Manager of Programming

Date Posted: Oct 12, 2021
Application Deadline: Nov 12, 2021
Start Date: Nov 29, 2021

Salary From: 60K To 60K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

The Bentway Conservancy
The Bentway, formerly known as Project: Under Gardiner, is a unique and innovative public space that will transform the vacant and forgotten area underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering place for our city’s growing population. Stretching from Strachan Avenue to Spadina Avenue, this 1.75 km trail and series of public spaces will knit together seven neighbourhoods – Exhibition Place, Liberty Village, Niagara, Fort York Neighbourhood, Bathurst Quay, Wellington Place and CityPlace – and become a gateway to the waterfront, while providing access to important attractions and destinations – from the Molson Amphitheatre to the Rogers Centre and Harbourfront Centre. This dynamic new urban corridor will activate the community with a continuous multi-use trail providing access to year-round activities and events, including gardens, a skating rink, recreational amenities, public markets, public art, special exhibitions, festivals, theatre and musical performances and more.

Job Description

Reporting to the Co-Executive Director, and the Senior Manager of Programming, the Manager of Programming will help to build an annual calendar of events, in partnership with local and international artists, organizations, and stakeholders, that enliven the Bentway site and engage a broad and diverse set of visitors. The Manager of Programming will support and lead the development of new Bentway commissions and productions, as well as partnerships and hosted events. The Manager of Programming will have direct oversight over the Bentway’s seasonal programming, artistic commissioning, and cultural/community partnerships.

  • Develop content for Bentway programs, events, and commissions, and act as the producer on select programs and events and partnerships
  • Ensure that programs and events respond to and reflect community needs, are inclusive of Toronto’s diverse populations, and acknowledge the site’s Indigenous and historical significance
  • Manage and monitor project budgets, and develop programs within set financial parameters
  • Manage and monitor program schedules to ensure coordination with Facilities, Development, and Communications teams, as well as project partners and external stakeholders
  • Provide administrative support to the Co-Executive Director, Senior Manager, and senior-level volunteers
  • Manage support staff, including event supervisors and volunteer coordinators, to ensure that programs meet performance objectives
  • Work with Production and Facilities staff to meet all technical and logistical requirements including production materials and equipment, permits and permissions, in/out schedules, shipping, and transportation, OH&S, and risk management plans; and ensure all site requirements are confirmed
  • Support the Development team in the production of grant applications, partnerships, and sponsorship opportunities and activations
  • Work with the Communications team to support event promotion, reach potential target audiences/participants and communities, and ensure all artist/partner obligations are met
  • Work with community stakeholders to ensure that programs reflect the diverse interests and needs of the local residents and businesses as well as the broader Bentway community


  • Relevant post-secondary education (in curatorial practice, collections management, arts and cultural programming, design, arts administration, etc.) or equivalent work experience
  • A minimum of five years’ professional experience in arts programming and management • Knowledge and experience with organization and event management/ production, visual arts, multidisciplinary performance, and installations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team environment and communicate with the public
  • Demonstrated experience working with multiple partners, artists, and artistic companies from project conceptualization through to presentation
  • Previous experience with budgeting and scheduling for events, as well as contracting for artists and suppliers • Very strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to liaise effectively with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including artists, promoters, and fabricators
  • Ability to think creatively, and conceive and implement new ideas
  • Evidence of problem-solving skills, and the ability to multi-task in high-pressure situations
  • Ability to use computers and Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Excel, Word). Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite and SketchUp are considered an asset • Ability and willingness to work outdoors
  • Ability and willingness to work outside of typical office hours (evenings and weekends)

Additional Info:

The Bentway is committed to fostering a positive and supportive environment that promotes equity and diversity. We invite applications from Indigenous and racialized people, people with disabilities, and people from 2SLGBTQ+ communities. 

How to Apply:

Application Package Components:

  • CV (PDF format, no more than three pages)
  • Letter of Intent (no more than two pages), addressing the following prompts:
  1. How would you approach your work at The Bentway, and what has informed that approach?
  2. Tell us about a time that you managed a creative project from beginning to end. What did you find especially challenging about that project? What did you find most rewarding?

Please send your CV and Letter of Intent to with the subject “MANAGER OF PROGRAMMING - [YOUR NAME]”.

No late or incomplete applications (missing a CV or letter) will be accepted. No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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