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WAHC is Hiring!

Thank you for your interest in working with us. We are currently looking to fill the position of Development Coordinator.

The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre’s mandate is to preserve, honour, and promote the culture and history of all working people. WAHC is located just off Hamilton’s creative hub, James Street North, in a designated heritage building, the Custom House. WAHC is a community museum and multi-disciplinary arts centre – we program contemporary exhibitions, arts events and permanent exhibits as they relate to our mandate. We support contemporary artists with a focus on social practice and community engagement, and foster and promote arts that can be accessed by a diverse range of audiences. WAHC also works very closely with, and is heavily supported by Canada’s union movement.

We are currently seeking a Development Coordinator to form part of the core staff team, whose primary role will be to coordinate and manage our annual major union fundraising campaign; build and sustain relationships with union donors and engage new union donors; lead the coordination and implementation of the annual Sam Lawrence Fundraising Dinner and Trivia Night; look for corporate funding opportunities; assist with grant writing and maintain our members and individual/non-union donors.

This position is a critical part of a small staff team, driving and supporting the work of the organization, in a shared office environment. As with most small arts organizations, this position will also be expected to contribute to shared responsibilities.

This position is unionized with CUPE local 1281, and as such has excellent protection and benefits. WAHC offers a generous compensation package that includes health benefits, pension plan, and plenty of holiday time, sick time and lieu time and flexible work hours. The position is 35 hours/wk, $19.55/hour, reporting to the Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The key duties and responsibilities include donor prospecting and soliciting, donor stewardship, event management and communications.

– lead and implement the annual donations appeal campaign to recurring union donors as well as recruitment and soliciting of new union donors; make links and nurture relationships with the Hamilton labour community; maintain and sustain relationships with donors; ensure that revenue targets are met;

– lead the coordination and implementation of WAHC’s signature fundraising event, the annual Sam Lawrence Fundraising Dinner and ensure that revenue targets are met;

– ensure effective communication with individual donors, members and union donors;

– develop/seek out new fundraising opportunities including corporate donations; support grant writing efforts;

– maintain our database, eTapestry, of donors and members;

– maintain adequate filing systems and up-to-date information; possible attendance at appropriate committee meetings;

– provide written materials and articles for communication to union partners and the public; take the lead on and provide content for WAHC’s website and newsletter and annual report;

– manage volunteers;

– assist with the updating of the website and social media including Twitter and Facebook.


– demonstrated previous development/fundraising work experience within a charitable, non-profit, or arts organization, including practical experience developing, cultivating, soliciting, closing, stewarding donations and/or membership

– experience with database software, preferably eTapestry or similar, and social media; some familiarity with WordPress

– knowledge of Canada’s labour movement and how it works, and an established network of unions will be considered an asset

– superior verbal/written communication skills, with a proven ability to write persuasive fundraising copy for individual and union giving

– excellent organizational skills to work effectively with staff team, volunteers and donors/prospects

– excellent judgment, diplomacy, and professionalism with a proven ability to think strategically

– energetic, self-motivated, flexible and adaptable; ability to multi-task

– sound knowledge of event production and event planning

The candidate must be well organized, self-directed, flexible and able to work in a shared office environment under the general direction of the Executive Director. Some travel may be required. Flexibility to work weekends, evenings, and late nights is a must. We are looking for someone who is a progressive, outside-the-box thinker, and has an appreciation for what WAHC does, and our mission/vision.

Please send a resume and cover letter no later than June 13 by 5 pm to No phone calls or email inquiries please. We regret that we can only respond to those selected for an interview.

WAHC promotes employment equity, and as such encourages those who have experienced discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, class, gender, ability and other systemic forms of oppression to apply and self-identify if they wish to do so.

Volunteer with WAHC

Are you interested in volunteering? We are always looking for new volunteers to help with the running of the Centre. In fact, WAHC relies on volunteers for many of its operations and we couldn’t do it without your support!

Although you might not think so, everyone has an important contribution to make – students have their youthful enthusiasm, retired workers have their valuable experience, and others have their own unique contributions. Whether you have three hours a month to spare, or three hours a week, there’s probably a volunteer position that is just right for you.

Check out all the opportunities listed below, then download, print and fill in our Volunteer Application form (MS Word document) and either email it back to us, fax it (905-522-5424), or drop it by the Centre. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Administrative work
  • Visitor Services (Front Desk)
  • Special Events
  • Exhibit Installation and Maintenance/Building Maintenance
  • Archival/Collections
  • Docent/Interpreter

Thank you for considering spending some of your valuable time supporting the preservation and celebration of working class heritage!