Access Gallery is Hiring!


Development Specialist
Access Gallery

Access Gallery is an artist-run centre established in 1991, with a vital mandate to support critically-engaged visual artists at early points in their careers. In the past two years, the gallery has undergone transformational change, with a steadfast focus on artistic rigour and on strengthening the long-term sustainability of the organization. Access now seeks a limited-term Development Specialist to take a leading role in stewarding the organization to its next stage of accomplishment and capacity.

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Director/Curator and working closely with the Board of Directors, the Development Specialist is responsible for identifying, implementing, and prioritizing new development strategies and revenue streams, in order to further build the organization’s breadth of sustainable funding and long-term organizational and programmatic support. With a clear view of the organization’s mandate and mission, the Specialist will work to define, build, and steward a community of gallery donors and supporters. The Specialist will be tasked with successfully increasing income garnered from development initiatives, so that the limited-term Specialist position can transition into a permanent, part-time development officer, and will educate Directors and staff so that these practices may be institutionalized for the long term.

• Education in a relevant field
• Minimum 1-3 years experience in a fundraising or communications position in the visual arts or relevant non-profit sector
• Demonstrated success soliciting and securing financial donations within the cultural sector and stewarding a donorship base
• Outstanding writing, editing and communication skills and impeccable attention to detail
• Proven history of effectively functioning in a fast-paced team setting yet also of successfully progressing projects independently
• Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and relevant donor management software
• Must be available for occasional evening and weekend work
• Knowledge of and experience with external communications methods, practices, and techniques an asset
• Experience with artist-run culture an asset

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Identify, develop, and implement donor acquisition strategy in line with Access’ mandate and vision, including the identification of donor/sponsor benefits and providing measures for their fulfillment.
• Manage donor database and train gallery staff on database workings
• Implement systems that enable and anticipate long-term event planning
• Create and maintain a calendar of fundraising/development events, and assist in their production
• Oversee and continually develop donor related web content: website & social media platforms
• Work cooperatively with staff, donors and members of the community
• Exercise good judgment and discretion with donors

If you meet the requirements listed above, please submit a letter of intent and resume to by April 15, 2016.

SALARY: $20-30/hr, commensurate with experience
Limited Term Contract (possibility of extension)
HOURS: 20 hours weekly for 48-52 weeks

Start Date: May 2016
Application Due Date: April 15, 2016

This position is made possible through the generous support of a British Columbia Arts Council Capacity and Sustainability Grant.

Image credit: Guadalupe Martinez, from Across the street, far away, 2014. With help from Pablo Dompe, Jessica Gnyp, Nicolas Gonzalez, Meaghan Kennedy and Emilio Rojas. Performative interventions, recuperated wood, found objects, prints, video. Variable dimensions. Produced for the exhibition Eight Ounces Half a Pound: Guadalupe Martinez, Katherine Soucie, Tommy Ting. June 28-August 9, 2014, Access Gallery.