Manager, Development and Strategic Partnerships

Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

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The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1884 as The Hamilton Orchestral Society and grew to become one of Canada’s major professional orchestras.

Today, the HPO is a leader in Hamilton’s robust arts community where it provides professional orchestral services and music education programs to address the needs of the community. The HPO continues to commission and premiere works and is one of the artistic jewels of the Hamilton/Burlington area. The combined musical talents of its artists continue to enrich the community and enhance the quality of life for its residents.

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is committed to enriching and serving the cultural life of the region. In addition to our mainstage concert series at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place), new programming such as the annual What Next Festival of New Music and Concerts in the City bring the live orchestral experience to a broader range of people. As a key contributor to the development of a vibrant downtown, and a resource for the city in attracting and retaining the creative class, the HPO is an important part of the community.


The Manager, Development and Strategic Partnerships is responsible for designing and executing strategies that support the revenue generation goals of the HPO. Working in collaboration with the Development Associate and Marketing Coordinator, the Manager will develop, implement and track the annual development plan, while successfully soliciting and cultivating financial support through donations, sponsorships, foundations and strategic partnerships.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • In collaboration with the Development Associate and Executive Director, creating, managing and implementing the Development Plan to achieve annual and long-term revenue goals

  • Writing grant applications and tracking grant revenue and affiliated programming

  • Maintaining and implementing the grants calendar, ensuring timely submissions of applications in collaboration with other staff, including proposals and reports for foundations, government agencies and sponsors

  • Working with communications staff to ensure fundraising communications are implemented, including direct mail campaigns, email and social campaigns, as well as printed donor updates and phone calls

  • Overseeing development campaign tracking and reporting, producing regular progress reports

  • Cultivating relationships with funders, including donors, representatives from foundations and corporations, and community partners

  • Cultivate and steward new support from current and prospective donors and corporate partners

Strategic Partnerships

  • Creating meaningful partnerships across a broad spectrum of community-based organizations to meet the goals of the HPO

  • Meeting with current and prospective community partners on projects related to strategic partnerships

  • Developing innovative collaborations that contribute to our revenue generation goals, including working with sold service clients and other community partners interested in hiring the orchestra

Other Duties

  • Attend performances and donor events

  • Act as HPO representative at community events

  • Perform additional duties as required



  • Previous development/fundraising experience is required

  • Experience with a CRM database is preferred

  • Strong background in writing and communications

  • Knowledge and/or interest in orchestral music is considered an asset

  • Knowledge of not-for-profit environment is considered an asset

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to Diana Weir, Executive Director, at by Monday, September 9, 2019. No phone calls please.

Posted on August 26