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The Burlington Performing Arts Centre invites applications and referrals for the position of Executive Director.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre:
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, located in the heart of downtown Burlington, is a 63,000 sq. foot facility that opened in 2011.  The building, designed by Diamond + Schmitt Inc., is a LEED-certified (leadership in energy and environmental design), Ontario’s first stand-alone green performing arts venue.

The Main Theatre (seating capacity 718) includes a six-story fly tower and an orchestra pit to accommodate more elaborate theatrical and musical productions.  The Community Studio Theatre is a flexible “black box” space to be used for professional series presentations, community presentations and rehearsals, as well as corporate and social events, seating up to 225. The generously-scaled Family Lobby accommodates large groups and serves as a venue for receptions, exhibitions, corporate functions and civic events. The lobby is open with a glass roof and is encircled by a balcony-level lobby above, creating a unique social setting.

The Centre is also a much-needed community gathering space, capable of hosting conferences, product launches, client appreciation events, community events and more. A publicly accessible pedestrian bridge links The Centre with the neighbouring parking garage, located at 414 Locust Street.

The Position of Executive Director:
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director as the Chief Operating Officer of the corporation is charged with developing an effective economic operating model for the performing arts centre, balancing between community-based arts groups, the Centre’s professional series of programs, and other community/corporate rentals and usage.  The Executive Director is responsible for general operations, budget development, strategic planning, general administration, revenue generation, and community liaison, overseeing staff working in such areas as marketing, fund-raising, programming, box office, front of house, technical/artistic operations, building maintenance and finance.

The City of Burlington:
Chosen in 2013 as Canada’s third best “Best Places to Live” and the Best Mid-Size City by MoneySense magazine, the City of Burlington is home to a number of leading companies with global mandates.  With enviable access to regional, national and international transportation networks, Burlington is central to the Golden Horseshoe, one of the most prosperous areas in Canada.  A charming area with a vibrant history and an historic downtown, Burlington is home to many cultural/recreational organizations including the Art Gallery of Burlington, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Discovery Landing, the Joseph Brant Museum, The Aldershot Players, the Burlington Teen Tour Band, Theatre Burlington, Burlington Student Theatre, and Drury Lane Theatrical Productions.  The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is located near Spencer Smith Park, home of Canada’s largest Ribfest and the Sound of Music Festival, two top Ontario festivals.

With the mission to become the best and most inclusive performing arts and community centre in Ontario by 2020, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre seeks an industry professional who will be an articulate champion, a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader with a thorough grounding in performing arts facility management and arts programming.

The ideal candidate will have previous senior experience in leading performing arts venue, a minimum of seven years of not for profit arts venue management, and a university degree  in arts and/or business management or equivalent experience in facility management and administration.

The new Executive Director will have excellent analytical, financial and organizational skills, with demonstrated leadership in fund-raising.  Other necessary characteristics would include political savvy and diplomacy, good oral and written communication skills, a track record in community participation and partnership, experience in human resource management, and knowledge of ancillary businesses such as catering, ticketing, corporate rentals, and the like.

The Executive Director represents the Centre to the public, the media and the performing arts industry at large through leadership and participation in community activities.  The Centre has a pivotal role in the cultural, educational and economic enrichment of the City of Burlington; the Executive Director must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, the media, artists, board members, artist managers, other arts groups, sponsors, educational institutions, volunteers, and the audience.

Other Information and Application Process:

  • Full Job Description available at
  • Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits package. Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest, resume, contact information, and a list of references by Friday, June 26th in confidence to:
  • Only applications being granted an interview will receive a response.

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