Call for Development Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
  • Job title: Development Assistant
  • Organization name: Shakespeare in Action
  • Job location: York, Ontario
  • Length of assignment: 2021-06-07 to 2022-03-26 (43 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $17.00
  • Hours: 30 hours/week
  • Deadline to apply: May 15th, 2021

For more than 30 years, Shakespeare in Action (SIA) has made the language and stories of Shakespeare accessible, fun, and relevant to young audiences across the GTA through productions and interactive workshops in schools, libraries, and community centres. In 2019, SIA became the resident professional theatre company at the Artscape Weston Common, in Toronto’s Weston community. Since our move, we have begun to shift our mission and vision to focus on growing a sustainable and culturally-diverse performing arts ecology in northwest Toronto.

SIA seeks to hire a Development Assistant, who will play a pivotal role in SIA’s transformation in 2021 as we seek to grow relationships with donors and partners to support free and accessible performing arts programs for neighbourhood children and youth.


The Development Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining and improve donor relations by ensuring accurate and timely handling, processing, receipting, and acknowledgment of donations and gifts
  • Entering and revising donor information in CRM, and creating monthly reports for board on donation progress
  • Generate customized queries and reports
  • Respond to donors’ concerns with discretion, insight, tact and sensitivity.
  • Support the General Manager and Artistic Director to successfully cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospects to meet the fundraising goals of SIA
  • Use template text to fill in information in grant and sponsorship applications
  • Support fundraising event for donors in December


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills or qualifications:

  • A minimum of 1 year direct related experience working in a non-profit organization or charity,
  • Demonstrated experience in data entry and collection
  • Familiarity with gift processing and/or fundraising principles
  • Knowledge of CRA guidelines an asset
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Google applications (Docs, Sheets, Forms)
  • Strong focus and attention to detail along with high degree of accuracy
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to take initiative, and develop and implement process improvements
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities and meet strict deadlines
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid customer service skills with the ability to build and foster reliable work relationships within a diverse work environment
  • A passion for theatre, and community engaged arts
  • A relationship with Weston and/or northwest Toronto (an asset)


SIA is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people; disabled people; youth; and members of other equity seeking groups. SIA also prioritizes candidates that live, work, and/or have a relationship with the diverse communities in northwest Toronto, including but not limited to: Weston, Mount Dennis, Rockcliffe-Smythe, Pelham, and Rexdale.

SIA also understands that candidates may not have all of the skills listed above. We are dedicated to providing training and support in any of these skills to passionate and qualified candidates.


Candidates must be eligible to work through the Young Canada Works program. Click here for the eligibility criteria and for instructions on how to apply.