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Aga Khan Museum

Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts

Posted On: March 1, 2022
Closing On: March 20, 2022

Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $75,000 – $85,000

Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts


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 managing a portfolio of donors and supporters including stewardship of the portfolio at a major gift level.

Purpose of Position

The Aga Khan Museum has a bold vision for growth and transformation over the next ten years. The Museum has embarked on a comprehensive fundraising Campaign that will involve the Endowment, Major Gifts, Director’s Circle and ongoing annual programs.


Reporting to the Senior Development Manager or designate, the Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts is a dynamic front-line fundraiser who will be managing a portfolio of Major Gift donors and supporters across fundraising campaigns. Working with the Chief Development Officer and colleagues on the Development team, the individual will help drive the success and growth of Major Gifts programs.


This is a fast-paced role that will support fundraising for a number of educational and programming initiatives the drive the Museum’s mission and vision forward.

Key Responsibilities

  • Personally manage a portfolio of donors and supporters – including prospecting, solicitation, retention, benefit fulfillment, and stewardship.
  • Actively identifying and soliciting new prospects and donors to grow the Development Team’s portfolios.
  • Executing the annual plan for the Museum’s Director’s Circle and Major Gifts programs to achieve fundraising targets and generate fundraising revenue.
  • Through excellent relationship management, ensuring that donors renew and grow their commitment to the Museum. Identifying and cultivating major gift opportunities as well as other partnership opportunities (i.e. corporate sponsorship, gala support) as relevant.
  • Supporting the Major Gifts team in inspiring a team of fundraising volunteers dedicated to the growth and sustainability of the museum.
  • Collaborating with the team on planning cultivation and stewardship events in Canada and overseas.
  • Supporting with preparing donor proposals, stewardship reports, presentations and briefing documents.
  • Working with key team members to identify major gift prospects and devise cultivation strategies
  • Ensuring all aspects of portfolio management are implemented, including moves management in the database and record-keeping.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the line manager.


Qualifications & Experience:


  • A university degree ideally in fundraising, the arts or communication, with 5 years of professional experience, preferably in the arts and culture nonprofit sector or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Demonstrated experience in donor portfolio management at the major gift level.
  • Proven track record of soliciting and securing gifts from prospects and donors.
  • Experience with donor databases and CRMs (Tessitura experience is an asset).
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills, interpersonal and relationship management skills, including working with volunteers.
  • Results-oriented, works well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Highly organized, accurate and detail-oriented.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and an ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • A willingness to work evening and weekends, as required in the role.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally – a valid driver’s licence and passport are required.
  • Knowledge and passion of arts and culture an asset.
  • Expressed interest in the mandate of the Museum.

Please note that the hiring salary range for this position is $75,000 – $85,000, based on experience.


To Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to on or before March 20, 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.