Director of Development & Donor Relations (part-time)

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: To develop, cultivate, and improve donor relationships with the company.   

NOTE: A second part-time position for Director of Marketing & Communications has also been posted. Should the right candidate present, a full-time position combining the portfolios of both positions is possible. We encourage all interested applicants to make their preference known in their cover letter.

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival (SOTS) has been producing the works of William Shakespeare in repertory on Treaty 6 territory on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River since 1985, attracting over 10,000 visitors from around the world annually to our summer festival. We strive to create a warm, relaxing, and inviting atmosphere for our patrons so they can truly enjoy their theatrical experience.

As part of the year-round team, the Director of Development & Donor Relations plays a crucial role in building meaningful and impactful relationships with our donors and community stakeholders.

We’re looking for an outgoing and fearless individual brimming with creativity and drive. The ideal candidate has superior oral and written communication skills, should love working and connecting with people, and will be adept at relationship building. They will enjoy a friendly, relaxed and causal working environment where collaboration is key. Someone who can say YES, AND while managing multiple high-level portfolios.

As a small team our staff wear many hats. The time requirements for the duties detailed below ebb and flow with the seasonality of our organization.

Key duties and responsibilities:

Working closely with the General Manager & Artistic Director, key duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and oversee various Development programs including but not limited to; Major Gifts, Planned Giving (SOTS is a member of the national Will Power program), annual Patron Donor Campaign, and other donor programs.
  • Set the annual Development messaging, goals, targets, and strategies.
  • Develop, cultivate, and improve individual donor relationships with the company.
  • Ensure all donor recognition promises are fulfilled.
  • Implement researched donor stewardship strategies that result in a high degree of donor engagement, encourage private sector, foundation, and individual support at all levels.
  • Work along side the Director of Marketing & Communications to secure naming rights of festival site capital assets.
  • Work with the festival staff to assist in operational and project grant applications as needed.
  • Work along site festival staff to oversee all fundraisers and fundraising events
  • Be present during festival season at all major events
  • Lead operational and project grant applications, including writing, ongoing management and submission requirements
  • Other duties as required.


  • Knowledge and previous experience working in the philanthropic sector.
  • 1 to 3 years of experience showing progressive levels of responsibility
  • AFP membership considered an asset.
  • Post-secondary training in a related field considered an asset.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Theatre industry considered an asset.
  • Previous experience working with donor management systems considered an asset.
  • Prior experience in the creation and execution of fundraising campaigns is an asset.


  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Budgeting skills
  • Grant writing skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Great record keeping skills and good office software skills including Office 365
  • Knowledge of the function of fundraising software such as SUMAC is an asset
  • Able to work some evenings/weekends as required by summer festival schedule

September 9th, 2022      Posting will remain open until the position is filled
October 3rd, 2022              Ideal start date

Salary Range
$23-$24/hour based on experience & education
Permanent, part-time based on 20 hours per week, year-round.

Other Benefits

  • Employee Chambers Group Insurance package including extended health, dental, and life insurance
  • Flex time and ability to set your own work schedule
  • Ability to work partially from home
  • 3 weeks’ vacation equivalency
  • Paid professional development time
  • Access to annual professional development funds for staff

Preference will be given to qualified applicants from marginalized communities in accordance with the Employment Equity Act and will be valued and strongly considered. Women, Indigenous persons, d/Deaf or disabled persons, and visible minorities are included in the act. These groups, and other marginalized groups not included in the act, are of significant interest to SOTS and our team.

Please submit a letter of interest along with current CV in PDF or DOCX format to Brandi Roy, Festival Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm on Friday, September 2nd. For more information feel free to contact Brandi at 306-653-2300.