Employment Opportunity: Development Events Manager

Position Summary

Closing on: Monday, December 2, 2019
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: Immediately
Employment Type: full-time
Start date: as soon as possible
Reporting to: Senior Director of Development

MOCA Toronto opened in its new 55,000 square foot home in the Junction Triangle on September 22, 2018. Under the joint leadership of Artistic Director, November Paynter and Managing Director, Rachel Hilton, the new MOCA Toronto is a place of conversation, exchange and exploration where visitors of all ages and backgrounds can be part of a global creative moment.

MOCA welcomes visitors to three phases of exhibitions a year featuring work from Canadian and world-recognized artists that explores the themes of our time. Located on Sterling Road, in the culturally rich Junction Triangle community, the museum is housed on the first five floors of the historic Tower Automotive Building, a former aluminium factory known for its unique architecture.

The evolution of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada is made possible through a unique alliance with Castle Point Greybrook Sterling Inc., public sector funders, private donors, members, sponsors and a network of cross-sectoral partners.

Position Summary

The Development Events Manager provides critical day-to-day operational leadership in the sustainability, functionality and growth of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada’s (MOCA Toronto) signature events and donor stewardship and cultivation events.

The Development Events Manager will support the Development Team, currently comprised of a Senior Director of Development, Development Associate, Membership Officer and Development Assistant, enabling the optimization of their strategies to recruit, sustain and enhance relationships with institutional and individual donors, members and other stakeholders.

The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues across departments as well as the Board and committee-level volunteers. They will work closely with the Senior Director of Development to oversee event management via a CRM platform and the coordination of high-quality event-based programming.

This position is ideal for a self-starter who is motivated by exceptional customer service and has three or more years of managing high-profile fundraising events and reaching ambitious revenue targets and KPIs.


  • Support the development of and coordinate the revenue generation, marketing, evaluation, reporting and stewardship strategies for MOCA Toronto’s events portfolio, including an annual gala, fundraising parties, receptions and tours
  • Coordinate day-to-day event management, developing and delivering an event strategy in concert with MOCA staff, partners and suppliers
  • Adhere to set event timelines, budgetary parameters and legal, best practice and contractual compliance
  • Monitor, evaluate and act on feedback and post-event survey results to ensure MOCA Toronto supporters receive an outstanding events experience
  • Negotiate best deals and obtain value for money from events suppliers while maintaining goodwill and cooperation among suppliers and partners
  • Work across departments to coordinate a programme of innovative, exciting and high-value receptions and events
  • Work with the marketing team to implement event marketing and promotion to maximize fundraising potential
  • Conduct prospect identification, research and proposal/report writing as requested
  • Coordinate the participation of colleagues across the organization in MOCA’s event portfolio


  • Process financial contributions and receipts and continuously monitor event expenses and revenues
  • Ensure the timely acknowledgement of all MOCA Toronto event sponsors and donors including correspondence as well as print, web and on-site signage recognition
  • Maintain accurate records in organizational constituent relationship management database
  • Track event-related activity and interactions
  • Ensure privacy and data quality controls
  • Produce reports as requested


  • Support departmental evaluation and reporting strategies
  • Contribute to annual and longer-term development strategies
  • Participate on Board, ad-hoc and internal committees
  • Maintain strong working relationships with members, staff and volunteers of MOCA Toronto
  • Represent MOCA Toronto in the greater cultural, philanthropic and professional communities
  • Actively research and keep up-to-date on portfolio-relevant trends, innovations and technologies
  • Be an informed member of Development team, make creative connections between people, projects and programs to increase revenues and membership engagement
  • Participate in and support additional fundraising initiatives and/or organizational projects as required


Experience and Skills

  • A minimum of three years of hands-on experience in overseeing high-profile fundraising events reaching six-to-seven-figure revenue targets
  • Proven ability to successfully develop, cultivate, solicit, close, and steward sponsors and major donors
  • Outstanding social and relationship management skills
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven strength in working with complex budgets and creating financial reports
  • Highly adept in working with relational databases and/or CRM platforms, preferably Tessitura and ArtifaxEvent
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Experience working with board and committee-level volunteers is considered a strong asset
  • Experience working at multi-stakeholder, not-for-profit is considered an asset

Personal Attributes

  • Professional and polished
  • Social and personable
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • A strong multitasker
  • An agile problem solver
  • Thrives in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Proactive, demonstrates initiative
  • Takes ownership and is accountable
  • Interest in contemporary art

Please answer the candidate pre-screening questions and submit your CV and cover letter using the following link: http://bit.ly/deveventsmgr

Your CV and cover letter must be submitted as one pdf document.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and is committed to diversity in the workplace.