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Art Gallery of Ontario

Senior Manager, Donor Programs

Posted On: September 21, 2022
Closing On: October 7, 2022

Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $95,440 - $ 119,319


Senior Manager, Donor Programs

Regular Full-Time

(35 hours per week; Some evening and weekend work required)


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 100,000 works. Through the collection as well as collaborations with leading museums around the world, the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs to approximately 1 million visitors annually.

We are currently seeking a Senior Manager, Donor Programs to join our Development team. Under the direction of the Chief Development Officer, the incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing powerful strategies to attract and engage individuals in the AGO community and beyond in philanthropic support of the AGO. Responsible for a range of programs in mid-level giving, the Senior Manager, Donor Programs plays a central role in philanthropic revenue generation, and growing and diversifying our donor base.   He/She/They leads efforts to achieve established annual financial targets, oversees the strategic development and delivery of donor programs, and works to ensure alignment with the AGO’s mission, vision, values, brand and priorities.

As a member of Development’s management team this position contributes to the overall strategic direction and successful execution of the Development Division’s annual and multi-year plans and collaborates with colleagues in development and implementation of the long-term fundraising strategy for the AGO, aligned with the AGO’s strategic plan.

This role is vital to growing our community of supporters and inspiring generous and lifelong giving. The Senior Manager, Donor Programs is an AGO ambassador who strives to build meaningful and productive relationships with our volunteers and donors, from introducing individuals to philanthropy at the Gallery to ever-deepening engagement and support at the highest levels.

An important aspect of this role is to ensure that we are a welcoming home for a broad and diverse community of individuals who support and believe in the AGO’s work, see themselves reflected in the art we present, and know that they are valued members of the AGO family. 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.

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:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in fundraising, with a successful track-record in designing and executing strategies to grow revenue and diversify the donor base
  • At least 3 years experience in a supervisory fundraising role
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically, and organize and manage a diverse portfolio of fundraising initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience providing leadership to senior volunteer committees and working with Board members
  • Highly skilled in program development and project management, including content development, work-back schedules, briefing documents, team and budget management
  • Strong data analytics skills and a data-driven approach
  • A confident and natural relationship-builder and persuasive communicator
  • In-depth knowledge of fundraising techniques for annual fundraising, and high-end donor cultivation and acquisition, including digital marketing, direct mail, and portfolio management
  • A passion for the visual arts
  • Knowledge of the Toronto donor and art communities an asset
  • Commitment to museum’s core values:
    • Lead with quality
    • Be inclusive and accessible
    • Lead with contemporary relevance
    • Be adaptable and flexible
    • Achieve financial equilibrium

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

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 the 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.