General Manager

  • Full Time
  • Toronto
  • Remote: hybrid or flexible
  • $72,000 – $80,000
  • Deadline: June 28, 2024
  • June 28, 2024

Kaeja d'Dance & Jaberi Dance Theatre

Kaeja & JDT are two award-winning Toronto based dance companies



Kaeja d’Dance and Jaberi Dance Theatre–two vibrant Toronto-based dance companies with a history of collaborating, and each needing a part-time General Manager, have partnered to offer a unique opportunity for a single individual to have full-time employment leading the administration of both Companies. We are seeking an experienced leader who enjoys working collaboratively, has a deep knowledge of the not-for-profit arts sector, and can provide year-round operational and strategic management for the two companies. Working in a hybrid (remote and in person) model, this position is a renewable contract and reports to the Artistic Directors of each Company. This position is not responsible for full Financial Management. Kaeja and JDT are equal opportunity employers welcoming submissions from all who are legally able to work in Canada, from equity groups, including those who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Trans, Nonbinary, Queer, Disabled and intersections of all identities.


Kaeja d’Dance (Kaeja) has established itself as one of Canada’s longest standing contemporary dance companies. Toronto-based since 1990, Co-Artistic Directors Karen and Allen Kaeja, lead an award-winning provocative contemporary dance works, dance films, digital innovations and empowering education, mentoring, and community and outreach programs. The Company collaborates with international and local dance artists, composers, designers and collaborators, and presenters, to create performances that push boundaries and infuse local and international communities with exciting new experiences both on stage and site-specific. Kaeja develops performance platforms for professional dance artists to thrive. We care about the action we take in Canada and abroad, and the responsibility of bringing together art-making and audiences. Kaeja is committed to evolving equity practices and accessibility within the sector. With over 160 original works, including commissions worldwide, our Company performances often include professionals with local community movers, provoking collaborative relationships between the body and the everyday.

Jaberi Dance Theatre (JDT) is an award-winning, Toronto-based Company that creates original and contemporary dance-theatre productions, working at the interface of performance and politics. Established as a not-for-profit organization in 2017, the organization has grown rapidly, presenting its work across Canada and internationally. Guided by the values of research, collaboration, and intersectionality, JDT convenes artists with activists, scholars, and community leaders to collaborate and tell stories about current global issues. The Company’s repertoire includes a collection of original works across multiple disciplines that is thoughtfully curated by Artistic Director Roshanak Jaberi, with a particular focus on women’s stories. JDT offers original stage and site-specific dance-theatre productions, dance films and interactive digital projects, performance art installations, master workshops and professional development opportunities, research and creative residencies, commissions for guest choreographers and advocacy initiatives through its artistic platform.


The following outlines the General Manager’s roles and responsibilities for each of the two companies–Kaeja d’Dance and Jaberi Dance Theatre.

Operational Management

  • Manages all operational systems and processes, ensures the execution of policies and procedures to support the two organizations in carrying out their mission;
  • Collaborates with and advises the Artistic Directors of both companies and their Boards on strategic development activities to enhance organizational capacity;
  • Leads the development of strategic plans, guidelines and policies, and all reports;
  • Collaborates closely with and manages staff for both companies to ensure the effective and efficient administration of all programming, including budgeting and financials;
  • Manages collaborators, contractors and vendors;
  • Reports to Artistic Directors of both companies separately and provides regular updates to the Board of Directors and Board committees of the two organizations; ensuring that information and/or proposals presented reflect appropriate analysis and contribute to the strategic and financial goals of the organizations;
  • This position does not include Financial Management, however ongoing collaboration with the Financial Manager will be essential; ;
  • Works alongside the Board President and Board of each Company to develop new policies and procedures and supports the Board’s subcommittees;
  • Reports to the Boards on programming, education, community, and outreach initiatives;
  • Manages both Company’s Board meeting schedules, attends and takes minutes at Board meetings and maintains Board documents;
  • Performs other activities as may be requested by the Boards from time to time;
  • Attends meetings of both Boards of Directors in an ex officio, non-voting capacity;

Project Management & Administration 

  • Collaborates with Artistic Directors of both companies and manages vendors, contractors, staff and volunteers to support all programming activities and ensures that artistic objectives are met;
  • Manages and takes the lead on all operating and project grants from the preparation of applications, to the submission of final reports;
  • Collaborates with the Artistic Directors and Financial Manager in the preparation of project and operating, annual and multi-year budgets and financial updates for all activities for approval of the Board of Directors;
  • Oversees marketing, communications, publicity materials, website, house programs, and e-newsletters;
  • Develops and maintains supportive, sustainable and respectful language and working relationships in the organizations and with the dance community and public-at-large;
  • Develops marketing and communication strategies.
  • Manages invoices and receipts and ensure projects are completed on time and within budget;
  • Attends and manages touring networking events on behalf of both companies;
  • Manages all aspects of touring activities, including booking flights, accommodations and preparing itineraries.

Fundraising & Development

  • Seeks new areas of financial revenue within the scope of Company activities;
  • Collaborates with the Artistic Directors of each organization on fundraising and development to support the Companies in growing sustainable patron loyalty;
  • Designs and implements strategies to increase revenue;
  • Researches new funding opportunities from public and private sources;
  • Actively participates in fundraising activities by communicating with donors, potential donors and sponsors throughout the season, soliciting their continued support to enable the artistic growth of the Companies;
  • Recruits new community and corporate partners for donations, sponsorships and in-kind support;
  • Stewards relationships with multiple stakeholders, including donors, sponsors, politicians, volunteers;
  • Develops and supports fundraising initiatives and creates annual donor receipts.
  • Liaises with and builds relationships with partners, presenters, curators and programmers for each organization; attends networking events and represents the organizations in a professional manner.

Human Resources 

  • Manages recruitment and training of several new staff ensuring team members understand their roles, responsibilities, and performance standards, providing ongoing and informal feedback, coaching, and support;
  • Provides orientation, supervision, and direction to all personnel in carrying out the management plans and policies as approved by the Board of Directors of both companies;
  • Prepares contracts for staff and freelance collaborators, and coordinates to completion;
  • Contributes to the development of strategies to reduce and remove barriers to employment, participation, and opportunities;
  • Updates HR policies in collaboration with the Artistic Directors and Board of Directors of the two companies.



Full-Time position Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week. Some on-site, evenings and weekends required for events and productions for both companies. Time in lieu may be taken to offset fluctuating work volume.


This position is hybrid. In-person meetings take place at the Kaeja office located in Toronto’s Seaton Village and at JDT’s office at the Eastroom, located at Queen and Broadview.

Other details

Must have access to stable broadband internet and provide their own laptop.

To apply, email your details to

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, and we will begin reviewing applications as received. Please provide: (1) a cover letter that highlights your approach to management, your experience, what motivates you to seek this position, and if you are familiar with Kaeja d’Dance and/or Jaberi Dance Theatre; (2) a detailed resume or CV; (3) references upon request. Please combine all documents into one PDF and email your submission to [email protected] with the subject line “General Manager.” While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Roshanak Jaberi and Karen Kaeja at [email protected]