Director, Development & Donor Relations

Application Deadline: November 15, 2020

 The McMichael Canadian Art Collection ranks among Canada’s top public galleries in size and significance. The Gallery, exhibition, and programming space, comprising 25,000 sq.ft., are surrounded by a network of outdoor trails, outdoor sculpture garden and 100 acres of conservation land with breathtaking views of the Humber Valley. Over 6,500 works of art representing the art of Canada comprise the permanent collection, and the gallery welcomes on average more than 115,000 visitors on an annual basis – in person and virtually. 

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection generates revenue from both government and private philanthropic sources and is seeking a Director, Development & Donor Relations to raise philanthropic dollars to advance the McMichael’s vision as an extraordinary place to visit and explore Canadian culture and identity, represented through the art of Canada, and the connections between art and nature. 

The Director, Development & Donor Relations is an integral part of the senior management team of the organization, reporting directly to the Executive Director of the Collection and working closely with the Chair of the Board and the Chair of the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation, which has primary responsibility for private fundraising on behalf of the Collection. 

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record in closing six figure gifts, as well as growing and expanding a major gifts program in an arts and culture context. The candidate will be charismatic, positive, a relationship builder, a good listener and an inspirational individual. 

The Director oversees all development programs designed to sustain and enhance annual private sector support for the McMichael. These programs currently include major gifts and its patrons program, planned giving, individual membership, corporate and foundation support, including events, exhibition, and education program sponsorship; development-related special events and the donation of goods and services. Experience with capital campaigns is a strong asset. 

The Director will lead the development and implementation of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection’s annual and strategic fundraising goals and strategies in close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Chair of the Foundation Board. Working closely with the Collection and the Foundation to identify prospects, solicit, cultivate and grow the fundraising function of the McMichael, and manages a portfolio of major gift donors. 

The Director will collaborate with other members of the Senior Management team to meet the needs of visitors and key stakeholders, and will actively lead with the Development team establish individual goals and work plans. 


The successful candidate will have 10+ experience in managing Donor Relations and Development programs in large charitable organizations, preferably within arts/cultural institution(s), and have a strong commitment to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. 

Demonstrated results in, and experience in managing planned giving programs, and securing major gifts at the six-figure level is required; experience with Capital Campaigns is a strong asset. The Director must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, with solid managerial and financial experience. A knowledge of and/or passion for the visual arts is highly recommended. High degree of computer literacy and familiarity with development information systems and experience working in a membership-based organization are required. CFRE designation is strongly preferred, as is bilingualism and/or french language skills. 

Application process 

Those interested in applying to this opportunity are asked to submit their resume with a cover letter to by November 15, 2020. 

We thank all candidates for their applications; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection supports individuals with disabilities throughout the interview process and those chosen for placement. 

McMichael Canadian Art Collection 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, ON., L0J 1C0