Job Posting: Director of Development, Tarragon Theatre

Position summary:
Reporting to the General Manager, jointly with the Artistic Director, the Director of Development is responsible for creating and overseeing the implementation of Tarragon Theatre’s strategic approach to fundraising. This includes strategic planning, board relations, major gifts, corporate donations, and in-kind resources. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Board of Directors and the General Manager to create a plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the theatre.

Tarragon Theatre, located in Toronto, Ontario, is primarily a theatre devoted to the creation,
development and production of new Canadian plays. This work is complimented with the presentation of international and classical plays. With a budget of over $2 million, we produce a ten-month season of seven to eight plays in our two theatres and we occasionally tour. Tarragon has an active education/outreach program. Our studios and smaller theatre are used extensively by the arts community towards the creation of new plays.

We are looking for a Director of Development who will be:

  • A creative manager and strategic planner with demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Committed to the development of Canadian playwrights and the production of Canadian plays.
  • Knowledgeable about theatre both nationally and internationally.
  • Eager to work collaboratively with a 20-person staff and a 14-member Board of Directors.
  • A skillful communicator, in person and in writing, who is willing and able to represent the theatre to its audience and the wider public.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain prospective and existing corporate partnerships.
  • Coordinate research into companies/sectors identified as potential partners.
  • Research and establish relationships with potential foundations and donors.
  • Manage existing relationships with corporate partners and donors.
  • Provide leadership for the development, planning, analysis and execution of the theatre’s solicitation strategy.
  • Manage company communication to ensure all partner recognition and benefit fulfillments are met.
  • Plan, organize and promote fundraising and donor appreciation events and activities.
  • Generate written material associated with the fundraising process, including customized
    proposals for corporate partners, foundation applications and donor communication material.
  • Provide reports and analysis to improve efficiency and effectiveness of existing and future
    fundraising initiatives.
  • Monitor and track trends in fundraising in the broader community.
  • Other general administrative duties as required.


  • Post-secondary education in fundraising, marketing, corporate communications or business
  • Three to five years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Knowledge of the not-for-profit arts environment.
  • An interest in the contemporary Canadian Theatre community.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to relate to different levels of stakeholders,
    including corporate partners and individual donors.
  • Proven ability to set priorities, complete work with minimal supervision and meet deadlines.
  • Strong strategic planning and critical-thinking skills.
  • Proven project management skills with planning and follow-up experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint with the ability to pick up new programs quickly.
  • Experience and understanding of data and list management.
  • Able to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • A sense of humour.

This is a full-time, permanent position commencing November 2014.

Please send a comprehensive cover letter, resume, and salary expectations, no later than October 24, 2014 to: We will accept applications by email only.

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