BCMA Student Position – Development Assistant

Join the BCMA as our new Development Assistant

BCMA is searching for a driven and socially-conscious individual to join our team as Development Assistant. Reporting to the Executive Director and the Development Manager, the Development Assistant will support existing staff in the creation and implementation of strategies to ensure the organization’s long-term sustainability and growth.

We are looking for a candidate that brings a passion for BC’s cultural sector, enjoys making new connections, and has experience with technology and new media.


Our Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The BC Museums Association (BCMA) office is located on the traditional, unceded lands of the Lekwungen peoples (Songhees and Xwsepsum Nations). We respect past, present, and future Indigenous stewards and recognize that we are uninvited guests on this territory. As a reflection of the provincial scope of our membership and organization, we recognize that our affiliates occupy the ceded, unceded, and sovereign territories of Nations across what is referred to as British Columbia.

We are committed to supporting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within the museum and cultural sector and in our own organizational practices. If you are interested in working with us, but see something in this posting that excludes you, please reach out to us. We are committed to decolonizing our practices and creating an inclusive working environment that accommodates all backgrounds and abilities.

If you have questions about this role and potential accommodations, please reach out to BCMA’s Executive Director, Ryan Hunt,


About the role

The candidate will work remotely as part of a small, passionate team and a large provincial network of members, stakeholders, partners, and volunteers. We offer a creative, inclusive, and flexible work environment and the chance to make a difference in a community dedicated to supporting BC’s museums, art galleries, Indigenous cultural centres, historic sites, and heritage institutions.

The Development Assistant’s primary responsibilities will include: supporting and improving fundraising efforts, drafting proposals, building and maintaining tracking records and databases, researching and engaging with potential donors and corporate sponsors/partners, creating digital outreach materials and strategies, and promoting the organization’s mission and values to external stakeholders.

The right candidate will have the opportunity to gain skills in project planning and budgeting, grant writing and reporting, sponsor and donor relations, digital communications, and will be involved in helping the BCMA create new standards and systems for engaging with stakeholders.


Relevant Skills, Experiences, and Interests

  • Highly developed organizational, time management, and teamwork skills
  • Driven and self-motivated
  • Proven experience in research
  • Strong digital literacy skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexibility and a willingness to engage with a variety of people and ideas
  • Software Skills: Microsoft Office, Zoom, Slack, Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Experience with client relations an asset
  • Experience with fundraising is an asset
  • Passion for arts, culture, heritage, diversity, and community


Additional Criteria

Due to the funding for this position, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered as a student at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. International students are NOT eligible for this position.


Work environment and compensation

Work Week: Monday – Friday (Up to 35 hours per week). Part-time work and/or flexible scheduling may be possible.

$21 hr, plus statutory benefits.

This position begins on January 1, 2022 and continues until April 30, 2022.

To help protect the health of our team during the COVID-19 pandemic, BCMA staff are working remotely for the foreseeable future. We welcome applications from any location in British Columbia.


About the BCMA: The BC Museums Association, founded in 1957, represents over 400 members in 144 communities across British Columbia, including museums, art galleries, archives, historic sites, Indigenous cultural centres, science centres and related organizations located throughout BC. We are a provincially incorporated non-profit society and a registered charitable organization that works to create a bright future for BC’s museum, gallery and heritage sector through networking, advocacy, innovation and professional development.

Guiding Principle: We believe in the transformative power of museums.

Vision: The museum community is valued for providing cultural leadership, influence and knowledge to British Columbians.

Mission: We lead by supporting, empowering and advocating for the BC museum community.


How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to

Applications are due by 9:00 pm PT on Friday, December 3.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email