Fund Development Officer

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Fund Development Officer

Fund Development Officer – Grants, Foundations and Strategic Partnerships

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 a fund development officer for grants, foundations and strategic partnerships to join their team.

This role reports to the director of fund development and is responsible for researching and writing grants that will support the vision of Calgary Opera.

The fund development officer – grants, foundations and strategic partnerships is accountable for maintaining positive relationships with existing and potential funding sources, preserving complete records of past and current proposals, and continuously researching potential funding organizations and possible grant 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 fund development officer your day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Research, preparation, and development of grant proposals based on corporate guidelines and priorities.
  • Assisting in the development of annual reports and newsletters.
  • Maintaining the grant database for future reference proposals.
  • Managing fund resources by interacting with funding organizations and following up on application status, organizing regular meetings and status updates, and documenting issues and recommendations.
  • Tracking pending and ongoing proposals.
  • Follow up impact reporting in a detailed and timely fashion.
  • Representing the Calgary Opera in a professional, friendly manner and building strong relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Maintaining relationships with major funding bodies, including Canada Council (CC), Canadian Heritage, Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA), Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA), and the Calgary Foundation.
  • 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 four+ years progressive experience in fundraising to advance an organization’s mission and goals in a non-profit environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or 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.
  • Effective and well written communication.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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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