Location: 734 Euclid Ave., Toronto

Company: Kaeja d’Dance

Website: https://www.kaeja.org

Position:  Managing Director

Term: Full Time, Permanent

Salary: $55,000 – $70,000

Start Date:

Application Deadline: 10/21/2022

Posted Date: 09/23/2022


Kaeja d’Dance is seeking a strong and resourceful Managing Director to grow the Company into its 4th decade. We invite folks who have a strong grasp of organizing systems and tools, along with excellent administrative, financial management, revenue generating and proposal writing skills. We are looking for an individual who loves working as a team, is an idea contributor with new and existing initiatives, works independently and can oversee a small staff, collaborators and projects. Multitasking and attention to details are required. Working in tandem with Artistic Directors Karen and Allen Kaeja, the position is remote and in person as needed.

Working with one of Canada’s longest established and vibrant contemporary dance companies, This position (40 hours/week) is for a knowledgeable, ambitious individual to take on a leading role in the development of the Company and its place in the dance sector. The ideal candidate is a highly organized, self-directed problem solver, and has at least five years working experience in the Non-profit Arts Sector related to this role. The candidate has exceptional judgement with a commitment to the collaborators, audience and the donor experience. Now heading into our 31st anniversary, the Company is reimagining aspects of our initiatives through a process lens of equity, diversity and inclusiveness. Kaeja is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. If you have a collaborative nature and a passion for arts management, developing audiences, forging connections, live performance, community engagement and contributing directly to the success of an innovative arts organization, please consider applying!

About The Team

Kaeja d’Dance – Established in 1991, Kaeja d’Dance is an award-winning Toronto based dance Company that is renowned for creating provocative contemporary dance works, dance films, digital innovations and empowering education, community & outreach programs. The Company collaborates with international and local dance artists, composers, musicians, stage & costume designers to create performances that push boundaries of Canadian contemporary dance and infuse local and international communities with exciting new experiences both on and off the stage. With over 160 original works including commissions here and abroad, the Company develops performance platforms for professional and non-professional community dance artists provoking collaborative relationships between the body and the everyday. https://www.kaeja.org/

Kaeja d’Dance is driven by a commitment to innovation in the performing arts through the expression of dance and gesture. We explore identity, personal stories and the complexity of the human experience by integrating the interconnected mediums of live performance, dance film, and community engagement. Kaeja provides platforms for and fosters the creation of new Canadian professional dance works which are featured locally and internationally that inspire connections between professional artists and the broader community.

Your Role

Duties and Responsibilities

    Granting: Manage all Company operating and project grants from the preparation of applications to the submission of final reports

    Development: Design and implementing strategies to increase revenue

    Recruit new community and corporate partners for donations, sponsorships and in-kind support

    Steward relationships with multiple stakeholders including donors, sponsors, politicians, volunteers

    Financial Management: Develop the annual budget

    Develop multi-year budget for operating grants

    Present budget to the board for approval

    Provide quarterly reports and facilitate annual financial statements preparation

    Work with a PT bookkeeper to prepare monthly reconciliations, process payroll liabilities and maintain accurate records of financial transactions

    Issue ROEs, T4s and T4As alongside bookkeeper

    Oversee the annual audit alongside bookkeeper and Kaeja Treasurer

    Develop and support fundraising initiatives and create annual donor receipts

    Research new and updated funding opportunities from public and private sources

    Project management of large-scale productions and multi-year community engagement activities

    Manage human resources aspects of recruiting and training new staff, updating HR policies, and preparing contracts for staff and free-lance collaborators

    Work alongside Board President and Board to develop new policies and procedures

    Contribute to development of strategies to reduce and remove barriers to employment, participation and opportunities

    Team with 2 full-time Artistic Directors and supervise 1 full-time Project & Communications Manager (PCM), part-time employees and contract staff and volunteers

    Collaborate with the Project and Communications Manager on the development of marketing and communication strategies

You Have..

    Strong interest in the performing arts, community engagement, public space activation and city building

    A team player comfortable with and contributing to evolving new ideas and updating current ones

    Excellent organizational skills: managing critical paths, creating timelines, maintaining schedules, tracking/documenting materials, proofreading copy, etc

    Critical eye for attention to details in all facets of Company and communications

    A strong and vital approach, commitment and implementation towards anti-racism and anti-harassment and the lived experience of marginalized collaborators and team members, volunteers and audiences

    Experience managing small teams and training new team members and/or volunteers

    Advanced budget understanding and management

    Advanced problem-solving skills. You think ahead, anticipate potential problems/outcomes and plan accordingly

    Highly developed research and grant writing skills and a track record of writing successful funding submissions

    Fluency in English

    Experience with private fundraising such as corporate sponsorship or foundation donations

    Strong interpersonal skills. Comfortable working with a variety of stakeholders such as presenters, arts councils, volunteers, our Board, current and potential donors, local politicians, small business owners and community groups with a commitment to quality customer service

    Ability to prioritize deadlines

    Microsoft Office Suite

    Excel or other spreadsheet data management software

    Google Products: Google Drive, Google Docs primarily

    Project management software such as Trello or other

    Familiarity with bookkeeping processes. Knowledge of Quickbooks Online

    Familiarity with the various funding bodies portals for online applications

    Experience using CRA website

How to apply

  • Those interested should send resumes in confidence to Sarah Caraher at urban@kaeja.org

Special Notes

  • No special notesHOURS
    This is a full-time position Monday to Friday, 40hrs/week. Occasional over-time/evening or weekend work as needed during production times, compensated as lieu time. We are open to applicants from a wide range of education backgrounds and lived experience for this position. Management experience in the arts or other not-for-profit organizations will be essential to success in this role. Individuals who feel they have the skills and competencies required to meaningfully contribute to this position are encouraged to apply. This role is multifaceted and requires an individual who is comfortable wearing many hats and multi-tasking.

    Health Plan

    Two weeks paid holiday in the first year of employment plus an additional week off during office closure from December 25 – January 1

    Holiday increases to three weeks after the first year, plus the additional week off during the Holiday Period

    Time off in-lieu

    Tickets to arts engagements

    This position primarily works remotely and should have access to a strong internet. A laptop will be provided from the Company. Employees will be asked to occasionally attend in-person meetings at the Kaeja office located in the Annex as required. The Managing Director will be required on-site for productions that may take place in the evenings and on weekends.

    Kaeja d’Dance is committed to creating a safe work space for all and to reduce barriers to participation in our events and employment. We welcome and encourage applications from all who are legally able to work in Canada, including those who self-identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, persons with disabilities and/or LGBTQ2S+ and/or any other minority. Kaeja will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

    Submission deadline: We will begin reviewing applications as received and until the role is filled.

    Please include a cover letter that highlights your approach to management and your experience and if/how you know Kaeja d’Dance.

    Please email your cover letter and resume as separate documents, combined in one PDF document to submission@kaeja.org with the subject line “Managing Director”

    Please provide two references in a separate document. References will not be contacted prior to informing the applicant.

    Candidates who are invited to a second interview or more will be compensated for their time.

    During the interview process the applicant may be asked to complete a sample document.

    While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


    Name: Lori Endes

    Email: submission@kaeja.org Website: www.kaeja.org