Director of Development

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Director of Development

Theatre Calgary is seeking a creative and energetic individual to serve as its next director of development (DOD). Reporting to the Executive Director, Maya Choldin, the DOD will lead the engagement, identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors and corporations, leveraging the potential for significant gifts and corporate philanthropic support and sponsorship. The DOD will maintain and expand public and private sector relationships for revenue outcomes to deliver on priorities in the Maximizing Our Impact Strategic Plan; build other strategic community relationships; and collaborate with the Theatre Calgary team to maximize successful fundraising efforts. The DOD will be responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction in all fund development activities which includes sponsorship acquisition, major gifts, annual campaign, donor relations, planned-giving, grant writing, direct mail, community fundraising initiatives and special events.

As an integral member of the Theatre Calgary team, the DOD will play an active role as a thought-partner in planning for the organization’s overall advancement. Supporting, assisting, and partnering with the Executive Director, staff, board and volunteers, the DOD will operationalize the strategic plan while building a thriving, creative and diverse culture serving artists and the Calgary community. The DOD will conceptualize and implement a plan to grow Theatre Calgary’s philanthropic support and donor base while leading and motivating a highly motivated development team in devising successful operating fundraising strategies, implementing appropriate delivery and support systems, and evaluating results.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a development professional who can bring together their vision, experience, and passion for theatre in Calgary. The ideal candidate will want to invest themselves in the success and growth of Theatre Calgary and will find personal fulfillment in being part of the future.

Traits and Characteristics

Proactive, dynamic, independent, self-motivated, detail and people-oriented, the DOD will have exceptional social and verbal communication skills and value frequent interaction and collaboration with others. The DOD will be an experienced and entrepreneurial professional with the vision to actively pursue Theatre Calgary’s ambitious goals with creativity and determination and will have a high degree of personal accountability and a commitment to exceeding expectations. This individual will balance tasks and projects with a sense of urgency and possess superlative interpersonal and communication skills that articulate compelling verbal and written messages for support. A self-sufficient and self-managed professional with a highly organized approach, the DOD will have the ability to achieve organizational objectives with staff, board members, volunteers, donors, and prospective supporters. This individual will bring an affinity for Theatre Calgary’s mission and vision and a passion to positively impact the organization’s long-term success, complemented by highly developed skills and an efficient best practices approach.

The Theatre Calgary director of development search is led by Martin Bragg of Martin Bragg & Associates. To apply in confidence please email your letter of interest and resume in Word or PDF format to Martin Bragg & Associates at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive an acknowledgement of their application.

For a complete copy of the position profile, please visit or contact Martin Bragg at

Theatre Calgary encourages applications from our diverse community. Theatre Calgary is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We recognize that increasing the diversity of our staff, on all levels, in integral to accomplishing this objective. We are creating policies, practices, and programs that work toward the goal of dismantling systemic racism. We welcome all applications from women and gender nonconforming people, people of color, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of Theatre Calgary.

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