Opportunities at TBA

The Toronto Biennial of Art is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all of our work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and to build diversity into our teams, creative communities, and programs. All open positions will be posted below. Check back periodically or follow our LinkedIn channel for updates on postings. 


Position Overview
Job Title: Manager, Institutional Giving
Role Type: Full time, contract
Contract Length: 18 Months, with the opportunity to renew or extend
Salary: $60,000­–$70,000/year
Benefits: For 1 year or more: a Health Savings Account is provided after completing the probationary period.

Application Deadline: March 17th, 2023.

The Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) is seeking a full-time Manager, Institutional Giving. The Manager, Institutional Giving is responsible for achieving revenue targets and growth in giving from institutional funders including government bodies and foundations. Reporting to the Director of Development, this role will lead the identification, cultivation and stewardship of these relationships including prospect research, grant writing and reporting.

Roles and Responsibilities

Revenue Generation & Grant Management

  • Lead the creation of government and foundation grant applications, proposals and letters of interest in collaboration with the Director of Development
  • Prepare external budgets, work plans, and deliverables for grant applications and proposals in collaboration with colleagues across the organization
  • Ensure timely and appropriate reporting and impact metrics are shared with institutional funders
  • Monitor and execute grant administration: oversee timelines, deliverables, reporting and recognition requirements
  • Support government relations activities that are tied to revenue generation opportunities and government stakeholder stewardship
  • Update and maintain donor database (Salesforce) and electronic files and records in a timely manner

Prospect Research & Management

  • Identify grant prospects including government bodies, foreign institutions, and foundations in consultation with the Director of Development


  • Lead with curiosity, proactively learning about TBA’s work in order to effectively support fundraising priorities
  • Work collaboratively with Development colleagues to achieve collective fundraising results that meet annual goals

Desired Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years of development experience preferably focused on government and foundations
  • Demonstrated success in the preparation of, writing of, and administration of foundation, institutional, and/or government grants
  • Knowledge of the arts sector in Canada an asset
  • Exceptional and persuasive communicator with superior writing and speaking skills
  • Meticulous attention to and care for detail
  • Experienced with donor recognition and stewardship practices, with a strong understanding of and respect for the donor experience
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple priorities as evidenced by excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Skilled project manager with the ability to oversee complex projects and deliverables
  • Proven commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and practices of anti-racism and anti-oppression in the workplace
  • Superior computer literacy in Google Office Suite and Microsoft Office
  • Experience using donor or CRM databases is an asset
  • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends to support donor events
  • Flexibility and team player attitude
  • Professionalism, good judgment and discretion
  • Willingness and curiosity to learn

Location: Our offices are located at 158 Sterling Road in Toronto.

Other Benefits:

  • Hybrid working arrangements
  • Annual winter holiday office closure
  • Professional development allotment
  • Optional monthly arts and culture outings during work hours
  • 10 sick days and 3 personal days annually
  • 2 weeks’ vacation

To Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to opportunities@torontobiennial.org with the subject line Manager, Institutional Giving. Applications will be accepted until March 17th and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only select applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Toronto Biennial of Art is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all of our work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and welcome applications from all qualified individuals. We encourage those who identify as women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, persons of colour, individuals of non-conforming gender and sexual orientations, and all groups protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code to apply. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to Toronto Biennial of Art.

About TBA
The Toronto Biennial of Art is Canada’s leading visual arts event focused exclusively on contemporary art from around the world. For 10 weeks every two years, local, national, and international Biennial artists transform Toronto and its partner regions with free exhibitions, performances, and learning opportunities. Grounded in diverse local contexts, the Biennial’s city-wide programming aims to inspire individuals, engage communities, and contribute to global conversations.

As conversations about Truth and Reconciliation as well as inclusion, equity, and accessibility continue to evolve, the Biennial is committed to developing new ways of seeing and listening. Read more about our ongoing commitment and vision ahead here.

