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We’re Hiring a Development Officer!

Work with us!

Deadline to apply: June 1, 2019

The Development Officer is responsible for overseeing the strategic development, execution, and evaluation of Studio 180 Theatre’s development and fundraising activities. Working with the General Manager, Artistic Director, Marketing Coordinator, Associate Producer, and Core Artistic Team, the Development Officer plays a key role in the organization.

Position Title: Development Officer
Start Date: July 2019
End Date: April 2020
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Term: Full time
Salary: $30,000
Contract terms: Full time, non-renewable position
Reports to: General Manager

This position is a full-time, ten-month parental leave position from July 8, 2019 to April 6, 2020. Studio 180 Theatre’s office hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, though some evening and weekend work will be required given the nature of our programming.


Now in its sixteenth season, Studio 180 Theatre is a Toronto-based independent company that ignites conversation through theatre. Our mission is to produce socially relevant theatre that provokes public discourse and promotes community engagement.



  • Identify, qualify, new prospects (foundations, corporations and philanthropists)
  • Conduct background research into prospects, examining past donations and sponsorship policies, and assessing levels of giving in order to determine a request amount
  • Monitor deadlines and materials required for applications
  • Investigate in-kind sponsorship opportunities


  • Manage tasks according to the development plan and integrate new items as they arise (for individuals, schedule campaigns & mailings; for corporations & foundations, schedule asks based on prospects’ planning cycles)
  • Work with Director of Youth Engagement and Outreach, and Director of Play Development to create and organize opportunities for public engagement and stewardship
  • Create and execute plans to cultivate individual, corporate or foundation support
  • Design and run an end-of-calendar year individual fundraising campaign
  • Work with Board committees to design and implement event plans


  • Work with Marketing Coordinator to create marketing/communication materials that are appropriate for foundations, corporations, individuals (including cases for support, draft proposals, request letters, Executive Summaries, background information on Studio 180, final reports, annual report, and event signage)
  • Provide digital and print materials to board members, which may include templates for letters of request, draft emails, invitations, reminders and thank you notes

Relationship building:

  • Update contacts, donations and communication info in the database
  • Support Board members as they initiate contact with prospects by setting up meetings and supplying required proposals, cases for support, etc.
  • Invite corporate and foundation supporters to events where they can see the impact of the work they support


  • Create and manage donor events from conception to execution, including the coordination of first readings, opening nights, closing parties, IN DEVELOPMENT readings, 180 READS, 180 WOMEN and any ancillary events
  • Secure sponsorships/partnerships to reduce the cost of events
  • Work with the Board to design and implement a major fundraiser


  • Thank donors and funders after contributions are made in a timely fashion
  • Issue tax receipts (or business receipts) from donors and supporters
  • Be Studio 180’s main contact for donors, and corporate/foundation contacts
  • Update corporate and foundation supporters with information about the company and their support
  • Create final reports for all activities receiving dedicated support


  • Manage the fundraising budget
  • Provide development reports for Board meetings
  • Provide Administrator with financial reports and updates as needed


  • Minimum 2-4 years’ work experience in a fundraising capacity within the non-profit arts sector OR undergraduate and/or post-graduate in Theatre, Arts Administration, or Fundraising
  • Passion for the performing arts
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Working knowledge of SUMAC
  • Comfort with phone calls and in-person meetings
  • Comfort with Apple hardware and Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience with managing budgets, including monitoring expenditure and maximizing outcomes with limited resources
  • Ability to translate strategic thinking into action plans and output, with an understanding of development best practices and relevant rules and legislation
  • Project management, prioritization, multi-tasking and time-management skills to meet deadlines
  • Relationship-management skills, including the ability to work closely and collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders, and in a small office environment

Studio 180 Theatre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Unfortunately, at this time Studio 180’s office space is not accessible by wheelchair. Access to the office is by three flights of stairs.


Applications must include:

  • A current resume, including two references
  • A cover letter

Applications should be submitted via email to Administrator Laura McCallum at mccallum.laura@studio180theatre.com with subject heading “Development Officer.” Please submit your cover letter and resume in a single PDF file.

If you have any questions please email Laura McCallum at mccallum.laura@studio180theatre.com.

Application deadline: June 1, 2019


Please note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Click here to view this posting as a PDF. 

Photo above: IN DEVELOPMENT Reading of The Election. Photo by Dahlia Katz.