We are Hiring Development Manager!

Development Manager
1 year contract position
Application Deadline: August 30th             
Hours per week: 30
Rate of Pay:   $25.00/hr
Start date: Sept 21st, 2015

Art Starts creates vibrant Toronto neighbourhoods through community-building arts initiatives. We inspire long-term social change in five underserved neighbourhoods in partnership with residents and community organizations. We use the arts to engage residents, collectively work to overcome challenges and create a shared sense of identity. Our collaborative approach to art-making celebrates communities, nurtures resiliency, cultivates life skills and inspires personal growth.

Established in 1992, Art Starts is recognized as one of Toronto’s leading community arts organizations. In 2013 the Toronto Arts Foundation recognized Art Starts with the prestigious Arts for Youth Award.

Art Starts is looking for a motivated professional to join our dynamic team. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Manager is responsible for helping to achieve Art Starts’ annual fundraising goals. With an annual budget of $730,000 and growing, the Development Manager will research, prepare, submit and track grant proposals and write associated reports. The successful applicant will work with the Director of Development, Executive Director and Program Director.

Position Summary: The Development Manager will work to achieve Art Starts’ fundraising targets by   researching, writing and submitting comprehensive proposals and reports to government, foundation and corporate funders and supporting additional development initiatives as required.

Reports To
Director of Development and Finance

Duties & Responsibilities

Proposal Development

  • Write and develop funding proposals for governments, foundations and corporations
  • Draft grant budgets in collaboration with Director of Development and Program Director
  • Research new funder prospects, particularly among private and family foundations and corporations
  • Work with Director of Development and Program Director to submit timely reports to funders
  • Prepare reports for the Marketing & Development Committee and Board of Directors

Grants Administration

  • Manage a calendar of grant reporting deadlines; produce high-quality program reports on deadline
  • Track the submission and status of grants and reports
  • Ensure that all funder requirements (e.g. program deliverables, logo placement, budgets, etc) are communicated to and implemented by Art Starts staff
  • Liaise with funders as needed
  • Other duties as needed


  • Develop and write funder-focused communications including e-newsletter content, annual reports, etc.


We are seeking a highly motivated individual with extraordinary writing skills, a love for detail, a proven grant-writing track record and a team player who can tackle a job from start to finish.

The ideal candidate for this position is passionate about using the arts as a tool for social change through the development and maintenance of a strong funding program. The ideal candidate has a demonstrated track record in seeking and obtaining funding through government, foundation and corporate grants, managing grant documents and preparing reports for funders in a timely manner. They also possess exceptional writing, organizational, communication and computer skills.

Specifically, we are seeking an individual with the following:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to coordinate multiple grant applications, reports, etc. on overlapping deadlines, and see them to completion in a timely and organized fashion;
  • Experience in foundation prospecting and developing relationships with foundation officers;
  • Experience in creating grant budgets and formatting budget reports;
  • Well-organized and self-motivated, with a well-developed capacity to self-direct and work independently;
  • Independent worker with good habits of consulting with others;
  • Innovative and strategic thinker;
  • Experience within the community-engaged arts sector is very helpful;
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two (preferably 5) years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] by Sunday, August 30th.
We regret that only those applicants to be interviewed will be contacted.  
No phone calls please.

The Ring of Fire is Around the Corner!

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We are Hiring Office Coordinator!

Deadline: July 19, 2015

Hours per week: 24
Rate of Pay: $17.00/hour
Start Date: July 27, 2015
Contract Length: 49 weeks

PLEASE NOTE: There are criteria that must be met in order to be eligible for this position, in addition to the qualifications listed below. Before applying, email [email protected] using the subject heading “Office Coordinator” to inquire about the eligibility criteria.

Art Starts inspires and cultivates social change by bringing professional artists and Toronto residents together to create community-building arts projects in all artistic disciplines. We use the arts as a medium for engaging residents, identifying challenges, and collectively working to overcome them. Art Starts’ collaborative approach celebrates communities, creates a shared sense of identity, and responds to local needs in underserved neighbourhoods.

Established in 1992, Art Starts is recognized as one of Toronto’s leading community arts organizations. The Toronto Arts Foundation recognized Art Starts with its 2013 Arts for Youth Award.

The Office Coordinator position is an exciting opportunity to be part of a strong organization and team – supporting committed people who work with Toronto’s underserved neighbourhoods. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual with an extraordinary ability for juggling multiple tasks efficiently, a love for detail and accuracy and a team player who can tackle a job and get it done.

Position Summary: The Office Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the office, assisting with all of the administrative duties and tasks associated with supporting Art Starts programs and personnel.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Office Management
• Oversees and assists with space rental clients
• Oversees reception duties
• Manages the Arts Starts contact database
• Coordinates scheduling of board, team and partner meetings

• Manages housekeeping services and maintenance
• Ensures a high standard of order and tidiness in all common office space
• Manages inventory of office supplies


• Ensures high client and stakeholder service standards are maintained
• Coordinates bulk fundraising mailings, charitable receipts and thank you notes to donors
Programming Initiatives
• Assists as required with administrative support for seasonal program and fundraising events and campaigns
• Responsible for office supplies budget
• Cross-trained in entering accounts payable
• Responsible for receiving and entering cheque donations into the database
• Assists with other finance and administrative duties as required

Undergraduate degree is an asset Minimum 1-2 years experience in a customer service or social service environment is an asset
Ability to work independently and manage a variety of tasks concurrently
Dedicated, enthusiastic & responsible with superior organizational skills and detail orientation
Strong interpersonal and communications (verbal and written) skills; solid grasp of business communications including good written English Strong team player
Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Powerpoint
Ability to troubleshoot technical issues with computers
Comfort and willingness to learn new database systems
Candidate must be available to do occasional evening and weekend work

Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] by Sunday, July 19. We regret that only those applicants to be interviewed will be contacted. No phone calls please.