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JOB TITLE: Development Officer

DEADLINE: Rolling, until the position is filled

Location: Toronto, Canada (mostly virtual with occasional in-person requirements to support events and other organizational needs)

Position Type: 20 hours per week, salaried

Salary: $30,000/year plus benefits

Start Date: As soon as possible

About The Disability Collective:

The Disability Collective (TDC) is the only fully disability-led performing arts organization in Toronto. Dedicated to celebrating and showcasing work created solely by disabled artists, TDC strives to de-stigmatize disability and challenge perceptions of disability by providing disabled artists with paid opportunities to share their work in a variety of forms, along with actively advocating for and improving accessibility and inclusion in the Canadian arts community by providing disability consultation services. We are committed to strengthening the disability community's presence in the arts and creating a space where disabled artists can connect and grow their practices together.

Position Overview:

The Disability Collective is seeking a passionate and driven Development Officer to join our dynamic team. The ideal candidate will be committed to advancing the mission of The Disability Collective through strategic fundraising, donor cultivation, and partnership development, and familiar with disability culture. As the Development Officer, you will play a pivotal role in securing financial resources to support The Disability Collective’s programs, initiatives, and long-term sustainability.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Fundraising Strategy: Develop and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies aligned with TDC's mission, vision, and goals. This includes identifying funding opportunities, cultivating relationships with donors, and diversifying revenue streams.

  • Grant Writing and Management: Research, write, and submit grant proposals to government agencies, foundations, and other funding bodies. Manage grant reporting requirements and ensure compliance with grant agreements.

  • Donor Cultivation and Stewardship: Build and maintain relationships with individual donors, corporate sponsors, and institutional funders. Create personalized cultivation plans and stewardship activities to engage donors and enhance their connection to TDC.

  • Special Events and Campaigns: Plan and execute fundraising events, campaigns, and initiatives to raise awareness and support for TDC's mission. Collaborate with the TDC team to develop promotional materials and messaging.

  • Partnership Development: Identify and cultivate strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations, businesses, and community groups. Explore opportunities for collaboration, co-sponsorship, and joint programming to expand TDC's reach and impact.

  • Database Management: Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of donors, prospects, and funding opportunities by establishing a donor management system. Track donor interactions, gifts, and acknowledgments to ensure effective stewardship and follow-up.

  • Reporting and Evaluation: Prepare regular reports on fundraising activities, progress towards goals, and key performance indicators. Evaluate the effectiveness of fundraising strategies and make recommendations for improvement.


  • Bachelor's degree in nonprofit management, fundraising, communications, or related field (or equivalent experience).

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in fundraising, development, or related roles within the nonprofit sector, preferably in the arts.

  • Proven track record of success in securing grants, sponsorships, and major gifts.

  • Excellent writing skills with experience in grant writing, proposal development, and donor communications.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders.

  • Highly organized with exceptional attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Knowledge of and commitment to disability rights, accessibility, and inclusion.

  • Proficiency in donor management software and Google Drive.

  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed for events and meetings.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Nathan Sartore, Managing Director, at with the subject line "Development Officer Application – [Your Name]." Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Disability Collective is committed to reflecting the diversity of our community, and will make every effort to identify and remove any barriers to inclusion. We welcome and encourage submissions from individuals of any ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, colour, country of origin, citizenship status, language, physical and mental ability, size, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or any other characteristics that make our communities and individuals unique. We recognize that disability has a compounded impact on those at the intersection of other marginalized communities, such as Black, Indigenous, and 2LGBTQIA+ communities, people of colour, women and femmes, fat people, religious minorities, and more.

As a disability-led organization, we want to remove any and all barriers and strive to meet all access needs! For access support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at We will work together with all applicants to ensure their access needs are met.

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