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We offer employment opportunities at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in a variety of areas including programming, volunteer coordination, communications, facility bookings, building maintenance, bistro/catering and arts administration.

Development Officer

The Rotary Centre for the Arts is a key cultural facility in Kelowna. Situated on the unceded territories of the Syilx/Okanagan People, it is operated by the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society. We are committed to bringing the arts community together and contributing to the cultural vitality and diversity of Kelowna through artistic, educational, and community programming.

Opportunity – Development Officer

The Rotary Centre for the Arts is looking for a Development Officer-- an innovative, self-motivated, excellent communicator with a proven track record of developing and executing fundraising plans with measurable success. In this role, you will oversee the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising, including an annual membership fund, major gifts, naming rights, corporate donations, and corporate partnerships. This is a new position with the Rotary Centre for the Arts, and an opportunity to make a difference for a dynamic and growing non-profit organization at the heart of Kelowna’s Cultural District.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Statement of Job Purpose and Responsibility: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Officer will inspire and steward philanthropy from individuals and organizations in the region served by the Rotary Centre for the Arts. The incumbent will be donor-centric, focused on building meaningful relationships, and able to create philanthropic strategies for individuals and organizations that honour their passions and interests within the approved priorities of the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Hours may vary based on events and deadlines.

Skills / Experience / Qualifications:

Successful completion of a post-secondary degree or equivalent experience is preferred

CFRE designation preferred

Excellent interpersonal skills

An understanding of Arts and Culture in BC appreciated

Demonstrated excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

Experience researching and completing grant applications

Experience in creating and presenting compelling proposals to donors

Ability to attain financial and program goals within prescribed timelines

Experience in special events planning and management

Knowledge of strategic and action planning methods as they relate to fundraising

Fearlessness in approaching prospective donors, sponsors, and building new relationships

Excellent organizational and planning skills

Ability to prioritize multiple and changing demands

Previous successful grant writing experience

Proficient in the use of all corporate productivity software and office tools, familiarity working with Keela an asset

Proven ability to exercise diplomacy and good judgment

Ability to maintain confidentiality

Functions/Duties: (not in priority order or percentage of time)

Fundraising and Donor Activity: Identity, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospects to meet gift objectives. Develop effective relationships with potential corporate donors and sponsors.

Ensure donors are provided with appropriate recognition and stewardship in a timely way.

Partner with Marketing and Communications staff to develop proposals and reports.

Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising/appreciation events.

Manage and promote theatre seat sales.

Develop, manage, and implement the RCA membership campaign.

Assist with the research and completion of grant applications.

Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database (Keela) which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information.

Input activity, track, and report on progress toward achieving gift objectives.

Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization.

Other Responsibilities: Conduct role with integrity and respect. Work as a team player promoting a positive and professional work environment. Act as an ambassador in the community and positively represent the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Abide by the policies and procedures of the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Operate within culture and core values of the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Other duties will be assigned to meet overall goals and objectives.

A 1-year contract to start. A comprehensive benefits program will be offered after 3 months.
Office hours Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. 25 to 40 hrs a week. Negotiable.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter quoting the job title in the subject line by September 8th, 2021, to:

Colleen Fitzpatrick
Executive Director
Rotary Centre for the Arts
421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6Z1

Rotary Centre for the Arts is committed to the principles of equality and diversity in the workplace. We welcome applications from Indigenous peoples, minority communities, immigrants, persons with disabilities and the LGBTQ2S+ community, and will provide accommodation in all phases of the hiring process, up to the point of undue hardship, upon request.

Thank you for your interest. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are received. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The RCA is seeking art instructors to lead classes as part of our Arts Discovery program with Okanagan elementary schools for the upcoming 2021 – 2022 school year. The instructor will work with children and youth ages 5 - 12 for 1 – 1.5 hours. Applications for instructors interested in teaching drama, dance, visual art, storytelling, musical theatre, martial arts, and other art forms are welcome.

Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of and experience within your specific artistic field.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with elementary school children.
  • The ability to prepare and lead activities that are accessible to children aged 5 -12.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree in your art form.
  • Two years of art education experience.
  • Applications with significant experience who do not have a bachelor’s degree will be considered.
  • Criminal background check.

Arts Discovery runs between September 2021 – June 2022. The number of instruction hours are contingent upon demand and availability.

Salary: $25/hr

Application deadline: ongoing

To apply: Please send your cover letter and resume to

Are you passionate about serving your community? Do you thrive in creative and artistic environments? Then consider volunteering for the RCA! All volunteers receive full training from our Front of House manager, and support key services like ticket scanning, guest check-in, poster distribution, and vaccine card verification. For more information on how to volunteer, visit our Volunteer Page.