Job Posting

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir - Development Director

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir invites suggestions, referrals, and expressions of interest in the position of Development Director

The Position:                

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir is seeking an experienced fund-raiser to fill the full-time position of Development Director.

The Development Director serves as the primary fund-raising officer for Tafelmuisk, responsible for the oversight, planning, and implementation of a comprehensive plan to broaden the donor base and increase overall financial support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government. 

The Development Director reports directly to William Norris, the Managing Director and is part of the senior management team. Tafelmusik’s annual operating budget is approximately $5 million. The current annual fund-raising goal for contributed revenue is approximately $1.2 million.   Direct reports to the Development Director include an Associate Director of Philanthropy, a Front of House, Volunteer & Events Manager, an Office Coordinator and Development Assistant, and a shared Marketing and Development Associate.       

Duties and responsibilities of the Development department include:

Financial Planning: Creating and implementing the annual fund-raising goals and expense budget, and the development of the strategies for achieving them, as well as providing budget updates and reports;

Research: Researching new prospects for individual, corporate, and foundation support;

Board Liaison: Working with the Board of Directors to generate excitement and participation in development activities;

Donor Management and Relations:  Serving as a liaison between Tafelmusik and its contributors; organizing and attending donor events and receptions; planning and executing annual fund appeals; working to improve Tafelmusik’s Patron program, the Continuo Circle; stewarding corporate sponsors and individual donors; and enhancing the planned giving program.

Writing and Communications: Assisting with grant applications, writing foundation proposals, development packages, letters, and press releases. 

Fund-raising Events: Working with board members and other volunteers to plan and implement annual fund-raising events.


Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979 by Kenneth Solway and Susan Graves and led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon from 1981 to 2017 is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The orchestra performs over 100 concerts a year, with a home season in Toronto of more than 50 performances.  Music Director Designate Elisa Citterio will join Tafelmusik in August of 2017.  This is an important moment of renewal for Tafelmusik, with a new Strategic Plan and artistic vision.

Tafelmusik tours extensively around the world, has released over 80 CDs and has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik Media, Tafelmusik’s multi-platform recording label, was launched in January 2012.  Its full range of activities includes many artist training initiatives, the Close Encounters Chamber Series, and an innovative audience development project, Haus Musik.

The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in baroque performance practice and vocal technique, was formed in 1981 to complement the orchestra. Under the direction of Ivars Taurins, the choir has been praised for its clarity and brilliance. In addition Tafelmusik enjoys a major artistic partnership with Toronto’s Opera Atelier which specializes in 17th- and 18th-century opera.

Tafelmusik recently completed an ambitious $3 million project to revitalize its home performance venue, Toronto’s Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. This has included major acoustic enhancements as well as significant physical improvements to the hall in the areas of audience comfort, sightlines, and the aesthetics of the space, the installation of permanent stage, and improved accessibility.

Required Professional Skills and Abilities:

We seek an individual with 7+ years of experience in fund-raising, preferably in a cultural organization; a bachelor’s or master’s degree; and a thorough grounding in all aspects of fund-raising including major gifts, planned giving, capital and annual fund campaigns, corporate sponsorships; event coordination, and board development.  A demonstrable enthusiasm for classical music would be important in working in this collaborative environment.     

The position requires strong interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills and an entrepreneurial approach to development planning.  Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills and the ability to work with committees, funders, sponsors, and individual donors are important.

Application Process:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Deadline for applications: Friday, August 11, 2017.   Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter with a list of references, and salary expectations to:

Margaret Genovese

Senior Partner

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates

77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103

Toronto, Ontario M5B 2J7

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Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 11, 2017
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates

Margaret Genovese
1103 - 77 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2J7

Over the past thirty years, Senior Partners Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof have built one of North America’s leading arts/cultural management consulting firms. GV&A has an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective planning, capital campaigns, successful facility development, and dramatic improvement to contributed and earned revenue. The firm’s clients range from the continent’s largest ballet and opera companies, theaters, museums, art galleries and orchestras, to highly specialized cultural organizations such as modern dance companies, folk festivals, theaters for young audiences, science museums, performing arts facilities, historic theaters, living history museums, arts service organizations and government agencies. All partners and associates have been on the front lines and have impressive personal track records managing cultural institutions, bringing to clients an invaluable breadth and depth of practical experience with strong strategic focus. The firm has a comprehensive knowledge of the North American cultural industry’s best practices, balanced by practical understanding of what is realistically achievable for each unique client institution in its specific operating environment.