Managing Director, Indigenous Theatre


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Job Number: J1017-0187
Job Title: Managing Director, Indigenous Theatre
Employment Type: 5 year mandate with possibility of renewal
Job Category: Arts Management
Open Positions: 1
Posting Date: October 3, 2017
Closing Date: November 5, 2017
Salary: $87,500.00 - $130,700.00/Year
Language Requirement: Bilingual is an asset
Working Hours: Monday to Friday
Job Reports To: Artistic Director

Key Activities

We recognize the Algonquin Nation, on whose traditional, unceded territory the National Arts Centre is located. We gratefully acknowledge the Algonquin Nation as past, present and future stewards of this land.

Working in partnership with the Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre, the incumbent will play an integral role in contributing to building a new and powerful and inspirational Indigenous Theatre Department for Canada’s National Arts Centre. The selected candidate should be well known to First Nation, Inuit and/or Métis communities; bring an in depth knowledge of the Canadian and Indigenous performance landscapes, including a wide range of approaches to theatre and the key artists making it; and above all, demonstrate a real passion for the vision of the National Arts Centre. The Managing Director will also participate as a member of NAC senior management.

Experience in producing, co-producing and presenting live performance, touring, sound financial management, knowledge of theatre sector collective agreements and many years of experience as a Managing Director make you an ideal candidate for this position. The successful candidate is strongly committed to Indigenous work on a national stage as well as to community engagement. The incumbent is a gifted arts administrator who is interested in a wide-ranging conversation about Indigenous performance and in supporting a diversity of range and style from coast-to-coast.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
The incumbent will have the responsibility of overseeing and managing the operational and artistic programs, and business of Indigenous Theatre including:
- The creation of an overarching strategic plan for the Indigenous Theatre Department based on the vision of the Artistic Director;
- Working with the Artistic Director to develop annual operational plans in support of the established artistic strategic plan above.

Skill Requirements

- Post-secondary studies in theatre, business, and/or other artistic disciplines or related fields;
- In-depth knowledge of the Canadian and Indigenous performing arts environment, industry and policy issues including: strong connections with key players in the Canadian and Indigenous performing arts communities;
- Strong knowledge of Indigenous performance works as well as some knowledge of international markets;
- Demonstrated producing techniques in Canadian theatre including: the ability to understand collective agreements, contracting issues as well as presentation and coproduction contract terms and negotiations;
- General knowledge of the Canadian theatre touring business and Indigenous Touring networks;
- Capacity in financial management and book-keeping;
- Familiarity with arts marketing, including subscription campaigns and single ticket marketing techniques;
- General knowledge of performing arts fundraising methods and revenue sources;
- A sound knowledge of production as it relates to budgeting;
- Must possess strong negotiating skills;
- Experience managing staff members, and ability to lead through a performance management system;
- Proficient in using MS Office including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
- Exceptional interpersonal skills;
- Enthusiastic team player with strong leadership skills;
- Ability to multi-task;
- A demonstrated commitment to becoming familiar with programming in several Indigenous, English and French languages;
- A second language is an asset.

Who Can Apply

Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Candidates invited to an interview will be responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses. If relocation is required, the successful candidate will be expected to pay for his/her relocation expenses.

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, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

While we appreciate all applications, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Important Notice

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation for an interview or written exam, please advise us when initially contacted.