Employment Opportunity – Development Officer

Employment Opportunity

Development Officer

The Grand Theatre

World Curious. London Proud. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum and Executive Director Deb Harvey, the Grand is building a bold future with daring new projects, inspiring new programs, and a captivating new direction.

A leading cultural hub, the Grand is proudly located in the heart of downtown London, Ontario. We are a place for all Londoners, for everyone, to gather, celebrate, and be inspired by exceptional theatre experiences.

We bring the world to London with diverse, relevant, and original stories from around the globe, and through collaborations with exceptional national and international performing arts organizations.

And we bring London to the world stage with a commitment to developing, producing, and premiering new, original homegrown stories through COMPASS, a new play development program. From around the world and around the corner, we present relevant and provocative stories that remind us of our collective humanity.

The Grand's commitment to educational programming and youth mentorship is exemplified by The High School Project, the only project of its kind in North America. A new community outreach initiative, 100 Schools launched in the 2017-18 season, continues our commitment by bringing professional theatre to London area schools at no cost.

A not-for-profit regional theatre, the Grand produces and presents professional theatre on two stages: the Spriet Stage (839 seats) and the McManus Stage (144 seats). The Grand is a Category A theatre and a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT).

Position Summary

The Development Officer works closely with, and reports directly to, the Director of Development and is responsible for implementing the Individual Giving campaign and stewardship plan as well as research and completion of Foundation applications, to achieve the overall Grand Theatre fundraising goals. The Development Officer will be the key point person on the Development Team overseeing special events that are taking place in the theatre relative to donors and sponsors. The Development Officer is also responsible for the theatre’s Dining Program and sales and management of the paid advertisements in the house programs. The Development Officer plays a key role in the theatre’s Annual Gala celebration.

Duties and Responsibilities

Individual Giving

  • In consultation with the Director of Development, create and execute a strong annual giving development plan that includes objectives, strategies for renewals and acquisitions, time-lines, and budgets.
  • Act as department lead for database management, including accurate data entry, creation of reports and lists, event and benefit ticketing, preparation of tax receipts and acknowledgement letters, and activity tracking.
  • Assists in development and execution of strategies related to stewardship of annual and major donors, including the creation and execution of donor events as well as assuring accurate donor recognition in house programs and Annual Reports.
  • Work closely with Finance Department to ensure accurate financial record keeping.
  • Work closely with Marketing Department on communication materials for donors/patrons.
  • In consultation with Director of Development, create, prepare and distribute all fundraising materials. Create and distribute E-newsletters using an online email service.
  • Support the development of marketing and communications to promote the theatre to its donors and maximize awareness of the theatre’s fundraising activities


  • Oversee Foundation prospect research and maintain calendar of opportunities for new grant solicitations as well as renewals
  • Track benefits and stewardship plans relative to Foundation grants to ensure execution.

Special Events

  • Serve as point person to coordinate and oversee execution of special events related to donors and sponsors and work with theatre staff across departments to ensure successful execution of events
  • Participate in Grand Gala event planning and execution as required
  • Attend functions and performances as required


  • Support the development and execution of the theatre’s program advertising plan, as part of the overall development objectives. This includes research, cultivation, asks and stewardship.
  • Develop, cultivate and steward all aspects of the theatre’s Dining Program partnerships.
  • Prepare advertising agreements and follow up with ad artwork and payment invoicing.

Other duties as assigned

Skills and Abilities:

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team, while setting and managing multiple priorities
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), presentation, and public-speaking skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Highly developed relationship building and networking skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail
  • Superior administrative and computer skills in Excel and Word (mail merge)
  • Working knowledge of Tessitura or other CRM/Fundraising program an asset
  • Working knowledge of fundamental accounting principles and experience in QuickBooks or other accounting software
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends (i.e., Grand Theatre Opening Night performances and special events) as required


  • University degree
  • Minimum 3-5 years fundraising experience
  • Proven success in solicitation and stewardship of donors
  • Demonstrated strong planning, writing, and communication skills
  • Knowledge, understanding, and a passion for the arts sector an asset

In our desire to encourage and reflect the world and our community, the Grand Theatre encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

Please submit a letter of interest and CV by August 31, 2018 by email only (attach documents in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat) to:

Suzanne Lanthier, Director of Development, slanthier [at] grandtheatre [dot] com

We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All applications are considered confidential.

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