Job Posting: Executive Director, Theatre 20

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Effective: November 1, 2014
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
Salary: $50,000-$60,000 (To commensurate with experience)

Company Overview
Theatre 20 is a Toronto-based, artist-led theatre company formed to present story-driven musicals by developing new Canadian works and by re-imagining existing repertoire. It aims to nurture the talent of writers and composers and foster the development of young artists through mentorship and education programs.

Main Objectives

  • To create a unique voice for modern musical theatre
  • To foster new works and re-imagine existing repertoire
  • To be active participants in the arts community through outreach, education and mentorship
  • To advocate for Canadian composers and their unsung work
  • To create, educate and celebrate story-driven musical theatre

Artistic Objectives
Theatre 20 produces work with creative integrity and honest storytelling. Our aim is to be edgy and accessible, evocative and modern, moving and socially relevant. We want to honour the form of musical theatre by creating refreshing productions that fulfill our artists creatively and entertain our audiences completely. Theatre 20 shows are stripped of artifice and focus on the characters and the story. They are both simple and profound.

Job Purpose
The Executive Director has overall responsibility for the artistic management of the company, for the development and implementation of its artistic output, to implement the strategic goals and objectives of the organization and to give direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives. The Executive Director reports to the Theatre 20Executive Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be required to undertake the following duties:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director performs a wide range of duties including some or all of the following:

  • Liaise with the Founding Artists concerning mission and vision level issues and mentorship.
  • Represent (be the public face of) Theatre 20, maintain dialogues with theatres across Canada and elsewhere, develop and maintain relationships with governments and other potential financial contributors, and foster production and development partnerships. Act as a company spokesperson for the media, create or provide copy for the marketing of the projects, attend media calls as required, facilitate the development of media skills within the company.
  • Hires, supervises and evaluates artistic personnel including directors, performers, designers and stage managers.
  • Board of Directors – participate in Board of Directors meetings and work with the Chairperson of the Board of Directors to ensure effective communication between the Board and Management. Produce operation and production budgets as well as strategic plans for consideration by the Board. Support the Board and its committees with logistical issues.
  • Events – oversee event planning (acting as Producer).
  • Fundraising – lead and coordinate fundraising efforts. Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation
  • Financial Transactions – Maintain financial records, draft financial statements, attend to banking, and provide the Auditor with necessary records.
  • Social Media – manage website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media
  • Inquiries – respond to general inquiries received by the office.
  • Ticket Sales – oversee box office and internal ticket sales and comps.
  • Marketing – produce promotional materials and broadcast e-mail communications.
  • Talent and Other Creative Personnel – Make housing and transportation arrangements for people involved in productions as required.
  • Deliveries – Coordinate the deliveries required for the office and during the run-up to productions.
  • Volunteers – Develop, task and oversee volunteers.
  • Contracts – Draft contracts and manage compliance.
  • Unions – communicate and negotiate with Equity and other unions and ensure compliance.



  • University degree or college diploma (fundraising or project and events management an asset)
  • Experience in the non-profit sector is an asset
  • French is an asset

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Demonstrated expertise in artistic programming (eg experience as an Executive Director)
  • Broad understanding of fundraising and the charitable sector
  • Recognized expertise in performance practice
  • Knowledge of current trends in Canadian performing arts, with particular reference to Musical Theatre
  • Demonstrated ability to network, lobby and be an advocate for Musical Theatre and the arts
  • Strong organizational skills, with proven ability to set and meet priorities and deadlines
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills to respond to inquiries from sponsors, donors, media and the general public
  • Excellent computer skills with extensive experience using Word, Excel and relational databases
  • Self-directed, detail oriented and enjoys working in a team environment
  • Ability to respect and handle confidential constituent and financial information
  • Knowledge of privacy issues and CRA guidelines
  • Job involves tact and diplomacy in dealing with internal stakeholders, and confidentiality and sensitivity in dealing with private personal information

Personal characteristics
The Executive Director should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:

  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities
  • Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of donors and prospective donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant
    information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem

Send applications to:

Chris Weber