responsible for supervising staff and volunteers for day-of execution and conduct post-event debriefing, analysis and other follow-up processes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Play a key role in the development of a strategy to engage constituencies beyond the Museum, through the creation of targeted in-person and virtual events across Canada, North America, and around the world.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage Museum programming to steward patrons and donors.
  • Plan and execute events and programs designed to steward members and donors.
  • Plan, develop and deliver annual Lapis signature fundraisers.
  • Be responsible for the effective and timely communication of event sheets and all resource bookings, including internal, third party, and external resources in consultation with the Museum Operations team.
  • Create and maintain consistent project/event documentation and communication in the project management system, updating as needed.
  • Work with the Finance and Procurement functions to ensure Museum policies and procedures are followed and that record-keeping is accurate and timely to maintain financial and data integrity.
  • Collaborate with the Museum Operations teams and supervise event delivery resources for day-of execution.
  • Conduct post-event debriefs, event analysis and reporting to assess, the ROI and effectiveness of events and provide data for future decisions.
  • Lead on systems and process enhancements to incorporate industry best practice and/or improve internal processes.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the line manager.


Qualifications & Experience:


  • A university degree or college diploma ideally in fundraising or the arts.
  • Minimum 4 years progressive experience in events management, preferably in arts and culture.
  • Experience working with visual or performing artists or agents.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and executing fundraising and stewardship events, including for major gift donors and VIP guests.
  • Exceptional planning, organization, project management, prioritization, and time-management skills are required to manage multiple on-going projects simultaneously.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service aptitude with exceptional verbal and written communication skills, demonstrating ability to build positive relationships with guests and stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with fundraising principles.
  • Excellent computer literacy including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • An affinity with the underlining goals and philosophy of the Aga Khan Development Network.
  • Evening and weekend work is required for events – flexible work hours required.
  • Expressed interest in the mandate of the Museum.

Please note that the hiring salary range for this position is $55,000 – $60,000, based on experience.


To Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to on or before March 25, 2022.

Applicants must be fully vaccinated, as defined by Public Health. The Museum will comply with its human rights obligations and accommodate applicants who are legally entitled to accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The Museum thanks all those who apply, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please note that the Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fair and accessible employment practices.  Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for applicants invited to an interview.