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Employment Opportunity: The Royal And McPherson Theatres Society – Victoria, BC

Employment Opportunity

The Royal And McPherson Theatres Society

Victoria, BC

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Position:

The Royal and McPherson Theatres Society (RMTS) seeks an Executive Director to succeed current Executive Director Lloyd Fitzsimonds who retires in December of 2019.

The mission of RMTS is to enrich the quality of life in the region, through a sustainable and relevant performing arts centre and to be the integral hub for performing arts of the region, recognized for diverse and valued performances, professional standards, and historic spaces. In the past the RMTS has focused essentially on the preservation of its two historic assets and is primarily a rental-only facility. The RMTS, however, provides a full complement of support services to its presenter-clients.

The Royal and McPherson Theatres Society is the steward of two landmark theatres in Greater Victoria and, as such, promotes the growth and development of the arts. The Society manages on behalf of the buildings’ owners and provides up-to-date facilities and services; encourages community arts, promotes quality programming; and maximizes the use of the facilities.

Reporting to the Board of Directors of the Society, the Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of the Society’s mandate.

The new Executive Director must be a performing arts venue professional. The RMTS’s annual operating budget is approximately $4.5 million, with a staff complement of 20 full-time and approximately 75 part-time.

Background:

The RMTS manages two key historic assets in Victoria which together form the region’s performing arts centre; it was created in 1998 as a not for profit charitable organization. The Royal Theatre (1416 seats) is owned by the Capital Regional District (CRD) and receives funding from the municipalities of Saanich, Victoria, and Oak Bay. The McPherson Playhouse (774 seats) is owned by the City of Victoria and receives funding from that City. Both facilities are made available by the RMTS for artistic, community, and corporate uses. The RMTS does not engage in any significant presentation activity of its own at this time.

Over the past eighteen years, the RMTS has operated one of the most active and successful government-owned performing arts centres in Canada. It has consistently provided excellent professional facility licensing, box office, and advisory services to performing arts organizations throughout the Greater Victoria Area and across North America.

Reliable operating support from the building owners (the City of Victoria and the CRD) has been instrumental to its success, although rates of support have been frozen since 1998. The operating subsidies now represent 12% of the RMTS’s expense budget, one of the smallest subsidies of any government-owned theatre centres in Canada. Despite this, the RMTS has been managed in a fiscally conservative manner and has achieved modest surpluses while steadily undertaking capital improvements.

The RMTS Board of Directors is made up of one municipal Councilor from each of the municipalities of Saanich, Victoria, and Oak Bay, plus five directors appointed by the CRD Board of Directors, and seven elected Directors. The Board endeavours to provide support and strategic advice, as well as governance and oversight, to the management team.

The RMTS is home many key user groups including Pacific Opera Victoria, the Victoria Symphony, Ballet Victoria, Victoria Operatic Society, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Dance Victoria, Victoria Jazz Festival, National Geographic Live, and the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy. Commercial presenters include Victoria Broadway Series, Live Nation, AEG, Atomique Productions and a wide array of touring shows.

The RMTS is committed to engaging the community in the arts, and is dedicated to providing extraordinary experiences for everyone who shares in this remarkable community asset. Every member of the RMTS team tries to maintain the highest standards of quality and customer service in every action, performing in an environment of proactive team effort, outstanding customer service, active brand advancement, and passion for mission fulfillment.

Required Professional Skills and Abilities:

We seek an individual with 7 to 10 years of experience in cultural management (with at least 4 years of senior management) in a performing arts facility or major performing arts organization; a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree; a background in government relations, union negotiations, advocacy, corporate sponsorship, and the building of community partnerships; knowledge of a sophisticated ticketing system (Tessitura), grantsmanship, and event coordination.

The senior staff includes the Finance Manager, the Manager of External Affairs, the Manager of Client Services, the Technical Director, the Front of House Manager, and the Box Office Manager.

The position requires strong interpersonal, managerial, analytical, and organizational skills.

To be successful in this role one must be highly self-motivated with a strong knowledge of production and technical areas and also highly collaborative. Experience with historic theatres would be an asset.

Application Process:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package.

Deadline for Applications: Friday, August 9, 2019.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume with a list of references, and salary expectations to:

Margaret Genovese
gvasearch@gmail.com

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates
77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5B 2J7

Preference given to qualified Canadian applicants.

For additional information: www.rmts.bc.ca, www.genovesevanderhoof.com.

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AGM 2018 – Executive Director’s Report

ARTS TOURING ALLIANCE OF ALBERTA
Annual General Meeting
Sunday, October 21, 2018 11:00 AM
Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT 2017-2018

 

Greetings Arts Touring Alliance Members. It is with great pleasure that I accepted the role of Executive Director for The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta. I look forward to using my 30-plus years in the arts industry in Alberta to further the goals of our organization and live performance in Alberta.

