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Director of Fundraising and Development (part-time)


Orchestras Mississauga has an immediate opening for an experienced, part-time Fundraising Professional to design strategies and execute programs to achieve development objectives. The successful candidate will be required to be able work from home, with Zoom meetings and other online communication key to the success. Concerts, rehearsals and some meetings will take place at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga when restrictions in Peel are relaxed somewhat, and eventually lifted. The position is built upon a part-time commitment of 25 hours/week with flexibility depending on orchestra and board activities.

Orchestras Mississauga consists of two orchestras, both led by Music Director Denis Mastromonaco:

• Mississauga Symphony Orchestra: a large community based symphonic orchestra with acombination of professional section leaders and volunteer community musicians. In normalcircumstances the MSO rehearses weekly at the Living Arts Centre, and performs 8 to 10concerts annually in Hammerson Hall at the Living Arts Centre.

• Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra: a vibrant youth orchestra with over 150 members ranging in age from 8 to 18. In normal circumstances the MSYO rehearses weekly at the Living Arts Centre and performs 4 concerts annually in Hammerson Hall, with one concert shared with the MSO at during the Christmas season.

Both orchestras have typically taken part in concerts and run-outs extra to the regular season, including mall performances, Paint the Town Red parade in Port Credit, and other opportunities as they arise.


Reports to Executive Director. Works closely with Board members and Fundraising Committee.

Responsible for:

  • Planning, organizing, directing all fundraising and development activities including:
    – Prospecting
    – Stewardship
    – Major gifts
    – Corporate gifts
    – Planned giving
    – Special events and campaigns, especially 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Opera Fund
    – Maximizing giving from current patrons
    – Building a pipeline of new donors
  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive development strategy in cooperation with Board members
  • Identifying, cultivating, and stewarding all individual and corporate donors
  • Contributing to grant seeking with researching, writing applications, reporting as required by the Executive Director
  • Updating and managing database of donors – prospecting, donations, recognition, acknowledgement, reporting, tax receipts in tandem with the Administrator
  • Monitoring, analyzing, reporting on fundraising activities to Executive Director, Board of Directors, relevant Committees
  • Contributing to the creation of publications to support fundraising activities working in tandem with the Director, Outreach and Marketing
  • Organizing and managing fundraising events including stewardship
  • Developing and managing a budget and expenses pertaining to fundraising with the guidance of the Executive Director
  • Attending performances, rehearsals (as required), donor cultivation events, related community activities, e.g. meetings of Mississauga Board of Trade, various BIA organizations of Mississauga, City of Mississauga government especially Culture Division meetings and events


  • Experience in fundraising in performing or visual arts field of a minimum of 3-5 years
  • Strong Familiarity with the Mississauga / Peel / GTHA environment / characteristics for fundraising
  • Excellent communications skills, written, oral, presentation
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams of volunteers and be a team member
  • Demonstrated experience in building effective relationships
  • Organizational, analytical, strategic, project management, critical thinking, problem solving skills
  • Results oriented with respect for firm deadlines
  • Experience with fundraising software – Dan Cooperstock “Software4Nonprofits”:
  • To monitor donors and donations and analyze data for presentation to management and the Board for strategic decision making
  • Familiarity / ease / technically savvy with social media for gathering data and staging and promoting fundraising events; survey software; spreadsheets; various internet research platforms
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, independent, can take initiative when required
  • High degree of integrity, respecting confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Excellent collegial relationship with local fundraising professionals
  • Enthusiasm for / knowledge of classical / symphonic music is a desired asset
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as required, including MSO and MSYO concerts and occasional meetings

PAY RANGE: $30 – $40/hr based on an average 25 hour week.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 21, 2021

If you can see yourself in this role, please send your application including a cover letter and a current CV to: