Vice President, Development
Honens International Piano Competition

HONENS INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION invites applications and referrals for the position of Vice President of Development

Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition seeks a Vice President of Development, charged with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Honens’ fund-raising efforts.

Awarding the top prize in the world of international music competitions of its kind, the Seventh Honens International Piano Competition takes place October 17 to 26, 2012 in Calgary.

This position requires a broad knowledge of development from individual philanthropic programs to sponsorship and foundation/corporate giving to capital/endowment campaigns.  Reporting to President and Artistic Director Stephen McHolm, the Vice President of Development needs to be accustomed to leading a small committed team and be comfortable as a public speaker.  This is a new Honens position that may increase in scope subject to the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Honens has a $5.2 million budget for its three-year cycle.  Honens is experiencing rapid growth in its activities and its profile and requires a senior individual to work with the existing management team, board, and other volunteers to increase contributed revenues and maximize the public’s awareness of the Competition and its Laureates.

This position has two direct reports: Manager of Community and Partner Engagement and Manager of Audience and Donor Relations, and would work closely with the President and Artistic Director on organizational strategy.

Honens International Piano Competition:

Honens International Piano Competition is a leader in discovering and launching the careers of young concert pianists.  It searches for Complete Artists--21st century musicians for 21st century audiences--and awards its Laureates the competition world’s largest cash prize and most comprehensive artistic and career development program.

For three years, Competition Laureates are prepared for the rigors and realities of professional careers in music through international engagements, debut performances in essential career-building markets, recordings, residencies, media training, networking opportunities, mentoring, and coaching.  Honens Laureates share their talents with communities across Canada through in-school programs, “Music as a Second Language” performances, master classes, and residencies.

Honens also presents a critically acclaimed concert series in Calgary with the world’s leading pianists, innovative performance projects, and Canadian premieres.

In 1991 philanthropist Esther Honens established the Honens International Piano Competition with a $5 million endowment.  Her dream was to create a stage in Calgary and in Canada for the world’s most promising pianists.  The Honens Competition takes place every three years in Calgary.  The endowment is maintained and administered by The Calgary Foundation.


The ideal candidate will have senior experience in fund-raising, preferably with an arts organization and a university degree in music/arts and/or business management or equivalent experience.

The new Vice President of Development will have demonstrated leadership in fund-raising with superior analytical, financial, and organizational credentials.  Other necessary characteristics include a passion for the performing arts, particularly classical music, political savvy and diplomacy, exceptional oral and written communication skills, a track record in building community engagement and partnership, and the ability to deal humanely and wisely with a broad spectrum of personalities.

The Vice President of Development must be a strategic thinker and a relationship builder: someone who maintains a high professional profile, can secure financial resources, and, with his or her staff, is able to develop unique collaborative relationships with other organizations.  Capital/endowment campaign experience and a track record in individual major gifts fund-raising would be invaluable.

Application Process:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Excellent benefits package.  Deadline for applications: Monday, March 28, 2011.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume with a list of references  and salary requirements in confidence to:

Margaret Genovese
Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates
77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5B 2J7
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Fax: 416/340-6276 

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