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Director of Development - Vancouver Art Gallery

Burnaby, BC

Job Description

The Vancouver Art Gallery now stands at the threshold of one of the most exciting moments in its long and distinguished history.  Its plans for a new, purpose-built museum is close to becoming a reality with a major private donation and stated support from all levels of government.  We still have work to do, and the Director of Development is a key component in supporting the new museum through operational and fundraising excellence.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Chief Development Officer, the Director of Development, is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, directing and managing the execution of a comprehensive, effective annual development program meeting agreed targets for the Gallery. This important leadership role oversees the maximization of private sector donations and major gifts (corporate, individual, benefactor and foundation gifts); manages the annual giving and special event fundraising activities. The position works closely with the members of the Board of Trustees and provides professional support to the Development Committee and other fundraising Board ventures.


Annual Fundraising

In consultation with the Associate Director, Chief Development Officer plans, establishes and maintains forecasts of annual goals for individuals, foundations, corporations as well as earned income forecasts from fundraising events.

In consultation with the Associate Director, Chief Development Officer, senior managers and staff, develops and implements strategies to meet development and fundraising event goals. Day-to-day tasks include review and editing of grants, funding proposals and other donor communications; participation in fundraising committee meetings; and coordination of divisional activities including overseeing various annual giving campaigns.

Working with the Associate Director, Chief Development Officer and in consultation with other divisions, defines, develops and prioritizes short- and long-term annual fundraising strategies and goals, including the expansion of sustainable funding and long-term programmatic support. Actively cooperates with senior staff to identify new prospects and strategies for soliciting funds. Develops and presents overall programs for these fundraising activities to the Director, Associate Director, Chief Development Officer and Trustees, as appropriate, for review and to gain active support for executions.

Capital Campaign

Supports the Capital Campaign strategies bridging concepts with the annual fund along with the Associate Director, Chief Development Officer. In addition, the incumbent would work closely with the Associate Director, Chief Development Officer in the direction and execution of key donor relationships and solicitation strategies.

Leadership and Staff Management

Provides leadership, training and support to annual development staff to implement established goals and objectives.  Communicates, guides and directs all those involved to contribute fully to the realization of the Gallery’s strategic and operational goals.

Participates in the overall management of the Gallery as part of the senior management team. Participates in the development of general policy, procedures, strategic planning, budgeting and staffing decisions. Participates in the establishment of management’s position on issues relating to the Collective Agreement and participates in the resolution of such issues.

Database and Records Management

Supervises and coordinates activities of employees engaged in maintaining the donor data base and other pertinent records including research analytics as well as monitoring CRA donation receipt requirements.  The Gallery currently uses Raisers’ Edge.

Job Requirements

University degree in a related field with five to seven years’ experience in fundraising for a major non-profit organization, preferably for an arts organization. Knowledge of principles and practices of fundraising and philanthropic and arts communities. Experience working with non-profit boards, committees, donors and volunteers. Experience in the development and implementation of fundraising campaigns, such as annual giving, and fundraising processes such as direct mail, donor cultivation, donor recognition and special event fundraising.

Excellent knowledge of and strong connections to the local fundraising scene with knowledge of private sector agencies, foundations and individual and corporate giving practices.

Excellent administrative and management skills, including a track record of managing a number of individuals performing diverse tasks.

How To Apply

Please send your resume and salary expectation, in confidence, by Friday, July 19, 2019, to the Director of Human Resources, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2H7, Fax: (604) 682-1086 or email:

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