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About Design Exchange

Design Exchange, a registered charity and not-for-profit organization funded by its members and donors, is Canada's only cultural institution dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. At the crossroads of multiple disciplines, from furniture and architecture to graphics and fashion, our exhibitions, talks, workshops, and youth education programs are curated to reflect the popular zeitgeist and contemporary culture while demonstrating the relevance and importance of design to everyday life. We are committed to delivering accessible design experiences and education and we aim to provide the tools necessary to connect design learning to the ordinary and extraordinary.

In 2017, DX will launch EDIT: Expo for Design Innovation and Technology, a 10 day biennale world-scale international design festival, that will explore the intersection of design, architecture, innovation, and technology in shaping our future for the better.



Development Manager


Design Exchange is seeking to fill the full-time position of Development Manager who will provide fundraising and development services. The Development Manager will report to the President + CEO, work closely with full-time members of the DX team and outside service agencies, and manage part-time staff, interns, and volunteers.


Job Responsibilities

Plan, implement, and evaluate an annual integrated development program to generate funds from public and private sources including but not limited to:


  • Conduct membership drives.

  • Initiate annual giving campaign.


  • Identify and meet with potential major gift donors.

  • Prepare custom proposals and pitch.

  • Secure prospects and ensure donor recognition.  


  • Identify corporate sponsorship opportunities.

  • Develop custom proposals and pitch.

  • Secure and activate sponsorships.

  • Liaise with sponsors and complete sponsor reports.


  • Identify relevant grant opportunities from all levels of government.

  • Prepare grant applications

  • Conduct meetings with government representatives

  • Prepare and submit post-grant final reports.


  • Prepare custom pitch documents/packages for the President + CEO as required.

  • Support and collaborate with programming department.

  • Support and collaborate with board members: specifically, the Fundraising & Development Committee and non-standing fundraising event committees.

  • Identify and establish community partnerships.

  • Represent the DX as required and oversee stewardship activities.

  • Assist in annual planning and budgeting process.

  • Generate sufficient fundraising to implement and sustain annual DX programs.

  • Other duties as assigned from time-to-time as is consistent with a small team within a design museum


Job Requirements

  • A passion for the mandate and work of DX and strong knowledge of the design sector.

  • Related post-secondary degree / diploma in a relevant discipline.

  • A minimum of three years of sponsorship sales and/or fundraising experience, ideally in the design, private-sector and / or socially innovative not-for-profit sectors.  

  • A solid understanding of the interrelationship between content, marketing, and sales.

  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills.

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.   

  • The ability to manage, prioritize, and adapt to multiple and changing priorities.

  • Detail oriented with a positive attitude.

  • Strong working knowledge of Apple computers, Microsoft Office Suite.

  • An existing network of relationships and contacts is beneficial

This job requires cold calling.


How To Apply

Please reply with cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to nina@dx.org before Monday, December 5, 2016 @ 5pm.

No phone calls, mail submissions, or faxes please. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.




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