Community Music Schools of Toronto—Vice-President, Philanthropy

Community Music Schools of Toronto—Vice-President, Philanthropy{

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Community Music Schools of Toronto (CMST) is a registered charity that gives children and youth a rich and rewarding music and social education by removing the financial obstacle. For over 23 years CMST has seen that the study of music allows young people to flourish creatively, personally and academically, enriching their lives and future prospects. CMST’s students have access to some of Toronto’s best music teachers and a vast array of musical instruments and options. Students study everything from classical piano, strings, voice, brass, wind and percussion to electronic music, songwriting and recording. CMST also offers countless leadership opportunities through its Youth Committee and mentorship programs and provides employment experience for junior counsellors at its summer music camps. In addition to bringing music to kids in Regent Park and Jane Finch, CMST is also supporting music education for Indigenous students at Wandering Spirit School and young newcomers to Canada.

As CMST continues to evolve and expand, the school is looking to grow its fundraising capabilities. It is within this context that CMST welcomes applications and nominations for the appointment of its Vice-President, Philanthropy.

Reporting to the Executive Director of CMST, this role has been created in support of a new strategic plan and will have the opportunity and responsibility to ensure the expansion of CMST’s contributions to the communities it serves.  The Vice-President, Philanthropy will build, lead and execute all fundraising activities, with the goal of increasing CMST’s revenue and ensuring the School’s short-term and long-term financial stability. The Vice-President, Philanthropy, in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Senior Leadership Team, will also guide the marketing and communications team’s strategy and deliverables, ensuring consistent branding for the School in all its online and printed materials including fund reports, the annual donor report and all forms of donor acknowledgment.  The Vice-President, Philanthropy will maintain their own portfolio of donors while overseeing all staff and volunteer activities regarding the successful identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation prospects and donors, and government grants and funding proposals. The Vice-President, Philanthropy will recruit, mentor and supervise the team, providing coaching, feedback, professional development, and performance management. The Vice-President, Philanthropy will also attend Foundation Board meetings and ensure communications between the school and foundation are open and transparent, and lead efforts to identify, recruit, train, and support its volunteers as required. The Vice-President, Philanthropy must be a proven supporter of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, and will drive continuous organizational improvement as it relates to EDIA across all facets of the school.

As the ideal candidate, you are an experienced fundraiser, with a proven track record of soliciting transformative gifts, engaging in stewardship activities, and being a contributing member to a senior leadership team. You have experience managing annual and multi-year fundraising plans and have strong financial acuity and budget management experience. As a manager, you enjoy mentoring and coaching others, creating a positive and inclusive workplace culture, and developing and evaluating KPIs to promote your team’s growth and success. You are comfortable speaking to a wide range of stakeholders, including community partners, corporate leaders, various levels of government, and staff and volunteers. Experience working in support of a voluntary board of directors is considered an asset. Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree from a recognized university, and a CFRE certification is considered an asset.

To learn more about this impactful leadership opportunity with CMST, please submit a comprehensive resume along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith ( and/or Sam Walton (

CMST welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including but not limited to women, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Community Music Schools of Toronto and Griffith Group are committed to an inclusive, accessible and welcoming hiring process that provides reasonable accommodation to all applicants. Please advise Jane Griffith ( should you require any accommodation to participate in this posting, recruitment, selection and/or assessment processes.

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