Job Posting: Development Coordinator, Toronto Dance Theatre

Application Deadline: August 15, 2014
Position: Development Coordinator
Term: Full Time
Location: Toronto – Cabbagetown
Salary: TBD
Start Date: September 2014

Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) is seeking a Development Coordinator to join its small and dynamic administrative team. This is the perfect job for a young professional eager to implement new ideas in support of one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies.

Entering its 47th season, TDT is recognized for the intelligent, provocative vision of its choreography and the exceptional artistry of its dancers. The company was founded in 1968 by Peter Randazzo, Patricia Beatty and David Earle, and has been under the artistic direction of Christopher House since 1994. During these years, TDT has produced a remarkable body of original Canadian choreography and has had – and continues to have – a profound influence on the development of dance in Canada. The company performs annually at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre and at its own Winchester Street Theatre in Cabbagetown, where it shares its home with the affiliated School of Toronto Dance Theatre. TDT maintains a regular presence from coast to coast in Canada, and has toured extensively in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Reporting directly to the Managing Director, the Development Coordinator will be involved in all aspects of fundraising for TDT, including the following:

Responsibilities – Development

  • Participate in the planning of annual and long-term development strategies working towards increasing revenue and broadening the donor base (individual, corporate and foundation)
  • Research prospects for new and renewing donors at all levels (individual, corporate and foundation)
  • Focus on cultivating and acquiring new annual donors through direct marketing channels, prospecting, and member referrals
  • Organize and assist in the management and execution of donor events
  • Develop, plan and implement TDT’s cultivation and stewardship programming, which includes producing thank you letters and tax receipts, as well as creating and implementing TDT’s cultivation/stewardship events, ensuring all donors are appropriately acknowledged, recognized and thanked
  • Organize and execute the main fundraising event for the year, Tour de Danse
  • Prepare sponsorship proposals and appropriate benefits
  • Prepare foundation proposals
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor records in the company’s database (Sumac)
  • Assist with grant applications as required, particularly the collection and tracking of statistical information
  • Assist with Board-related events and meeting coordination as required


Responsibilities – Administrative/General

  • Respond to requests for in-kind donations for not-for-profit fundraisers and create and distribute ticket vouchers
  • Collect payments for daily company class and guest artist workshops
  • Organize and supervise opening and closing night receptions
  • Assist with box office and front of house duties for all TDT performances
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers for shows at the Winchester Street Theatre


  • A related college or university degree and/or at least two years of fundraising/development experience in an arts organization
  • The ability to think creatively, work independently, and take initiative
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle competing priorities in a small, fast-paced work environment
  • Proficiency in Quark, Adobe InDesign, and/or Adobe Photoshop, in addition to Microsoft Office suite of software programs (i.e. Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • The availability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends

A knowledge of contemporary dance and passion for the performing arts, the ability to stay calm under pressure, and a good sense of humour are definite assets!

Send a cover letter (separate from email, please) and resumé by email with the subject line “Development Coordinator Search” by 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 2014 to:

Andrea Vagianos, Managing Director
Toronto Dance Theatre
80 Winchester Street
Toronto, On M4X 1B2
Fax: 416-967-4379

We thank all applicants in advance, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.