Development Writer and Research Officer
The Royal Conservatory
Toronto, ON
Job Description:
The Royal Conservatory (RCM) is one of the largest and
most respected music education institutions in the
world, providing the definitive standard of excellence
in curriculum design, assessment, and teacher
certification. Graduates of its two performance training
programs, The Glenn Gould School and The Phil and Eli
Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, regularly
perform on major international stages. The RCM is also a
leader in the development of early childhood education
programs and arts-based social programs, and presents a
diverse range of concerts featuring the finest Canadian
and international artists in its magnificent performance
space, Koerner Hall. Please visit for
more information.
Reporting to the Senior Director, Development Services,
the Development Writer and Research Officer will be
responsible for carrying out activities to identify and
profile potential individual, corporate and foundation
donors and potential leadership volunteers by utilizing
a wide range of reference materials and databases.
She/he will provide written reports about donors and
prospects, and will strategize with the Conservatory’s
fundraising team to develop lists for new prospect
Working closely with the Manager, Development
Communications, the Development Writer and Research
Officer will also be responsible for creating written
materials for a variety of external and internal print
and digital projects. The incumbent will collaborate
with the Conservatory’s fundraising and stewardship
staff to prepare acknowledgement letters, invitation
copy, memos and other correspondence, newsletters,
brochures, website content and other documents.
The successful candidate will have excellent writing,
editing, proofreading and analytical skills, and be able
to communicate in a clear, compelling and persuasive
manner. She/he will ensure research and analytics are
strategic, focused and incorporate best practices.
Candidates must be self-motivated, detail-oriented,
highly organized, and be able to synthesize information
and communicate in a succinct manner.

  • Conduct biographical and financial research on
individual, corporate and foundation prospects and
potential leadership volunteers, and analyze,
interpret and evaluate the information to prepare
concise and informative prospect profiles
  • Identify and qualify prospective donors capable of
significant financial support through the use of
proven research methodologies and information
  • Collaborate with Development staff on cultivation
and solicitation strategies to maximize the addition
of new prospects to the prospect pipeline and
identify prospects that are directly aligned with
fundraising priorities
  • Prepare and write confidential and quality research
profiles for meetings and strategy planning, prepare
background briefings for Development events and
fulfill other specific research requests as needed
for staff and volunteers
  • Participate in prospect review sessions and support
fundraising staff in a variety of tasks such as
building lists of potential supporters and matching
donors with giving opportunities
  • Maintain up-to-date central donor/prospect files and
develop methods for storing and retrieving prospect
data and managing research resources
  • Perform other duties as required
  • Oversee the process for creating and generating
donor acknowledgment letters, including drafting and
refreshing templates for letters produced through
the fundraising database and writing custom letters
as required
  • Write and edit a variety of publications including
donor newsletters, e-blasts, direct mail pieces,
event invitations, brochure copy and fundraising
  • Collaborate with the Conservatory’s marketing staff
to refresh fundraising-related content on the RCM
website and onsite digital signage as required
  • Work with the Manager, Development Communications
and RCM stewardship staff to prepare customized
stewardship and impact reports for major gift donors
and corporate partners
  • Prioritize and keep multiple projects moving in a
timely manner, meet deadlines and manage
supplemental material required to complete writing
  • Ensure that RCM brand standards, messaging and style
guidelines are adhered to in all materials prepared,
and that written materials are presented in an
appealing and professional manner
  • Manage, maintain, organize, update and archive
written materials

  • Preference for candidates with a University degree
in Library and Information Science or equivalent,
and 3–5 years of experience in a non-profit
organization in a prospect research role
  • Superior writing and communication skills,
exhibiting a superior command of grammar and
spelling and the ability to synthesize information
and develop concise and compelling written materials
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with
Microsoft office software, on-line databases,
commercial information services and Internet
  • Excellent attention to detail with strong
organizational, planning, problem solving, and time
management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, handle competing
deadlines and prioritize a large volume of work in a
fast-paced, high-performance team environment
  • Able to handle sensitive information ethically,
accurately and confidentially
  • Team oriented with the ability to work
independently, take initiative and exercise good
  • Flexible, with a positive, helpful attitude and
excellent interpersonal and listening skills
The RCM is committed to a policy of equity and
inclusion. In accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code,
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005,
and the RCM’s Access and Equity policy, accommodation
will be provided in all parts of the hiring process.
Applicants are asked to make their needs known in
Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter
and current résumé online (please upload a single file
combining both documents) at by
Monday, March 11, 2019.
The RCM thanks all applicants for their interest in this
position; however, only those selected for an interview
will be contacted. Please note that this position may be
filled prior to the application deadline if a suitable
candidate has been identified.