Managing Director, English Theatre, NAC

Post Date: 
July 11, 2018
Closing date: 
July 29, 2018
Managing Director, English Theatre
National Arts Centre
1 Elgin St
Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1
Job Description: 

As a member of the NAC’s Senior Management Committee, the Managing Director for English Theatre reports to the President and CEO and works in partnership with the Artistic Director for English Theatre to plan, produce and present a programme reflecting excellence in a range of Canadian theatre and the mission and goals of the NAC. The incumbent plays an integral role in contributing to the building of a powerful and inspirational national theatre for Canada, and is responsible for overseeing and managing the operational and artistic programs, and business of English Theatre including:

  • The creation of an overarching strategic plan for English Theatre based on the vision of the Artistic Director;
  • Working with the Artistic Director to develop annual operational plans in support of the established artistic strategic plan above.

Over the past five years, English Theatre has focused on spotlighting the Canadian voice, through season-based performances, new works collaborations across the country, and a sequence of action research projects aimed at impacting the way theatre is made and appreciated in Canada. The Managing Director will have the opportunity to continue shaping these innovations, while also contributing to the development of the NAC’s next organization-wide strategic plan.

The selected candidate should be well known to Canadian English theatre communities, should have a collaborative management style, should bring an in depth knowledge of the Canadian theatre landscape including Canadian dramatic works, and key artists and above all, demonstrates a real passion for the vision of a national theatre.

Experience in producing, co-producing and presenting theatre, touring, sound financial management, knowledge of theatre sector collective agreements and many years of experience as a senior arts manager make you an ideal candidate for this position. 
Other duties and responsibilities:

  • Exercise leadership in all English Theatre activities by participating in strategic planning, identifying opportunities for improvement, appraising and endorsing proposed projects, recommending a course of action and participating in the decision making process;
  • Actively contribute to and participate in the senior management team overseeing the National Arts Centre;
  • In consultation with the Artistic Director develop an annual budget to support programming;
  • Provide direction and support to English Theatre staff, contractors and others and maintain a healthy and creative working environment;
  • Manage and control all financial aspects of English Theatre ensuring adherence to established budgets;
  • Negotiate, prepare and execute agreements with co-producers, playwrights, actors, directors, designers, musicians, stage managers, outside contractors and invited theatres to ensure the collective agreements and contract terms are respected and deadlines are met;
  • Coordinate with all NAC departments to ensure the smooth and effective implementation of the season planning and the accurate and timely execution of contracts and agreements;
  • Prepare business plans and various reports; oversee the day-to-day operations;
  • Foster positive relations and maintain contact with the professional theatre community across Canada and in the National Capital Region including representatives of theatre companies, artist associations, artists, agents, theatre associations (PACT, CAPACOA, ISPA, etc) and federal bodies related to theatre (Canada Council);
  • Promote the NAC’s national visibility with associations and co-producing theatres;
  • Provide advice to smaller theatres and attend performances.
  • A degree in a related field of study and a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience in creating budgets and financial goals;
  • Experience in leadership roles as well as in managing, motivating and collaborating with staff members and artists;
  • In depth knowledge of the Canadian Performing Arts environment, industry and policy issues including: strong connections with key players in the Canadian theatre community and key presenters across Canada;
  • Strong knowledge of Canadian dramatic works as well as some knowledge of international markets;
  • Demonstrated producing techniques in Canadian Theatre including: the ability to understand collective agreements, contracting issues as well as presentation and coproduction contract terms and negotiations;
  • General knowledge of the Canadian Theatre touring business both as a presenter and producer;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to think strategically;
  • Superior negotiating skills;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and understanding of the sensitivity required when working in a creative environments;
  • Excellent written and communication skills and ability to work well with members of senior management as well as members of the Board of Trustees;
  • Enthusiastic team player with strong leadership skills;
  • Financial management and accounting knowledge;
  • General knowledge of performing arts fundraising methods and revenue sources;
  • Proficient in using MS software: Word and Excel.

Full time continuing

Additional Info: 

Who Can Apply

Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. 

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

While we appreciate all applications, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Important Notice

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation for an interview or written exam, please advise us when initially contacted.

The successful candidate will be required to provide a valid Criminal Record Check as a condition of employment. 

Should you have questions, you are welcome to contact the Executive Director of Human Resources at 1-866-850-2787, extension 518.

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