Development Coordinator, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington


Development Coordinator
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

Permanent Part-Time
25 – 30 hrs per week
Application deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (VAC) is seeking a self-motivated and energetic professional responsible for overseeing the gallery’s fundraising, volunteer and membership initiatives. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Coordinator is responsible for participating in all Gallery fund development activities; volunteers, fundraising, grants, donations, sponsorships, memberships, foundations. They will establish relationships with the private and public sector and arts-based community stakeholders, identifying and leveraging events, exhibitions, public programs, and other activities, to enhance the Gallery’s visibility and the further development, diversification and expansion of its revenue base.

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (VAC) is a not for profit public art gallery and art education centre located in Bowmanville, ON. The VAC is dedicated to the delivery of contemporary art to the Clarington Community, the wider Durham Region, and beyond. It has a 43-year history of community engagement, and connecting people of all ages and backgrounds in a creative place for learning and discovery. The Centre occupies a four-story 1905 Mill, which holds exhibition spaces and studio spaces including a pottery studio equipped with kilns, as well as a painting studio, and a loft gallery. Educational and public engagement programs are offered to kids, youth, and adults, while exhibitions of contemporary art show the works of Canadian regional and national artists in various stages of their careers. The VAC is a safe space where ideas are exchanged, questions are asked, and connections are made.

Description of tasks:

  • Research prospective donors and sponsors; prepare proposals
  • Solicit donations through face-to-face solicitation, annual campaigns, events, etc.
  • Organize meetings and tours of the gallery with the Executive Director for prospective donors
  • Organize creative and successful fundraising events and original campaigns to solicit donations
  • Develop and implement a fundraising strategic plan
  • Develop and implement a stewardship plan including prompt and effective volunteer, donor and membership communication
  • Maintain a donor and membership database
  • Evaluate the success of fundraising initiatives; prepare regular reporting on fundraising targets
  • Work closely with volunteers to assist and promote the Gallery in all aspects of fundraising and programming
  • Assist the Executive Director to ensure that all legal reporting is done (for gift processing and tracking)
  • Research new grant opportunities & assist in grant writing
  • Assist with donation and membership processes
  • Working with main office staff members to animate and supervise the gallery during public hours. This includes welcoming visitors and providing general information concerning the VAC‚Äôs programming and history.
  • Be an ambassador of the Gallery
  • Other activities as assigned

Skills & Requirements:

  • Bachelor‚Äôs degree or equivalent in the fields of arts management, visual studies, or education
  • 2-5 years of fundraising experience including work with multi-channel annual programs
  • Demonstrated success in soliciting and closing major ($1,000 – $100,000) gifts and volunteer management
  • Experience in the arts or cultural heritage sectors an asset
  • CFRE or fundraising certificate an asset
  • Experience in the arts or cultural heritage sectors an asset
  • CFRE or fundraising certificate an asset
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and customer skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic and changing environment
  • Ability to work a varied schedule with the expectation to work some evenings and weekends
  • Understanding in communicating and engaging with culturally diverse communities
  • Administrative experience and comfort in Google suite
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues as a collaborative team player
  • A creative and innovative thinker, resourceful in developing and executing exciting and inspired ideas and concepts

Suitable candidates can submit their resumes to:
The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington,
PO Box 52 143 Simpson Avenue
Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K8

or to:
Dionne Powlenzuk, Executive Director:

Application deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to employment equity and building strength through diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates and encourage women, visible minorities, and Indigenous peoples to apply. Acknowledging that we are not a fully accessible building, we attempt to be as inclusive as we can in our hiring process.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.