General Manager

Date Posted: Sep 14, 2021
Application Deadline: Oct 08, 2021
Start Date: Oct 24, 2021

Hourly From: $30/hr To $40/hr
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: Cultural Industries
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Part-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Loose Tea Music Theatre

Founded by Director and Creator Alaina Viau in 2013, Loose Tea is changing the face of opera. The 2019-20 season saw the company premiere two new unconventional operas, receive its first DORA nominations for “Singing only Softly” and the appointment of Joanna Diindiisikwe Simmons as Artistic Director.

Through our support and development of diverse creators and new works we are actively addressing the systemic issues that have been inherited by the art form. We seek to create an anti-racist, compassionate and accessible environment for our teams and audiences. We centre our creation in addressing critical social issues, the telling of diverse stories of all people who live one this land and giving a voice to new type of opera expression.

Loose Tea Music Theatre is a not-for-profit, registered charity.

Job Description

Loose Tea Music Theatre (LTMT) is changing the face of opera. Taking an innovative approach, we develop and stretch perceptions of the art form and the concert-going experience, while supporting and developing diverse creators and addressing critical social issues.

We are now entering an exciting new phase of growth and development. Working alongside Executive Artistic Director and Founder Alaina Viau, Joanna Diindiisikwe Simmons was appointed Artistic Director last year. We have recently made new appointments to our board and staff team, received our first DORA nominations and have been successful in several major funding bids allowing us to plan with confidence for the years ahead.
The new role of General Manager will be pivotal to our success, providing operational support and leadership, and working closely with our Artistic Directors, staff team and board. This is a chance for a motivated, dedicated passionate individual to make a difference, not just to our company, but to the art form and its future.

The successful applicant will be someone with excellent organisational skills, someone who excels at working with a wide range of people, and be someone who can be both practical and strategic. Flexibility is key, while still attaining organisational goals. We envisage the successful potholder as the ‘glue’ that brings people and ideas from across the organisation together and makes them work, while ensuring a happy and harmonious ethic and atmosphere within the team.

Role Description
Role: General Manager
Reports to: Executive Artistic Director
Manages: Director of Marketing, Director of Development

Strategy & Governance

  • With the Executive Artistic Director, be responsible for the implementation of the new Strategic Plan, currently in development, including overseeing the annual review of the plan and future development of it as required.
  • With the Executive Artistic Director be responsible for developing materials for board meetings, and presenting at board meetings as necessary.
  • Report on progress against the to-be-developed Strategic Plan and recommending related actions as needed. Bring to the attention of the Board any operational matters that require their decision.
  • With the Board Chair and Executive Artistic Director play a key role in the recruitment of new Board Members as necessary.


  • Working with the Director of Development drive and lead LTMT’s Development Strategy, including developing methods for monitoring progress.
  • Be responsible for all reporting for grant-makers including Ontario Artis Council and Canada Council as well as some grant-writing.


  • Oversee and manage all LTMT events and the BIPOC Composer Librettist Development Program
  • Recruit and manage any freelance staff associated with these as necessary
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with all partners – artists, agents, venues etc
  • Hiring and contracting artists, creatives and others for all LTMT projects
  • Maintaining high standards of practice and working conditions at all LTMT projects, and be liaison with relevant unions.
  • Be responsible for effective dissemination of information (schedules etc) for projects, ensuring the LTMT team works cohesively and efficiently.
  • Ensure all events follow appropriate union standards e.g. breaks.
  • Keep abreast of all relevant industry best practice guidelines.


  • Ensure a harassment-free, inclusive, diverse, accessible workplace
  • Be responsible for the management of the Directors of Marketing and Development, ensuring regular one to one meetings take place and tracking progress against goals
  • Be responsible for running and undertaking the annual review process with above team members.
  • Ensure regular company-wide meetings take place to ensure effective dissemination of information.
  • Ensure that our Compassionate Creation Process is used in all areas of business and be the lead contact on issues of reporting (harassment etc).

Financial Management

  • Be responsible for monthly financial reporting
  • Be responsible for the development and ongoing monitoring of both annual organisational and project budgets.
  • Be responsible fo the approval, processing and payment of all LTMT invoices.
  • Prepare year-end reports to satisfy government, management and Board needs
  • Ensure appropriate filings to the Canada Revenue Agency.


  • Be an advocate for the work of LTMT
  • Attend industry events to further LTMT’s profile and brand
  • Support in maintaining relationships with LTMT’s key funders
  • Any other duties as reasonably required


Person Specification

About this person specification
The below represents our ideal candidate specification, but we want we want you to feel confident applying to work with us even if you feel like you might not fit the job posting perfectly.

We take a people-first approach to our work and if it feels like the right fit then we will find ways to collaborate even if that means there might be some areas of development within the person specification.

Lastly – we welcome talking! If you’d like to talk through any aspect of this role then drop us a line and we’d be thrilled to set up a call or zoom and answer any questions you might have, simply email Alaina:

  • A minimum of 5 years relevant experience
  • Successful track record in live performance or related discipline
  • A motivated and energetic self-starter
  • Highly organised, able to juggle and meet multiple projects and deadlines
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team and also independently
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office and other similar programs
  • Knowledge an/or enthusiasm for opera, music, theatre and related disciplines
  • A fresh thinker, willing and able to challenge the status quota
Communication Skills
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent proof-reading skill and exemplary attention to detail
  • Able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and professions.
Financial Management
  • Sound understanding of company and project finance
  • Experience developing and managing budgets
Note that the sucessful candidate will benefit from a period of mentoring from our consultant William Norris

Additional Info:

This is a freelance role, for approximately 2 days a week, although this may flex around artistic projects.

We offer an hourly rate of $35.

We have a long-term aspiration to make this a full-time position when funding allows

Full information can be found at

How to Apply:

To apply for this role send a Cover Letter that outlines your suitability for the position, together with your resume.

Note that you should save these as a single PDF, and we ask that all candidates remove names of educational establishments from their resume as part of our commitment to DEI.

If you prefer, you can send a video or audio version of your cover letter.

All applications will be anonymised before short-listing.

Deadline for applications: October 8, 2021 at 5.30pm.

Interviews will be held on Zoom and we expect to inform short-listed candidates about these by October 15 latest.

Send applications to:
William Norris at

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