Director, Community Partnerships & Programs

Date Posted: Jun 11, 2021
Application Deadline: Jul 16, 2021
Start Date: Jun 11, 2021

Salary From: 90K To 120K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Canadian Opera Company

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience including a dedicated base of subscribers. Under its leadership team of General Director Perryn Leech and Music Director Johannes Debus, the company has an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. Its diverse repertoire includes new commissions and productions, local and international collaborations with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracts the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC Academy is an incubator for the future of the art form, nurturing Canada’s new wave of opera creators with customized training and support. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. For more information, visit coc.ca.



Job Description

Director, Community Partnerships and Programs
 

Reporting to the General Director, the Director, Community Partnerships and Programs (CPP) is a visionary leader who will work with the COC artistic and administrative teams to create and implement a plan for the CPP department which both integrates with and expands upon the COC strategic plan, mission, and vision. They will build strong artistic partnerships with the Music Director and Director of Artistic Planning, and strong administrative partnerships with the Executive Director, Philanthropy & Audiences.
 
Key Responsibilities:
 
Departmental Vision & Planning
  • Develop and execute a vision for the CPP department and the COC’s community impact, creative partnerships, and programming activities.
  • Working alongside the Artistic Planning department, plan and organize a schedule of productions and events which complement and enrich the COC’s strategic vision and build community partnerships.
  • Evaluate and measure existing programs in context with the company’s strategic vision and work towards a goal of continuous improvement.
  • Keep up-to-date with opera and performance-based programming and education around Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and internationally, and seek to strengthen COC’s position as a leader in community and partnership-based programming.
 
Community Collaboration and Creative Exploration
  • Build deep connections and collaborations with the various communities of Toronto and Ontario – including those who may have little or no previous with opera or the performing arts – to tell their stories and have a profound impact on community building.
  • Seek out partners for meaningful and significant projects and ongoing collaborations in alignment with agreed strategic initiatives.
  • Collaborate with community groups in the development of pieces that connect to their personal histories and narratives.
  • Partner with composers, bringing the most promising new talent to the COC, and guide the conception and formation of new works, nurturing the creative process in order to develop upcoming national and community talent.
  • Oversee the Free Concert Series for the COC
  • Mentor and manage the COC Composer-in-Residence, current Disruptor-in-Residence company Amplifed Opera, and other similar partnerships and programs that may be agreed to.
  • Work in close consultation with the General Director to identify, propose, and develop new company and individual residencies.
 
Programming and Operations
  • Communicate with all departments to create a coherent, practical, and transparent planning system which functions in conjunction with the demands of the company’s main stage productions.
  • Coordinate with the Executive Management Team to plan and implement varied and diverse productions within the framework of the company.
  • Engage nationally and internally to promote the importance of the CPP department’s projects. 
  • Work alongside the Philanthropy & Audiences department to build an annual communications and delivery plan that aligns with the company’s main stage productions and philanthropy initiatives.
 
Administration and Management
  • Effectively manage all day-to-day operations, while building and mentoring CPP staff, empowering them to master and manage their individual areas of responsibility.
  • Implement procedures that coordinate with company processes to create efficiently planned and executed productions and projects.
  • Build a network of communication within the company to engender support of CPP department activities.
  • Work closely with the Philanthropy & Audiences department on contact management and tracking of marketing and promotional outreach activities.
 
Board Responsibilities
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Board, communicating the importance and significance of the diverse nature and impact of productions.
  • Educate the Board to act as Ambassadors to celebrate and broaden the appreciation for the department’s widespread impact and relevance.
     
Company Collaboration
  • In cooperation with the Philanthropy & Audiences team, develop strategies to guarantee that CPP contributed revenue goals are met.
  • Help identify potential donors, corporate partners, public funders, and foundations to support the original and inventive works of the department, demonstrating the impact on both the inhabitants of Toronto, Ontario and also the evolving operatic art form.
  • Obtain and provide qualitative and quantitative metrics to the philanthropy team to support CADAC, donor and sponsor reporting.

Other
This job description represents the essential functions of the position, but is not all-inclusive. This position may be assigned and expected to handle other tasks and duties reasonably related to job the responsibilities.

 

Requirements:

KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Senior level management experience in the performing arts, similar industries and disciplines, or an educational environment.
  • Outstanding verbal communication and presenting skills are necessary.
  • Must have a passion for storytelling, music, mentorship, and making connections.


Additional Info:

ABOUT THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY
 
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. General Director Perryn Leech joined the company in 2021, forming a leadership team with Music Director Johannes Debus and Deputy General Director Christie Darville. The COC enjoys a loyal audience, including a dedicated base of subscribers, and has an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. Its diverse repertoire includes new commissions and productions, local and international collaborations with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracts the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC Academy is an incubator for the future of the art form, nurturing Canada’s new wave of opera creators with customized training and support. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. For more information, visit coc.ca.
 

How to Apply:

APPLICATION PROCESS
Interested persons are invited to submit their resume and cover letter, stating salary expectations, no later than July 16, 2021 to:
peterf@coc.ca
 
Peter Ford
Manager, Human Resources
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E. Toronto, ON M5A 1E8
 
The Canadian Opera Company thanks, in advance, all applicants, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or agencies please.
 
The COC is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in all parts of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
 
Date Posted:  June 11, 2021
 
 

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