Job Posting

Director of Development, The Black Academy

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development leads and executes the fundraising initiatives of The Black Academy.  The Director of Development works with the ED, founders, staff, and consultants to envision and implement the organization’s short- and long-term fundraising goals and aligns these goals with the mission of The Black Academy. The Director of Development develops and executes fundraising plans; engages corporate sponsors, government funders, granting agencies, & philanthropic donors, and proactively cultivates new supporters.


  • Plans, executes, and evaluates fundraising campaigns and activities according to established goals.
  • Cultivates and fosters relationships with sponsors, donors, and granting agencies.
  • Researches and completes funding applications.
  • Identifies and stewards prospective donors.
  • Creates solicitation materials for fundraising purposes.
  • Provides leadership to staff.
  • Fosters a collaborative and diverse work environment.
  • Answering donor and staff inquiries in a timely fashion.
  • Builds out comprehensive donor database.
  • Recruits, trains, and oversees fundraising volunteer leaders.
  • Stays on top of fundraising trends and the not-for-profit community.


  • 5-10 years experience as a senior fundraiser in the non-profit sector, preferably in a culture-related field.
  • Experience developing, directing, and executing a successful fundraising campaign.
  • Demonstrated success in grant-writing.
  • Strong knowledge of arts councils and funding agencies in Canada.
  • Proven ability to cultivate and service new and existing donors.
  • Outstanding skills in project management and strategic thinking; ability to multi-task, prioritize, and schedule tasks.
  • Exceptional presentation and relationship management skills.
  • Community-Centric Fundraising experience (CCF) considered a plus.
  • Proven ability to foster a collaborative and diverse work environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer-service skills.
  • Exceptional knowledge of and contacts across the Black community in Canada

Additional information
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes health and dental benefits. The job entails working 40 hours per week with some evenings and weekends.

The Black Academy recognizes the importance of intersectional identities in our hiring and retention. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as Black.

How to Apply:
Please forward covering letter and resume to

Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 12, 2023
Start Date: 
Monday, July 10, 2023
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Graduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

The Black Academy

Morgan Blades
3190 Harvester Road
STE 202
Burlington, ON L7N 3T1

The Black Academy is a permanent, year-round Canadian organization that operates at the intersection of Black popular culture and social justice. It is dedicated to dismantling anti-Black racism 365 days a year and building lasting, systemic change. This mission is upheld by four pillars: CELEBRATE We celebrate established and emerging Black talent within our communities and share our successes across the nation. Give Black Canadians their flowers in their lifetime. CONNECT We create spaces for Black Canadians to gather, network, share knowledge, and celebrate, igniting new connections and fresh ideas. We strengthen the bonds that bind our communities. INSPIRE Across everything we do, we inspire young people and the generations to come, to strive for excellence. You can’t be it if you can't see it. EDUCATE We light pathways to new career opportunities for Black Canadians through knowledge-sharing and training programs. Knowledge is power.