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STATUS: Full-time permanent START DATE: Immediately



Canadian Stage, one of Canada’s leading professional non-profit theatres, is searching for an Associate Director, Government & Community Relations, to manage, develop and secure public sector and foundation support for Canadian Stage, and to initiate areas of growth in community outreach initiatives that further the cause, stability and knowledge of the company and of contemporary performing arts in this country. Reporting to the Interim Managing Director, the Associate Director of Government and Community Relations is responsible for renewing and growing existing support, identifying new funding opportunities, and building strong relationships with government and foundation supporters and community stakeholders.


Oversee and manage government grants portfolio

  • Research, identify and write grant applications for
    Multi-year operating or annual support (Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario ArtsCouncil, Toronto Arts Council, Department of Canadian Heritage)
    Project-specific funding via provincial, federal or international government and arts council granting programs
  • Work across departments to ensure compliance with successful grant contract, recognition or budget requirements; collect data and prepare final reports
  • Build and develop funding or partnership opportunities with foreign missions or international governments, as relevant
  • Manage and build relationships and advocate for Canadian Stage’s programming and projects among government representatives and funders, acting as the lead contact with key agencies and maintaining knowledge of funder structures, staffing and trends
  • Stay informed on arts policy developments and work with Canadian Stage’s leadership to build Canadian Stage’s relationship with the public sector
  • Report on government budgets and cash flow
  • Participate in relevant advocacy and public policy initiatives, including committees and arts advocacy events

Oversee and manage foundation portfolio

  • Renew and steward existing foundation supporters and research, identify and write applications to new prospects to meet foundation revenue targets
  • Build increased engagement with Canadian Stage, its artists and its leadership among foundation supporters
  • Work closely with the Development Department on foundation supporter stewardship, invitations and recognition
  • Reconcile and report on Foundation revenue and expenses

Further community relations goals

  • Identify and initiate planning and execution around Community initiatives intended to further the cause and reach of Canadian Stage as Canada's preeminent creator and producer of
    contemporary performance work
  • Collaborate with team members to initiate and build community partnerships, develop initiatives aimed at increasing access and inclusion and working to ensure that the company is
    able to respond to demographic shifts and changes in the cultural landscape of Toronto
  • Work with fellow members of the senior management team to determine direction for these initiatives and assist in creating and reporting on assessment criteria for the success of these initiatives for both internal management and external stakeholders.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Post secondary degree in arts administration, or equivalent combination of education and professional experience
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of experience in a performing arts organization, including government and foundations grant writing and related experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in oral and written communications and presentations
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, a high level of attention to detail
  • Strong, effective and confident interpersonal/relationship building skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment with multiple deadlines
  • A passion for the performing arts and a desire to contribute to a vibrant Canadian contemporary performing arts organization
  • Excellent computer skills including knowledge in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

The standard workweek is 40 hours, Monday to Friday. Some evening and weekend hours will be required. This position is located in Toronto at our Berkeley Street Theatre office.


Please apply with a Letter of Interest and resume by email to Gianna Ceci, Manager, Executive Office, at by Friday, January 5, 2017. Please note “CS17 Government” as the subject line.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential.

Canadian Stage welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


Founded in 1987, Canadian Stage is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre companies, with the 2017.18 season marking the organization’s 30th season. Led by Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn, Canadian Stage produces and showcases innovative theatre from Canada and around the world, allowing its audience to encounter daring work guided by a strong directorial vision and a 21st-century aesthetic. The company prides itself on presenting multidisciplinary pieces and work in translation that pushes the boundaries of form and style. Canadian Stage reinforces the presence of Canadian art and artists within an international context through work that mirrors the cultural diversity of Toronto. The company stages an annual season of work at three major venues (the Bluma Appel Theatre, the Berkeley Street Theatre and the High Park Amphitheatre) and runs a series of artist development and education initiatives, as well as youth and community outreach programs. For more information, visit

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