Development Assistant

Development · TORONTO, Ontario
Department Development
Employment Type Temporary Part Time Hourly
Minimum Experience Experienced

Employment Opportunity

Development Assistant

TO Live

Toronto, Canada


TO Live has a temporary part time hourly opportunity until August 27, 2021 in its Development department in the role of “Development Assistant”.  This position may be scheduled up to 35 hours per week with the possibility of an extension beyond August 27, 2021.


Reporting to the Director of Development, and/or their designate, the Development Assistant will play an important role in the growth of TO Live’s fundraising department. The role will support stakeholder relations, proposal writing and administration of government and foundation grants and corporate partnerships.


Government Grants (40%)

  • Research and maintain a calendar of grant deadlines.
  • Liaise with relevant internal departments, including finance, programming, and marketing to collect information for grant applications and reports.
  • Assist in writing letters of intent, grant applications, and reports.


Corporate Partnerships & Events (40%)

  • Research, maintain and support the growth of a robust corporate prospects pipeline, including regular identification of leads, cold-calling and proposal tracking.
  • Coordinate sponsor activations and benefit fulfillment.
  • Assist in the preparation of sponsorship decks, proposal, and fulfillment reports.
  • Support the planning and execution of Development special events.


Operations & Administrative Support (20%)

  • Ensure the ongoing maintenance of development files.
  • Manage departmental critical path and calendars.
  • Assume additional responsibilities and undertake special projects as assigned by the Vice President of Development and the Director of Development.




  • Minimum 2 years’ relevant experience, preferably in development, customer service, marketing, sales or arts administration. Preference given to candidates with a history in the performing arts.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Superior organizational and multi-tasking skills, prioritization skills and a precise attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines; strong planning coordinating, and scheduling skills.
  • Ability to learn quickly, take initiative and to work both independently and as part of a new and growing team.
  • Commitment to professional development, AFP Code of Conduct and Donor Bill of Rights.
  • Commitment to a career in Development and arts management preferred.


  • Flexibility in hours and schedules and includes work on nights and weekends as required.
  • Lack of natural light in workplace.
  • Occasional objectionable odours in workplace.
  • Travel between all three TO Live venues as required.
  • The work location and hours of work could change due to operational needs and the prevailing circumstances of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, this role may be required to work remotely from home in accordance with evolving TO Live policy, as amended from time to time.



TO Live is one of Canada’s largest multi-arts organizations, operating three iconic venues: Meridian Hall (formerly the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts), the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and Meridian Arts Centre (formerly the Toronto Centre for the Arts). In addition, TO Live presents a full range of performing arts, theatrical and concert events at these venues in both downtown and uptown Toronto. With these two hubs of creativity and content creation, TO Live has a unique place and perspective to activate creative spaces by inspiring local and international artists, connect audiences and to be the nexus for new ideas, elevate artistic potential, and be the catalyst for creative expression that is reflective of Toronto’s diversity.


Interested applicants should apply through our TO Live careers website at:


No phone calls please. TO Live thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Together with the Toronto Public Service’s (TPS) initiatives, which TO Lives follows and adheres too, TO Live encourages applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized persons/persons of colour, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQ2S persons, and others who may contribute to fostering innovative ideas and solutions.


We ask that you complete the questions provided as part of the online application to assist us in ensuring our recruitment process and programs are equitable and accessible. Your responses are voluntary and the information that you provide is strictly confidential.


We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and a work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Human Resources department will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.


Date Posted:  February 5, 2021

Application Deadline:  February 26, 2021

Start Date: ASAP



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  • Location
    TORONTO, Ontario
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Temporary Part Time Hourly
  • Minimum Experience