Development Coordinator, Individual Giving

Working with the Deputy Director and Director, the Development Coordinator, Individual Giving plays an integral role in the Toronto International Festival of Authors development revenue generation strategy with a focus on individual and patron giving.

Position Title: Development Coordinator, Individual Giving
Reporting to: Deputy Director
Type of Employment: Full Time


Revenue Generation

  • Supports Patron Program and Individual Giving campaigns, including preparation of correspondence, reports, invitation lists, renewals, donations processing, proposals, meeting/call briefing notes
  • Ensures patron and individual giving activity is tracked in Tessitura in association with the Administrative Coordinator
  • Oversees direct marketing activities to acquire, renew and reactivate annual patrons and donors
  • Liaises with Director, Deputy Director  to identify opportunities and develop proposals for patron events and patron programme
  • Support patron programme and execution of benefit fulfilment
  • Liaise with marketing to create various documents required for events
  • Work with Director and Deputy Director to develop patron programme


  • Nurtures relationships with patrons and major donors through regular communication and events
  • Organizes donor receptions and special events in collaboration with Events and Marketing teams
  • Works with Marketing and Design teams to ensure appropriate   patron/donor recognition in relevant communications and marketing materials
  • Develops in-depth knowledge of Toronto International Festival of Authors  programmes, events and audiences
  • Work Festival and weekly events as needed

Workplace Health and Safety

  • All members of staff are required to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of other personnel (including volunteers and interns) who may be affected by their conduct.


Based on an application addressing the Essential Criteria, a current resume and, for selected candidates, a personal interview and positive reference checks, the Festival needs to be satisfied that the applicant meets the following criteria.
Essential Criteria

  • Experienced fundraising professional with minimum of three (3) years’ experience
  • Polished and professional demeanor and ability to interact with prospects, donors, staff and volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and giving levels
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong editing skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship-management skills
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Demonstrated use of tact and diplomacy, and ability to work in a cross-functional team setting
  • Excellent computer skills, including extensive experience using relational databases, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Desirable Criteria

  • University degree
  • Experience using Tessitura database and/or other fundraising database

How to Apply:

Acceptable Applications must include:
  • A current resume
  • A cover letter including salary expectations and responses indicating how you meet the essential criteria

Qualified applications are invited to apply by:  June 10th,2018
Please quote Job Reference # 18F13-WC


We thank all applicants, however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted directly.

Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process. 

The Toronto International Festival of Authors is Canada’s largest and oldest literary festival. It has hosted over 9,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 22 Nobel Laureates and countless other award winners, since 1974. Mandated to cultivate and advance the cause of literature, the organization presents opportunities for curious readers to meet, hear, and learn from the finest writers of our time, while providing Canadian writers a global forum in which to present their work. 

Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture and recreation across a stunning 10-acre site at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world by curating over 4000 events annually across its ten-acre site from music festivals to contemporary dance, to craft and design to sailing lessons. There is something for everyone at Harbourfront Centre, year-round.