Full-Time, two-year contract
(Forty hours per week, flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends)


About the WSO
The mission of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra is to connect people of Windsor and Essex County through the power and passion of music.  A registered charity, the WSO’s focus is on making connections through performance and education.  The desired result is a connected community that views the WSO as essential part of its cultural fabric.  The Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has spanned three generations, with its roots in the boom years of the 1940’s to its present incarnation as the nation’s most dynamic regional orchestra. 


With a professional orchestra of 42 musicians and an operational budget of approximately two million dollars, the WSO provides an extensive program of live music, education and community outreach programs in the Windsor-Essex region.  In the past two years, the WSO has also begun a series of performances in Chatham-Kent. The orchestra’s thirty-three week season runs from September through May.  Musicians also perform special, out-of-season concerts during the summer.  Currently, the WSO reaches more than 10,000 elementary and secondary school students and performs ten to fifteen neighbourhood concerts a year.  The WSO has an active Youth Orchestra and a volunteer Chorus and runs the Windsor Symphony Community Orchestra. The WSO ‘s primary performance venue is the Capitol Theatre in Windsor.  Since 2012, the WSO has also been responsible for the day-today management of the Capitol Theatre through an operating agreement with the City of Windsor, the owner of the building.  The Theatre is centrally located in the City Centre; the Theatre and the WSO are leaders in the animation of an emerging cultural district. 


The WSO is governed by a Board of Directors.  The staff complement of twelve works under the direction of the Executive Director and the Music Director.  The Music Director is responsible for the Artistic Programs of the WSO.  The Executive Director is responsible for the administration and operational support for the Artistic Programs.


On an annual basis, approximately one-third of the funds for operations is generated through fundraising – annual donations, sponsorships and events.  Another third is supported through grants.  Over the past five years, due in large part to a lack of dedicated staff positions, the fundraising results have not grown in line with other revenue sources. However, at the same time, the WSO has realized substantial growth in its Endowment Funds. 


The Position

The creation of the Development Manager position is the second step in the plan to grow the level of contributed income and to continue the growth in Endowment gifts.  In 2018, the WSO hired a Manager of Annual Giving, a part-time position. In filling that position, the WSO now has a solid annual campaign plan and is realizing growth in donations and providing improved donor relationship management.   The WSO now seeks a Development Manager to work with the Executive Director and the Manager of Annual Giving to grow and expand Major Gifts, Sponsorships, Endowment Gifts and the Planned Giving program.  The Development Manager will also be responsible for investigating grants and funding opportunities for annual operations and special projects.



  • College certificate or university diploma in Art Administration or a related discipline.
  • Work experience in fundraising and fund development, preferably with a focus on arts programs
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and practices.
  • Ability to engage others as part of a team.
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational, analytical, and planning skills.
  • Aptitude for the management and effective use of information systems in support of a development program.
  • Knowledge of and experience with MS Office applications.
  • Outstanding problem-solving ability.
  • Capacity to prioritize tasks and projects to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication (bilingual English/French a plus).
  • Knowledge of InDesign an asset
  • Available for day, evening, and weekend as required.


Application Process 
Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and references to:


Windsor Symphony Orchestra
121 University Avenue Windsor, ON N9A 5P4
Re: Job Posting, Development Manager

For more information about the WSO, visit www.windsorsymphony.com


Deadline for applications: Friday, June 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.


Posting May 29, 2019.