Development Coordinator

Application Deadline: November 23, 2022

The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is a charitable, cultural organization and is Canada’s largest and longest-running celebration of words and ideas. With a full-time staff of 14, TIFA’s offices and main programming spaces are located at Harbourfront Centre, internationally renowned for its programming in the arts, culture and recreation across a stunning 10-acre site at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront.

TIFA’s vision is to inspire, empower and connect through the art of stories. We do this through literary festivals, programmes, and events that bring together people of all ages (virtually or in person) to celebrate books, stories, authors and artists with a breadth of bold, ambitious, accessible and engaging literary experiences from Toronto, Canada and around the world. TIFA champions the best of Canadian and international publishing generating conversations, partnerships and collaborations, and fosters new thinking about what it means to be living in today’s world. The year-round programme includes our 11-day flagship Festival each September, the MOTIVE Crime & Mystery Festival (launched in June 2022), Toronto Lit UP an annual programme spotlighting Toronto writers, TIFA Book Club, plus a year-round programme of events, projects and partnerships.

Under the dynamic leadership of Roland Gulliver, TIFA has embarked on a range of strategic and creative ambitions, working with diverse audiences and communities, building strong partnerships and connections with community leaders and organizations at city; alongside presenting some of the best authors and artists from around the world. It’s an exciting time to join our evolving organization and growing team.

We are currently looking for a dynamic, creative, detail-oriented and organized Development Coordinator to manage the administrative processes of the Development department, including the stewardship and benefit fulfillment of patrons and partners, communication and reporting with funders and prospects, research and event support.


Position Title: Development Coordinator

Reporting To: Head of Development

Type of Employment: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Location: Toronto



• Manages the administrative duties of the Development department, including appropriate and timely tracking, stewardship and benefit fulfillment of patron and partner benefits.
• Works with departmental colleagues in developing and implementing engagement and relationship management strategies
• Maintains and manages communication with funders and prospects.
• Oversees partnership acknowledgement requirements, ensuring these are met.
• Builds and maintains long-term relationships with internal and external stakeholders, funders, and partners.
• Supports cultivation and stewardship activities and events.
• Assist Development team with research associated with funding opportunities.
• Manage highly confidential financial information.
• Use Tessitura for database management.
• Attends weekly staff meetings and special events as required.
• Assists with the preparation and execution of events as required.
• Assists with other event related work as required.


• University or college degree or diploma, with 3 years of professional experience, preferably in the arts and culture non-profit sector.
• Experience with donor and ticketing databases (Tessitura experience is an asset).
• Excellent communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills, interpersonal and relationship management skills, including working with volunteers.
• Results-oriented, works well both independently and as part of a team.
• Highly organized, accurate and detail oriented.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and an ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
• A willingness to work occasional evening and weekends, as required.
• Knowledge and passion of arts and culture an asset
• Flexibility to work evenings and weekends on occasion and as required.
• Must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Non-Canadian applicants must have a valid employment Visa and proper documentation authorizing their ability to work in Canada.
• This role is based in Toronto. The incumbent must be able to work at our downtown location. A hybrid work model might be considered.
• TIFA recognizes its heightened duty to protect employees from health and safety risks during the current pandemic. As such, an offer of employment shall be conditional on proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine series approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization.



Our Values

We’re friendly, welcoming and inclusive, with an experimental attitude that thrives on collaboration.

To achieve our bold ambition we empower and support imaginative risk and we always try to learn from our mistakes.

We are committed to excellence in all we do, ensuring every visitor encounter is safe, memorable and enriching.

We value and respect each other and all our visitors, celebrating difference and striving to realise potential.

How To Apply

TIFA values and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in our teams, creative communities, programmes and services. We invite qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Acceptable applications must include a current resume and a cover letter outlining the qualifications and experience that you would bring to the position.

Qualified applicants can submit their candidacy by contacting by no later than November 23, 2022. Please quote TIFA -Development Coordinator in the subject line of the application.

We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.