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Aga Khan Museum

Development Officer, Grants and Foundations

Posted On: October 19, 2022
Closing On: November 30, 2022

Location: North York, Ontario
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: CAD 60,000 - CAD 65,000

The Aga Khan Museum 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 Aga Khan Museum 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 Senior Development Manager, Major Gifts, the Development Officer, Grants and Foundations is responsible for building and managing the Museum’s corporate, foundations and government grants programs. The incumbent is responsible for identifying, engaging, and soliciting. and steward local and national sources of support from corporations, charitable foundations and government organizations. This includes researching and preparing proposals and applications for support, as well as building relationships with key stakeholders. They are also responsible for the preparation of stewardship and impact reports, as well as tracking proposals and applications and working closely with other members of the Museum’s Development, Content and Educational teams.

Key Responsibilities

  • Actively manage an Institutional Giving portfolio, including responsibility to solicit and steward the portfolio.
  • Identify and research a pipeline of charitable foundations and government granting programs to provide support for the Museum’s programmatic areas, key funding priorities and operations.
  • Prepare and write Letters of Intent, proposals and applications for local, national and international corporations, charitable foundations and government granting agencies
  • Help research and build the Museum’s Institutional Giving stewardship program, including to define corporate and sponsor benefits.
  • Work cross-functionally and collaboratively with key members of the Museum’s programming teams, to develop content for applications and proposals.
  • Prepare progress, impact and stewardship reports for funders.
  • Ensure timely stewardship, including the delivery of benefits and recognition to the stakeholder portfolio.
  • Support the Development team to research and prepare proposals, presentations and impact reports.
  • Provide professional, high-quality relationship management to sponsors, donors, patrons, volunteers, staff and other community contacts.
  • Develop and maintain a calendar of application deadlines and reporting requirements.
  • Use the donor database (Tessitura) to track and record funding prospects and actions.
  • Be responsible for a central repository of program-related content, updated on an ongoing basis, available for use by the rest of the department as base informational material.

Qualifications & Experience

  • University or college degree or diploma, ideally in Business, English or creative writing.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of progressive experience in a not-for-profit organization, preferably in arts and culture.
  • Proven track record in developing and maintaining a portfolio of corporate sponsors, foundations and grants programs.
  • Strong written and presentation skills, including translating organizational priorities into inspiring, compelling and dynamic philanthropic opportunities.
  • Experience in identifying, researching, cultivating and soliciting prospects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively within a cross-functional team, on projects and team priorities.
  • Solid interpersonal and relationship management skills.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and the ability to multi-task with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and to work well under tight timelines or changes in priorities.
  • Exceptional skills in MS Office Suite. Experience with donor databases, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Technical ability and willingness to learn new systems as required for the role.
  • Being inclusive and respectful of diverse populations.
  • Being prepared to work onsite and online, as required by the Museum.
  • 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 $60,000 – $65,000, based on experience.

To Apply
Please send your cover letter and resume to on or before November 15, 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.