Major Gifts Officer

Job Title: Major Gifts Officer
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2018, 5pm.
Duration: Permanent position, ½ or ¾ time with 6 month probationary period
Range of Pay: Commensurate with experience
Anticipated Start Date: Early January 2019

About The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG):

The new Ottawa Art Gallery is a place for the curious to explore, support and experience Ottawa’s rich artistic heritage – building a hub for creative conversations and connections.

On April 28th 2018, OAG opened its new expanded space to great success. Growing five times its previous size, the OAG represents a coming of age for Ottawa and its arts scene. Our unique approach to this major cultural infrastructure project—the partnership model— exemplifies how we do things differently and effectively at the gallery, working in concert with our community and responding to our many stakeholders while reflecting a diverse, progressive and humanistic view of society.

The OAG’s mandate is to be the most vital visual arts institution in Ottawa. As a leader in the arts community, we present new ideas and provide a cultural meeting place to actively promote relationships and exchanges between artists and various diverse facets of our community. We explore and reflect on diversity and social change through a spectrum of visual arts practice, focused on but not exclusive to the region in a national and international context.

Position Overview: Under the direction of the Director & Chief Executive Officer, the Major Gifts Officer, will lead the development of major gifts strategies in order to expand and diversify OAG’s donor base and generate new gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. Prospect and benchmarking research, identification of potential donors and sponsors, cultivation strategies, and writing major gift solicitations will be key responsibilities.  The incumbent will be responsible for meeting donor targets (determined in concert with Management), implementing a planned giving campaign, tracking and managing the prospect pipeline, including organizing meetings with potential and existing donors, and contributing to the recognition and stewardship of the existing major donors’ portfolio. The incumbent will liaise with colleagues in the Development Department, including the Strategic Initiatives Officer and Managers of other departments.


  • Identify, evaluate, cultivate, and solicit major gift donors and sponsors
  • Manage the recognition and stewardship of these donors and sponsors
  • Liaise with the Chief Executive Officer,  Chief Financial Officer, Chief of Staff, and when appropriate members of the Board of Directors
  • Work with current donors and prospects to realize their full philanthropic potential to the OAG and maximize multi-year commitments whenever possible
  • Develop and execute cultivation plans for major gift prospects
  • Prepare solicitation proposals
  • Help establish fundraising goals for the OAG to ensure close coordination of annual and major giving efforts
  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date tracking of all major gifts prospects and donors and appropriate documentation of all gifts.
  • Manage special projects as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Reports to the Director & CEO
  • Other contacts include: Donors, donor prospects, Board of Directors, the Financial Stewardship & Revenue Generation Committee, and staff
  • Interacts regularly with the CEO, CFO, COS, Strategic Initiatives Officer and Managers of other departments


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline
  • A minimum of five years of increasingly responsible development experience.
  • Experience in a cultural or non-profit organization is an asset
  • Proven track record in relationship management
  • The ability to work autonomously
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Project management skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Fluency in both official languages is an asset.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is an equal opportunity employer and appreciates the interest of all applicants. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please apply with cover letter and resume to Zoë MacNeil: . Please reference the specific job you are applying for within the subject line of your email. No telephone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.