General Manager

Date Posted: Feb 06, 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2020
Start Date: Mar 16, 2020

Salary From: 45K To 55K
Province: Multiple locations
City: across Canada
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Canadian Improv Games

The Canadian Improv Games (CIG) is a national charity organization that brings improvisational theatre programs to high schools across Canada through unique curriculum and events. Dedicated to empowering youth, CIG’s programs are formatted to build and promote invaluable skills including Positivity, Communication, Leadership, Commitment and Teamwork.  Founded in Ottawa, Ontario in 1977, CIG is now in its 43rd season and is home to over 100,000 alumni, thousands of current students and programs operating in fifteen cities across Canada.

Job Description

Job Summary:
Working closely with the Board of Directors, The General Manager (GM) is responsible for the effective management and overall operations of the Canadian Improv Games. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, fiscal management and oversight, revenue generation (through grants, fundraising, sponsorship etc), oversight of programs and operations, staff and volunteer management, public relations, and human resources.

Financial & Executive                                                                              
Oversee annual national operating budget as well as 14 regional and 3 external programming budgets. 
Manage and collaborate with the bookkeeper, including preparation of financial reports for monthly Board meetings.

Maintain a thorough understanding of current finances and cash flow, current projections vs annual and quarterly budgets, and prepare year end financial documents including government and board reports (with input from the bookkeeper and Board as appropriate). 

Provide effective and positive Board Management, including maintaining a ‘no surprise’ reporting relationship with the Board of Directors, and ensure the Board is meeting their requirements to the organisation.

Fundraising, Grants, Sponsorship 
Identify and create fundraising, sponsorship and grant opportunities, and capitalise on these opportunities.

Execution may include everything from cold calling to high level donor stewardship, correspondence, event management, creation of new supporting collateral etc. 

Identify and develop meaningful and beneficial relationships and partnerships with organizations, stakeholders, donors and communities that further the mission and/or objectives of the CIG.

Marketing & Outreach 
Ensure program managers are on target with program launches throughout the year.

Develop the social media strategy (including adding new social platforms to stay up to date with current trends) and calendar, and approve all posts prior to execution. 

Human Resource Management 
Lead a team of young theatre and arts professionals and volunteers, resolve conflicts and manage performance and productivity when required. 

Oversee all external contractors and staff across Canada (approx 23). 

Ensure compliance with employment standards across all provinces, including the regular school related programming, as well as camps and programs and any other CIG produced or related initiatives.



The General Manager position will lead the organisation and team remotely, and depending on the GM’s location, face to face time with the Board or the staff is rare. To this end it is of vital importance that the applicant discuss their ability to lead from a distance. Communication skills must be excellent, but also reflective and appropriate for the CIG communities they are serving, be it teachers, administrators, staff, producers, volunteers, sponsors or the Board. The Canadian Improv Games General Manager should also be a role model that reflects the spirit of the Games - the playfulness, camaraderie and fun as well as diligence, hard work and commitment. 

Further, the applicant should have 3-5 years experience in a senior or mid-level management/leadership role that can speak to the following skills: 

Leadership experience, including mentoring, skills development, problem solving, leading from afar (remote workplace management) and team building. Leadership experience in a not-for-profit environment, working with young people, volunteers or within the arts will be viewed favourably. 

2- 3 years of fundraising/sales experience with demonstrable success securing grants, sponsorship, major gifts and/or fundraising dollars (ideally all of these, but some combination thereof will also be taken into consideration). 

Familiarity with strategic planning processes is an asset. 

Experience in board and stakeholder management.

Strong financial skills (budgeting, projections, analysis) and a demonstrable understanding of organisational/business management.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills.

Experience in complex problem solving and an ability to lead.

Additional Info:

This is full-time, 8 month contract (March 16, 2020 – November 16 2020) to cover a maternity leave.

Office hours are 10am - 6pm EST Monday to Friday. Availability on evenings and weekends is required during event periods.

Salary range is 45-55K prorated for the 8 month contract for a monthly salary range is approx $4000 - $4500 commensurate with experience

How to Apply:

Please attach cover letter and resume as one PDF document and email to
Application deadline is February 28, 2020 at 5pm EST.


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