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Senior Development Officer (Grants & Government Relations)-Job Ref#16F24

Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture and recreation across a stunning 10-acre site at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront.

For more than 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world by curating over 4000 events annually across its ten-acre site from music festivals to contemporary dance, tocraft and design to sailing lessons. There is something for everyone at Harbourfront Centre, year-round.


Position title: Senior Development Officer (Grants & Government Relations)
Department: Development
Reporting to: Chief Development Officer
Direct reports: n/a
Works with: CDO, CEO, CPO, Director, Corporate Partnerships, Director, Philanthropy, Program Directors and Managers
Salary: To be discussed with potential candidates
Contract term: This is a full-time position with an immediate start

Purpose of the Position:
The Senior Development Officer (Grants & Government Relations) is responsible for all areas related to public sector program funding including: researching and preparing funding applications, increasing and maintaining network of contacts at all levels of government, monitoring contractual obligations, evaluating programs and reporting. In addition, the Officer works with the CEO and CDO to build on existing government relations across all three levels of government.


Revenue Generation

• Prepares applications for government grants at all levels of government for Harbourfront Centre programmes and capital projects by compiling required materials, writing proposals including budgets, meeting guidelines, grant practices and deadlines.
• Researches charitable foundations and accordingly prepares and submits applications to the appropriate foundations for assistance.
• Researches new sources of funding by compiling information and assisting the Chief Executive Officer, CDO and CPO in assessing the priorities of Harbourfront Centre programs.
• Determines feasibility, through research, of securing funding through government grant programs and works with appropriate individuals to expedite applications.
• Prepares proposals, reports and letters.
• Prepares plans and projections for programmes and grants.
• Liaises with program managers to keep them informed of available grants, criteria and objectives of each, application deadlines.

Government Relations

• Initiates, develops and implements a cohesive public affairs strategy to present Harbourfront Centre in a positive light to all levels of government and develops the rationale for ongoing government support of the Centre’s operations.
• Develops an annual communication plan to deliver key messages about the Centre to political and bureaucratic levels of all governmenst and other key stakeholders.
• Initiates and implements an annual strategy to ensure public visibility at the Harbourfront Centre site and beyond for all levels of government, key decision-makers and stakeholders.
• Ensures all marketing vehicles clearly reflect the appropriate recognition for government and stakeholders, working in conjunction with the Marketing & Development Departments.
• Works with the Chief Executive Officer, to create a strategy and advise the Board of Directors about its role in government/ stakeholder relations and works with Board members to ensure its implementation.
• Provides strategic direction regarding the Centre’s overall public image and ensures that all aspects of the Centre’s communication reflect this coherent image.
• Coordinates special projects and provides hospitality to tour groups, consuls and embassies.
• Prepares letters and invitations for events in consultation with other departments.


• Prepares written evaluations, final reports and financial reconciliations of programs for submission to funders, based on criteria and requirements laid out by granting bodies and government departments.
• Tracks deadlines for filing this information to ensure timely receipt of funds.
• Monitors the contractual obligations of public funders and foundations.
• Maintains continuing and active relationships between Harbourfront Centre and its funders, keeping them informed of Harbourfront Centre priorities and objectives, and vice-versa.
• Attends receptions, conferences, meetings and special events to represent Harbourfront Centre with public sector funders.


• 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.


• Post secondary degree in a related field and a minimum of 7 years experience in grants and government relations
• Superior communication skills, verbal and written, to deal with governments at all levels and prepare proposals for funding.
• Knowledge of government grant structure is required to adhere to requirements to obtain funding.
• Exceptional interpersonal and relationship management skills to liaise with government officials, consuls and embassies.
• 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)

Acceptable Applications must include:
• A current resume
• Responses indicating how you meet each of the listed skills and requirements
• A cover letter including salary expectations

Qualified applicants are invited to apply by: December 15th, 2016

Please quote Job Reference #16F24-ET to:

Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.


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