Winnipeg Folk Festival: Development Officer, Application Deadline February 1

Winnipeg Folk Festival Job Opportunity

Position Title: Development Officer

Term: Permanent, Full-Time – 35 hours/week

With one of North America's premier outdoor music festivals as its signature event, the Winnipeg Folk Festival is a year-round, not-for-profit arts organization that presents live music and arts events designed to benefit the community.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is seeking a motivated team player with a passion for arts & culture to run its fundraising initiatives and including donor relations, stewardship and grants.

The Development Officer is responsible for the planning and implementation of fundraising activities for the Winnipeg Folk Festival (WFF) including donor relations and grants. The person in this role will establish and maintain effective relationships with funders and donors in order to strengthen and broaden the WFF's base of support. Currently, the portfolio includes endowment funds, annual giving, tribute and memorial giving, major and planned gifts, special campaigns and grants and the following functions:

  • In consultation with the Sponsorship & Development Manager and Executive Director, develop and manage a comprehensive donor relations program to effectively steward the WFF's supporters, setting fundraising strategies, goals and targets, including establishing recognition systems for various levels and types of giving and identifying meaningful opportunities for donors to be engaged in WFF activities
  • Expand the WFF's donor base by establishing a comprehensive identification, cultivation and solicitation process
  • Execute individual giving and special project campaigns, including the coordination of appeals, impact reports, tax receipts and maintenance of donor data through the DonorPerfect database
  • Create and execute all stewardship activities and ensure their fulfillment
  • Lead the preparation and delivery of government, foundation and other grant applications and reports, including operating grants and special project requests
  • Write and provide regular reports to funders, liaising with funding bodies as required
  • Research and identify additional potential sources of funds including government agencies and private foundations

Qualifications & Assets:

  • An energetic and enthusiastic self-starter who thinks strategically and proactively
  • A minimum of 5 years fundraising experience including a strong demonstrated track record in securing individual gifts and grant-writing
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and executing successful fundraising initiatives with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks, deadlines and changing priorities
  • A naturally engaging and collaborative approach to building relationships with donors, volunteers and community members
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills with the ability to persuasively present ideas that will inspire donors, funders and sponsors
  • Strong technical skills including Office 365 and database management (experience using a donor database management system preferred)
  • Relevant post-secondary education or combination of education and experience
  • Experience with event production
  • Passion for music, community and the environment
  • Familiarity with the WFF and its values
  • Familiarity with and positive relationships within the philanthropic community
  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience with an excellent benefit plan and flexible team environment. In accordance with its values, the Winnipeg Folk Festival is committed to an inclusive environment for all staff and will work with any candidates who require accommodation during this confidential process.

Please send resume and cover letter by February 1, 2022 to:

Lynne Skromeda, Executive Director, Winnipeg Folk Festival


We thank all who apply however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.