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JOB POSTING | Development Officer

Job Title: Development Officer

Reports to: General Manager

Duration: Permanent, 3 days per week

Remuneration: Salary, $26,000 to $28,500 per annum.

Location: Green Thumb Theatre Office, Studios.

Deadline: Open until filled

Job Description

Reporting to the General Manager, the Development Officer is primarily responsible for building the organization’s revenue through donations and fundraising efforts. The Development Officer provides support to the General Manager and Artistic Director in identifying donor resources and potential investors/sponsors, raising funds in accordance with budgeted targets, writing proposals for long-term organizational sustainability, applications for funding competitions, as well as creating and maintaining ongoing fundraising systems and procedures, and researching and implementing of funding initiatives.

The Development Officer works collaboratively with other Green Thumb staff members: with the General Manager on fundraising/sponsorship strategy and tactics, the Tour & Company Manager on tour-related funding initiatives, and the Artistic Director on community engagement initiatives.

The Development Officer provides professional support to the General Manager and Artistic Director and acts as an advocate of Green Thumb Theatre to arts professionals, various stakeholders, and the community at large.


Required Performance Competencies

 The Development Officer demonstrates the following competencies:

  • Innovation
  • Delivering Results
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Teamwork and Collaboration


Key Responsibilities


Fundraising and Donor Management

Under the direction of the General Manager

·        Research and regularly monitor donor communication mediums/portals and identify opportunities matching the work of the organization

·        Assist the General Manager in writing concept notes, project ideas, and project proposals and ensure their timely submission

·        Undertake independent research in finding alternative revenue resources for the long-term sustainability of the organization

·        Undertake research and build contacts with potential sponsors and foundation donors

·        Maintain relationships with existing corporate and foundation funders and respond to their requests regularly and keep updating them about the work of the organization

·        Project management of foundation and government grants to include up keep and lead on annual grant calendar

·        Creates, writes, and executes email campaigns, direct mail appeals, and annual campaigns

·        Manages all digital communication with donors relating to e-appeals

·        Review data and create reports to evaluate the effectiveness of fundraising campaigns and support data-driven decisions regarding future initiatives

·        Assist with final reports and ensure their timely submission

·        Research and consider options for a database of donor organizations, as required

·        Maintain and update fundraising program infrastructure to include systems and tools (database)

·        Ability to exercise tact, diplomacy, and cultural sensitivity when interacting with people who hold a diverse range of perspectives, worldviews, and experiences



·        Minimum of three years of relevant professional experience - for example, experience with fundraising and donor relations, arts administration, producing, etc.

·        Excellent communication skills, both written and oral,

·        Comprehensive proficiency in working with Microsoft Office Suite

·        Strong problem-solving skills

·        Works well with goal-oriented outcomes and can achieve these outcomes through collaborative methods, as required

·        Must be familiar with the local and provincial performing arts ecology



·        Experience working in a non-for-profit environment

·        Experience working with CanadaHelps (asset)

·        Experience with Sumac preferred

·        Experience working with Canva or a similar program

·        Experience working with Constant Contact or a similar program

·        Demonstrated success in securing funding at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels

·        Demonstrated success in the development and implementation of individual giving campaigns

·        Demonstrated experience in planning and managing projects, and the ability to execute fundraising marketing campaigns across traditional and digital media


This is a 3 days/week, in-person position; However, remote working options may be considered for the right candidate.

How to apply

Please email a PDF of your cover letter and resume to careers@greenthumb.bc.ca. Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted.

Contact Name: Shannon Maung
Contact Email: careers@greenthumb.bc.ca
Contact Phone: (604) 254-4055

Green Thumb Theatre is actively seeking to dismantle inequity in the theatre sector, and to furthering principles of access, inclusion, and equity in our work. We strongly encourage applications from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals, and welcome members of those communities to self identify as they feel comfortable. Green Thumb also recognizes that artists and contractors are informed by all facets of their identities. We welcome applicants to inform us of their pronouns if they wish, and to include details about how their identity informs their practice and needs as they see fit.


About Green Thumb Theatre

Green Thumb Theatre is a force within the field of theatre for young audiences, not only in British Columbia but across the country and throughout the world. Green Thumb Theatre creates, produces, and tours plays that explore social issues relevant to the lives of children, youth, and young adults. We provide theatre that celebrates the language and stories of today’s generation and culture to stimulate empathy, debate and critical thinking. www.greenthumb.bc.ca


Green Thumb Theatre’s offices are located in the city currently known as “Vancouver”, on the traditional, unceded, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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