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Date Posted: March 6, 2017
Application Deadline: April 3, 2017

Full-Time Start Date: July 1st (with paid training in June, to be co-ordinated with candidate)
Salary: $36,000 – $40,000
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Term: Permanent Full-Time

Cahoots Theatre is seeking an experienced, visionary General Manager to join our dynamic team and help lead the company into an exciting new phase of development. Cahoots is a non-profit charitable organization whose mandate is to develop and produce theatre that reflects Canada’s cultural diversity. We are seeking a qualified individual with an interest in the arts and a drive towards cultural equity who not only has a solid track record of successful arts administration in a small to mid-sized company, but is prepared to enthusiastically manage the company through this next phase of growth. We highly encourage applications from culturally-diverse communities.



Founded in 1986, Cahoots Theatre is dedicated to investigating and examining the complexities of diversity through the creation and production of new theatre works, development of professional artists, and engagement of communities. Cahoots office and studio space is located downtown Toronto near Queen Street East and Parliament Street. Visit for more information.


Working in collaboration with the Artistic Director, the General Manager will lead the company into a new phase of growth while ensuring that the organization remains in a sound financial position, while still operating with artistic integrity. The General Manager reports directly to the Board, and is responsible for the financial performance and general operations of Cahoots Theatre.

Specific accountabilities include: 


  • General management and oversight of day-to-day operations;
  • Create, implement and manage Cahoots’ annual operating plans and budgets;
  • Hire and manage all staff required to execute artistic and business plans and perform the responsibilities of HR management;
  • Act as liaison to Board of Directors regarding the affairs of the company. Responsible for scheduling board and committee meetings and preparation of regular financial reports to the Board of Directors on the current financial position of the company;
  • Work alongside the Bookkeeper and Auditor to prepare annual audit and financial statements and required charitable reporting;
  • Management of all human resources, documentation, contracts, records, including required filings and reporting (eg. payroll deductions, ROE’s, T4/T4A’s, etc.)
  • Develop policies and procedures as necessary for administrative areas, such as finance, communications and marketing;
  • With the Artistic Director, evaluate effectiveness of all strategic, financial, personnel, production and contractual plans, and report results to the Board regularly;
  • Provide training and mentorship for all staff members;
  • Seek ongoing professional development opportunities for interns;
  • Maintain accurate and complete files and records of the company;
  • With the Artistic Director, and Board, develop and create a new strategic plan for the next 5 years


  • Manage the production process, from budget creation to realization;
  • With the Artistic Director, identify and create strategic producing partnerships;
  • With the Artistic Director, identify and assess viability of touring opportunities;
  • Hire and manage all production personnel;


  • Develop, manage and oversee the implementation of all fundraising activities, including annual operating grant applications, other public sector funding, private sector funding and fundraising related to the organization’s annual fundraising plan and 3-year strategic plan;
  • Create, coordinate and execute special donor events and large-scale gala fundraisers
  • Research various funding opportunities; prepare and submit funding proposals as required;
  • Donor engagement and stewardship;


  • Update and maintain policies and procedures required for the maintenance and management of a rehearsal studio;
  • Manage all studio and equipment rentals;
  • Manage maintenance and repairs of studio and equipment rentals;


  • With the Artistic Director, develop, manage and implement Cahoots’ communications plans, including our quarterly newsletter, e-blasts, and all marketing and publicity related to production activity;
  • With the Artistic Director, develop, manage and oversee company’s website updates;
  • Manage the generation of the season brochure creation and annual report.

Candidate Profile


  • Minimum three (3) years of experience as producer / senior manager in a not-for-profit arts organization.
  • A successful track record in strong fiscal management, fundraising and marketing.
  • Experience in working with and engaging a Board of Directors. 


  • Familiarity with computer software programs including, or comparable to, Microsoft Suite, Simply Accounting, Sumac, WordPress and Mailchimp
  • Some familiarity with Abode Suite, Google Analytics, Adwords and social media platforms an asset.


  • Proven leadership capability.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, tact and diplomacy.
  • Excellent planning, organizational and time-management skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.


Cahoots Theatre is committed to employment equity and diversity, and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Cahoots invites all applicants with proper credentials to apply for the position. Cahoots thanks all candidates for their interest however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please send résumé, cover letter and references in one document in the following format: lastname_firstname.doc or .pdf. Please detail how you can contribute to this dynamic not-for-profit arts organization no later than MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017, 6pm. 

Please apply by email and include General Manager Application in the subject line.
Contact Info

To:  Cahoots Search Committee – General Manager Application

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