Development Director

About the Role

This full-time position provides a unique opportunity for a keen and passionate individual to make a meaningful impact on one of Vancouver’s most significant cultural organizations.

This is a front line fundraising position that allows you to own and grow a portfolio of relationships, including cultivation and stewardship of major gift donors and corporate partners. With support from Managing Director, Artistic and Executive Director, and the Board Fundraising Strategy Committee, you will be given the opportunity to create development plans, influence targets, develop customized donor and sponsorship strategies, and manage the conversation with our key supporters.

You will be a member of the senior management team>, working closely with the Managing Director and Artistic and Executive Director to develop strategic priorities for the organization. As a senior manager, you will represent the PuSh Festival at meetings and events, and conduct presentations, for key stakeholders. The role is supported by, and responsible for managing, one full-time coordinator role.

You will be part of a high-performing, collaborative, vibrant, and highly engaged team. The PuSh Festival sets a high bar for the artistic work we present, and the operational work of our team. We are recognized locally, nationally, and internationally as a leader in Vancouver’s cultural scene, and we are committed to placing art at the centre of city’s identity and cultural policy. Our tight-knit team offers creative opportunities to collaborate with programming, marketing, publicity, and operations staff.

Reporting to the Managing Director, this is a permanent, full-time position that operates in accordance with the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Code of Ethics and Donor Bill of Rights.

About You

You have proven success in previous front line fundraising roles, and a track record of success in meeting annual contributed revenue targets from individual donors, corporations, foundations. Maybe you have mid-level fundraising experience outside the arts and are looking for an opportunity to expand your career path and knowledge base. Maybe you are an arts manager looking to specialize your knowledge of fundraising. Wherever you are coming from, you are looking to apply your talents to an organization with attitude that isn’t afraid to experiment. You are passionate about relationship building, strategic thinking, social impact, and being part of an exceptionally high-performing team that also throws some of the best parties in town.

You are professional, outgoing, creative and resourceful. You are organized and results oriented. You must be an excellent writer, a persuasive communicator, an easy networker, and a confident presenter. You enjoy the performing arts as much as you enjoy learning and being part of a generous, collaborative team. You pay attention to deadlines and have top-notch computer skills (experience in a Mac environment and with Filemaker is a bonus).

About PuSh

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Taking place over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts.

With an average annual budget of $1.8 million, our minimum contributed revenue target is $250,000 on average.

The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe.

The Festival is a broker of international partnerships, a meeting place for creative minds, a showcase of Canada’s best, and an incubator of brilliant new work.


This is a permanent employment position that includes participation in our extended health benefits package.

Application Process

To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Development Director.” In your cover letter, let us know what excites you about the working with PuSh, and tell us why this position is the right step for you and your career at this time.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.

Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. PuSh is an equal opportunity employer.

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