Program Manager

Canadian Improv Games


The Canadian Improv Games (CIG) is a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting improvisational theatre in schools across Canada. With a rich history spanning several decades, the CIG provides a platform for youth to develop skills spanning teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and creativity through the art of improvisation. As the leading authority in Canadian high school improv, the CIG fosters a vibrant community of performers, educators, and supporters who believe in the transformative power of improvisational theatre.

The National Program Manager of the Canadian Improv Games plays a crucial role in executing the strategic direction and overseeing operational management of the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the National Program Manager is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations, financial management, and organizational development of the CIG to ensure its continued growth and success.

Key Responsibilities (not exhaustive):

  • Strategic Leadership: Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors to develop and implement long-term strategic plans and organizational goals.
  • Operational Management: Oversee all aspects of organizational operations, including administration, finance, human resources, and program delivery. Work collaboratively with the Operation Manager to deliver national programs.
  • Financial Management: Develop and manage annual budgets, financial forecasts, and fundraising strategies collaboratively with the Board of Directors to ensure the financial sustainability of CIG (i.e., monthly financial reporting to board, bookkeeping, preparing and presenting board/stakeholder reports and financial statements).
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders, including youth participants, CIG alumni, educators, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and community partners.
  • Governance: Ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements (e.g., insurance) as well as adherence to organizational policies and procedures.
  • Program Development: Provide oversight and guidance for the development and implementation of artistic programming, events, and educational initiatives – working with the Operations Manager, Regional Producers, volunteers, and Board of Directors to increase the organization’s visibility and to develop and nurture mutually beneficial working relationships and partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders.
  • Communications: Lead contracting, management, and effective communications with Regional Producers, including tracking and reporting of tournament statistics, coordination of Regional Producers, committee meetings, and volunteer management. Answering all enquiries about Canadian Improv Games.
  • Fundraising and Sponsorship: Conduct research and seek additional sponsorship and grant opportunities for the organization. Work with the Operations Manager to implement fundraising events and anniversary celebrations, strategize and execute meetings with donor prospects, and submit applications for sponsorship and grants.
  • Festival Management: Organize and execute the National Tournament & Festival, including venue arrangements with the National Arts Centre (working with the National Festival Producer). Coordination of all festival-related events (e.g., fundraisers, outreach, closing celebrations, etc.). Working with the National Arts Centre’s communications team for marketing of the National Tournament & Festival. Work with the national volunteer team to run the National Tournament & Festival.
  • Advocacy and Outreach: Serve as a spokesperson and advocate for CIG, promoting the importance of arts education and youth development through various channels.
  • Risk Management & HR: Identify and mitigate risks to the organization, including financial, operational, and reputational risks. In collaboration with Operations Manager develop and implement operations policies and standards.
  • Evaluation and Reporting: Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and initiatives, and prepare regular reports for the Board of Directors and stakeholders.
  • Other Duties: Other duties as required by the Board or as necessary for the smooth operations of the Canadian Improv Games.

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