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Executive Director

Date Posted: Jul 01, 2019
Application Deadline: Jul 22, 2019
Start Date: Sep 01, 2019

Salary Range: 40K – 60K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: 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: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Against the Grain Theatre
Founded in 2010, Against the Grain Theatre (AtG)’s mandate is to exhibit fresh, daring re-interpretations of classical opera repertoire. Performing in nontraditional spaces — courtyards, bars, Victorian mansions, wedding halls — and with scaled-back accompaniment, such as a string quartet or piano, bringing out the full force of operatic singing in close quarters. The result? A thrilling, intimate, and unforgettable experience shared between our artists and audiences while maintaining the highest musical and production standards (as evidenced by our multiple Dora Awards and our recent Juno nomination).

Job Description

The Executive Director is the backbone of our organization and reports jointly to the Artistic Director and Board of Directors through the Chair.   The ED has primary responsibility for the administration of the AtG office, financial and budgeting matters and in partnership with the Artistic Director in bringing amazing art to life.   The position requires a proven track record in administration of performing arts organization, including experience in marketing, grant writing and fundraising.


Administrative Duties:

  • Administrative: manage the day-to-day functions of the AtG office.
  • Financial: prepare and manage production and operating budgets, monitor budget development including cash flow projections, track income and expenses, prepare employment and regulatory filings as required, issue tax receipts, etc.. Oversee the work of a part-time book keeper. Assist with the preparation of audited financial statements. The ED is a signing officer of the company and reports monthly to the Board Finance Committee.
  • Fundraising: writing grant applications and pitch decks, relationship management, donor tracking, stewardship and execution on donor benefits, assist in fundraising activities, prepare post-event/production reports.
  • Board: Prepares and presents reports to the Board of Directors on productions, financial and management activity as required for each Board meeting.  The ED is an ex-officio Board member and is expected to attend bi-monthly Board meetings.


  • Oversees the annual schedule and timelines for workshops, events and productions.
  • Hires project staff in conjunction with the Artistic Director.  Negotiates and manages all contracts (artistic, venue, rentals, etc.) and with appropriate labour organizations.
  • Books travel and accommodations for out of town artists and staff.
  • Works with the Artistic Director to source venues and suppliers in a timely manner.
  • Manages communication and marketing plan, ensuring activities are executed well and on time.
  • Directly oversees the activities of volunteers/personnel who manage the box office, front of house, communications, marketing and development.
  • Manages volunteer activities, the hiring of additional volunteers for productions, and volunteer performance.



  • Strong organizational, and administrative skills, incl. budgeting and financial reporting.
  • Self-directed problem solver, resourceful.
  • Experience in fundraising and donor stewardship with both corporate and/or individual donors.
  • Experience in grant writing and reporting, esp. Arts Councils and foundations.
  • Excellent communication skills; the ability to speak and write persuasively; mature and diplomatic interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in marketing, incl. website and social media.
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the Board, staff, volunteers, donors, suppliers, and artists.
  • Familiarity with non-profit and charitable governance (including compliance with CRA regulations, working with a Board of Directors).
  • Experience in arts management is strongly preferred.
  • Full time day-to-day office administration plus attendance during the productions and Board meetings.
  • Willing to roll up your sleeves and take on anything.


Additional Info:

Start Date: September 1, 2019 or prior

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to send a letter of application stating salary expectations together with a resume and list of references to Heather Legg, AtG Board Chair

Only successful applicants will be contacted.

No phone calls please.