Director of Development & Communications, Canadian Music Centre

Post Date: 
September 27, 2018
Closing date: 
October 9, 2018
Director of Development & Communications
Canadian Music Centre
20 St Joseph St
Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9
Job Description: 

The Director of Development & Communicationsis a senior member of the CMC National team based in Toronto. The area of focus is three-fold: Manage annual fundraising campaigns focusing on individual, corporate, foundation and endowment donations; oversee communication to CMC’s national and international stakeholders; and direct the national Associate Composer member campaigns.

This is a full-time position reporting to the President & CEO. The Director supervises a full-time Marketing & Communications Assistant. As a member of the senior management team, the successful candidate will work closely with the national staff, Regional Directors, and volunteer members of the National Board of Directors and the Development Committee.

Primary responsibilities include:


  • Identify prospects, solicit support and steward composers, patrons, corporate sponsors, foundations and individual donors
  • Strategize, research and prepare funding requests and reports to foundations and corporations
  • Support senior staff in preparing and reporting on government grants
  • Develop and implement an annual National fundraising campaign
  • Provide strategic direction and oversight for regional fundraising activities in conjunction with the Regional Directors
  • Cultivate and secure major gifts and endowment contributions
  • Oversee stewardship associated with donor levels, major gifts and Permanent Endowments held at the Ontario Arts Foundation


  • Direct national marketing and communications strategy, supporting national and regional messaging and dissemination
  • Oversee fundraising and promotional communications
  • Coordinate internal and external communications between staff and regional offices
  • Oversee CMC social networking strategy


  • Project coordination: budgeting, planning, management and reporting
  • Direct the Associate Composer membership campaign and strategy
  • Manage special events & meetings including invitations and logistics
  • Coordinate Development Committee meetings; and participate in National Board of Directors and Regional Director’s meetings
  • Oversee development and marketing interns and volunteers
  • Assist in developing and implementing strategic plans and organizational policies
  • Network to ensure an active presence within the local music community


  • Five+ years of experience in non-profit arts administration with an advanced university degree in arts management, communications or equivalent professional practice (MA/MBA/MFA/CFRE)
  • French proficiency (written and oral)
  • Demonstrated success in grant/proposal writing and individual donor appeals
  • Strong computer skills. Experience with Salesforce/Patron Manager a plus
  • Excellent practical understanding of social media
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems, manage deadlines and detail oriented
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Interest in and/or music performance experience. Knowledge of Canadian contemporary music a priority
Additional Info: 

CMC Purpose and Mission: For six decades, the Canadian Music Centre/Centre de musique canadienne (CMC) has served a vital role by providing resources for exploring, discovering and performing Canadian music. The CMC is “the catalyst that connects you to the ever-evolving world of Canadian musical creation through performance, education, and promotion.” From its national (and Ontario region) headquarters at Chalmers House in Toronto the CMC blends the roles and responsibilities of a respected national arts service organization, performance promoter, presenter, publisher and recording label. With five offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, the CMC is one of the largest arts services organization of its kind in the world and a leading member of the International Association of Music Information Centres. The CMC manages a digitally-accessible database of more than 24,000 scores by over 900 composers and 13,000 archival recordings. The CMC has been generously supported through public and private contributions since its inception in 1959.

Send Submissions To: 

Please send your resume and a cover letter with salary expectations to:

Canadian Music Centre/ Centre de musique canadienne
20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9
(no calls please)

We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential.