Development Manager, Nordic Bridges - Harbourfront Centre

Posted on:
September 9, 2019
Apply by:
September 13, 2019

Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned artistic, educational and recreational programming across a stunning ten-acre site at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 45 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world by curating thousands of 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.



Position Title: Development Manager, Nordic Bridges

Department: Development

Reporting to: Senior Development Officer, Grants and Government Relations

Key Relationships: Chief Development Officer, Chief Programming Officer, Director of Cultural Engagement, Nordic and Canadian partners     

Type of Employment: Contract

Start Date: October 1, 2019

End Date: March 31, 2022

Summary of Function:

In 2021, Canada will be the host country for the Nordic initiative initiated by the Nordic Council of Ministers, and Harbourfront Centre is the lead organization on this initiative.

From December 2020 – December 2021, in partnership with arts organizations across Canada, “Nordic Bridges” will include multidisciplinary programming and cultural conversations in cities including Halifax, Iqaluit, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.

The Development Manager for Nordic Bridges is responsible for all areas related to program funding for the Nordic Bridges Project. This includes: researching and preparing funding applications and proposals, increasing and maintaining project-related development contacts, and reporting.


Revenue Generation

  • Prepares applications for grants at all levels for the Nordic Bridges project by compiling required materials, writing proposals including budgets, meeting guidelines, grant practices and deadlines.
  • Researches corporate and philanthropic foundations and accordingly prepares and submits applications.
  • Researching and securing corporate sponsorship opportunities
  • Researches new sources of funding by compiling information and assisting the Senior Development Officer in assessing priorities.
  • Determines feasibility, and works to expedite applications.
  • Prepares proposals, reports and letters. 
  • Prepares plans and projections.
  • Liaises with Nordic Bridges program managers to keep them informed of available opportunities, criteria and objectives of each, and deadlines.
  • VIP event support



  • Other duties as assigned


Workplace Health and Safety

  • All 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.


Skills & Requirements 

Essential Criteria

  • A minimum of 5 years in development, corporate fundraising, diplomatic relations, or project/event management
  • Superior communication skills, verbal and written
  • Knowledge of government grant structure and corporate community engagement
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Experience in managing both the political and bureaucratic levels of government and comprehensive knowledge of government process
  • Strong math skills and solid knowledge of budgets, basic accounting/ financial understanding, ability to make financial projections, create and reconcile budgets.  
  • Good computer skills and knowledge of various applications (Microsoft Office Suite, spreadsheets and databases)


Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of Nordic artistic and cultural sector


Working Conditions

  • Job may involve evening and weekend hours, as well as some travel

Acceptable applications must include:

  • A current resume
  • Responses indicating how you meet each of the essential criteria
  • A cover letter including salary expectations

Qualified applications are invited to apply by:  September 13TH, 2019

Please quote Job Reference # 19FC22-ET


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.

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