Chief Philanthropy Officer / Corporate Sponsorship Development Coordinator - Theatre Terrific Society

Jun 02, 2024
Vancouver, British Columbia

Are you looking to contribute your skills to a mission driven organization?

Do you see the potential of theatre to open hearts and build bridges of empathy and understanding between people of all walks of life? 

Does working in service of an arts organization that offers opportunities to explore, express and create thought-provoking theatre with artists that tend to be left behind by mainstream theatre excite you?

Are you a dynamic, responsible, self-driven, service-oriented individual with a passion for making a difference, with the skills, enthusiasm and drive necessary to help Theatre Terrific reach its financial goals in service of the communities it serves?

If you answered yes to all of these, then Theatre Terrific wants to hear from you! 

Theatre Terrific is on the lookout for a chief philanthropy officer / corporate sponsorship development coordinator. 

Might that be you?


About Theatre Terrific 

Theatre Terrific pioneers inclusive opportunities for artists of all abilities and intersections of identity and lived experience to develop performance skills and collaborate in the production of theatrical works. Through its work, Theatre Terrific challenges audiences to be open to the impact of thought provoking art. 

All of Theatre Terrific’s classes, workshops, community, and professional productions are made up of people of all colors, abilities, genders, and backgrounds. This means that at any given time, a cast or class may include people who may have mental health issues, developmental challenges, physical challenges, or simply practicing actors who want to learn new methods of inclusive collaborative theatre development.

We are an equal-opportunity employer, committed to reflecting the diversity of our community. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds and abilities to apply. 


Role Description

Reporting to, and working closely with Theatre Terrific’s managing director, and its Board of Directors when required, the Chief Philanthropy Officer / Corporate Sponsorship Development Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing a corporate sponsorship program to help the theatre diversify its funding streams.


Key Highlights:

  • Position

    • Part time contractual Chief Philanthropy Officer / Corporate Sponsorship Development Coordinator (further referred to as CPO). 

    • Position may be renewed upon completion of this project and potential for turning it into a full time position considered.

    • The CPO will be provided with an email address and access to the organization's resources.

  • Primary objective of the CPO: 

    • Assess and develop TTS’s current donor programs; build internal capacity as related to fundraising -specifically new revenue generation and diversification via corporate sponsorships.

  • Key milestones & deliverables:

    • Create a Strategic Plan (to be reviewed by the Board) within the first 3 months or less.

      • Strategic Plan objectives: 

        • Identify opportunities for:

          • networking and engagement with potential sponsors and partnerships, 

          • creating and deepening TTS’s corporate sponsorship program, and 

          • finding alternative funding streams (alternative to grants) and ways of increasing individual/corporate donations.

          • financial targets and viable means to reach them.

        • Create: 

          • personalized sponsorship packages, 

          • a strategic outreach/communications campaign related to engaging with potential partners (including, but not limited to, targeted newsletters).

    • Implement Plan. 

    • Report on findings along the way.

    • 6 months check-in and re-setting of goals based on lessons learned.


  • An undergraduate degree is required with a minimum of 1-3 years of experience with a record of achievement that demonstrates successful fund development and client relationship skill and experience.

  • Exceptional communication skills, articulate with the ability to relate to the voluntary sector, donors and members to establish a rapport and credibility with a range of people. 

  • Excellent written and presentation skills.

  • Experience developing and implementing fundraising activities and events, and developing and maintaining strong donor relationships.

  • Knowledge of current fundraising industry information, tax issues, and planned giving vehicles to ensure maximum opportunities presented for gift commitments.

  • Experience in and understanding of the arts sector, and of the nonprofit sector (charitable organizations)

  • Strong networks and networking skills

  • Broad experience dealing with customers/donors as well as financial, legal and corporate professionals, in a variety of work and social settings.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Word, PowerPoint, Excel and fundraising database.

  • Grant writing skills.

  • Strong negotiation skills.

  • Relationship building and donor relation and retention skills.

  • Proven organizational skills, strong administrative skills, is efficient and able to prioritize and meet tight deadlines. 

  • Strong attention to detail. 

  • Strong lateral thinking and ability to independently solve problems.


Personal Qualities:

  • Self motivated and flexible.

  • Personal warmth, openness, and sensitivity.  

  • Approachable, empathetic, and diplomatic.

  • Professional 

  • Strong work ethic

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

What do we offer? This is a part time contractual position (15 to 20 hours/week), subject to becoming full time based on performance, with an expectation to meet milestones and deliverables identified. Annual pay is $25K to $30K to begin depending on experience and subject to re-negotiation based on performance. Flexible working arrangements.
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