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Reporting: NPCC Board of Directors


As the leader of the staff management team, the Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Executive Officer of Neilson Park Creative Centre (NPCC),and reports to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for NPCC's consistent achievement of its mission and strategic objectives by providing leadership to the Centre. The Executive Director offers support and direction to the staff team and is responsible overall for governance, organizational and resource development (financial and human), stakeholder outreach, financial management, program development, monitoring and evaluation, and collaborating with community partners (funders, agencies), networks and stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Establishes and delivers on NPCC’s Mission, Mandate and Governance requirements in response to identified needs of key stakeholders/groups inside and outside the Centre;
  • Develops the strategic framework and resources for the effective management of core functions, including Finance, Programming, Human Resources, Advocacy, Marketing, Resource Development and Outreach;
  • Demonstrates leadership for staff, volunteers, members and supporters;
  • Ensures the development and delivery of an effective ongoing policy structure to support NPCC’s capacity for core operations, including finance, systems, staffing, performance assessment, operations and communications;
  • Determines NPCC’s financial capacity through the budgeting process, supporting the operational and programming needs of the Centre;
  • Generates a significant portion of financial resources for NPCC through funding applications and project proposals;
  • Builds and enhances the profile and brand image of NPCC, inside and outside the sector, through active support of marketing, communications and outreach;
  • Serves as the spokesperson and public face on behalf of the Board and NPCC in responding to the full range of external stakeholders, funders, partners and supporters.



  • Establishes annual budgets with the management team, Finance Committee and the Board of NPCC in support of established strategic objectives.
  • Oversees and manages the systematic recording, analysis and reporting of financial and statistical information as a basis for planning, legal compliance and program assessment.

Grants and Fundraising

  • Works collaboratively with the Board, committees and staff to research, draft and submit effective grant and project proposal applications from a range of governments, foundations, agencies and corporations;
  • Produce all materials and collateral required to support applications, and the subsequent stewardship reporting required.


  • Directs the operations, programming and admin staff in support of their meeting primary responsibilities as an integral element of a strong working committee system.
  • Identifies and evaluates the risk potential for NPCC personnel, finances, programs, profile, facilities and operations.


  • Oversees the strategic development and delivery of an effective mix of programming to meet the strategic goals established by the Board and the current strategic plan (2018 – 2020).
  • Ensures the programming model/mix for NPCC continues to respond to ongoing and potential needs of current and future Resident Groups, clients, users, members and supporters.

Community/Client Relationships

  • Identifies and builds opportunities for collaborations and partnerships with other not for profits, businesses, government and community associations in the neighbourhood and the sector.
  • In partnership with the President of the Board, serves as the voice of NPCC to funders, grantors, supporters, sponsors and artists.
  • Champions the mission, mandate and values of NPCC to stakeholders inside and outside the NPCC.


  • Passionate support for the role the arts can play in the practice of community-arts- development;
  • Broad understanding and knowledge of the infrastructure and network of the community engaged in Metropolitan Toronto;
  • Strategic thinker with strong analytical, risk assessment and planning skills, capable of championing and supporting the mission and values of NPCC;
  • Strong leader with excellent communication, coaching and collaboration skills, capable of leading ‘from the middle’ with tact and diplomacy;
  • Management style that supports collaboration through delegation.


  • Minimum of a relevant post-secondary degree(s) such as liberal arts, arts administration, fine arts, communications, or business, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • 5 or more years related experience, including program development and evaluation, marketing and communications, financial and human resource management in the arts sector;
  • Experience working directly with a Board of Directors, committees and volunteers;
  • Proven success in revenue generation (earned + contributed) with a demonstrable track record of success in grant writing, proposal and project development, analysis and reporting;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated strengths in relationship management, strategic thinking, and team leadership;
  • Proficiency in the use of technology, including MS Office, website management, social media, data management (i.e. SUMAC) and accounting software (i.e. Quick Books)

Working Conditions
The Executive Director normally works in an office setting at Neilson Park Creative Centre (56 Neilson Drive), although there are times the incumbent will be off-site at facilities operated by other organizations, as well as in the community.

While the majority of the responsibilities will take place during regular operating hours (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) on weekdays, there will be occasions when evening and/or weekend duties will be scheduled.

All time worked in excess of 44 hours/week will be compensated with lieu time in accordance with the Employment Standards Act, and at the approval of the President and the Board so as to not distract from the programming schedule.

NPCC is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. If you require any accommodations during the search process, please email

Salary: $60,000 – $72,000 Neilson

Park Creative Centre (NPCC)

Neilson Park Creative Centre is a progressive not for profit community centre focused on the arts, dedicated to fulfilling its vision of “Connecting to and celebrating a richer life through the arts.” Established in 1992 in Central Etobicoke to provide a permanent home for the Resident Groups who continue working there today, Neilson Park Creative Centre also offers a variety of classes and workshops to the community and provides excellent gallery spaces for rental.

This fully accessible facility has four studios, 2 gallery spaces, administrative offices and support spaces.


Neilson Park Creative Centre exists to foster and facilitate connections among our membership and stakeholder communities on their creative journey through our arts-focused programming and facilities.

  • For our Resident Groups, Neilson Park Creative Centre is a permanent home for current and potential members for their creative, organizational and social needs.
  • For our artists - creators and makers alike - Neilson Park Creative Centre serves as an alternative to the silo-like, home studio existence of solo artists by offering a creative community of like-minded individuals to share that journey;
  • For emerging groups of practitioners, NPCC delivers a supportive studio setting to encourage the creative, social and personal growth of artists, creators and crafters across disciplines;
  • For the public, NPCC is a gateway to discovering and exploring how the arts define and enrich their lives.


Please send cover letter, resume, a list (3) of references and salary expectations by April 9, 2018. 9:00 am to:

Brenda Shewchuk
Vice President, Board of Directors, Neilson Park Creative Centre

Neilson Park Creative Centre 56 Neilson Drive
Etobicoke, ON M9C 1V7 (416) 622-5294

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