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About the HPO

For over a century, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra has presented orchestral music and education programs with a mission to enrich the wellbeing of the greater Hamilton region. Music Director Gemma New and the professional musicians of the HPO present dynamic orchestral performances ranging from standard classical repertoire to popular music and world premieres by living composers. As one of Canada’s leading professional orchestras, the HPO has proudly contributed to the shaping of Hamilton’s cultural landscape and continues to uphold values of high calibre, inclusive and accessible orchestral music and education for all.

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra cultivates a work environment that encourages fairness and respect among all employees. We are committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds may grow personally and professionally. We are an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate against an employee or applicant because of race, religion, gender, national origin, ethnicity, age, physical disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, or veteran status in hiring. Opportunity is provided to all employees based on qualifications and job requirements.


The Role

HPO’s Development Officer is responsible for designing and executing strategies that support the revenue generation goals of the HPO. Working in collaboration with the Fundraising Officer and Executive Director, the Development Officer will activate the annual development plan, while successfully soliciting and cultivating financial support through sponsorships, grants and strategic partnerships.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • In collaboration with the Fundraising Officer and Executive Director, creating, managing and implementing the Development Plan to achieve annual and long-term revenue goals
  • Writing grant applications and tracking grant revenue and affiliated programming
  • Maintaining and implementing the grants calendar, ensuring timely submissions of applications in collaboration with other staff, including proposals and reports for foundations, government agencies and sponsors
  • Working with communications staff to ensure fundraising communications are implemented, including direct mail, email and social campaigns
  • Overseeing development campaign tracking and reporting, producing regular progress reports
  • Cultivating relationships with funders, corporations, and community partners
  • Cultivate and steward new support from current and prospective corporate partners
  • Attend HPO performances and fundraising events
  • Act as HPO representative at community events
  • Track contacts and reports through the customer relationship management database
  • Perform additional duties as required

Strategic Partnerships

  • Creating meaningful partnerships across a broad spectrum of community-based organizations to meet the goals of the HPO
  • Meeting with current and prospective community partners on projects related to strategic partnerships
  • Developing innovative collaborations that contribute to our revenue generation goals, including working with sold service clients and other community partners interested in hiring the orchestra



  • Completion of a relevant post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree program
  • At least three years’development/fundraising experience
  • Experience in grant and proposal writing
  • Experience with a CRM database
  • Superb communications and presentation skills
  • Knowledge and/or interest in orchestral music is considered an asset
  • Knowledge of not-for-profit environment is considered an asset
  • Team player – ability to work collaboratively with staff, community partners and supporters
  • Experience in setting and meeting fundraising objectives and budgets, evaluating results and developing corrective strategies as needed


Interpersonal Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in and contribute to an integrated and collaborative team environment and to apply a positive team approach to working with colleagues
  • Customer service-oriented, problem-solving attitude
  • Genuine interest in the mission of the HPO and in the arts


How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to

Application deadline: Application review begins immediately; applications will be accepted until position is filled.


HPO’s Vaccination Policy

To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted.  Applicants who need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability or medical reason should inform the HPO during the interview process. Please do not include any medical information on your application materials.