Major Gifts Officer, Arts Umbrella

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada · Arts Umbrella


Arts Umbrella is where young artists ages 2–22 cultivate their creativity in Dance, Theatre, and Visual Arts. As a non-profit organization for arts education, we believe that art is powerful. Powerful enough to change kids’ lives in incredible ways. When young people connect with the arts, they gain self-confidence, develop self-discipline, and discover creative expression—things they carry with them for life. Arts Umbrella has four locations in Vancouver and Surrey, as well as donor-funded programs at schools, community centres, neighbourhood houses, and healthcare facilities across Metro Vancouver. We reach close to 21,000 students every year, with nearly 80% participating at little to no cost.

Now celebrating its 40th year, Arts Umbrella will be moving into the South Building of the former Emily Carr University of Art + Design on Granville Island in late 2019. This exceptional opportunity will allow Arts Umbrella to further our vision for a better world where all young lives are inspired to pursue a lifelong journey towards self-expression, compassion, and humanity. It is our mission to be Canada’s leader in arts education for young people; to build community and deliver profound life experiences through our commitment to innovation, excellence, and inclusivity. Arts Umbrella is an organization full of heart, where self-expression and creativity are valued and nurtured.

The opportunity

Reporting to the Manager, Leadership Giving, and working collaboratively to contribute to the success of the entire Development team, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for securing Major Gifts for Arts Umbrella.

The Major Gifts Officer manages a portfolio of approx. 150-250 donors (individuals, corporations, foundations and government), and is involved in building the prospect pipeline, including prospect identification, research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors ($5,000+).

Key responsibilities include, but not limited to the following:


Here is what you bring

Our Major Gifts Officer has the proven ability to multi-task successfully in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of attention to detail, superb organizational skills and the following must have qualifications:


Arts Umbrella offers an excellent work environment, and a competitive compensation and benefit package.

How to apply

If you have what it takes and are looking for a great opportunity to work within a forward-thinking organization, please apply through the link below by August 14. (Please upload your cover letter and resume as a single PDF document.)

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