2017 Alberta Showcase – Highlights

Held at the beautiful Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan,
October 20 – 22

296 Delegates
47 First-Time Delegates
44 Artists – Featured

The Emerging Artist &Young Albertan performers were a hit yet again and we plan on continuing this opportunity for you to see the new and thriving artists who are coming into their own.

Auction brought in a record amount for Trevor Panczak. This money goes toward all the costs involved in producing Showcase.

Rhoda Taylor Award – Going to a very deserving person or group for their outstanding contribution to the live performance community in Alberta, but it was a special thrill to see former ATAA Executive Director Brenda O’Donnell receive the award in 2017.

Alberta Showcase App – available to all delegates through the Performing Arts Canada app, this app can be downloaded onto your mobile device to provide you with all of our showcase and conference information. It is available for download from the app store or via http://meaurl.com/PerformingArtsCanada

Professional Development Workshops – were conducted by Josh Gennings from The Dow, Nicholas Beach from The Jean and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre and Aimee Hill from All Access Entertainment.

Survey – Our post-showcase survey pointed out some highlights and lowlights about the 2017 conference. Thank you to those you took the time to fill out the survey. Your comments mean a lot to us and help to improve your experience at Alberta Showcase.

ARTS TOURING ALLIANCE OUTREACH

OnStage – Grande Prairie, Red Deer
OnStage is designed to provide professional touring artists a chance to perform in front of a panel of industry experts to improve their over-all performance skills as well as increase their chances of securing one of the coveted performance spots at Showcase. Most of the artists who have participated, in the last two years, have been quite new to the business and although we are happy to provide them support, we would like to attract those artists in which the workshop was designed for.

Going forward, OnStage will still be open to all professional artists, but a special invitation will be sent out to those who applied for showcase and did not get selected. A message will be included suggesting that participating in OnStage and getting valuable feedback could make the difference between getting a showcase spot or not.

Presenters Workshop – In early 2019 we will organize a Presenters Workshop in both Calgary and Edmonton to discuss issues that impact our members. Panel discussions and experts knowledgeable in subjects like on-line marketing, contracts and riders, succession, growing a new or sustaining an existing audience will be involved. If you have any topics that you would like to see discussed, please get in touch with me. I would love to hear from you, kennedy@artstouring.com

Administration
The ATAA had the pleasure of having an Arts and Cultural Management intern help us this summer. Yuri Kim performed several research projects that helped us identify suitable workshop sites, funding streams, community arts groups that include dance and/or theatre in their season and marketing strategies for professional development projects.

CAPACOA Survey – Our office sent out a national survey from CAPACOA asking you for an overall look at your practices and the economic impact of your community arts council. I know it is drudgery to fill these things out, but without reliable economic indicators, CAPACOA cannot lobby the government effectively on our behalf. I do encourage you to go online and fill out the survey:
http://www.capacoa.ca/en/services/research-and-development/vitality-and-impact-survey

APAC – Alberta Partners for Arts and Culture – Currently, we are exploring the drastic changes AGLC has made in non-profit casino licensing. The arts eligibility criteria changed in March of 2018 without stakeholder consultation or notice. The Calgary and Edmonton Chamber of Community Volunteer Organizations will be meeting with AGLC in this month of October to get more information about the shift in the casino environment. APAC will stay on top of this and update our partners.

A huge thank you must go out to our funders, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. They not only provide The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta with the dollars to keep our doors open but offer advice and support throughout the year.

In closing, I would like to say thank you to our Alberta Showcase team: Josh Gennings, Terri Ponich and the Dow Centre, Don & Sherry Waddle and their Production Crew, Shannon Jones the ATAA Office Manager, Maria and Apulia Catering, and the Arts Touring Alliance Board of Directors. I look forward to many years working together with such a great organization.

Kennedy Jenson
Executive Director
Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

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Arts Touring Alliance Seeks Executive Director

Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

Executive Director

JOB POSTING

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta (ATAA) is offering an exciting opportunity for someone with management skills, an appreciation for the performing arts and an awareness of arts presenting in both urban and rural Alberta.

The ATAA is a not for profit Performing Arts Service Organization. It provides visionary, inclusive programs and services that are fundamental to the growth and maintenance of a strong arts touring industry in Alberta. Membership of the ATAA includes primarily presenters, agents and artists. The position answers to an elected Provincial Board of Directors.

As well, each October, the ATAA produces Alberta Showcase, an annual performing arts networking conference.

