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ROM Governors

Vice President, Philanthropy

Posted On: December 7, 2022
Closing On: January 15, 2023

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $150K - $190K

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ROM Governors

Vice President, Philanthropy


ROM acknowledges that the museum sits on what has been the ancestral lands of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Anishinabek Nation, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, since time immemorial to today.


ROM Governors works in tandem with ROM—Canada’s world museum—to engage philanthropic and sponsorship support to advance the Museum’s vision and mission. In addition to being a busy, fast-paced environment committed to excellent donor and volunteer experiences and services, members of ROM Governors are able to explore, discover, and learn from collections and exhibitions—and the wonderful people who bring them to life! ROM Governors is part of an iconic institution that is dramatically transforming to ensure 21st century audiences can understand the past, make sense of the present, and come together to shape a shared future.

There has been no better time to be part of ROM Governors as it undertakes an ambitious fundraising campaign to support ROM’s bold plans as a 21st century museum, while it embraces change and pursues innovation. It is within this context that ROM Governors invites nominations and applications for the role of Vice President, Philanthropy, a position having an indelible impact on the dynamic, mission-driven, and donor-focused philanthropy team that will work towards increasing private support for ROM while advancing transformational growth and sustainability.

Reporting to the President and CEO of ROM Governors, the Vice President, Philanthropy will be an integral part of the senior leadership team that shapes the success of the ROM Governors as Canada’s leading cultural philanthropic foundation, and a key member of the team for the strategic creation, direction and execution of a comprehensive fundraising strategy. The incumbent will be responsible for leading and motivating a team of fundraising professionals, and engaging with and facilitating gifts including seven-eight figure gifts from a personal portfolio of approximately 50 donors and prospects.  The campaign will support the ROM’s exciting priorities of infrastructure, endowment, emerging curatorial and program priorities, and core operations. The incumbent will contribute to the growth of the organization by working closely with senior leaders across ROM and ROM Governors, including the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, senior volunteers, and leadership within the Museum, to foster an ongoing culture of philanthropy.



Among the qualifications being sought in candidates, the incoming leader must have a deep and abiding commitment to advancing reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all its forms and must believe, intrinsically, in the importance of leading with curiosity and welcoming ideas that can later be synthesized and turned into possibility. While all candidates are encouraged to apply and, in so doing, share how they see themselves adding value to the ROM Governors environment, the following credentials and/or experiences are seen as possible markers of the candidates most likely to realize success in the role: A) several years of experience in fundraising in a range of environments; B) a history of cultivating exceptional relationships and delivering results in both major ($100,000-$999,999) and transformational ($1,000,000+) gifts; C) the ability to be a goal-oriented and inspiring leader with exceptional communications skills; and; D) knowledge of and/or experience with the Canadian, and preferably Toronto’s, philanthropic community.


How to Apply

ROM Governors considers equity, diversity, and inclusivity to be foundational to their institutional success. They seek to foster a workplace that reflects the full breadth of the communities they serve and welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/BIPOC, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, LGBTQ2S+, and people with disabilities. 

ROM Governors is partnering with BIPOC Executive Search to ensure an applicant list that is diverse and is as intersectional as possible. All interested applicants can send their resume to Helen Mekonen and Jason Murray by e-mailing, or can apply through the BIPOC Executive Search mobile app.


ROM Governors is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview. 

Should accommodations be required, please make Helen Mekonen aware by using the above address.

We thank everyone for their expression of interest—and are truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying—but with the limitations of time only those selected for an interview will be contacted.