For detailed information on the impact of the first Biennial, please read our latest Evaluation Report.

Position Overview
Job Title: Member, TBA Educator Advisory Circle
Role Type: Contract
Number of Positions Available: 4
Contract Length: Commitment of 4 hours/month, outside of school hours, over an 8-month period (between April 2023-April 2024, excluding summer and winter holiday months, see Schedule below). Additional hours may be occasionally requested by TBA on an as needed basis, pending Educator availability. 
Salary: An honorarium ($40/hour) will be offered to each Educator for the advisory period, paid in three instalments upon receipt. 
Benefits: N/A
Application Deadline: March 17, 2023

TBA Educator Advisory Circle 2023/24
TBA’s mission is to make contemporary art accessible to everyone. To ensure that we continue to develop resources and learning tools that are relevant to intergenerational learners across Canada, we are establishing the TBA Educator Advisory Circle. This pilot program will comprise of 4 BIPOC educators to advise and collaborate on the development of our Mobile Arts Curriculum (MAC) learning tools, co-created with selected artists for our 2024 Biennial. The TBA Educator Advisory Circle will meet approximately once a month with key members of the Public Programming and Learning (PPL) Team, including the Senior Manager, Learning and Mediation, to help develop our Mobile Arts Curriculum and keep us informed of best practices in the education field. Participating artists will also be included in key meetings as the process advances.

The membership of the TBA Educator Advisory Circle will reflect the diversity of BIPOC-identifying and practising educators living across the GTA, as well as the City of Toronto’s student base.

The TBA Educator Advisory Circle will help support the Biennial in the following ways:

  • Provide support and related research to create a responsive, iterative dialogue and working guide for the development of new MAC tools and resources, based on pedagogical best practices, Ontario Curriculum notes, and intergenerational outreach;
  • Provide guidance and feedback at key moments in the development process of new learning tools in collaboration with the PPL team and 2024 artists;
  • Act as ambassadors of and connectors for the use of TBA’s past and future MAC tools by educators in Toronto (and beyond where possible).

Qualifying Criteria:

  • You are a BIPOC-identifying educator
  • You are OCT-certified primary or secondary educator, currently teaching within a GTA school board, or an educational professional working within the school board
  • You have a strong interest in arts and culture education and cross-disciplinary applications across learning needs
  • You are able to commit to attending 8 meetings (2 hours each) from April 2023-April 2024 (see Schedule below)
  • You are able to additionally commit to 2 additional hours/per month over a period of 8 months to undertake independent Research & Development and Evaluation for preparation and follow-up for the 8 scheduled meetings (see Schedule below)

To Apply:

To apply, please send a letter of interest and updated CV to opportunities@torontobiennial.org with the subject line Educator Advisory Circle. Please indicate where you saw this posting. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.


April 2023 
– Meeting #1: Educator Advisory Circle meeting (2 hours) – meet and greet; onboarding; survey (to be provided ahead of first meeting for roundtable discussion)
– Independent follow-up: (2 hours)

May 2023
– Meeting #2: Educator Advisory Circle (2 hours, with 1 additional hour to be added if an artist is available to join) – meet artists if available; survey of past MAC tools.
– Independent follow-up: (1-2 hours)

September–November 2023
– Meetings #3, 4, and 5 (2 hours each) – meet with 3 artists; development of 2024 artist-lead MAC tools; brainstorm/feedback on additional youth programs as needed
– Independent feedback on the above: (2 hours per month) 

February-April 2024
– Meetings #6, 7, and 8 (2 hours each) – review MAC tools in development, and provide feedback at this active stage in the process; educators may be sent draft materials and questionnaire ahead of roundtable discussion
– independent research and development (2 hours per month)

September 21-December 1, 2024:
Active TBA 2024 period
– Act as TBA advocates with colleagues and peers to raise visibility of TBA school programs and resources, and encourage engagement

To submit a resume for future openings, please email opportunities@torontobiennial.org