Job: Theatre Ontario Seeks an Executive Director

In Jobs on June 21, 2011 by danceumbrella


Theatre Ontario is a member-driven arts service organization with a unique mandate:  to develop and support theatre practitioners across the province by providing resources, networking, training and advocacy for both the professional and community theatre sectors.

Theatre Ontario’s Board of Directors seeks an energetic and innovative Executive Director with a strong commitment to the health and vitality of our Ontario theatre community.  Theatre Ontario’s Executive Director is a hands-on manager, providing leadership and direction to staff, and has the vision necessary to lead the organization into the next phase of its growth. The ideal candidate is skilled at relationship and community building, revenue development and is aware of the artistic and political climate facing theatre across the province and Canada.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, the candidate is strong on financial management, adept at written and oral communication, and creative in delivering a range of programs that serve theatre and theatre artists across the province.  This candidate encourages partnerships with other arts service organizations in advocating for and on behalf of theatre, in addressing cultural and political issues, whenever and wherever possible.

 Primary responsibilities:

-Working closely with a 15-member board composed of representatives from many segments and regions of the Ontario theatre community.

-Managing Theatre Ontario’s finances including grant applications, regular reporting to funders and sponsors, and developing and managing the organization’s annual budget.

-Overseeing fundraising activities and being an active member of the Revenue Generation Committee, chaired by the Treasurer.

-Acting as a spokesperson and advocate on behalf of the organization, its members and the Ontario theatre community at large.

-Implementing the current strategic plan in partnership with the board and staff.

-Planning and managing the day-to-day operations of Theatre Ontario.

-Supervising, developing and leading the organization’s personnel.

-Identifying opportunities and working partnerships that further goals and objectives of the organization’s new strategic objectives.

-Flexibility to travel around the province and attend occasional Board and Committee meetings on evenings and weekends as required.


-A minimum of 5 years of professional arts administration / management experience in either professional or community theatre.

-Post-secondary degree or diploma in Arts Management, Fund Raising or similar degree/diploma, or equivalent work experience in the field.

-Knowledge and passion for the theatre community across Ontario.

-Recognized leadership in the arts community that invites and stimulates partnerships with funders, sponsors and colleagues.

-Expert knowledge and proven experience in annual planning, grant-writing and revenue generation from a variety of sources including both earned and contributed revenue.

-Experience in financial reporting and accounting practices in the charitable sector.

-Strong organizational skills that include managing multiple assignments and workload distribution in order to meet deadlines.

-Excellent command of English in both written and oral communication.  French is an asset.


Remuneration: Commensurate with experience.

Please submit your letter of interest with salary expectations and resume by email by Friday, July 8, 2011 at 5 PM to:

Kate McConnell / Theatre Ontario E.D. Search –

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted for interviews.

Theatre Ontario is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity and invites applications from all qualified individuals.

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