Senior Development Officer

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Senior Development Officer

The Calgary Philharmonic celebrated 65 years as a pillar of Calgary’s vibrant arts community in 2020 and has grown to be one of Canada’s most celebrated live music ensembles. Led by Music Director Rune Bergmann, the orchestra presents classical standards, pop favourites, bold collaborations and cutting-edge new works, and attracts world-renowned guest artists and dynamic conductors each season. In addition to 66 orchestra musicians, the Calgary Phil is one of two major symphony orchestras in Canada that has its own chorus of over 100 volunteer singers, which celebrates 60 years in 2023. In a typical season, the Calgary Phil welcomes over 100,000 visitors to the concert hall, engages more than 10,000 students through educational programs, and reaches audiences worldwide through free and accessible digital programming.

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The Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven senior development officer to join the Calgary Philharmonic’s team. This position will create, build and sustain relationships with business leaders, corporations, volunteers and individuals through stewardship, research, writing and administrative functions. The senior development officer will report to the director, development and will work closely with all members of the Calgary Phil’s administrative team and orchestra.


  • Be the lead development officer for assigned accounts and focus on attracting and developing new partnerships.
  • Prepare and execute Calgary Phil’s year-round engagement and relationship plans with a focus on maximizing potential and growth.
  • Research, identify and champion development opportunities that align with Calgary Phil’s purpose, vision and values.
  • Represent Calgary Phil at fundraising events throughout the year in a professional manner that fosters positive experiences with donors through engagement and promotion of programs.
  • Work closely with the marketing department to execute the annual appeal campaign, the annual impact donor report and other development initiatives.
  • Regularly manage and maintain effective working relationships with key contacts.
  • Manage donor agreements and champion the execution of the deliverables.
  • Support in onboarding volunteers for development events.
  • Take minutes, actions and document decisions made regarding development initiatives to ensure alignment and consistency.
  • Work closely with Database Donor Administrator to maintain clean donor data.
  • Other duties as required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in fund development.
  • Experience working with database systems and reporting to support the achievement of fund development targets.
  • Exceptional written communication skills and proven experience with developing donor communications.
  • Strong organizational skills, action oriented and committed to excellence.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement, discretion, confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • High level of initiative, self-motivation and navigation of multiple tasks within necessary timelines.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  •  Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • A sincere interest in arts and culture.

Additional Details

This is a full-time position. Salary range for this position is $55,000 to $65,000 annually.

This position will require evening and weekend work to steward donors at select concerts and events.

The Calgary Phil is trialing a hybrid remote work program until 31 July 2023. Employees who are eligible for this program can work up to three days/week from an appropriate remote location. However, given the need for this position to be regularly on site, less flexibility would apply.

As part of our full compensation package, Calgary Phil offers three weeks’ vacation, a comprehensive benefits package that includes RRSP contributions, health coverage, an employee assistance program, bonus days off and other non-cash benefits.

Office location: Arts Commons (Floor 2, 205 –  8 Ave. SE)

Application Process

Deadline: October 23, 2022

Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis and suitable candidates may be contacted before the deadline.

Please send cover letter, resume, portfolio and salary expectations to Maria Lamas, Acting Director, Development with the subject line Senior Development Officer.

The Calgary Phil is committed to fostering an anti-racist, equitable, diverse and inclusive environment and, as such, encourages qualified candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds.

If you require an accommodation for the recruitment/interview process, please let us know so that we can work with you to accommodate your needs.

We thank you for your interest in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

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