Manager of Grants and Development

Date Posted: Jul 22, 2019
Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019
Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Salary Range: Other
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Downtown Toronto
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Ashkenaz Foundation

Founded in 1995, the Ashkenaz Foundation is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of Yiddish and Jewish culture through the arts. Through its internationally-renowned, biennial “Ashkenaz Festival,” and an expanding slate of year-round programming, Ashkenaz showcases the work of leading contemporary artists from Canada and around the world working in all artistic disciplines. Ashkenaz’s mandate and programming encompasses a vast range of pan-Jewish music and art, including Sephardic, Ladino and Mizrachi traditions, and also strongly emphasizes fusion and cross-cultural exchange with artists from outside Jewish cultural traditions. Ashkenaz places a strong emphasis on local and emerging talent, as well as on education and community outreach. Ashkenaz forges partnerships with other entities and like-minded organizations in areas of overlapping interest or cause. Ashkenaz is supported by a large and loyal pool of private donors, as well as by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and all levels of government.

Job Description

The Ashkenaz Foundation, Canada’s leading presenter of contemporary Jewish music, art and culture, invites passionate professionals to apply for the position of Manager of Grants and Development. This is a senior staff position reporting to, and working in tandem with, the Artistic and Managing Directors. The Manager of Grants and Development is responsible for creating and implementing an overall development strategy and ensuring revenue targets are met. The Manager of Grants and Development oversees corporate and business sponsorships/partnerships, manages grant submissions (public and private), identifies and stewards community partnership opportunities, and maintains the Raiser’s Edge database. Priorities for the upcoming cycle, (culminating with the 13th Ashkenaz Festival in early September 2020) will include: managing reports/submissions for existing public grant funding, as well as identifying and applying to new funding programs; pursuit of increased corporate and business sponsorships; creation of new fundraising materials, methodologies and events/initiatives; and overall diversification of Ashkenaz revenue streams through identifying new public, private and foundation funding opportunities.


The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following qualities:
  • a minimum BA degree in fundraising/development, business administration, or arts management
  • 3-7 years relevant work experience, preferably in arts/non-profit sector or Jewish community
  • experience in writing grant applications (public and private)
  • superior writing and communication skills
  • excellent social skills and comfort with public speaking
  • familiarity and skill with contemporary computer programs and web-based business tools
  • energetic, positive, outgoing, self-directed, detail-oriented, passionate, collaborative; an out-of-the-box thinker willing to go the extra mile to achieve highest-possible results

Additional Info:

Start date: ASAP
Salary: to be discussed


How to Apply:

Information Required: Cover letter, CV with 3 references.
Applicants should email submissions in .doc or .pdf format to:
Managing Director, Samantha Parnes
The Ashkenaz Foundation thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
Applicants are encouraged to visit before applying.  We are searching for a candidate who understands the scope of our work and is highly dedicated and passionate about our mission.


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