President and CEO

Job Number: J1017-1046
Job Title: President and CEO
Employment Type: Full-Time, Term
Job Category: Executive
Open Positions: 1
Posting Date: November 1, 2017
Closing Date: November 30, 2017


Canada is our stage. Those four words inform everything we do as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country. We are proud to be a home for many of Canada’s most exciting artists, who captivate audiences on our four stages. We strive to be artistically adventurous in each of our programming streams. We provide artistic and financial support to Canadian creators, helping them create highly ambitious new work in theatre, dance and music for national and international audiences. We partner with our country’s most innovative arts organizations, from Victoria B.C., to Igloolik, Nunavut, to St. John’s Newfoundland, and many, many places in between. And we work with children and young people across the country, fostering young audiences with innovative programs, and nurturing the artists of tomorrow through artist training. The NAC is the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada, and one of the largest in the world.


This is an enviable opportunity to build upon the National Arts Centre’s strong reputation as Canada’s home for the performing arts, and its proven track record as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across Canada. The NAC’s next leader will inherit an organization that has dramatically increased its national role over the past two decades, and that has become an increasing source of pride for Canadians. Benefiting from what is arguably the strongest artistic team in North America, and an extraordinarily talented senior management team, the new President and CEO will provide the vision and leadership necessary to guide the organization into its next phase of growth. Reporting to a supportive Board of Trustees, this individual will be expected to drive the development of bold new initiatives that support the NAC’s mandate on its four stages in the Nation’s Capital, as well as its national role in supporting the performing arts across Canada. This includes the Centre’s bold new emphasis on supporting the creation of ambitious new Canadian work in theatre, dance and music. The ideal candidate will be bilingual.


• Responsibility for all aspects of management delegated by the Board of Trustees. This includes shaping an NAC culture that is creatively and externally focused, innovative and entrepreneurial; managing a challenging multi-disciplinary creative organization involving classical music, popular music, dance, English, French and Indigenous theatre, community programming and arts education, operating in the English, French and Indigenous cultural milieu;

• Responsibility for all aspects of NAC programming, and delegating authority for the different artistic disciplines to the Senior Management Team; building a highly effective management team; selecting senior executives in both programming and non-programming roles; setting clear performance goals and expectations, creating a positive and creative work environment; and compensating, promoting, or terminating as necessary;

• Providing strong and stable financial management; overseeing all aspects of the financial performance of the NAC – that accounts are kept according to generally accepted accounting standards; that budgets are prepared, approved, and operations adequately controlled; that results of operations are reported on a timely basis to the Board and stakeholders; and that analyses and explanations of these results are provided to the Board;

• Building and optimizing revenue opportunities through box office activities, corporate sponsorship and individual philanthropy, as well as other commercial activities (e.g. Restaurants and Food Services);

• Attracting world-class artistic leadership in all of the NAC’s programming streams – Music (the NAC Orchestra), English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, Dance, NAC Presents, and Variety and Community Programming, and encouraging the artistic leadership team to achieve the highest standards in creating, producing and presenting exciting programming, including the showcasing of Canadian artists;

• Ensuring that the NAC remains a national leader in performing arts education;

• Initiating partnerships with arts organizations, educators and funders both nationally and internationally;

• Understanding the business context of the NAC, which is characterized by a highly competitive environment, the vagaries of the box office, regular changes in audience taste, fundraising on a national basis, the running of several business units, and uncertain funding for major national initiatives;

• Actively engaging government officials, corporate sponsors and private philanthropists in promoting the NAC’s artistic vision and national activities to increase base funding levels and earned revenues;

• Overseeing national events and celebrations such as the NAC Gala and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards;

• Overseeing the engagement of young audiences to ensure cultural sustainability;

• Maintaining and building relationships with leaders from the arts and business communities; forging commercial relationships that lead to media visibility and corresponding attention from dignitaries, VIPS, government officials and audiences; and maintaining strong ties to the performing arts community across Canada and around the globe;

• Strengthening the NAC’s public image and ensuring the NAC is highly visible in local, national and international media; and acting as the public face of the organization;

• Working collaboratively with the Board of Trustees and with Senior Management to develop a strategic direction for the Centre;

• Seeking feedback from stakeholders and the public, and deciding how it should be integrated into the NAC’s strategy and operations;

• Ensuring that the NAC is in full compliance with all laws and regulations.

If you have additional questions regarding this opportunity, please contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, Debbie Collins, via email at or by telephone at 613-947-7000, extension 518 or 1-866-850-ARTS (2787).

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.