Development Officer at STEPS Public Art (Virtual / PT)

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NATIONAL PUBLIC ARTS ORGANIZATION STEPS IS HIRING!

NOW HIRING: DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (HALF TIME)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY MARCH 31, 2021, 11:59PM PACIFIC TIME
ANTICIPATED START DATE: MONDAY APRIL 12, 2021
COMPENSATION RANGE: $25 – $30 PER HOUR
VIRTUAL POSITION – CONSIDERING APPLICANTS FROM ACROSS CANADA

WHO WE ARE:
STEPS fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and creative placemaking. We are a small but mighty team of creative entrepreneurial innovators. We attract high-performing, highly ethical employees who truly care about their community. Our team works well together because we hold ourselves accountable to strong project management and complement one another’s strengths. STEPS is a Canada Revenue Agency registered charity that provides professional public art and placemaking services, support for artists and facilitates community arts programming. Our open-concept office along Toronto’s Waterfront has natural light and ample room for physical distancing. We have a flexible working arrangement policy that includes remote working options for staff. For more information visit: www.stepspublicart.org

THE ROLE:
We are seeking an energetic and organized team player with a passion for development, forging new partnerships, and clearly communicating the impact that public art will play in Canada’s community recovery and beyond. They will be integral in maintaining strong relationships with STEPS’ cross-sectional financial contributors who include: government granting agencies, private foundations, corporations and individual donors. Working within Canada’s only national charitable public arts organization, STEPS’ Development Officer will have the opportunity to support creating more vibrant communities and amplifying the work of diverse artists from coast to coast.

This will be a remote-work position and we are accepting applications from across Canada. It is a one year half-time contract position, with the possibility of renewal and wages to commensurate with experience. Working hours are flexible as long as review cycles and firm deadlines are planned to accommodate for smooth workflows with other team members.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Identifying and researching a pipeline of corporations, charitable foundations and government granting programs to provide support for STEPS’ programmatic areas, key funding priorities and operations.
  • Writing and preparing proposals and funding applications to local, national and international corporations, charitable foundations and government granting bodies, in collaboration with STEPS’ program teams.
  • Developing and maintaining a calendar of application deadlines and reporting requirements.
  • Contributing to tracking program progress against metrics outlined in funding proposals on a quarterly basis in collaboration with program staff.
  • Preparing progress, impact and stewardship reports for funders.
  • Helping research and build the STEPS donor stewardship program, including defining corporate and sponsor benefits.
  • Ensuring timely stewardship, including the delivery of partnership activation benefits to supporters (visual, verbal and other recognition) in collaboration with programs and engagement staff.
  • Providing professional, high-quality relationship management to sponsors, donors, volunteers, staff and other community contacts.
  • Using STEPS’ CRM (Insightly) and Donor Database (Grant Advance) to track and record funding prospects and actions.
  • Maintaining current marketing and support materials in collaboration with the program’s team.
  • Other responsibilities that may arise in support of STEPS’ development activities.

WHO YOU ARE:
Our ideal candidate will be passionate about the role of the arts and artists in building vibrant inclusive communities. You must be an experienced fundraiser and strong writer with an understanding of Canada’s cultural funding landscape. You have an interest in forging partnerships across industries. You love brainstorming, problem solving and connecting with people. You’re often told by coworkers that they know something will get done if it gets passed to you, and you are not afraid to ask for support or clarification if needed. You have experience jumping in and helping to put processes in place that make an improvement on what has been built while being respectful of the work that has come before. You are highly detail-oriented, and have experience mastering the art of workback schedules against multiple competing deadlines and priorities. You relish making sense of things, anticipating problems and fixing them. You’re good at keeping information confidential. You must be able to work independently, remotely, with minimal supervision and be a collaborative team player. If you are organized, not easy to overwhelm, and you have a positive attitude that makes people want to be your teammate, then we are looking forward to meeting you!

STEPS encourages applications from all qualified candidates that represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, age, class, gender, race and sexual orientation. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from equity-seeking communities, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis), or racialized persons.

Please review the full posting available on our website here. Applications will only be accepted through the application process outlined on each posting.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FROM STEPS:

Employment: Program Manager (Deadline TODAY March 24, 2021)

I HeART Main Street: Public Art Supports for BIAs (Deadline: March 31, 2021)

CreateSpace Webinar: Digitizing Your Art (Register before April 21, 2021)

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Transformations Connected by Fatspatrol, photographed by Alia Youssef featured in this post.

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