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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.

Manager of Development

Reporting to the Head of Development & Patron Engagement, the Manager of Development will take a leadership role in fundraising strategy and revenue growth for the AGA in support of its institutional mission, programs, special projects and operations. The position focuses on achieving the AGA’s annual fundraising goals and expanding philanthropic activities within the AGA as well as its community.

The ideal candidate has a proven track record of non-profit fundraising and successful stewardship of relationships with individual donors, corporations, foundations and governmental partners. The Manager of Development is a key member of the AGA’s Development team and is an ambassador to its audience and community. The successful candidate will bring excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a keen ability to prioritize within a creative work environment.

Scope and Standards

Working within a collegial frame of reference in an empowerment-based model, the Manager of Development is responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with AGA full-time and part-time staff, volunteers and the Board of Directors.
  • Representing the AGA to internal and external stakeholders including: AGA Members, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Board members and others.
  • As this position has access to personal and financial information, confidentiality and discretion is paramount.
  • Demonstrating the core values of the Art Gallery of Alberta with emphasis on professionalism, sound judgment and best practices.
  • Maintaining professional museum standards and ethics by working within the Ethical Guidelines outlined by the Canadian Museums Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of sponsor and donor relationships to maintain positive stewardship and engagement while working to achieve the fundraising targets of the organization.
  • Identify and grow annual giving revenue streams, including monthly giving, managing the annual giving campaign, and philanthropic memberships
  • Identify, grow and manage a portfolio of sponsor relationships, including proposal development, meetings/stewardship, post-sponsorship reporting & ongoing relationship management.
  • Work with the Head of Development & Patron Engagement to steward existing philanthropic members and major donor relationships, identify patrons, and grow the community of AGA supporters.
  • Research and pursue grant and foundation opportunities in support of AGA programming and operations.
  • Oversee and support the Development Coordinator’s data management efforts to ensure the efficient organization and maintenance of the donor database and integrity of donor, member, and sponsor data, serving as point-of-contact for data compliance, reconciliation and gift processing.
  • Develop case messaging documents, proposal templates, and sponsorship outlines for annual exhibitions, events and programming.
  • Support the department in meeting or exceeding annual fundraising goals as set in annually approved budgets.
  • Build strong and mutually beneficial relationships between the AGA and the diverse communities it serves.
  • Manage the day-to-day work of the Event Coordinator and oversee the successful execution of fundraising and Membership events including: Art on the Block, Holly Ball, exhibition openings, Sponsor’s Preview, Curator’s and Director’s Circle, as well as other donor stewardship events.
  • Take a leadership role in planning and attending donor cultivation events, including exhibition openings, dinners, member tours and other special fundraising opportunities.
  • Ensure the efficient organization and maintenance of the donor database and integrity of donor, member and sponsor data.
  • Other department duties as assigned.
  • Professionally perform all duties, in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency guidelines, the Code of Ethics of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Canadian Museum Association Ethical Guidelines.

Core Competencies

The ideal candidate must be passionate about fundraising in a mission-based organization. They should be an organized, energetic, self-starter with proven experience in achieving fundraising goals and growing revenues in a charitable, arts environment. This position is ideal for someone who can create and meet objectives, prioritize deadlines, deliver exceptional customer service, and utilize problem-solving and judgment skills.

  • Team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising core-competencies
  • Highly developed sense of customer service and stewardship
  • Discretion and sound judgement
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and directed
  • Excels in a high-pressure and fast-paced environment

Qualifications

  • A professional fundraising certification or minimum 4 years equivalent experience (two years in a lead solicitation role).
  • Demonstrated success in managing and forging relationships with multiple donor and sponsorship sources; an established record of networking with community stakeholders and funders in Alberta required.
  • Demonstrated success in securing donations and increasing existing donor contributions, including: research, networking, solicitation and closing major outright and future gifts.
  • Excellent relationship management and stewardship skills, committed to building and maintaining relationships with major donors and sponsors.
  • Reflect an optimistic and positive attitude and convey sensitivity to the needs of the donors and stakeholders.
  • Skills and discipline to use donor management and CRM systems, prior experience with Tessitura or other CRM software.
  • A self-motivational workstyle, able to work effectively remotely, and under the changing conditions of COVID.
  • Knowledge and adherence to the highest ethical standards and best practices with respect to CRA and AFP guidelines.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral presentations.
  • Exceptional planning and project management skills.
  • Excellent writing, speaking and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with budgeting and fiscal oversight.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Accountability, attention to detail and the ability to complete assignments in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience in the strategic use of social media for donor engagement and fundraising campaigns is a plus.
  • Experience working in the cultural sector or other arts institutions is a strong advantage.
  • Able to communicate AGA’s mission and interests to a broad audience with genuine enthusiasm.
  • An understanding of the role of a public art museum and ability to communicate the value of the arts in society.

Availability

The hours for this position are based on business need; flextime may be necessary to accommodate special events or weekend/evening programming. The AGA’s current general administrative hours of work are Monday through Friday 9-5.

Deadline

The application will be open until a suitable candidate is found. Please submit cover and resume by email to ashton.raeyr@youraga.ca 

The Art Gallery of Alberta is committed to promoting diversity and representativeness within our organization. We strive to provide and maintain a fair and equitable environment for all by valuing and respecting individual differences for our enrichment and that of the community we serve.

We appreciate all applications; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is committed to providing a safe working environment for our staff, volunteers and members of the public who visit the AGA for exhibitions and programs. All Staff of the AGA must provide Proof of Vaccination to work within or access the buildings of the AGA.

The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi / Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all the Indigenous, Inuit and Metis peoples who make Edmonton their home today.

Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Admission

AGA members
FREE
Youth 0-17
FREE
Alberta students 18+
FREE
Out-of-province students
$10
General admission
$14
Seniors 65+
$10

Location

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1

780.422.6223
info@youraga.ca

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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.