Managing Director
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: 734 Euclid
City: Toronto
Hiring Organization Name: Kaeja d'Dance
Hiring Organization Description:


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.


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.

Job Description:

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 seven 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!
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



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



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



How to Apply:

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: September 2nd or before. 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 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.

Application Deadline: 02/09/2022

Application contact Information:

Name: Lori Endes


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