Development Associate, MacLaren Art Centre

Development Associate
MacLaren Art Centre

Location: Barrie
Job Type: Full Time. Hybrid work arrangements may be considered. However, flexible work arrangements will be in consideration of the needs of the organization and position.
Salary: $55,000 – $65,000 p/yr. + Benefits
Application Deadline: October 29, 2023
Start Date: TBD


The MacLaren Art Centre is a free public art gallery located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. With over 4,000 works of contemporary and modern Canadian art in the permanent collection, the gallery serves an immediate community of approximately 300,000 people across Barrie and Simcoe County. We approach our work with a regional responsibility, responding to issues that matter in our immediate community within the broader context of the provincial and national visual art and cultural framework. We offer a variety of modern and contemporary exhibitions that focus on visual art and visual culture by Canadian artists of regional, provincial, and national significance. Our goal is to provide the community with an exciting and relevant range of art exhibitions, tours, lectures, and art programs that inspire curiosity, creativity, and interest in the visual arts.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Director/Curator, this position will actively support a comprehensive fundraising and development program designed to raise the profile of the gallery and contribute to the long-term growth and viability of the organization. The position is key to achieving the MacLaren’s short and long-term fundraising goals including major gifts, corporate partnerships, and sponsorships while implementing a development strategy that increases awareness, engagement, and support for all gallery functions.

With a focus on building relationships, the position is a proactive networker and fundraiser. Working as part of a collaborative team with cross-functional support from across the organization, the position actively works with and supports key volunteers, gallery members, key stakeholders, and staff in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of donors, members, partners, and sponsors. Key responsibilities will include research, development, and implementation of high-impact initiatives and events that inspire meaningful engagement and long-term connections to the MacLaren Art Centre.

The position will make meaningful contributions to all aspects of the gallery’s life including artistic and strategic planning, budgeting, and team collaboration, and acts as an ambassador for the MacLaren at all levels of public engagement.


Minimum Formal Education

Relevant Post-secondary degree or certification in Fundraising, Development, Public Relations, Marketing, Community Engagement, or a combination of relevant education and experience.

Minimum Experience

  • One (1) + years’ experience executing fundraising programs and initiatives in the non-profit cultural sector.
  • Has a passion for the visual arts.
  • Demonstrated capacity to meet fundraising goals.
  • Ability to steward, cultivate, and sustain multiple stakeholders and philanthropic relationships.
  • Energized by working with people.
  • Experience leading, motivating, and coordinating volunteers, individuals, and teams.
  • Demonstrated oral, written, presentation, and reporting communication skills and capacities.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain current on all trends and developments related to development, fundraising and community engagement as well as social and cultural trends within the non-profit and gallery/museum sector.
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task a range of projects at different stages of development with demonstrated project coordination, problem solving, and time management skills.
  • Proficient in fundraising data base applications.
  • Good judgement and high level of discretion.
  • Creative thinking and an innovative approach to work responsibilities.
  • Proven ability to remain current on all job-related technologies and best practices.
  • An energetic desire to work with colleagues, artists, volunteers, interns, and community members to create something extraordinary.
  • Believes the visitor experience is paramount.
  • Understands the role as a community builder.
  • Flexible and embraces change, diverse points of view, and creative problem solving.
  • Adaptability, strong interpersonal skills, and a good sense of humour.

For the full job description and listing of minimum experience and qualifications visit:

How to Apply:

In one pdf document, applicants must submit a relevant CV, and Cover Letter that describes your background, and interest in the position.

Resumes and cover letters will be received via email at no later than 11:59 p.m. October 29, 2023. Subject line: Development Associate.

The MacLaren Art Centre is committed to being an employer that reflects our community and fosters an inclusive workplace. We welcome and encourage candidates who are women, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and people with disabilities to apply. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants must make their needs known in advance.

Qualified internal applicants will be prioritized in the recruitment process. We thank all candidates who apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

MacLaren Art Centre
37 Mulcaster Street
Barrie, ON. L4M 3M2

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