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Development Manager - Vancouver Maritime Museum

Vancouver, BC

Job Description

The Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) is seeking an energetic, self-motivated team player who thrives on accomplishing goals and getting results for the position of Development Manager.

The VMM is one of the major maritime museums on the west coast of North America, recognized internationally as a world-class leader in preserving maritime history of Vancouver, BC and the Canadian Arctic.  Both the historical site of the St. Roch, the museum’s permenant exhibits and it’s many temporary exihibits attract thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. The museum also offers an extensive range of school and community programs. As Development Manager, you  will be playing a key role in our continuous growth, be a part of a great team of committed and passionate people while working in one of the most beautiful locations in Vancouver.

Job Requirements

Development Manager main duties:

  • Preparing an annual update of the fundraising plan.
  • Identify new potential donors and encourage new donors to supprto and give to VMM.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, Board of Trustees and Director of Development, regularly interact with donors ensuring that donors and supporters understand the importance of their donations and are satisfied with the results.
  • Be involved in significant community leadership and outreach.
  • Participating in the creation, planning, hosting  and execution of special events which will appeal to both current and potential donors. These will include Donor Recognition events.
  • Preparing materials and applications for sponsorships, grants, gifts and impact reports, including sponsorship kits and fundraising reports for the Director or Development.
  • Undertaking research in support of development activities.
  • Work with eTapestry to ensure database is kept current, including updating the donor and corporate prospect lists.
  • Monitoring online donations and ensuring donor benefits are realized.
  • Working with the marketing department, coordinating and monitoring the fundraising section of the website.
  • Reporting to and working with the Director of Development and the Executive Director on a regular basis including providing administrative support for the Director of Development.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development.

Required Skills:

The VMM is looking for a candidate who is just as adept at making financial decisions as at communicating with others. The Development manager will possess the following core skills:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Pro-active
  • Business acumen, with strong leadership skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to lead and work with cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrate sound judgement
  • Competent in the use of Office 365, experience of eTapestry and other fundraising software is a benefit.


  • Minimum college or university undergraduate degree in related areas
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in the development and fundraising capacity
  • Knowledge of current trends in non-for-profit and philanthropy


Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed between Oct 15 – 17, 2019

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

This position involves 20-25 hours per week, mostly on week days. Some weekends and evenings as required. Renumeration includes partial benefits after probation period, with a possibility of upgrade to a full-time position with full benefits in the summer of 2020.

Pay rates will be $27 - $30/hr, and will be negotiated and dependant on experience of individual candidate.

How To Apply

To apply, please send your resume with cover letter to