Manager of Cultural Programming and Community Relations

Date Posted: Feb 03, 2020
Application Deadline: Mar 27, 2020
Start Date: Mar 02, 2020

Salary From: 50K To 70K
Province: Ontario
Region: Central Ontario
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: Heritage
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

Villa Charities Inc.
Villa Charities Inc. is a registered charity and non-profit organization that cultivates, promotes and celebrates the Italian-Canadian culture.

Villa Charities’ Lawrence-Dufferin campus in Toronto is a major hub of the GTA’s Italian community, with the Columbus Centre at its heart. Thousands of people of all ages visit and use the Centre daily for dance, visual arts, music and culinary programs; view art exhibits at the art gallery; participate in a wide range of athletic, aquatics and wellness programs at our Athletic Club; and enjoy fine Italian cuisine at Ristorante Boccaccio. The campus is also home to the Columbus Event Centre, which hosts and caters numerous weddings, family events, meetings and corporate gatherings. Service to Italian-Canadian seniors remains a core part of the organization’s mission. In addition to our two long-term care facilities, Villa Colombo Toronto and Villa Colombo Vaughan, Villa Charities offers subsidized housing for independent seniors at our three apartment buildings, including Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo.

Job Description

Villa Charities Inc. is a registered charity that celebrates and promotes the Italian Heritage, Culture, Language, Arts, Food and Family Values. For almost 50 years across the GTA, Villa Charities has supported culturally sensitive long-term care for seniors as well as educational and community programs in music, dance, visual arts, culinary arts, athletics and more. The Villa Charities family includes the Columbus Centre; and Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. For more information, visit
Villa Charities is currently recruiting for a Manager of Cultural Programming & Community Relations. We are looking for an individual with leadership experience and background in cultural programming & planning, community outreach, and partnership development. Reporting to the Executive Director of Cultural Programming, the Manager of Cultural Programming and Community Relations will be responsible for expanding and strengthening the network of cultural programming options and partnerships, as well as initiating and delivering programs to fulfill the organizational strategic plan.
  • Cultivating and expanding upon the wide range of cultural community partnerships by actively engaging associations, organizations, government bodies and individuals in mutually beneficial collaborations.
  • Planning and implementing an outreach strategy primarily focus on the Italian Canadian community, but could also include other cultural groups who share a common bond
  • Maintaining and growing the network of artists, performers and academics for the purpose of developing a relevant, interesting, and successful programming schedule.
  • Planning and executing Italian and non- Italian language programs.
  • Providing support to special cultural community projects.
  • Collaborating with all other internal Departments to deliver culturally sensitive content to the projects and events organized by VCI.
  • Supporting the department with visual art exhibitions and other cultural initiatives carried out in the J.D. Carrier Art Gallery.
  • Managing all activities related to the “Artists in Residence Program”, a Villa Charities initiative aimed at supporting and promoting young Italian Canadian creative talent.
  • Maintaining local, regional and national connections in the cultural industry and Italian- Canadian community.
  • Visual arts programming and exhibitions in the public realm, including public art; Long term performing arts development plans; Developing connections to other ethno-cultural communities.
  • Ensuring fiscal accountability of the programs.
  • Manage all program specific volunteers.


  • A degree (BA, MBA, MA, MPA) in a related humanities field with at least 5 years of experience.
  • Progressively responsible experience across a breadth of areas in the area of arts and cultural management including staff and volunteer management, program and organizational development, project management and event planning.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication, both written and oral, skills in English. Fluent, both oral and written, in Italian will be an asset.
  • Experience in Cultural community programming, and outreach experience.
  • Organizational and community development, including not for profit experience
  • Ability and willingness to work outside of standard office hours (evenings and   weekends as required).
  • Experience in event planning and execution.
  • Experience with handling and installing artworks and developing exhibitions.
  • Robust understanding of budget management.
  • Attention to detail with a passion for producing high quality work.
  • Requires satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check

Additional Info:

Villa Charities Inc. offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including a free gym/health club membership (on-campus), and much more.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in an opportunity to make a difference and a lasting impact, work with an agile, collaborative, progressive, and high-performing team; please forward your resume and cover letter to: Human Resources by email to:
Application Deadline Date: Friday, February 21st, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Villa Charities’ policies, a request for accommodation will be accepted as part of Villa Charities’ hiring process. To avoid any delays in the recruitment process, if you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, you must provide your accommodation needs in advance. You may also be required to submit adequate medical/other documentation to Human Resources to support your request for accommodation


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