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Development Officer-Part Time - Brott Music

Dec 04, 2023
Hamilton, Ontario
Organization Description


Brott Music Festival (BMF), under the distinguished baton of Tania Miller, is Ontario's only orchestral festival and Canada's largest. Its programming will continue strengthening the artistic vision of its founding Artistic Director, the late Boris Brott. BMF was founded in 1988 and established itself as one of the four anchor arts organizations of Hamilton and is home to two nationally recognized music training programs for emerging Canadian artists:


The NAO is Canada's foremost post-graduate training program for young professional training musicians and is the orchestra-in-residence for the Brott Music Festival. Each summer, 40 + young professional musicians from across Canada live, work and perform in Greater Hamilton, with occasional runouts to other provincial music festivals. The NAO program provides an opportunity for musicians to hone their skills, work with world-class established musicians and perform a range of musical styles to prepare for their careers in music.


2024 will mark the 10th anniversary of this program, which brought opera back to Hamilton and provides training and performance opportunities to approximately ten emerging Canadian opera singers every summer.

About the Role:

Under the new artistic leadership of Tania Miller, the Brott Music Festival is seeking a dynamic fundraiser to help funders and donors connect with the music in ways that are unexpected and relevant to our culture and the Hamilton community. By sustaining meaningful relationships with current donors and forging partnerships with new donors, the Development Officer will play an essential role in the future of the Brott Music Festival. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Officer executes planning and implementation for the day-to-day fundraising operations, including corporate, individual, and foundation giving programs. Working with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, board, staff and volunteers, the Development Officer will support and implement Brott Music fundraising activities and align fundraising growth objectives with artistic mission.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Develop and maintain the annual Development Plan, Calendar and Development Budget.
  • Manage a portfolio of donors, setting targets for visits, proposals submitted, and proposals funded.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts from foundations, corporations/corporate foundations, and individuals.
  • Design and execute annual stewardship plans, including events, reports and other engagement opportunities.
  • Collaborate on all fundraising materials from writing and design to layout and production to ensure fundraising proposals and stewardship materials are consistent with our brand standards/style guide.
  • Communicate with marketing colleagues to ensure all donor listings and relevant fundraising and recognition pages on the Brott Music website, program book, and other locations are accurate and up to date.
  • Establish best practices for donor data capture and data management, ensuring accuracy and privacy: Track engagement opportunities and donor details.   
  • Collaborate with Brott Music staff to track donation cash flow and gift receipting.   
  • Prepare board reports and engage with the board as required.
  • Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to roll out partnership deliverables and contractual commitments effectively. Ensure appropriate recognition and secure approvals as required.
Key Qualifications:            
  • Minimum 2+years of experience working in a fundraising capacity with an arts or not-for-profit organization
  • Experience working with and preparing fundraising plans and reading and preparing basic budgets.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to share the passion of the performing arts with potential donors and funders.
  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently and communicate priorities.
  • Experience managing, mining and maintaining donor databases.
  • Fluency with Google and Microsoft Office 365 Suites.
  • Able to attend evening and weekend performances throughout the year as needed.
  • This is a hybrid role. There will be a 3-month probationary period, during which the position will be in-person, in the office. Once past this period, this will be a hybrid role. A mutually agreeable schedule will be determined.
  • A G-level driver's license and your own vehicle are considered assets.
  • While not required, understanding and appreciating the Hamilton area community would be helpful.

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