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Art Canada Institute

Senior Advancement Associate, Grants and Donor Relations

Posted On: March 28, 2022
Closing On: April 21, 2022

Location: Primarily remote, see details
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $70,000 - $90,000

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About the Art Canada Institute

The Art Canada Institute (ACI) is a dynamic, not-for-profit educational organization, dedicated to making Canadian art and its history a contemporary, multi-vocal conversation. Founded in 2013 to make Canadian art and its history accessible to all regardless of one’s knowledge of the subject or proximity to a bricks-and-mortar museum, our programming is accessed in over 60 countries. It includes a growing open-access library of more than 50 expert-authored books, an innovative kindergarten to grade 12 online art education program, a fellowship that is redefining Canadian art history to be inclusive and multi-vocal, and a weekly newsletter that ties Canadian art to all aspects of life. Thanks to the production of robust and rigorously produced content, available online in English and French free of charge, in a few short years, ACI has become the go-to digital resource for educators, museum-goers, and art lovers. Visit us at

At ACI, we are committed to building and fostering an environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities, and people with intersectional identities. Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion enables us to promote the study of an inclusive multi-vocal Canadian art history to as broad an audience as possible, in both English and French, within Canada and internationally.

Position Summary

This is a new position at the Art Canada Institute, required due to our success in doubling revenues over the past few years thanks to the generosity of our donors. Reporting to and working closely with the Executive Director, this role is an opportunity to work with the leading thinkers in the Canadian art world and the Art Canada Institute’s dynamic Board of Directors to bring the organization’s mission to an exceptional group of benefactors who support the organization’s vision.

In this role, you will develop fundraising proposals and grant submissions .  You will work with the ACI’s editorial and design team to ensure high quality funding proposals to institutional donors, corporate funders, foundations, and other potential supporters. You will engage, cultivate, and steward a community of over 150 donors.


  • Support and partner with the Executive Director in donor engagement and stewardship.
  • Lead the planning and coordination of donor cultivation and stewardship events.
  • Lead on development and coordination for strong and compelling funding proposals for a variety of institutional and private donors in the visual arts sector. This will include workback schedules for project design, proposal writing, and submissions, ensuring proposals align with both ACI’s strategic plan and donor strategies.
  • Manage and further develop pipeline tracking and donor development processes and templates.
  • Lead the process for donor renewals and follow a comprehensive plan for donor communication.
  • Develop supplementary materials, such as infographics, presentations, and case studies, to support ACI advancement packages, in collaboration with ACI leadership and colleagues.


  • Strong understanding of and passion for Canadian art and the Canadian visual arts sector.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of institutional and corporate funders and other prospective donors to the visual arts in Canada.
  • Understanding of and skills in grants-based fundraising in the context of visual arts development and visual arts programming, including previous experience writing successful grant applications to a variety of potential funders.
  • An understanding of philanthropic principles and best practices.
  • A university degree in a relevant discipline (art history, communications) and/or equivalent professional experience.
  • Minimum of seven years’ work experience in advancement and/or related fields.

Skills and abilities

  • Excellent English writing, editing, and proofreading skills, including preparation of successful project proposals. Proficiency in French is highly desirable and would be an asset, but is not a requirement.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and pride in a job exceptionally well done.
  • A passion for working with people, and a strong customer-service mindset.
  • An eager team player with an ability to collaborate across departments and functions.
  • Excellent ability to research, analyze, and synthesize diverse information quickly and accurately to align donor interests and the Art Canada Institute’s principles, mission, vision, and needs.
  • Advanced formatting skills in MS Word and Excel. Skills in other computer software and online tools, including Sales Force and InDesign, would also be an asset.
  • Ability to multitask and work efficiently to meet (often short) deadlines.
  • Excellent project management and budget development skills and knowledge of contract review process.
  • Proficiency in planning and executing both in-person and Zoom events.
  • A passion for mission-driven work and personal values aligned with those of the Art Canada Institute.


Salary range of $70,000 – $90,000 per annum, plus benefits including health insurance, generous vacation, and remote working with work-life balance flexibility. The role will include occasional off-site events and meetings, which may sometimes be evenings and/or weekends.

Application submissions

Please submit your CV and cover letter to the attention of Sara Angel, Executive Director,, no later than April 21, 2022.

We will be in contact to arrange interviews with those candidates invited further in the process. We thank all who are interested in Art Canada Institute and this role, but only those considered for next steps will be contacted.

Upon the request of the applicant, ACI will provide accommodation during the recruitment process. If you are selected for an interview and you require accommodation, please inform the Executive Director at the email address listed above.