Director of Development, The Image Centre & Public Realm at Toronto Metropolitan University

Job Title: Director of Development, The Image Centre & Public Realm
Job ID: 373061
Location: Toronto, ON
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

About Toronto Metropolitan

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

We welcome those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

In April 2022, the university announced our new name of Toronto Metropolitan University, which will be implemented in a phased approach. Learn more about our next chapter.

About The Image Centre (IMC)

As an active partner within the cultural network of Toronto, and the national and international photography community, The Image Centre develops programs that speak to and welcome interested parties from many walks of life, including students, faculty, artists, historians, and curators, as well as the general public.

The Image Centre boasts three interrelated areas of activity: (1) an exhibition program, which addresses topics of social, cultural, aesthetic, and historical concern from a variety of contemporary perspectives; (2) its research program, which conducts and facilitates inquiry into primary resource materials and offers lectures, symposia, and publications devoted to the history of photography; and, (3) accessible in its Peter Higdon Research Centre, a collection of photography spanning the medium‚Äôs history ‚ÄĒ including the renowned Black Star Collection of twentieth-century photo-reportage.

The Image Centre is not only a museum with a collection, or a gallery with exhibitions, we are a centre for scholarly research‚ÄĒa nexus for enriching public knowledge of the diverse histories and cultural impacts of this incredible medium.

About University Advancement (UA)

UA is a comprehensive development and alumni relations enterprise serving the priorities of Ryerson’s academic plan. Our mission is to build lifelong relationships, engaging alumni and friends, faculty and staff, and corporations and foundations, and matching their interests with the needs and priorities of the university. University Advancement at TMU is a dedicated team of professionals, committed to collaboration, diversity, and integrity, and to being trustworthy stewards of our donors’ investments.

TMU welcomes applications from individuals who self-identify as women, Black, Indigenous or a racialized person, who will be integral towards serving our highly diverse student population. If you identify as a member of one of these groups, we encourage you to let us know in your cover letter. We are building a culture of recognizing and celebrating diversity and welcome you to join us.

The Opportunity

The Image Centre generates revenue from both government and private sources. The Director of Development, The Image Centre & Public Realm is responsible for raising major and principal gift support toward The Image Centre’s highest priorities, building, stewarding and maintaining enduring relationships with major and principal gift prospects / donors over their lifetime; maximizing the inherent potential in those relationships.

The Director of Development works closely with the Director of The Image Centre to facilitate planning and implementation of strategies required to achieve success in soliciting major and transformational gifts in support of The Image Centre as well as funding from all levels of government including local, provincial and federal agencies.

The Director of Development is a member of the Public Art Committee and is responsible for fundraising for public art initiatives on the Toronto Metropolitan University campus.

The Director of Development, The Image Centre and Public Realm position is two-fold: They are responsible for both The Image Centre and Public Art initiatives on campus. The approximate breakdown of time for each role is 75% for IMC and 25% engagement for public art. The DoD supports the Director of The Image Centre in both roles. The Director of IMC is also Chair of the Public Art Committee.


  • Post-secondary degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered;
  • Five to Seven (5-7) years‚Äô experience of progressively responsible fundraising and development management. Experience in an educational environment or arts related organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and implement major gift strategic planning and solicitation strategies; successful track record in raising gifts of $1M+
  • Demonstrated writing skills, specifically in the area of proposal writing;
  • A flexible schedule, which allows for after-hours events and meetings.
  • Basic familiarity and appreciation of the mission, purpose and values of The Image Centre. Knowledge of and/or experience with funding sources outside of Canada advantageous. Demonstrated ability to identify and implement major and principal gift strategic planning and solicitation strategies;
  • Proven ability to think strategically and work independently in driving new initiatives and enhancing existing programs and be able to effectively articulate these initiatives
  • Working knowledge of complex information systems, prospect tracking, research, tax laws, basic financial planning and deferred giving programs;
  • Demonstrated experience managing volunteers and volunteer programs;
  • Must have demonstrated understanding of the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels;
  • Demonstrated writing skills, specifically in the area of proposal writing;
  • Proficiency in the use of a Windows based database as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion

Skill and knowledge

The position also requires the following:

  • exceptional interpersonal/social interaction skills;
  • strong communication (oral and written) skills;
  • presentation skills;
  • computer literacy;
  • motivational skills;
  • organizational and analytical skills;
  • creativity and imagination;
  • knowledge of donor motivation and recognition strategies, identification, recruitment, management and training of volunteers;
  • prospect identification skills, knowledge of research methodology and skills in the evaluation, rating and moves management of prospects.
  • Additional Information

Position Number: 20002197
Reports To: Interim VP, University Advancement
Vacancy Type: Term
Employee Group: MAC
Work Location: HYBRID
Start Date: ASAP
End Date: 2 years from start date
Grade/Step: D62
Hiring Range: $120,506 ‚Äď $133,896

Final Notes

As part of the selection process, candidates may be required to complete an occupational assessment. Applications will only be accepted online through Toronto Metropolitan University’s careersite.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2023 (or until position is filled)

Toronto Metropolitan University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and aims to ensure that independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity are embedded in all aspects of the university culture.

We will provide an accessible experience for applicants, students, employees, and members of the Toronto Metropolitan University community.We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, beginning with the recruitment process. If you have restrictions that need to be accommodated to fully participate in any phase of the recruitment process, please contact All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.