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Art Gallery of Onatrio

Director, Corporate Partnership & Development Special Events

Posted On: October 18, 2022
Closing On: November 1, 2022

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $106,863 - $133,584


Temporary Full-Time (35 hours per week)

1 Year Contract


Are you energized by the idea of working in Canada’s leading art museum, surrounded by great art, award-winning programs and big ideas? Would you thrive working with colleagues who are leaders in their field, from a variety of professional backgrounds? Do you believe art has the power to spark conversation, create community and change lives? Do you want to be a part of breaking down barriers to access?

Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (“the AGO”) is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a collection of close to 120,000 works. We are currently seeking a Temporary Full-Time, Director, Corporate Partnerships & Development Special Events to join our Development team. Under the direction of the Chief Development Officer, the incumbent will manage strategies and activities to develop powerful Corporate Partnerships and highly impactful Development Special Events at the AGO, each designed to align with the AGO’s vision, values and brand while achieving robust revenue goals. Working with senior development staff, he/she will develop the overall corporate strategy by identifying opportunities for philanthropic relationships, sponsorships, partnerships and activations. Leads the development of the AGO’s strategy for special fundraising events designed to maximize revenue, strengthen the AGO’s brand amongst the corporate and philanthropic community and create an effective gateway for pipeline development of high potential partners and donors. Also leads the planning and execution of stewardship events for all levels of support.

As a member of the Development team, this role also contributes to realizing the AGO’s vision to lead global conversations from Toronto through extraordinary collections, exhibitions and programs and by reflecting the people who live here. The AGO is also taking steps to build our capacity to actively work on addressing issues of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in our galleries, programming and workplace. We have embedded diversity and inclusion into our strategic plan and ongoing priorities and all AGO staff contributions are key to achieving these goals. The incumbent will also perform duties in accordance with department systems and procedures and applicable collective agreements.

Interested so far? Learn more about why AGO would be a great fit below.

The Gallery continually strives to create a safe and inclusive workplace. We offer diversity and inclusion training to our staff and volunteers so they can continually learn and contribute to fostering a supportive environment where people feel comfortable to come to work as they are.

The mental health of our employees is also very important to us. We offer our employees programs that support wellness and enhance the job experience. If our employees need assistance, employee assistance program (EAP) services are available to them. The Gallery also takes part in the city and province’s reciprocal benefits program, allowing our employees access to city and province discounts.

What are the benefits and highlights of working at the AGO?

  • Competitive salary
  • Discounts from the Provincial/City Reciprocal Agreements (Free admission to museums, the CN Tower & Discounts off amusement parks, city attractions, hotels, wine tours, Second City, the Ontario Science Centre, and much more!)
  • Discounts to GoodLife Fitness
  • Free tickets to every major exhibit at AGO

If this sounds like an opportunity you are looking for, apply now!

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • University undergraduate degree and/or post-graduate designation in business/marketing or a related field.
  • 5-7 years of related experience in development, marketing or corporate sponsorship at a senior level in a major corporate or charitable institution with multilevel and complex corporate sponsorship and events programs.
  • A strong track-record in successful revenue growth, sponsorship strategies, program development, event management, sales and negotiations, digital marketing, and activation planning.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and manage a diverse portfolio of fundraising and/or marketing initiatives.
  • Proven experience providing leadership and working collaboratively with corporate leaders and senior volunteers.
  • Well-developed strategic approach, with strong analytical and budget management skills.
  • Excellent public relations, interpersonal, persuasion, and communication skills.
  • Poised and confident, with high degree of social intelligence, integrity, maturity and sound judgement.
  • A highly collaborative team player, and comfortable navigating a complex stakeholder environment.
  • Commitment to museum’s core values:
    • Lead with quality.
    • Be inclusive and accessible.
    • Lead with contemporary relevance.
    • Be adaptable and flexible.
    • Achieve financial equilibrium.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the workplace.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian corporate sponsor landscape, as well as Toronto philanthropic and art communities an asset.
  • Passion for visual art, with a working understanding of museum structure and departmental roles an asset.

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by submitting a tailored cover letter and CV via

If you would prefer to submit your application in person, please leave it with our Shipping Dock addressed to the People Division which is located next to our Jackman Hall entrance on McCaul street.

We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO’s Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer.