Managing Director

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • Remote
  • $85,000

Mass Culture

Description

Mass Culture is expanding its team! In 2020, Mass Culture welcomed its first full-time staff members: Robin Sokoloski, Director of Organizational Development, and Kathryn Geertsema, Office Manager. Since then, the organization has experienced significant growth, leading various research initiatives, including the development of qualitative and quantitative arts impact assessment tools and training programs, as well as organizing events to convene and support the arts community. With this expansion, Mass Culture has reached a point in its development where it is ready to welcome a third full-time employee to complement Robin and Kathryn, alongside a governance body comprising over 30 actively engaged and committed individuals.

The Managing Director will work with the Director of Programs and Research (Robin Sokoloski), along with the Office and Communications Manager (Kathryn Geertsema), to drive the organization’s efforts in fulfilling its mandate to enhance the equitable mobilization of arts and culture research.

This role will provide strategic leadership by developing and implementing organizational goals, overseeing financial management, ensuring sustainability through annual audits and financial health maintenance, driving fundraising initiatives, cultivating partnerships for organizational enhancement, and supporting effective communication with staff, the governance body, funders, and the Mass Culture network. We are seeking someone entrepreneurial with the ability to generate new revenue, as they will play an essential role in driving the organization’s financial growth and sustainability.

Reports To: Mass Culture’s governance body consists of four working groups, each vested with decision-making authority. The Managing Director will report to the Operations Working Group, which serves as the organization’s Board and oversees operational aspects such as financial and human resources management, internal organizational processes (including bylaws and policies), and the foundational elements of the Operations Management plan.

Direct Reports: Co-lead with Director of Programs, manages  Office and Communications Manager

Hours: Full-Time, Monday to Friday

Location: Remote, with occasional in-person events

Start Date: September 2024

Salary: $85,000

Duration: One-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal depending on funding

Benefits:

  • Thirty (30) paid vacation days along with paid ten (10) winter holiday time
  • Health Reimbursement Program (monthly allowance of $150)

Key Accountabilities:

  • Developing and implementing a strategic plan in collaboration with the Director of Programs
  • Managing financial operations, including budget creation and maintenance
  • Coordinate and oversee the annual audit process and maintain compliance with legal charitable requirements
  • Lead comprehensive fundraising strategies, including grant writing and donor cultivation
  • Identify and pursue new funding opportunities to support organizational growth
  • Develop and maintain partnerships to enhance the organization’s initiatives
  • Communicate effectively with staff, governance body, funders, and the Mass Culture network
  • Ensure organizational decision-making aligns with guiding principles
  • Regularly meet with the Operations Working Group and liaise with the three other Working Groups (Communications, Research, Engagement) within the governing body
  • Draft and manage contractual agreements

Additional Accountabilities:

  • Lead weekly meetings with core and seasonal staff
  • Facilitate and contribute to leadership succession planning
  • Assist with the operations of programming and events when necessary

Our Work Culture and Value

At Mass Culture, our remote work spans Monday to Friday, with weekly Zoom staff meetings and streamlined communication through Slack. At the heart of our work practice is a commitment to creativity, experimentation, and encouraging a learning and sharing environment. Collaborating with a dedicated governance body of over 30 volunteers, we actively co-develop our programming and processes. To ensure effective communication across this diverse group, we maintain a living annual operating plan, providing transparency about our activities and timeline.

In addition to regular meetings, our monthly drop-in sessions support connections between governance body members and staff. Guided by seven principles from the outset, our strategic plan, approved in September 2023, outlines our intentions for the years ahead. Supported by an organizational handbook that directs decision-making and conflict resolution, we are dedicated to cultivating a supportive work environment.

Whenever possible, we offer contractual support and real-life learning experiences for students, adding richness to our dynamic work culture.

While collaboration is central to all of Mass Culture’s work, adopting a co-leadership model among our staff will be a new experience for us. In this hiring process, we aim to find someone enthusiastic about exploring shared decision-making, open to experimenting with effective communication mechanisms, and committed to discovering how we can effectively leverage strengths and expertise amongst all those we engage to reach shared objectives. Co-leadership, from our perspective, recognizes that leadership extends beyond any single individual, empowering a collective group to collectively steer the direction of Mass Culture.

Our Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity

Rooted in its seven principles (mutual respect, access, decent work, reconciliation and relationship development, relations, stability, and integrity), Mass Culture is dedicated to fostering an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace. Our collective strength is derived from embracing a spectrum of people, ideas, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds within our team and governance body. We actively encourage individuals identifying as women, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; and those of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression to apply.

We are committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Mass Culture will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the process.

If you have any questions email us at [email protected].

To apply, email your details to hiring@massculture.ca

Provide a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Mass Culture will be accepting applications until the end of June. See the hiring process below for more information. April 2024: Job posting shared; Application process open. May 2024: Application process open. June 2024: Application process open; Review applications; Hiring Committee will create a short list of applicants to interview by end of June. July 2024: Interviews will be held. August 2024: Interviews will be held; Job offer will be made.September 2024: The Managing Director Position will start.


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