Development Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
  • Job title: Development Assistant
  • Organization name: Textile Museum of Canada
  • Job location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Length of assignment: 2020-11-16 to 2021-03-31 (19 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $16.00

The Textile Museum of Canada is seeking a highly motivated team player with a friendly disposition for the position of Development Assistant. The Development Assistant will work closely with operations, revenue generation and development staff to execute the Museum’s annual fundraiser, complete research, and assist with grant-writing and reporting. Their position will help the Museum to generate key revenue, sustain relationships with existing donors and create new ones while communicating the vision, mission and mandate of the Textile Museum to targeted diverse audiences. The Development Assistant supports the work of the Textile Museum to increase the funding and visibility of the organization, its programs, and its philanthropic efforts. This position offers active involvement and training in principles of arts administration and management of a midsize cultural organization. Principal duties and responsibilities include the following:

Principal duties and responsibilities include the following:

Support the Executive Director with the philanthropic giving program; including research, grant-writing, and reporting.

Redesign our Annual Fundraiser in line with our COVID-19 safety protocols; transitioning it to a hybrid physical and online format.

Draft fundraising proposals to foundations, corporations, and individuals; assist with budgeting and reporting.

Draft fundraising templates for all upcoming exhibitions and educational programs.

Assist with phone campaigns for donors and members.

Assist with creation and distribution of development materials; including the preparation of development collateral for web content, brochures, marketing, newsletters, campaign communications, etc.

Work to further the goals and objectives of the Museum and participate actively in the life of the institution. Act in a respectful, accountable, and generous manner towards other staff, volunteers, and the general public.


A post-secondary degree program in business, non-profit management or a related field such as communications, public relations or marketing.

Excellent communications, interpersonal, and analytical skills.

Superior verbal and written skills are mandatory, as well as organizational and copy-editing skills, attention to detail, and ability to be self-motivated and disciplined.

Highly proficient with MS Office Suite, and experience with donor database software preferred.

Basic understanding of nonprofit fundraising principals required.

Self-motivated, with the ability to problem solve independently and manage workflows and deadlines without supervision.

Impeccable attention to detail, adaptability, multi-tasking, and time management.

Smart Serve, First Aid and CPR certificates are assets.

Preferred: prior art museum experience and knowledge of museum operations, standards, practices, and procedures.

Additional Info:

This is a full-time Monday to Friday contract position for 19 weeks pending funding approval. The position will be remote for three days a week and onsite for two. The intern will work one Saturday a month. The position requires availability for occasional evenings and holiday hours. Hourly rate: $16. This position is hired through Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (YCW-BCH).

Candidates for BCH internships must:

• be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);

• be legally entitled to work in Canada;

• be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

• must be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

• not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;

• be unemployed or underemployed;

• be a college or university graduate;

• not be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and

• have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.

Note: The requirement that graduates must have graduated within the past 24 months to be eligible to a YCWBCH internship has been removed. You can consult the updated eligibility criteria here.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should email their cover letter, resume, and three references (including email and phone numbers) as a single document attachment to The email subject line should read <title of position applied for> <followed by applicant’s last name>. Kindly note that we will accept no phone calls. We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All candidates must also be registered on the Young Canada Works website (

The Textile Museum of Canada maintains a Board of Trustees approved Anti-Racism, Access, and Equity Policy. Respect, accountability, and a generous manner towards other staff, volunteers, and the general public are requirements for all staff. The Museum is committed to achieving representation of equity-seeking groups on its staff by ensuring that members of said communities have unbiased access to employment. The Textile Museum of Canada is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Textile Museum of Canada

Established in 1975 and originally incorporated as the Canadian Museum of Carpets and Textiles, the Textile Museum of Canada has established itself as a vibrant cultural place that promotes community engagement through our programs and services. Operations are driven by a dedicated Board of Trustees, committee members, and staff of 15 employees, as well as a vital and engaged community of more than 150 volunteers.

As the only national museum in Canada exclusively focused on the study and presentation of textiles from cultures around the world, the Textile Museum of Canada occupies a unique position among other leading cultural institutions in the country. The universality of textiles is at the heart of our work and provides the stimulus and opportunity to engage the surrounding communities as well as thousands of national and international visitors.

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