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Corporate Development Officer

Arts Commons is an inspirational gathering place for all Calgarians and visitors, where creativity is expressed daily—in immersive and engaging ways.  A place, both physical and metaphorical, that stimulates the senses, triggers emotions, challenges assumptions, starts conversations and opens minds. Welcoming over 600,000 visitors a year, Arts Commons is a key contributor to the social, economic, cultural and intellectual life and well-being of the citizens of Calgary.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced team player to fill the full-time position of Corporate Development Officer. The Corporate Development Officer is a donor-centric fundraiser responsible for advancing the mission of Arts Commons/Calgary International Children’s Festival (CICF) by enthusiastically engaging in the solicitation and stewardship of corporate sponsors.

The Corporate Development Officer is part of the Development Team and participates in the annual campaign planning process; is responsible for the development, control and reconciliation of budget items as assigned; and, is responsible for the supervision of volunteers from time to time.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Study the overall mission, purpose and programs of Arts Commons/CICF to best develop compelling sponsorship proposals for qualified corporations that meet their business development and/or community investment objectives.
  • Works collaboratively with internal stakeholders including: Development, Marketing/Communications and Programming, to create compelling corporate sponsorship proposals.
  • Manages relationships with current corporate sponsors, establishing solicitation strategies to engage and move corporate sponsors up to higher levels of engagement by aligning prospect with specific properties and sponsorship levels to ensure their business development and/or community investment objectives are achieved.
  • Maintain communication with existing and prospective corporate sponsors that encourages engagement and eventually, increased support, as well as meet regularly with corporate leaders and corporate sponsorship decision makers through personal visits and events.
  • Provide Fulfillment Reports to corporate sponsors that highlight the impacts of their financial support and assist in the development of fulfillment reports for corporate sponsors.
  • Plans and carries out cultivation and stewardship activities and events designed to convey the purpose, impact and needs of Arts Commons/CICF clearly and effectively.
  • Strengthen corporate sponsor engagement by working with the Development Associate in the provision of all recognition strategies as detailed in each sponsorship agreement and by developing, planning and implementing a calendar of stewardship events and initiatives.
  • Assist in maintaining accurate records (database and file) of all corporate sponsors and corporate prospects.
  • Contributes to the development of a team-oriented work environment, which values staff input and builds on trust, consultation and shared information.
  • Acts at all times in the best interests of Arts Commons and CICF.
  • Adheres to the Donor Bill of Rights and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice.

Arts Commons recognizes that it is unlikely that any one individual will meet all of the following criteria in equal measure.

The following experience, skills and personal qualities are considered desirable assets in fulfilling the responsibilities of this position:

  • Three to five years of experience in a non-profit organization successfully undertaking a program of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective corporate sponsors.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques relevant to fundraising.
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of corporate sponsors in order to develop relationships between them and Arts Commons/CICF.
  • Have a successful record of stewarding relationships with corporate sponsors.
  • Demonstrates strong organizational skills necessary to prioritize and accomplish concurrent assignments.
  • Have excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Have a high degree of initiative, self-motivation and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Have proven ability to successfully address challenge and change.
  • Knowledge about the arts, and understands its value to the community.
  • Good decision-making skills, tactful, good listener, willingness to search out answers, ability to recognize when others need to be involved in activities or decisions.
  • Creativity, curiosity, sense of humor, high energy level, and an enthusiasm for meeting and working with a wide range of constituents.
  • Knowledge of Canada Customs and Revenue Agency regulations governing non-profit organizations.
  • Experience with software packages such as Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Word, in addition to Tessitura, or other donor management system(s).
  • A passion for the arts!

This position has a 40-hour work-week, with occasional evening and weekend work required. A competitive compensation package, including extended health benefits, is offered.

To apply, please forward your resume and cover letter in confidence to:
Human Resources
Arts Commons
205 8th Ave. SE Calgary, Alberta  T2G 0K9

Please note that review of applications will begin immediately, and the posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Please state the position you are applying for. No phone calls please. We thank all interested applicants in advance, but will only be contacting those selected for an interview.