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Toronto International Film Festival


Posted On: July 24, 2023
Closing On: July 28, 2023

Location: Toronto
Effective: August 21, 2023
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $60,000-$78,000





The Development Officer, Leadership Giving plays a vital role in revenue generation from Individual Donors (under $100,000) by participating in the development, execution, and analysis of engagement and fundraising campaigns, and coordinating the operations of TIFF’s Leadership Giving programme, including supporter stewardship.

The position will work closely with various internal teams including: Communications & Marketing, Creative, Visitor Experience, Ticketing Services, Volunteer / Intern Services, Events, and others as required. 

This position requires exceptional interpersonal, communication skills and project management skills, and the ability to prioritize competing demands. The right candidate will be a passionate storyteller, a savvy relationship manager, and able to deliver on ambitious targets.


Revenue Generation  

  • Oversees moves management of Leadership pipeline, developing and executing on customized strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit annual revenue from existing and new sources 
  • Leads on the development and project management of multi-channel fundraising and engagement campaigns
  • Meets regularly with prospects and donors to secure support for TIFF’s top priority areas 
  • Manages TIFF’s Giving Circle, its yearly campaigns and events
  • Writes compelling and meaningful messaging for supporters to connect to TIFF’s mandate and mission
  • Collaborates with Communications, Marketing, and Creative, manages  the production of digital and print collateral/communications as required
  • Builds emails, segments lists, and undertakes testing to maximize response and conversions
  • Develops presentation decks, proposals, and gift agreements as needed for Leadership supporters 

Supporter Retention

  • Delivers superior donor stewardship, to retain and upgrade support – including prompt thank you calls; timely renewals; strategic monthly conversions; and, gift upgrades
  • Writes and produces compelling communications that spotlight and share the impact of donor support
  • Ensures accurate and consistent information is entered in Raiser’s Edge
  • Acts as an internal champion of the Advancement Department to support a culture of philanthropy at TIFF and implement strategic ideas across all departments

Reporting & Analysis

  • Participates in analysis of supporters to identify giving trends and identify new, potential revenue opportunities 
  • Completes regular review and analysis of campaign testing and tactics, to provide recommendations for future campaigns. 
  • Develops impact reports to donors for regular communication to TIFF’s supporters and non-supporters 


  • Job Grade 3
  • Job Grade Salary Range/Annually  ($60,000 – $78,000)


  • August 21, 2023


  • Office Location: 350 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5
  • Weekly in office requirements: 
    • Minimum 2 days (November to May)
    • Minimum 3 days (June to October) 
  • Festival Office Requirements: Full Time during Festival


  • Graduate or undergraduate degree in arts administration, fundraising, or other related field is preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in fundraising, development and/or direct marketing 
  • Ability to think of big, creative ideas for campaign approaches and strategies
  • Executes on ideas with excellent organizational & project management abilities, attention to detail and follow-through
  • Exceptional written communication skills – specifically persuasive and creative copywriting 
  • Ability to learn quickly, take initiative and to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to advance projects and strategies 
  • Proven skills in multitasking, problem-solving and decision making within a fast paced environment
  • Responds to change with flexibility, nimbleness, and a positive attitude 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with fundraising software (Raiser’s Edge, is an asset); marketing/email automation platforms (Mail Chimp is an asset) and project management tools (Trello is an asset) 
  • Commitment to professional development, AFP Code of Conduct and Donor Bill of Rights.
  • Adaptable to a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends
  • This position requires being in office on a regular basis.


  • All applications must be submitted online through TIFF’s Career Centre.
  • Please upload your cover letter and resumé as PDF(s), before the deadline of FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2023. 


We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview are contacted. 

Candidates must be legally able to work in Canada at this time. TIFF regrets that it is unable to sponsor employment Visas.

Please send any questions via e-mail only to

TIFF is committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment where employees feel valued and respected, and where every employee has the opportunity to realize their potential. As such, we welcome and encourage applicants who identify as racialized persons, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons across the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities.

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation and/or assistance during the application process, please contact us in advance at We strive to provide reasonable accommodations whenever requested.