Arts Commons – Development Officer

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced team player to fill the full-time position of Development Officer. Reporting to the Director, Development & External Relations, the Development Officer is a donor-centric fundraiser with ability to identify and nurture relationships with government funding agencies, private and public foundations, as well as corporate and individual philanthropic donors to see that the operating and project campaign goals of Arts Commons are reached.

About Arts Commons:

Arts Commons is a key contributor to the social, economic, cultural and intellectual life and well-being of the citizens of Calgary and are one of Canada’s largest and most vibrant arts centres. Located in the heart of Calgary’s Cultural District in the downtown core, the centre occupies a full city block and is home to five theatres and the world-class Jack Singer Concert Hall. 

Each year, the centre hosts over 1,800 performances and events, including live theatre, concerts, dance productions, readings, public forums, art exhibits, and much more. The resident companies of Arts Commons including Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Commons Presents, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Downstage, One Yellow Rabbit, and Theatre Calgary create, perform, and present a wide range of award-winning and highly acclaimed theatre and concerts each season.   Arts Commons also houses rehearsal spaces, a costume and set construction shop, administrative offices, meeting rooms, a café, and the centralized Arts Commons Box Office.

Key accountabilities:

  • Development of external relations between Arts Commons and government funding agencies, private and public foundations, and corporate and individual philanthropic donors
    • Undertake a program of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship from existing, as well as prospective corporate and individual constituents to achieve the corporate and individual philanthropic campaign goals (Explorers Circle & Founders Circle) of Arts Commons.
    • Undertake a program of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship from existing, as well as prospective government agencies from all three levels of government to achieve the project campaign goals of Arts Commons.
    • Undertake a program of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship from existing, as well as prospective public and private foundations to achieve the project campaign goals of Arts Commons.
    • Develop and foster constructive professional relationships with government funders as well as representatives from private and public foundations.
    • Maintain accurate records (database and file) of all government funding agencies, private and public foundations, as well as corporate and individual philanthropic donors that are related to the operating and project campaigns of Arts Commons.
  • Ensure that departmental and organizational goals are achieved through collaboration, consultation and sharing of information
    • Develop and prioritize projects and proposals by meeting and working with colleagues to elicit projects and programs that may align with each prospective funder’s eligibility criteria.
    • Develop and foster constructive professional relationships with staff, board and volunteers.
    • Contribute to the development of a team-oriented work environment, which values staff input and builds on trust, consultation and shared information.
    • Acts at all times in the best interests of Arts Commons.
    • Adheres to the Donor Bill of Rights and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice.

Development Office Overview:

The role of the Development Office is to work in partnership with our internal colleagues to build sincere and enduring relationships with external constituents from the public and private sectors to secure financial investment in support of operating and capital priorities of Arts Commons. The Development Office achieves its principal accountability for Arts Commons by securing grants from government funding agencies and foundations, sponsorships from corporations, philanthropic gifts from individuals and corporations, and the management of special events.

Requirements:

Applicants should have a degree or diploma in Business Administration or the Arts and 3-5 years’ experience in a developmental funding role. Experience with Tessitura or other donor relations software an asset. Other desired skills and qualifications include:

    • Demonstrates strong administrative, analytical and organizational skills necessary to prioritize and manage concurrent assignments.
    • Strong written, verbal and presentation skills with a high degree of initiative, self-motivation and an entrepreneurial spirit.
    • Proven ability to successfully address challenge and change in reaching operating and project campaign goals.
    • Knowledgeable about the arts and understands its value to the community.
    • Experienced with software packages such as Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Word, and is proficient with Tessitura, or other donor management systems.
    • A successful record of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of government agencies, private and public foundations, as well as corporate and philanthropic donors.

This position has a 40-hour work-week, occasional evening and weekend work needed according to a schedule of events and position responsibilities for these events. A competitive compensation package, including extended health benefits, is offered.

To apply, please forward your resume and cover letter in confidence to:

Human Resources

Arts Commons

205 - 8th Ave SE Calgary, Alberta   T2G 0K9 

Email: employment@artscommons.ca

 

Please state the position you are applying for. No phone calls please. We thank all interested applicants in advance, but will only be contacting those selected for an interview. Interviews will be conducted on an on-going basis. Position will close once a suitable candidate is found.