Executive Director, Roles and Responsibilities (to:)

  • Ensure the effective and efficient day-to-day operation of the ATAA.
  • Lead and participate in the planning and presenting of the annual ATAA Showcase and Conference. This includes the planning of the submissions jury.
  • Prepare all grant submissions (both operating and project) ensuring they are complete and submitted on time.
  • Provide support, including necessary materials, to the President (Chair) of the ATAA Board, for the planning and preparation of all board or special meetings.
  • Work with the ATAA Board and staff in preparing a comprehensive budget and then administer the budget allocation as approved, while providing the board with monthly financial reports, including a balance sheet and profit/loss statements.
  • Recruit personnel, negotiate contracts and maintain appropriate salary structures.
  • Ensure that the ATAA complies in a timely manner with all legislation pertaining to taxation submissions and payroll deductions and maintains appropriate and adequate insurance coverage for the society and directors, communicating all necessary information to the ATAA Board.
  • Foster effective cooperation and teamwork among the board, staff and executive director.
  • Ensure that staff job descriptions are developed and that annual performance evaluations are conducted, based on sound human resource practices.
  • Participate with the ATAA Board in developing and reviewing the vision and strategic plan for the society, including developing new strategies and programs that support the vision.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of all society bylaws and policies, assisting the board with any review, discussion or creation of policy.
  • Maintain positive and productive relationships with groups associated with the ATAA, including government, industry and community.
  • Plan and direct the ‘OnStage’ program and help plan other similar programs in consultation with the ATAA board.

Salary:  $50,000 with additional benefits and bonuses
3-month probation period
Annual performance review

Start Date: As Soon As Possible 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 12, 2018.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to: info@artstouring.com

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

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Burlington Performing Arts Centre Seeks Executive Director

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) invites  suggestions and expressions of interest in the position of Executive Director for the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in Burlington, ON.

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

The BPAC is managed by a separate not-for-profit organization with an independent board of directors (Burlington Theatre Board, Inc.), supported in part by the City of Burlington.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director–as the chief operating officer of the corporation–is charged with maintaining an effective fiscally responsible operating model for the performing arts centre, balancing between the Centre’s own presenting series, performances of community-based arts groups, and other community/corporate rentals and usage. 

The Executive Director is responsible for general operations, budget development, programming, strategy implementation, general administration, revenue generation, and community liaison, overseeing staff working in such areas as marketing, fund-raising, box office, front of house, technical and artistic operations, building maintenance, and finance. 

Chosen in 2016 as Canada’s  second “Best Place to Live” and the Best Mid-Size City in the country, the City of Burlington is home to a number of leading companies with global mandates. 

The complete job posting is attached here: BPAC 2017 Job Posting.pdf

Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 3, 2017

Submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of references to:

Margaret Genovese
Senior Partner
Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates
1103 – 77 Carlton Street
Toronto,  ON  M5B 2J7 Canada
gvasearch@gmail.com
www.genovesevanderhoof.com

For more information about the Burlington Performing Arts Centre: http://www.burlingtonpac.ca

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Alberta Craft Council Seeks Executive Director

The Alberta Craft Council (ACC) is a Provincial Arts Service Organization and the largest Provincial Craft Council in western Canada. ACC operates Edmonton’s second largest public gallery, and Alberta’s only public galleries (and touring exhibitions) dedicated to fine craft.

The Alberta Craft Council was founded in 1979 and now operates with a budget of $800,000+, a board of 12, a staff of 8, and a membership of about 400 (approximately 70% of whom are professional craft artists). ACC activities attract an annual total audience exceeding 30,000. In 2017, Alberta Craft Council will produce 21 exhibitions in 5 locations, market the work of about 150 members, provide advisory committee and other member services, coordinate extensive communications activity, and promote professional contemporary craft arts widely.

The Alberta Craft Council’s mission… to promote, develop and advocate for fine craft in Alberta.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL

  • Based in Edmonton Alberta, with some time spent in Calgary, and smaller centres
  • Salary from $65,000, commensurate with experience
  • Competition deadline: March 15, 2017
  • Start date: May 1, 2017
  • Send applications to:

A complete job description can be found here:

http://albertacraft.ab.ca/[…]job-opportunity-alberta-craft-council-executive-director.html

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Prairie Debut Seeks Executive Director

Due to retirement Prairie Debut is looking for an Executive Director to continue the organizations growth.

The Board of Prairie Debut is looking for arts and culture professionals who are passionate about bringing a positive musical impact to all areas of the Prairie Provinces. The only organization of its kind in western Canada, Prairie Debut is the conduit that links the best Canadian classical and world music artists to over 50 communities which are mostly rural and outside of the larger centres in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Yukon.

You can live anywhere in the three Prairie Provinces to work for us and some travel will be required.

Please find a complete job description HERE. Send your cover letter and résumé to Prairie Debut Board Chair Kevin Korchinski at kevin@osac.ca prior to the 5:00 PM EST February 28, 2017 deadline.