Job Posting: Development Officer, Soulpepper Theatre Company

Immediate full-time position available for a Development Officer

Soulpepper, Toronto’s largest theatre, is an artist-centred company that celebrates the stories that move us and the artists who tell them. Soulpepper presents vital Canadian interpretations
of the classics, and commissions, translates, and develops new work, creating a home for a
diverse array of artistic expression across disciplines. We share our work through a variety of
platforms, engaging audiences, inspiring youth in our city, and training the next generation of
theatre artists through the Soulpepper Academy. Since our inception in 1998, Soulpepper has

  • A 12 month season of more than 500 performances
  • A passionate audience of over 100,000 each year
  • An artistic ensemble of 200 established and emerging theatre artists
  • A paid residency program for Canadian theatre artists
  • A robust portfolio of youth programs, reaching over 4,500 youth annually
  • A 46,000 square foot state-of-the-art performing arts facility – the Young Centre for
    the Performing Arts – which anchors Toronto’s Distillery Historic District

Soulpepper is proud to be North America’s only year-round classical repertory company, a
prominent Canadian producer of original work from existing sources, a leading employer of
artists in the City of Toronto and a partner in neighbourhood education initiatives.


Reporting to, and working in conjunction with, the Director of Development, the Development Officer will be an integral part of the Development Team who are responsible for the planning, development and execution of Soulpepper’s Fundraising campaigns. The Development Officer will have responsibility for specific fundraising projects and appeals within the full development portfolio as well as manage a pool of Donors and Prospects across all giving areas (Corporate, Individual and Foundation). S/he will work collaboratively with the other members of the Development Department, Senior Staff and Volunteers (Board of Directors) to the benefit of Soulpepper’s fundraising goals.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manages a pool of current Donors to ensure a high rate of annual gift, foundation grant,
    and/or sponsorship renewal and executes strategies to increase and upgrade those donations at appropriate intervals
  • Manages a pool of Prospects through the identification, cultivation, solicitation and
    stewardship of new contributions
  • Provides hands-on support to Board Members and senior volunteers to achieve the
    objectives of the development program
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with donors and volunteers and provides
    support in cultivating prospects through targeted events, tours, visits and meetings
  • Attends select Soulpepper performances, receptions and events as required to develop
    relationships with Donors and Patrons
  • Within the Development team participates in the creation, execution, evaluation and
    follow-up of all fundraising events and donor activities
  • Responds to all stakeholder enquiries in a prompt and professional manner
  • Supports and facilitates the work of the fundraising committees of the Board through
    coordination of meetings and preparation of support material for the Board and
    Committee volunteers involved with Fundraising Campaigns, including providing
    accurate and timely follow up from these meetings
  • Documents prospect research and all moves management activity in Tessitura database


The successful candidate will have:

  • Understanding and familiarization with fundraising management software, ideally
  • Familiarity and Understanding with Canada Revenue Agency policies and procedures
    governing fundraising.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Outlook and Excel
  • Knowledge of not-for-profit fundraising practices and principles. Including moves
    management and the construction of sponsorship properties and stewardship plans
  • Understanding of the Toronto philanthropic and sponsorship community including
    key organizations and the foundation and corporate donation cycle
  • Strong proficiency with and commitment to customer service
  • Proven skills in relationship management and donor development
  • Strong decision-making, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent planning, organizational, time-management and team building skills
  • Superior interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
  • Self-starter, detail oriented, flexible
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to thrive and have a sense of humour in a fast-paced work environment with
    multiple deadlines


  • Post-secondary degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and
    professional experience
  • Three years related experience in fundraising, preferably in an arts organization

The Development Officer role represents an opportunity to join a creative and dynamic  performing arts organization. The compensation package will include an annual salary
commensurate with experience, and comprehensive employment benefits.

Only candidates with legal authorization to work in Canada will be considered. Soulpepper is an equal opportunity employer and invites all applicants with proper credentials to apply for the position. Soulpepper thanks all candidates for their interest however, only those selected for
interviews will be contacted.

Please send résumé and cover letter (including salary expectations) detailing how you can contribute to this dynamic not-for-profit arts organization by no later thanOctober 20, 2014

Please quote DO14 on the subject line when applying by email.

To: Search Committee – Development Officer
c/o Teri Worthington Coombs, Director of Development
Soulpepper Theatre Company
50 Tank House Lane
Toronto ON M5A 3C4