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Dundas Valley School of Art is posting for the position of Director of Development.

The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the school’s fundraising activities including the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, online giving, special events and capital campaigns.

Summary of Responsibilities: 

Direct specific campaigns:

  • The Annual campaign
  • Capital campaigns

Develop a range of programs including identification, cultivation and solicitation of donors for:

  • Major gifts
  • Planned giving
  • Online campaigns

Stewardship: meeting with prospective donors and supporters on a basis to establish and maintain relationships, recognition program for all levels of gifts

Oversee grant seeking including research, writing, and reporting (government, foundations, corporate)

Oversee fundraising special events including supervision of staff, contractors, event design and development

Oversee prospect research

Work closely with the Executive Director and Board of Governors on:

  • Strategy development
  • Program planning, evaluation, and reporting
  • Fundraising training for board, staff, and volunteers.

Develop strategies, policies, procedures

Program budget development

Staff Board Development Committee meetings

Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems

Oversee creation of publications to support fund raising activities

Maintain gift recognition programs

Represent DVSA within the community (media, events, speaking engagements)

Demonstrate professional conduct at all times

Perform other related duties as requested


  • Experience working in non-profits, ideally in the visual arts and/or cultural sector.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong verbal and writing skills.
  • Have demonstrated knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques.
  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members, and other volunteers.
  • Goal driven and proven ability to initiate donor visits and make fundraising calls.
  • Solid organizational skills: attention to detail and meeting deadlines.
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening abilities.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • 5 years minimum experience in professional fundraising.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Language: English (required)

If you love art and would like to work with a high-performing team in a vibrant environment, please email your resume and cover letter as one document to with “Director of Development” in the subject heading. Applications must be submitted by no later than 4:00 p.m., May 20, 2021.


As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.






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