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Development Officer

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a major world-class music and cultural event that recognizes Canada’s history and debt to the Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police; attracts tourists; educates youth through workshops and participation; and stimulates Canadian patriotism. First presented in 1979, the week-long production attracts about 60,000 attendees annually and is the world’s largest annual indoor show.

The Tattoo is currently seeking a full-time Development Officer to complement the strong administrative team that supports the vision of the organization.

Working closely with the Managing Director and Foundation directors, the Development Officer is responsible for leading the design and execution of development initiatives, campaigns, and other revenue-generating activities. The role requires a self-motivated, flexible, highly skilled, and organized person who enjoys the challenge of a busy, non-profit environment and who is equally comfortable dealing with prospecting, cultivating and stewarding donors at the individual, corporate, and foundation level, as well as with board members and volunteers.


In consultation with the Managing Director and development advisors to the organization:

 assess and implement the long-range development plan.
 renew existing donors and sponsors and identify and cultivate prospective supporters.
 identify, write and steward applications for new donor, sponsorship, and foundation prospects.
 prepare briefing and proposal packages for solicitation activities.
 research and craft all individual, corporate, and foundation solicitation materials.
 ensure proper stewardship of gifts and fulfillment of donor privileges.
 implement an individual giving campaign to include Alumni and their families.
 develop and implement campaign aid in support of the Pipes and Drums initiative.
 coordination of an annual fundraising event.


As the ideal candidate, you have an appreciation of the role played by the Canadian Armed Forces and police in Canadian society as well as respect for the history and traditions of the Canadian Forces and RCMP. You must buy-in to the mission, purpose, and goals of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, as well:

 ideally have 3-5+ years fundraising and development experience with proven results in achieving goals.
 have a post-secondary education or professional experience equivalent in the non-profit sector with comprehensive knowledge of fundraising principles, practices, and techniques in the four major areas of support (individual, corporate, foundation, government agencies)
 have experience with database systems and gift administration and have strong computer skills.
 able to manage multiple-tasks in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment.
 excellent telephone and interpersonal skills in dealing with supporters, volunteers, co-workers, suppliers, and other contacts.
 sound written and oral communication skills with keen attention to detail.
 creative thinker with good judgement, common sense, and tact.
 willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends throughout the year, as required.

If you have interest in this opportunity, please forward a thoughtful letter explaining why you are qualified and how you could contribute to the growth and development of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Please also attach a resume.

Submissions can be emailed to or mailed to:

Jennie King
Managing Director
Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
Unit 6 - 10 Morris Drive 
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3B 1K8

No telephone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews may commence while the job posting is active.