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JOB TITLE: Outreach and Partnerships Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
HOURS: 35 hrs/week
SALARY: $35,581 plus benefits package
DEADLINE: May 10, 2018, 5 pm

The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre’s mandate is to preserve, honour, and promote the culture and history of all working people. WAHC is located just off Hamilton’s creative hub, James Street North, in a designated heritage building, the Custom House, on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabee. WAHC is a community museum and multi-disciplinary arts centre - we program contemporary exhibitions, arts events and permanent exhibits as they relate to our mandate. We support contemporary professional artists with a focus on social practice and community engagement, and foster and promote arts that can be accessed by a diverse range of audiences.

We are currently seeking an Outreach and Partnerships Coordinator to form part of the core staff team. This position’s primary role is multi-faceted: financial development, community outreach/activation and event coordination, which includes the coordination and management of our annual fundraising appeal and two signature annual fundraising events; assisting with grant writing and maintaining our members and individual/non-union donors; maintaining our database; programming key calendar dates including IWD, Black History Month, May Day, Labour Day, Pride in partnership with various community organizations; managing/coordinating other small partnership events; co-managing WAHC’s social media presence and newsletter.

This position is a critical part of a small staff team, driving and supporting the work of the organization, in a shared office environment. As with most small arts organizations, this position will also be expected to contribute to shared responsibilities and a collaborative work environment.

This position is unionized with CUPE local 1281, and as such has excellent protection and benefits. WAHC offers a generous compensation package that includes health benefits, pension plan, and plenty of holiday time, sick time and lieu time and flexible work hours.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The key duties and responsibilities include donor prospecting and soliciting, donor/community relationship building, event management, programming, coordinating, communications and administration.

  • lead and implement the annual donations appeal campaign to recurring union donors as well as recruitment and soliciting of new union donors; make links and nurture relationships with the Hamilton labour community and regionally; maintain and sustain relationships with donors; ensure that revenue targets are met;
  • lead the coordination and implementation of WAHC’s signature fundraising event, the annual Sam Lawrence Fundraising Dinner and our Trivia Night fundraiser, and ensure that revenue targets are met;
  • develop, promote and deliver multi-disciplinary arts programming in partnership with unions, community and arts organizations;
  • ensure effective communication with individual donors, members, union donors and participants/community members;
  • develop/seek out new fundraising opportunities including corporate donations; support grant writing efforts;
  • maintain our database, eTapestry;
  • maintain adequate filing systems and up-to-date information; possible attendance at appropriate committee meetings;
  • provide written materials and articles for communication to union partners and the public; take the lead on and provide content for WAHC’s website, social media, bi-weekly newsletter and annual report;
  • assist and support with visitor services;
  • help to manage volunteers.


  • demonstrated previous fundraising work experience within a charitable, non-profit, or arts organization, including practical experience developing, cultivating, soliciting, closing, stewarding donations and/or memberships;
  • a minimum of 3 years of previous programming experience within a non-profit, arts organization and with contemporary multi-disciplinary arts, and a proven interest in socially engaged, politically oriented arts movements;
  • sound knowledge and experience of event production and planning; and working with artists and a proven track record of event/workshop coordination and facilitation;
  • experience with database software, preferably eTapestry or similar, and social media; some familiarity with WordPress;
  • knowledge of Canada’s labour movement and how it works, and an established network of unions will be considered an asset;
  • superior verbal/written communication skills, with a proven ability to write persuasive fundraising and promotional copy;
  • excellent organizational skills to work effectively with staff team, volunteers and donors/prospects;
  • excellent judgment, diplomacy, and professionalism with a proven ability to think strategically;
  • energetic, self-motivated, flexible and adaptable; ability to multi-task;
  • knowledge of anti-oppressive, intersectional framework and community engagement strategies.

The candidate must be well organized, self-directed, flexible and able to work in a shared office environment under the general direction of the Executive Director, and collaboratively with the rest of the staff team. Some minimal travel may be required. Flexibility to work weekends, evenings, and late nights is a must. We are looking for someone who is a progressive thinker, is adaptable, has initiative and has an appreciation for what WAHC does, and our mission/vision. To find out more about WAHC, please visit our website: and our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

Please send a resume and cover letter as one document no later than May 10 by 5 pm to No phone calls or email inquiries please. We regret that we can only respond to those selected for an interview.

WAHC promotes employment equity, and as such encourages those who have experienced discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, class, gender, ability and other systemic forms of oppression to apply and self-identify if they wish to do so.