Job Posting

Director, Major Gifts and Capital Campaign

The WSO seeks a seasoned and driven development and advancement professional to join a dynamic team committed to a vibrant future for the WSO.  The Director of Major Gifts and Capital Campaign will report to, and work closely with the Executive Director and work with the Public Engagement Department as part of a collaborative team.  The incumbent plans, strategizes, oversees and/or executes a multi-pronged major gifts strategy (for both operations and the capital campaign) as well as communications, planning and execution of the capital campaign in collaboration with the WSO and the PAC. 

The successful candidate will have at least 7 years’ experience in non-profit sector fundraising, with experience in capital campaign planning and execution.  A degree from a post-secondary institution is required, and advanced training in a recognized fund-raising program is considered an asset. Superior written and verbal communication skills are required.

This three-year full-time position may require work on some evenings and weekends. The WSO welcomes all qualified applicants and highly values inclusion, diversity and equity. Hybrid work environment is a possibility.

Salary:  Salary will be commensurate with experience.  WSO staff are eligible for a full benefits plan including a matching RRSP contribution program.

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter along with a CV and 3 references to: Leigh Karras, Corporate Secretary (  Applications will be reviewed beginning July 12, 2023, however the position will remain open until filled.   Note that references will only be contacted following the interview process and in the eventuality of a potential offer.

For more information, please visit the detailed job description at

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Leigh Karras
Suite 2110 - One Lombard Place
Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3

From its debut 1948 performance to over 3,000 audience members, the WSO has become a powerhouse orchestra, regularly surprising guest conductors and artists with the exceptional musicianship and flexibility of its members. The WSO holds over 90 events in its five music series, and vibrant education programs. Under the leadership of Music Director Daniel Raiskin, the orchestra has earned a place among the ranks of major Canadian symphony orchestras. It has come to be regarded as one of Canada’s most innovative, welcoming eminent artists and conductors from all over the world. The WSO’s activity regularly extends beyond its home stage at the Centennial Concert Hall. Each year, the WSO’s much-lauded and highly innovative Winnipeg New Music Festival regularly draws crowds in the thousands. The WSO has produced concerts in Olympic-size diving boards, cottage country harbours and outdoors at The Forks in -30C. The orchestra has toured twice to Carnegie Hall, regularly performed across Manitoba and Canada and plans to tour to the Netherlands in May 2025. In 2011, the WSO founded Sistema Winnipeg (based on the famous Venezuelan El Sistema program for at-risk children), in partnership with two Winnipeg school divisions. Over 40,000 students attend orchestra concerts presented by the WSO each season and its innovative pops and film programs serve a rapidly growing audience. The WSO functions as the official orchestra of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Manitoba Opera Association.