Director, Development, The Power Plant


The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (TPP) at Harbourfront Centre is Canada’s leading non-collecting, public art gallery dedicated exclusively to contemporary visual art from Canada and the world. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time that offers an exceptional facility and professional support to a diverse group of artists while engaging equally diverse audiences in their work. The gallery fulfills its mandate by generating: exhibitions that represent the range of advanced practice in visual arts; publications that provide in-depth explorations of contemporary art; lectures and symposia that encourage debate and further understanding; interpretative tools that invite visitors to question, explore and reflect upon their experiences; programming that incorporates other areas of culture at their intersection with visual art. To learn more about us, please visit

We are currently seeking a driven, strategic, passionate and goal-oriented Director, Development to effectively lead and manage a comprehensive fundraising program to achieve The Power Plant’s short and long-term funding objectives, including major gifts, corporate partnerships and sponsorship, foundation funding, and events.

Position Title: Director, Development
Reporting to: Director, The Power Plant
Direct Reports: Donor Programs & Major Event Manager, Major Events Coordinator, Grants & Sponsorship Officer
Type of Employment: Full time, 35 hours per week
Compensation: $100,00 to $130,000 per year, including a comprehensive employee benefits package


Reporting to the Director, The Power Plant, the Director, Development role is to effectively lead and manage a comprehensive fundraising program to achieve TPP’s short and long-term funding objectives, including major gifts, corporate partnerships and sponsorship, foundation funding, and events. The incumbent will plan and manage a team to implement a program able to sustain and strengthen The Power Plant’s relationship with existing donors and funders, and develop strategies that will attract significant new prospects to help reach the gallery’s goals.



  • Provide leadership and develop strategy for increasing TPP’s financial resources through philanthropic giving to advance the broader strategic goals of the gallery.
  • Develop multi-year and annual fundraising plans and manage their implementation.
  • Provide strategic oversight of all fundraising programs including major giving, corporate partnership, foundation giving and grants, annual giving and membership, fundraising events, and potential emerging opportunities.
  • Ensure all operational processes and supporting aspects of the development function are well structured and effective.
  • Manage development of fundraising goals and budget and prepare regular reports on progress to the Director
  • In collaboration with the Director, TPP, coordinate the enlistment and management of Board and other volunteers to support the achievement of fundraising objectives.
  • Serve as a member of the senior leadership team with special regard to the coordination of resource development, engagement, communications and external relations priorities.

Major Gifts Fundraising

  • Maintain a portfolio of minimally 50 individual major donor prospects, working in conjunction with the Director, The Power Plant to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts at the leadership ($100,000+) and major ($25,000+) giving levels.
  • Maintain a portfolio of major corporate funders, converting existing event sponsors to multi-year partners and identifying and soliciting new opportunities.
  • Strengthen the operational structure and processes for an effective major gift program, including procedures for prospect identification, moves management, stewardship and progress monitoring and reporting.
  • Conduct prospect research to identify, cultivate, and solicit new funding sources for exhibitions, programs, and other initiatives.
  • In conjunction with Director, build and maintain relationships with institutional funders.
  • Communicate with funders to inquire about new projects and follow up on the status of submitted proposals.

Staff Management

  • Manage four staff positions and directly work with staff on setting and monitoring performance objectives, coaching and mentoring, talent development and retention.
  • In collaboration with TPP Director, identify the optimal development structure, roles and staffing needs and recruit and hire development staff if appropriate.


Essential Criteria

  • Post-secondary degree or equivalent, and a minimum of 7 years’ experience leading and executing major fundraising programs in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Proven track record of raising major gifts is a must.
  • Interpersonal and relationship management skills with the ability to develop effective partnerships.
  • Strategic thinker, highly motivated, organized and able to manage multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrates good judgment and high level of discretion.
  • Proven abilities to lead and motivate staff.
  • Excellent writing, presentation and computer skills.
  • On occasion, overtime hours are required outside of regular scheduled work hours in order to meet deadlines and/or provide support at public events.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Non-Canadian applicants must have a valid employment Visa and proper documentation authorizing their ability to work in Canada.
  • Remote work from home is currently in place, however the candidate must be able to work on site at our downtown lakeside gallery as needed, and when our return to work plan is implemented.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience with fundraising databases is an asset.
  • Experience in a visual arts organization is an asset.
  • Strong interest in contemporary art and working to support TPP’s mission.


Acceptable applications must include a current resume and a cover letter addressed to Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant, indicating why you wish to join the team, how you would meet the essential criteria for this key position, and your salary expectation.

The Power Plant is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply by contacting by no later than August 27, 2021. Please quote Director, Development (The Power Plant) in the subject line of your application.

We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.