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Executive Director

Theatre Ontario Seeks Executive Director

Your years of experience in the not-for-profit sector have shaped your vision of a better Ontario. A bold arts advocate, your colleagues admire your visionary leadership, determination and skills. You know your way around a computer and a spreadsheet, your staff respects you, and sees you as a role model. You work effectively with Boards of Directors and with diverse stakeholders. And when you unite ideas and passion with skills and strategy, you make good things happen at your workplace, in your community and beyond.

Could Theatre Ontario be your next, big professional challenge?

Position Overview

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director leads a dedicated team, and brings visionary and strategic leadership to Theatre Ontario. This role is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, vision and strategy through leadership in administration and operations, financial management, human resources, Board relations, and communications. Simultaneously, the Executive Director fosters inclusive and progressive theatre in Ontario.

Essential Qualifications

  • At minimum, 8 years of progressive work experience in the arts, culture, theatre, business, fundraising and/or not-for-profit sector.
  • A post-secondary designation in at least one of: journalism, communication, arts, public administration, business, management, theatre, fundraising or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in successful leadership as outlined below.

Our Visionary Leader Will Execute in Five Key Areas


  • You are the day-to-day leader in all planning at Theatre Ontario.
  • You translate strategic goals into concrete actions and measurable outcomes to take us to the next level of improved performance and service.
  • You oversee and engage in the delivery of all of our programming: courses, outreach, training, creative visioning, special projects and more.
  • You develop and expand our community engagement and relationships with our key partners in the arts and culture sector.


  • You establish and meet Theatre Ontario’s financial goals and performance.
  • You maintain the organization’s financial health while continuously exploring new revenue streams and resources.
  • You have solid, hands-on, budget-management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting, and are experienced in salary negotiations.
  • You bring extensive experience in grant writing.


  • You lead a dedicated team driven to foster inclusive and progressive theatre in Ontario.
  • You foster an inspiring and collaborative work environment for all Theatre Ontario staff.
  • You have strong interpersonal skills to collaborate, persuade, engage and advocate for/with staff and diverse, key stakeholders.
  • You bring well-honed organizational capability to planning, people management, staff performance appraisals and program development.


  • You regularly update the Board of Directors with the timely information it needs to govern effectively, and to make informed, timely decisions.
  • You advise and report to the Board of Directors on all policy and strategic planning decisions.
  • You record official minutes as the Board’s ex-officio Secretary, and serve on select committees, as needed.
  • You inform, prepare and distribute relevant reports and documents to the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and prior to the Annual General Meeting.


  • You convey Theatre Ontario’s vision to staff, board, volunteers, funders and donors.
  • You develop, consult and maintain external relationships and strategic links with government ministries and agencies, foundations, other theatre and arts organizations, our members, and other stakeholders.
  • You engage diverse volunteer and donor groups via strong written and oral communication skills, and through your well-honed public speaking and advocacy skills.
  • You have extensive knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the not-for-profit sector, and oversee all marketing, fundraising and communications initiatives.

About Theatre Ontario

As Ontario’s champion for theatre since 1971, we advocate for growth, cultivate theatre resources, provide educational opportunities, and encourage collaboration within the theatre community. We provide programs, training and resources for our members and the community at large, and innovate in all that we do. We are a charitable, not-for-profit association of individuals and organizations in the professional, community, and educational theatre sectors.

We encourage and celebrate diversity which benefits our employees, services and community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and attention will not be paid to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. All applicants will be considered for employment.


Send your cover letter and résumé in a single PDF document, no later than 5pm, Friday, September 28, 2018 to [email protected] We thank all applicants, however, only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted.

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