Development Officer

Durham Art Gallery – Employment Opportunity

Title: Development Officer
Application Deadline: March 31, 2021


Reporting to the President of The Durham Art Gallery the Development Officer plays a critical role in the sustainability of the gallery ensuring the consistent capacity to secure funding and institutional endowments. Through the management of programs that include the identification, cultivation, solicitation and fostering of relationships of donors and community partners the Development Officer role ensures the Gallery’s wellbeing and sustainability.

The successful individual will be:

  • Collaborative and demonstrates excellent communication skills.
  • Self-motivated, optimistic and resilient.
  • Curious and naturally inquisitive.
  • Goal oriented, accountable and solutions focused.
  • Thinks strategically and is capable of identifying opportunities.
  • Operates with a high degree of professionalism and discretion


  • Degree in community development, business, commerce, economics, or equivalent.

A minimum of 3 years in a development role focusing on fundraising and campaign management including:

  • Work with major donors and senior volunteers.
  • Program Management.
  • Experience managing teams.
  • Management of giving programs.
  • Success with donor prospecting, relations, stewardship and recognition.
  • Managing projects to successful outcomes.

Please email applications to Peter Allen at, by March 31, 2021.

About the Durham Art Gallery

We are a non-profit, exhibition-driven space for contemporary art and culture in so-called West Grey, Ontario. Founded in 1979 in Durham, West Grey, the Durham Art Gallery is an arts organization serving Grey and Bruce counties and others around the world through our on-line presence. Our mandate is to inspire, educate and delight people of all ages through access to a wide range of contemporary art. We embrace a multidisciplinary view of cultural practice and present visual and media art together with literary and performance events.

From our earliest incarnation in the local library to our current purpose-built home, the Gallery’s evolution has been marked by transformation and maturity. Over the past years we have introduced new exciting initiatives: off-site exhibitions in supermarkets, public parks and local businesses; satellite events in underserved communities; collaborations with art universities and colleges across Ontario, and the launch of several professional arts festivals: the Words Aloud Spoken Word Festival began as a collaborative effort between the Gallery and the Words Aloud Collective. Hosted by the Gallery and organized in collaboration with OCAD University, the Common Pulse Festival is a panorama of emerging art genres and practices. To ensure our relevance the Durham Art Gallery continues to explore the possibilities of cultural expression by acknowledging art in all forms and from all regions.

Durham Art Gallery rests on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which is represented by the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. We thank them. We also thank of the Métis Nation of Ontario, whose history and people are well represented in what are now Bruce and Grey Counties.