Donor Relations Manager

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Donor Relations Manager

Calgary Opera, is one of the most innovative and ambitious professional opera companies in Canada. Elevated HR Solutions is excited to support their efforts in hiring their newest team member, the donor relations manager. This role reports to the director of fund development and is responsible for successfully implementing the fundraising and donor relations strategies at Calgary Opera with the support of the fund development team and the company as a whole.

The donor relations manager is accountable for facilitating successful donor relations opportunities over time to ensure Calgary Opera’s artistic projects and initiatives are presented to and supported by our local philanthropic community. They will lead the team in growing relationships with key donors and will implement the systems and processes vital in enabling fundraising opportunities.

The goal is to advance the organization’s position with relevant stakeholders, as well as to drive a broader profile for the organization.

As the donor relations manager your day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborating with the director of fund development and the marketing team to successfully implement fund development strategies.
  • Stewarding, curating, and inspiring a portfolio of donor relationships toward signature and major gifts while managing the appreciation process.
  • Effective and efficient management of the CRM system, Tessitura, including income and expense reporting, solicitation, income tracking, research, and general data on prospects.
  • Making recommendations to implement systems and processes throughout the full donor cycle to ensure a consistent and responsive donor experience.
  • Preparing monthly reports for director and board level understanding.
  • Supporting management and the organization in creating and executing special events for both fundraising and donor appreciation.
  • Representing the Calgary Opera in a professional, friendly manner and building strong relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Adherence to the Canada Revenue Agencies (CRAs) policies and procedures and ethical fundraising approaches and guidelines.

The right candidate will demonstrate on their resume:

  • Minimum five+ years progressive experience in fundraising and/or community building to advance an organization’s mission and goals in a non-profit environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proven history of building and maintaining meaningful relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Superior attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in writing and presenting to senior level management.
  • Experience making strategic plans actionable

During the interview process, we will be looking for behaviors that demonstrate:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Innovative and problem-solving mindset.
  • Excellent time management and the ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to thrive under pressure.
  • Highly motivated, collaborative, and supportive team player.
  • Passion for the performing arts and knowledge of classical music is an asset.

What’s in it for you?

  • A creative environment and a passionate team.
  • Opportunities for growth and development.
  • Competitive base salary and vacation allotment.
  • Excellent health and dental benefits.
  • RRSP Matching.

Think you’d be a good fit?

Please submit your resume via email to or by visiting the careers page on our website at Please apply online with your cover letter and resume in one document.

While we thank all candidates who apply, we will only be reaching out to candidates who meet the basic requirements on their resume.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Calgary Opera values diversity in thought as well as representation. They are committed to building an environment that provides a foundation for safety and belonging and are challenging their biases and assumptions daily. Should you need any support during the application or interview process, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at

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