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The Hangar Flight Museum (THFM) seeks an experienced and results-oriented fundraiser in the permanent, full-time role of Director of Fund Development.

The primary purpose of this position is to increase the organizational capacity through the development and execution of a strategic and integrated fund development plan to support annual operations and capital projects. The Director of Fund Development is responsible for leading, planning, managing, and overseeing all aspects of fund development with particular focus on individual giving, legacy, stewardship, developing digital fundraising, and targeted capital campaign(s). The role is also responsible for overseeing corporate partnerships, grants, sponsorships, and special events with a focus on fund development.

THFM has completed a Feasibility Study that gives the organization direction on a plan to build a New Facility that will replace the fabric “tent hangar” in 3-5 years. The new 60,000 square foot permanent structure will provide additional space for historic aircraft viewing, new exhibits and displays, collections, education and youth programming, and community space. The Director of Fund Development will have primary responsibility for the final phase of capital funding including the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate and individual prospects.

The Director of Fund Development collaborates with the Executive Director and Board to advance the Feasibility Study and Strategic Plan, and participate in awareness and community engagement with the goal to help champion the fund development plan which increases annual operating budget, capital, and reserve revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization.


This position reports directly to the Executive Director.


We are storytellers, stewarding and sharing the aviation history of Calgary and western Canada and its impact on our community. The Hangar Flight Museum will be a premiere destination to explore, engage, and experience the transformational power of flight. We are inspired by bold and adventurous stories. We are passionate about bringing aviation history to life. We work in service to our communities. We are adaptable and agile, embracing quality, professionalism, and courage in our work.


  • Develop strategies for donors and prospects, ensuring effective use of resources, identifying/pursuing new sources of funding, while ensuring optimal fundraising outcomes in accordance with ethical fundraising principles.
  • Major Campaigns: Lead, develop, and execute major campaign plans; grow and sustain the current major and planned gift donors; and build and maintain lifelong relationships between donors and the community to support a strong culture of philanthropy. This will include planning, organizing, and participating in internal and external fundraising events for the museum.
  • Integrated Fund Development Program: Develop, manage, and implement an integrated fund development program to meet THFM’s day-to-day operational, capital and infrastructure needs (including aircraft restoration). Research and implement fund development strategies to enhance financial sustainability and the capacity for growth.
  • Financial forecasting: As part of the leadership team, build accurate financial forecasts for the budget year relative to fund development and communications thereof. Supports growth strategy with critical market data and accountable to risk oversight and crisis management preparedness.
  • Oversees the development of a strong case for support and achievement of annual philanthropic targets.
  • Monitors trends in the community or region and adapts public relations and fundraising strategies as necessary.
  • Marketing and Communications: With the Visitor Experience and Operations Director, create the association’s marketing collateral, branding initiatives, social media presence, website, promotional and educational materials, and conference presentations that relate to fund development activities for both The Hangar Flight Museum and Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
  • Oversees the planning and evaluation of special public events (for fundraising and public relations events) to generate funds and/or government recognition for the organization in the external community.
  • Stakeholder Relations: Prepare the reports, presentations, and strategies for the Board, funders, and donors.
  • Oversees the planning and evaluation of special public events (for fundraising and public relations events) to generate funds and/or government recognition for the organization in the external community.
  • Provide regular reports to the Executive Director and Board measuring progress of agreed upon targets and milestones.


  • Work closely with the Executive Director, Visitor Experience and Operations Director, and Board to ensure THFM is advancing the Strategic Plan and meeting the goals expressed in the museum’s business model and plans.
  • Participation on the Board of Directors’ Advancement Committee.  
  • Provides leadership for staff and volunteers by engaging staff with fund development activities.
  • Actively fosters a culture that reflects the Museum’s values (respect, community, stewardship, knowledge, passion) and contributes to a strong cohesive team.

