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The General Manager (GM) is responsible for the financial and administrative operations of the organization, including but not limited to revenue development, project management and touring.

The GM will ensure that the organization’s human, financial and facility resources are adequate to achieve its vision and mission.

Primary Relationships:
• The GM reports to the Board of Directors
• The GM has a primary working relationship with the Curator
• The GM presents and participates in the meetings of the Board of Directors

Responsibilities include:

Financial Management:
• Prepare and manage the annual and multi-year operating budget and capital budgets
• Oversee cash-flow, working capital, payroll, benefits and insurance programs and investments
• Manage the season within approved budgets by monitoring progress, ensuring adherence and evaluating budgetary performance
• Ensure timely reporting to regulatory authorities
• Oversee the bookkeeping function

• Develop and implement a fundraising plan, with the Fundraising Committee of the Board, that ensures a diversified funding base
• Research, prepare and manage all public and private granting programs, including meeting with key personnel from granting bodies, foundations and corporations
• Design and implement an individual giving plan for annual donors and major gift donors and prospects.
• Oversee special events
• Oversee board and volunteer committee fundraising initiatives
• Develop and implement a donor stewardship program

Facilities Management:
• Develop and implement rental strategy which includes setting rental rates, attracting and negotiating with major renters, identifying and pursuing related grant applications and setting investment direction
• Manage Artscape relationship, including lease negotiations and insurance
• Ensure adequate rental revenues while maintaining appropriate balance between company activities, curated events and non-curated activities and rentals
• Provide oversight of facilities maintenance and upgrade
• Oversee rental staff

Organizational Strategy:
• Work with the Curator, staff and the Board of Directors to develop and maintain a strategic perspective in the organizational direction and programs
• Contribute to the development and implementation of Dancemakers’ short- and long-term goals
• Help ensure that Dancemakers’ philosophy, mission and vision practiced throughout the organization

Programming and Project Support:
• In close collaboration with the Curator, support the development of a strong curatorial vision by advocating and building the resource support for all of the organization’s artistic activities
• Assist in building local, national, and international partnerships with artistic collaborators, presenters and organizations
• Maintain necessary permissions, copyrights, royalties and licensing fees for artistic works
• Develop and administer, in conjunction with the Curator, all touring and outreach programs
• Working closely with the Curator, identify opportunities for collaboration and partnerships

Communications and Marketing:
Planning, development and implementation of marketing strategies
• Coordinate media interest in Dancemakers and ensure regular contact with target media
• Coordinate Dancemakers print and electronic material
• Manage website presence

Staff Management:
Recruit, train, supervise, support and develop full- and part-time staff
• Hire and supervise contractual administrative staff
• Effectively enable staff by articulating expectations, clarifying roles and relationships and coaching for success
• Conduct annual performance reviews of staff members
• Ensure the professional development of administrative staff
• Maintain relationships with unions and professional organizations where applicable

Board Liaison:
Maintain effective communication about the organization and its programs
• Provide support to the Board and its committees to maintain the commitment and productivity of its members
• Prepare and present the annual budget with the Finance Committee of the Board
• Prepare and present financial statements on a regular basis, including budget variance reports
•Present evaluation reports regarding operational and financial objectives and programs
• Provide reports on each production within 30 days of the production
• Provide support for special initiatives
• Recommend policies for Board approval
• Steward the expertise, experience, skills and insights of the member of the Board and other volunteers

Public Relations and Advocacy:
With the Curator, act as a proactive voice for the organization and its interests in matters of advocacy, profile and impact

Strong leadership skills, business acumen, change management experience, and flexibility to adapt to changing priorities
• Experience in a not for profit organization - ideally dance or other  performing arts is a requirement
• Experience in securing funding from public and/or private granting programs is a requirement
• Knowledge of the Canadian contemporary dance and performance milieu a strong asset
• Experience in reporting to a volunteer Board of Directors and ability to engage and work with volunteers a strong asset
• Previous experience working in a managerial/leadership position preferred

Applications should include a CV, a letter of intent and two writing samples (marketing/communications and fundraising/development).

Deadline for submissions is Friday October 30th

Please email applications, in PDF or .doc formats only, to the attention of

Louis-Michel Taillefer, Board of Directors, Dancemakers, to


We thank everyone for their interest in Dancemakers. Those who will be invited for an interview will be contacted by Friday,November 13th.

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