Managing Director

Date Posted: Aug 03, 2022
Application Deadline: Sep 16, 2022
Start Date: Nov 01, 2022

Salary From: 70K To 75K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension, 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: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Centre for Indigenous Theatre
The Centre for Indigenous Theatre (CIT) is a unique national theatre training facility, offering 3 and 4-year post-secondary training to talented Indigenous students from across Canada.  CIT graduates take important roles on stages, screens and within cultural institutions across Canada.
Founded in 1974 as the Native Theatre School, CIT incorporated in its present form as a full-time national Indigenous theatre school in 1991. CIT plays an important role in the theatre ecology, offering students an opportunity to be trained in both the Indigenous and traditional Western techniques, methods and canons.
CIT is led and run by: Rose Stella, Artistic Director, Michele Williams, Managing Director and an Advisory Council of three members, headed by Mae Maracle.
To learn more about CIT, please visit our website:

Job Description

The Centre for Indigenous Theatre embraces the spirit, energy and inspiration derived from the culture, values and traditions of indigenous people while creating an environment that encourages cultural exchange of practices and techniques between Indigenous Nations and communities.

We are an established not for profit organization based in the Toronto downtown core that houses the oldest Indigenous performance training program in Canada. We exist to provide theatrical training informed by traditional Indigenous artistic expression, teaching and values.

We offer a great opportunity to impact Indigenous performance culture through training and professional development opportunities for emerging and established indigenous theatre artists as well as the evolving and sophisticated Indigenous theatre ecology.

We are looking for a Managing Director.

The Managing Director is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership and support to the Centre for Indigenous Theatre (CIT) in accordance with the direction set by the Advisory Council. This includes accountability for: directing and guiding CIT’s activities; ensuring the financial and organizational needs are met; overseeing fundraising to advance CIT’s mandate; providing engaged and holistic leadership and ensuring staff and faculty are managed effectively; and representing CIT to the public and stakeholders, such as funders, partners, and community organizations.

The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $75,000, commensurate with experience with room for increased compensation after a period of probation.

The position offers the following benefits:
  • Health Plan, RRSP and Professional Development opportunities.
  • Entitlement to seven sick days a year.
  • Entitlement to ten vacation days a year with the number of days increasing based on the length of time worked with the organization.
  • Additionally, the organization is closed for another 10 working days, traditionally, in December at the end of the Fall Term.
The successful candidate will also accomplish the following through this role:
  • influence the organization's culture through an Indigenous cultural lens
  • build a strong, cohesive, and collaborative team while empowering team members through respect, trust, accountability and integrity
  • hone your communications and emotional intelligence skills including the ability to listen and respond to our community needs
  • demonstrate leadership skills to inspire and motivate the team to achieve the organiization's goals
  • create a strong work environment where the CIT family can thrive


  • Experience – have at least 5 or more years professional experience in (managing / directing) an organization (people and operations management and leadership)
  • Strong knowledge and demonstrated experience working with Indigenous organizations and communities in the arts is preferred
  • Formal Education - formal training at a recognized post-secondary institution [bachelors] OR a minimum of three to four years training in an organization [business, arts, social science, performing arts] AND a minimum of three to four years of work experience in arts management
  • Theatre and / or performing arts background is a strong asset
  • Competencies: Skills, Knowledge, and Personal Characteristics
    • Demonstrated effective leadership skills with the ability to engage and motivate staff through a holistic, relational, and human-centered approach  
    • Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with funding agencies and preparing grant funding reports
    • Strong and diverse verbal, written and electronic communications skills
    • Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills, with an ability to build relationships and interact effectively with diverse stakeholders
    • Sound and demonstrated financial comprehension and management skills
    • Proactively self-directed with the ability to organize, manage priorities, work independently, problem-solve, and deliver results without direct supervision
    • Ability to flexibly adapt to an evolving organization, hold space for, and address the needs of specific students and circumstances
    • Awareness and understanding of the impact of trauma and mental health (e.g., the impact of generational trauma on Indigenous people), and the need for equity-seeking action and safe spaces
    • High emotional intelligence and awareness
    • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people, their culture, history, traditions, and aspirations
  • OR Equivalent combination of knowledge, education, training, and experience

Additional Info:


Financial & Fiduciary Management:
  • Budgeting, analysis, preparation, and monitoring of financial forecasts
  • Planning, decision-making and reporting on organizational budget, fund budgets, financial status and cashflow management
  • Capacity building through grant development for core and project funding streams
  • Creating sustainability through additional revenue generating streams such as fundraising and studio rentals
  • Co-ordinating the annual financial audit
  • Liaise with various stakeholders: Advisory Council, faculty and staff, Artistic Director, funding bodies and their representatives & other third parties
  • Preparing grant & funding reports
  • Bridging the gap between the mandate of the organization and funding requirements both verbally and in writing
  • Building and sustaining relationships with Indigenous and community agencies, organizations, and communities across the country
  • Building and sustaining relationships with community and non-Indigenous arts organizations across the country
  • Planning and executing an annual fundraising plan
  • Strategically managing the utilization of the private, corporate and foundation funding database
  • Maintaining and utilizing the CRM system to track and communicate with potential students, alumni, faculty, donors, audience members, partner organizations and representatives, community organizations and representatives, and volunteers including potential Advisory Council members
  • Developing outreach programs and initiatives
  • Planning and carrying out the Annual General Meeting
  • Initiating and coordinating Advisory Council development opportunities and strategic retreats
  • Establishing and documenting operating and financial policies and procedures
  • Effectively hiring, onboarding, training and managing staff, including schedules, leave, performance, professional development, providing ongoing coaching, mentorship and guidance
  • Presiding various meetings of staff personnel, Advisory Council, and committees
  • Ensuring compliance with applicable legislature and regulations
  • Assuming signing authority of financial documents and contracts
  • Takes the lead in achieving the mandate, obligations and objectives of the organization supporting the organization's strategic vision
  • Work in close partnership with the Artistic Director to achieve the artistic vision of the organization
  • Anticipates the needs of the community as an arts training organization and plans for alterations and expansion to meet those needs
  • Liaising with the Advisory Council
  • Assuming role of Executive Producer for CIT productions
  • Carrying out other related duties as required
Working Conditions
  • Position may be carried out remotely (i.e., at a home office) and/or at the CIT office/studio, with a minimum of 3 days at the CIT office/studio
  • Position requires additional or varying hours during evenings and/or weekends during events, shows and productions
  • Occasional travel outside of the city and province for relationship building, networking and student supervision for conferences, meetings, workshop intensives and summer school is also a requirement [i.e. possibly up to 4 times per year]

How to Apply:

How to Apply & Contact Information:
In order to be considered, please e-mail cover letter, resume and references to the Advisory Council at:

** Only selected candidates will be contacted

Deadline : September 15, 2022 at 5:00 pm

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