Qualifications and Assets: 

  • A relevant post-secondary degree or combination of relevant training, education, and experience
  • A Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation is an asset. Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) membership is an asset.
  • 5+ years of progressive fund development experience with an emphasis on individual giving (major, recurring, annual), campaigns, digital fundraising
  • Experience developing and implementing a digital fundraising strategy (digital marketing for revenue generation)
  • Significant knowledge of fund development best practices
  • Proven ability to maximize existing revenue streams and relationship building
  • Demonstrated ability to interact comfortably, tactfully, and effectively with donors, varied internal and external constituencies and a wide range of stakeholders
  • Knowledge and experience of special events planning and management
  • Experience working collaboratively with staff and a team of volunteers
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; case development and proposal writing skills
  • Detail oriented, focused, and strategic thinker, able to adapt quickly, with initiative, passion, and energy

Working Conditions and Requirements

Hours of Work: 

  • 37.5 hours per week

  • Evenings and weekend work, as required

  • Driving and remote computer connection required



Range dependent on qualifications and experience. 



Qualified applicants can send their resume and cover letter to our Executive Director, Brian Desjardins, at to apply. Please note that applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. 



As a team player with initiative, the Interpreter will provide a source of skilled support to the education department to create an amazing experience for visitors and ensure smooth operation of the department. This position is five days a week, including regular weekend shifts. Hours are primarily 9:00am – 4:30pm, but will include up to three evening shifts a month, and periodic overnight supervision for sleepovers.


This position reports directly to the Education Manager.


The Hangar Flight Museum is a museum in northeast Calgary that aims to inspire dreams of flight. The Hangar Flight Museum will be a premiere destination to explore, engage, and experience the transformational power of flight. We are storytellers, stewarding and sharing the aviation history of Calgary and western Canada and its impact on our community. The collection holds rare and historically significant military and civilian aircraft.


The Hangar Flight Museum is seeking qualified applicants with strongly developed public speaking and storytelling skills who enjoy working with all ages. Post-secondary education (with preference given to education, museum studies, or humanities) would be considered an asset. A successful candidate will be able to work well independently and have good problem-solving skills, but also be able to work effectively as part of a team.


  • Learn the history of aviation in Canada, especially as it pertains to the artifacts in our collection
  • Learn tours and public interpretation methods to provide outstanding visitor experiences
  • Research, develop, prepare and deliver programs based on the museum themes, including  school programs, youth programs, public programs, and outreach programs
  • Ensure educational supplies are prepared and fully stocked
  • Complete admissions and gift shop duties as needed. This includes cash handling, shop restocking, answering phone and email inquiries, and giving tourist information about Calgary (2-15hrs per week depending on the season)
  • Have a full awareness of safety concerns and risks, following OH&S procedures and policies to ensure visitors and volunteers are in safe places
  • Empower others and lead by example to ensure all visitor, staff and volunteer spaces are clean and fully stocked
  • Inspire education staff and volunteers to learn new information and develop new interpretive activities in keeping with museum themes
  • Be featured in on our social media channels with interpretive content
  • Assist with events. We are a small but mighty team at The Hangar that is all hands on deck for major events
  • Assist with data entry tasks, and ensure educational program participants are completing surveys
  • Assist other departments as needed


  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent verbal communication
  • Must be detail oriented with ability to multi-task and consistently follow procedures
  • Ability to work within a small team environment, and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, critical problem solving and initiative
  • Ability to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing environment
  • Knowledge of the museum industry and interpretation methods
  • Knowledge of the aviation industry and military history is considered an asset
  • Being able to answer visitor questions in a second language is considered an asset


  • Minimum 1 year of programming experience, preferably with children ages 4 to 12
  • Minimum 2 years post-secondary education with preference given to education, history, or museums studies. Equivalencies will be considered
  • Must have an average knowledge of computer software programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher etc. Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite is considered an asset
  • Criminal record check and Vulnerable Sector Search


  • Standing on hard floors for long periods of time
  • Moving boxes and other support material (supplies, displays, etc.)
  • Ability to lift up to 10 kilograms


$20.00-22.00 per hour, plus health benefits after 90-day probationary period. The intended start date is in October 2023.

Position closes September 30. To apply please send your resume and cover letter to Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

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